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.
Michael Mallory, Vice Chairman – 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.
Ann Kiracofe, Treasurer – Ann has seen the impact Journey Counseling has made in the lives of many of her friends and family, and she is so grateful to come alongside this healing ministry. She and her husband, Brandon, have 3 children; and they have been members of Aletheia Church for the past 16 years. Ann works as a part-time physical therapist for Sentara RMH, and serves as a Community Group Leader within her church. She has a particular love for college-based ministry, adoption, and of course, chocolate. Ann has been a board member since 2018.
Jeanene Nisly, Secretary – A native of Kansas, Jeanene has lived in Harrisonburg, Virginia since 2005. She and her husband, Wendell, have been involved in various forms of music ministry in their 19 years of marriage, including Oasis Chorale and Valley Arts Society. Jeanene is a bookkeeper for Shenandoah Christian Music Camp in Harrisonburg. She loves learning about God, people, and scripture, and is currently a student in Westminster Seminary’s online MAC program. She is a lay counselor at Calvary Mennonite Fellowship, where she has been a member since 2008 and where her husband is a pastor. She joined the board in 2020.
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 since 2008 and was the Clinical Director until early 2019.
Sarah DeBoer, Member – Sarah is currently serving as the Clinical Director of Journey and has been a part of the counseling team since Journey’s inception in 2008. Sarah received her undergraduate degree at James Madison University and earned her masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Sarah also serves on the Women in the Church ministry team at Covenant Presbyterian Church, where she has been a member since 1999. Sarah and her husband, James, have 8 yr old boy/girl twins, a 1 yr old daughter, and enjoy being outside, camping, and playing games together. Sarah joined the board as a member in 2019.
Michael Miller, Member – As an ordained minister, Michael serves as Executive Pastor at Crosslink Community Church where God directed he and his family to in 2012. Michael was previously a Campus Pastor at Liberty University, working with the on-campus student leadership. Michael and his wife Kristin have been married for 10 years and have 3 children with a fourth due in April 2021. Michael’s calling is to “Strategically Serve Jesus” in every opportunity God brings, providing administrative and organizational leadership through the lens of ministry. Michael is also involved with Ava Care of Harrisonburg where he volunteers as a Male Client Advocate. Michael became a board member in 2020.
There are certain situations/outcomes beyond my influence. That’s life. I do have control over my response. Will I fuss, pout, or argue? Or will I opt to be patient, thoughtful, and gracious? Will I choose to be grateful for life and its opportunities or will find I fault with every situation and the people around me? How does my faith influence and inform my perceptions, responses, and ultimately my hope for this day (and every day after)?
“And so I am working on remembering that when I am caught up in mom guilt, I need to be found under the gaze of another. I need to see more than myself, and more than my failure. I need to see him who sees me. I need to see him who is a kind, loving Father.”
The concept of Christians getting therapy shouldn’t be a big deal but for some, it is. Sometimes it is said that “If Jesus is enough, then we don’t need therapy.” but what if therapy is a gift from Jesus?