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Stephanie Baker

Stephanie Baker

Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor

Stephanie is the founder and President of Life In Abundance. She is a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor, Board Certified Master Christian Life Coach, Certified Temperament Counselor, Certified Technical Trainer, speaker and co-author. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Christian Counseling. Stephanie lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her husband Jeff.

She is an active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, the National Christian Counseling Association, and the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling. [View Full Bio]

Karen Grotler

Karen Grotler

Licensed Pastoral Counselor

Karen holds a BS in Psychology with a specialization in Christian Counseling from Liberty University. Additionally, she is a Licensed Pastoral Counselor through the National Christian Counseling Association (NCCA).

Karen has served as a Stephen’s Minister through her church in Holland, Michigan. After moving to South Carolina she and her husband participated in the Celebrate Recovery Ministry at Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Taylors, where they remained members for 12 years. Karen has served as the leader for several women’s Open Share Groups such as Codependency, Sexual Purity, and Chemical Dependency.

Karen has a passion to come alongside women who are hurting or struggling and to help them experience freedom through understanding their identity in Christ. Using God’s Word, she disciples women by teaching them how to have a deeper and more intimate relationship with the Father and how to practically apply the Word of God to everyday life circumstances.

Karen lives in Taylors, SC and has been married to her husband, Kurt, for 32 years. Together, they have 3 children. They are blessed to have 1 darling granddaughter. Karen and Kurt currently attend Grace Church at the Greer campus.

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Harper

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Harper

Certified Temperament Counselor

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Harper received her Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling: Marriage and Family from Liberty University. She is a Certified Temperament Counselor through the National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA) and is currently pursuing her Clinical Pastoral Counselor’s license through the NCCA.

Lizzie is an active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors as well as the NCCA. Fellowship Greenville is her home church, where she enjoys worshiping, serving, and being an active member alongside her husband of 23 years. Blessed with three wonderful children, she delights in time spent with them and counts each one as a gift.

Lizzie is a California girl originally, but has called Greenville her home for nearly thirteen years. Her passion is to continue to seek a walk with Jesus that puts his glory on display and to walk alongside others as they navigate the changes and situational difficulties that life can bring. Her heart’s desire is to know God and make Him known.

Angel Henning

Angel Henning

Licensed Professional Counselor

Angel Henning is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern (LPCI) in the state of Texas, who is currently pursuing her License for Professional Counseling Associate (LPCA) in South Carolina. She holds a Masters degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention® practitioner (https://child.tcu.edu/about-us/tbri/#sthash.qkSc0enh.dpbs) through the Karyn Purvis Institute for Child Development, a division of Texas Christian University. She is a certified health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York (https://www.integrativenutrition.com/health-coaching). She received Advanced Discipleship counseling training from Grace Ministries International, Atlanta (https://www.gmint.org/). Angel is also currently pursing Certified Temperament Counseling certification through SACC (https://www.sarasotaacademy.com/).

Angel has over 17 years’ experience serving a variety of populations. Her experience includes individual, couples, and family counseling, development and leadership in sexual abuse recovery groups, social and emotional skills groups for troubled kids in school, faith-based drug and alcohol residential counseling, and specialized work with adoptive/foster families that nurture children from hard places. She has facilitated parenting groups and has worked with pre-school aged children through adolescents. Angel is passionate about nurturing families and women as they grow through the grace of God to live abundantly in their God given callings.

Angel enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and traveling. She moved to Greer from League City, Texas with her husband of 18 years, 3 children, and their puppy, Scooter. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and attends Covenant United Methodist Church.

Holly Randle Spiars

Holly Randle Spiars

Licensed Professional Counselor

Holly is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the State of South Carolina. She holds a Master of Divinity degree in Counseling from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Holly is currently pursuing additional credentialing as a Certified Temperament Counselor through the NCCA and is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. She has a wide range of experience working with women in both the counseling setting and in ministry. Her passion is to see women thrive rather than strive in this world.

Growing up as a military kid and then embarking on ministry work, Holly has lived in several places in the United States. She now resides in Anderson, South Carolina with her beloved dog and cats. She is an active member of Renewal Church in Anderson and is incredibly grateful for her church community.

Cindy Van Wingerden, PhD

Cindy Van Wingerden, PhD

Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor

Cindy is a Clinical Christian Counselor. She holds a PhD in Clinical Counseling from Cornerstone University and is a former RN and nurse educator. She is a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor, Certified Temperament Counselor, and a Certified Life Coach.

She is an active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, the National Christian Counseling Association, the International Christian Coaching Association, and the Association of Biblical Counselors.

Cindy has been married to Nick 43 years. They now live in Greenville SC. They are blessed to have a son and daughter in law who live and serve on the mission field in France, and 4 lovely grandchildren. Cindy and her husband Nick attend Grace church.

Meet Our Support and Study Group Facilitators

Mandy Bentley

Mandy Bentley

Support Group Facilitator

Mandy has a BA in History from College of Charleston, and a MAT in Secondary Social Studies from Charleston Southern University. She has been teaching Social Studies for the past 12 years, working primarily with at-risk students. She has always been able to relate well to students who suffer from conflict in their home environments.

Mandy has had personal experience with the heartbreak of infidelity and dishonesty in marriage. She feels a calling to share her story in both individual and small group settings. Her hope is to provide encouragement to women who find themselves walking a similar path.

Mandy is a single mom to an 11 year old and they are both very active in their church. She is an avid reader and loves to be anywhere salty. She and her son enjoy music, especially live Christian concerts.

Jennifer (Jen) Chacon

Jennifer (Jen) Chacon

Group Study Facilitator

Jennifer (Jen) Chacon is passionate about helping people thrive – where health, work and life are all in harmony. As a certified professional coach and a certified health coach she is more interested in hearing your goals, dreams and desires, than *fixing* you or telling you what to do. Her approach helps you figure out where you are right now, what thriving looks like for you, and helps you create action steps to live the life God-created you to live.

Jen had a 20 year career with the YMCA before leaving to start her own business, Dare to Thrive. 
Jacki Howerin

Jacki Howerin

Group Study Facilitator

Through 19 years of Leadership with women in Bible Studies, Lay Counseling, Mentoring, Speaking, Writing and Prayer, Jacki has encouraged and equipped women to let Jesus become “The Standard” and “The Source” of their lives. Jacki has written the Bible Study, ‘Prepare Your Hearts for the Holidays.’ She is currently writing a book on prayer titled, ‘Warrior Daughter Pray Like You’ve Never Prayed Before; Know Your God, Know Your Enemy.’ Married for 35 years to her high school sweetheart, Keith; they have a son who graduated from Clemson University. Jacki obtained her BA in English from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Her ministry is God’s Woman, God’s Way.  
Kirby King

Kirby King

Support Group Facilitator

Kirby has over 20 years of experience teaching and facilitating women’s Bible studies, and is the author of the book, ‘Abiding in Christ – What is it Anyway?’ She frequently uses this material in various teaching venues to equip others in the want to and how to of walking intimately with Jesus.

Following a recent life change, Kirby has completed her newest book, ‘Walking Through Fire Without Getting Burned.’ It is Kirby’s passion to use the tools offered in this book to help other women experience the greatest blessing God can give: The blessing of walking in victory through each trial as God Himself enables them to bring Him glory through it all.

Kirby is a licensed physical therapist and resides in Simpsonville. She enjoys being a mom and working through the challenges that come with parenting. Kirby is mom to two adopted middle schoolers and her adult son with Down syndrome, who live with her. She is also blessed to have a wonderful relationship with her two grown and married biological children.