The following people contribute time and talent to the ongoing direction of Journey.
- Andrew Witmer, Chairman – Andrew and his wife Maureen have three children and are members of Christ Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg. Andrew has taught U.S. history at James Madison University since 2010. He’s excited about Journey’s role in promoting individual and community flourishing in our region. Andrew has been a board member since 2016.
- John Bennetch, Vice Chairman – John has served on the Journey Counseling Ministries board since its inception. He served as soloist, announcer, and producer for the U.S. Army Chorus in Washington D.C. for 20 years, and has also served as a worship leader, liturgist, and full-time pastoral staff member in four churches in Virginia. John recently retired from 20 years of full-time ministry as part of a church staff, and is now serving as an independent music and liturgy consultant. He and his wife Debbie have 2 adult sons and 3 grandchildren. John has been a board member since 2009.
- Frank Doherty, Secretary – Frank Doherty has lived with his wife Linda in Harrisonburg since 1987. He works at James Madison University as the director of Institutional Research and plans to retire in 2018. He and Linda have three sons, one of whom lives in Jackson, Mississippi, one lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, and the third lives in Harrisonburg. Frank and Linda love to travel internationally, and Frank was JMU’s Faculty Member in Residence in Florence, Italy in summer 2014 with 24 undergraduates. Frank and Linda have attended Covenant Presbyterian Church since 1987 and he has occasionally served as a Sunday School teacher and Cub Scout committee chair. In his spare time Frank is a professional landscape photographer and member of the OASIS Gallery in downtown Harrisonburg. Frank has been a board member since 2012.
- Ginny Kasch, Treasurer – Ginny and her husband, Ed, moved to the Valley 21 years ago, and hope to never leave! She was a physical therapist in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg until she became a mother. Their daughter is now 18 years old and their son is 16. Ginny is now an administrative assistant to the high school and athletic department at Blue Ridge Christian School. She is a member of The Church of the Incarnation, and has served on the Journey Board since 2014.
- John Kuebler, Member – With 15 years in law enforcement and 46 years of marriage experience, John has been truly amazed at the path his life has taken. While on road patrol, John sensed God’s calling to change the direction of his vocation. Following seminary in Jackson, MS, John wanted to return to South Florida as a Police Chaplain having a strong desire to aid in the re-building of broken marriages and help men establish better relationships. It was in seminary that John, along with a few other classmates, started a Christian counseling center. After 5 years in Mississippi, John came to Charlottesville, VA where he was called as the Pastor of Counseling at Trinity Presbyterian Church, and was able to start up another counseling practice; First Stone. When John moved to the Shenandoah Valley in 2002, he served in the same capacity at Covenant Presbyterian Church. In 2008, he and a few other Christian counselors were able to establish Journey Counseling Ministries. John has been a board member and the Clinical Director since 2008.
- James Groff, Member – James is a bi-vocational pastor, with a passion to serve people and see Jesus and his gospel affect every area of life. A good portion of his time is spent working as a project manager for a local roofing contractor, and he enjoys bringing excellence to that service industry. As a pastor at Calvary Mennonite Fellowship, James preaches once or twice a month and provides shepherding to members in personal relationships, and occasional counseling sessions. James is married to Brenda, and they have 3 growing children. He is happy to be involved with Journey, as it provides a way to serve the community in a para-church organization, gives him resources for the counseling that he does, and connects his church to a source for solid biblical counseling. James has been a board member since 2015.
- Michael Mallory, Member – Mike is an employee of LSC Communications (formerly RR Donnelley) where he is currently an application development manager. Mike and Rebecca, his wife of 28 years, have been members of Grace Covenant Church for 22 years where they have served in several ministry areas. They have been blessed with 4 boys. In his spare time, Mike loves coaching soccer and baseball at Grace Christian School in Staunton. Previously, Mike has served on the boards of Greater Hope, FLRC, and Kairos Prison Ministry. Mike believes Journey Counseling is fulfilling a critical role in bringing wholeness and healing to people in the Shenandoah Valley. He has been a board member since the fall of 2017.
Like me, do you have messages from within that plague you?
Here is a clever clip that gives a great description of empathy.
Blog Series from members of our board of directors. This entry is written by Mr. Andrew Witmer. Several years ago I read a strange and wonderful book called The Poetics of Space. Published in the 1950s by the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard, this book...