Counseling Center

Christ’s Church Counseling

Dedicated to Biblically based, professional, and affordable counseling from a Christian perspective.

Jesus Christ – and His revelation in the Old and New Testament of the Bible, as the inspired Word of God – is the preeminent model for the Counseling Center’s practice, ethics, caregiving activities and the final authority for all matters about which it speaks. Christ’s Church counseling offers help with a wide variety of personal and family issues such as substance abuse, marital conflicts, divorce/blended family issues, grief, loss and separation issues, behavioral problems, addictive behavior, childhood abuse, family conflicts, depression, and issues of spirituality or identity.

In addition to individual counseling, during the school year we offer classes, support groups and Bible studies at various times in order to give opportunities for learning and for applying the truths of the Bible. These classes cover a range of topics including grief, pre-marital classes, healing from divorce, recovery from addictions, parenting, marriage and family classes. Whether a Bible study, a class about spiritual disciplines, or a support group for finding freedom from pain and suffering, there is always a chance for connection and growth.

Individual Counseling

Pre-Marital Counseling

We welcome the opportunity to partner with you in marriage preparation. Pre-marriage counseling is available for couples who wish to marry at Christ’s Church or use one of our ministers. Our desire is to help you develop tools that will increase your ability to serve and love each other for a lifetime. For further information regarding Premarital counseling, contact Cindy below or call 417-673-0090.

If you wish to have your wedding at Christ’s Church, contact Cindy below and she will speak with you regarding booking a wedding and send you guidelines and requirements for church building use.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are compassionate members of our church family who undergo specialized training to provide intentional, one-on-one, Christ- centered care for individuals experiencing hardship.

Counseling Classes


When a cancer diagnosis has been received your world is never the same. We are a group of fighters, survivors, and caregivers meeting up once a month to encourage, support, and offer comfort during your journey. No two stories are exactly the same but who better understands than one who has experienced a similar situation?

This group is for cancer patients currently in treatment, those in remission and their caregivers.

  • Led by Liz Banwart, Lori Brock & Vicki Earhart
  • Meets the 1st Sunday of every month at 10:45am and the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:45pm. You can choose which time works best for you.


This group is a place for parents to talk about the struggles and highlights of parenting a child with special needs alongside other parents who understand.

This semester we will meet on special Sundays during the semester to check in on your family and pray together. If you would like to receive updates about our meeting times, please fill out this form.

  • Sunday Morning at 10:45am, January 14 & May 19


When a parent loses a child, you are faced with the reality of many years ahead of you before you are reunited with that child in Heaven. As you face those seemingly interminable years, we have some choices to make… Are you going to abandon or apply your faith? Are you going to allow grief to make you bitter, or allow God to use grief to make you better?

These, and many more questions, are discussed at the While We’re Waiting support groups. Here you’ll find other parents who have gone through the same life-altering moment of losing a child. Here you’ll find others who have found hope on the other side.

  • Led by Ward and Tanya Thomas
  • The first Thursday of the month at 6:30pm, year round

Schedule an Appointment

You can schedule appointments by phone (417-673-0090) or filling out the form below.

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Meet Our Counselors

Dennis Hounshell Director / Counselor

Dennis Hounshell is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Director of the Christ’s Church Counseling Center. Dennis received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Johnson University in Knoxville, TN. Dennis is an ordained minister who focuses on family ministry and he brings a unique, multi-faceted perspective to counseling. Dennis teaches marriage and pre-marital classes and also leads and facilitates the Redemption Recovery program.

Naomi Hunter Counselor

Naomi Hunter is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Missouri Southern State University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Pittsburg State University. Naomi brings thirty years of counseling experience working in mental health agencies and private practice; the past ten years served in faith-based Counseling. Naomi is Court Certified in Mediation and holds EMDR Trauma Certification. Naomi professes that “God’s Authority in scripture is the foundation from which all therapies are considered.”

Kim Goldin Counselor

Kim Goldin holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Missouri State University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from John Brown University. Kim brings 23 years of ministry experience into her counseling profession. She approaches counseling with the perspective that we live in a broken, fallen world with broken, fallen people, meaning we often need to talk with someone to bring clarity to our thoughts and deal with the hard things that life can bring. Kim & her husband, Jim, along with their 2 adult daughters, have been part of Christ’s Church family since 1993.


Have questions? Contact us.

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