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.
- 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.
- John Bennetch, Member – 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.
- Ginny Kasch, Member – 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 since 2008 and was the Clinical Director until early 2019.
- 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.
- Jim Blair, Member – In addition to his 40 years experience in business marketing, Jim brings to the Board a love for the ministry of Journey Counseling. He has seen the impact that Journey’s counseling makes in people’s lives. Jim likes to come alongside the Journey Counseling ministry and help it grow in effectiveness and larger client base. Jim is married with two grown children and two grandchildren. He is retired, and in addition to working with Journey, Jim has passions for fighting human trafficking and helping men’s ministries grow in Virginia and Maryland. Jim has been a board member since 2015.
- 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 boy/girl twins and enjoy being outside, camping, and playing games together. Sarah joined the board as a member in 2019.
“Though Jesus came two thousand years ago, the darkness has not, and will not, overcome his saving work. My prayer this Christmas is that you will welcome Jesus and know the blessing of his love, his light in whatever darkness you are facing, and his life that overcomes death.”
This week, let’s focus on developing a deep, rich appreciation for life and what we’ve been given. Here are some simple, but practical, ways to facilitate this in your family.
We want to share from Tim Challies, which considers risk factors and presents necessary questions for parents to take in to account as the process the decision: “Should I allow my children to attend sleepovers?”