Our Counselors and Staff

Reigning Grace Counseling Center offers counselors, instructors, and staff who are committed to the idea of “Heart Change for Life Change,” a motto coined by our founder, Julie Ganschow, Ph.D.

Each team member of Reigning Grace looks humbly to God’s Word in answering life’s questions. The team at Reigning Grace does not solely exist for Reigning Grace, but is also actively involved in their own churches and communities. 

Take a moment to meet our counselors and staff below!

Counselors & Staff

Julie Ganschow, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Reigning Grace Counseling Center, Founder of BC4Women Blog

 

Julie has been involved in biblical counseling and discipleship for more than 25 years. She has a M.A. of Biblical Counseling, a Ph.D., Biblical Counseling, and is certified through ACBC and IABC. She is the founder and Director of Reigning Grace Counseling Center, and the founder of Biblical Counseling for Women. She is a featured contributor in GriefShare, serves on the Advisory Board of The Fallen Soldiers March, and is a commissioned member for The Addiction Connection. She has also authored numerous books and co-authored the training course. She makes her home in Kansas City, Missouri, with her wonderful husband, Larry.

Sydney Cryer

Office Manager

Sydney is a graduate of Spurgeon College where she earned her B.A. December of 2020. Soon after, she was married in January of 2021 to her husband, Jesús. She is eager to learn from the staff at Reigning Grace Counseling Center as well as serve the counselees here.

Luba Eady

Administrative Assistant

Luba is currently a student at Spurgeon College in Kansas City where she will receive her double major in Biblical Counseling and Intercultural Studies in December of 2023. The Lord has given Luba a heart for biblical counseling and for the nations. She is currently pursuing her biblical counseling certification with ACBC so that she can become a biblical counselor and serve others. She is excited to serve the people at Reigning Grace!

Chrysti Hettrick

Administrative Assistant to Reigning Grace Institute Training Program

Chrysti began working with Reigning Grace in the Spring of 2017. Originally a temporary sub for our Office Manager, she soon fell in love with the mission of RGCC and did not want to leave. Once our Office Manager returned, Chrysti transitioned into a general administrative assistant role before taking over coordinating Reigning Grace Institute. Chrysti found joy in seeing lives changes as God’s Word was opened and applied by the counselors at RGCC. She currently resides in the Kansas City area with her husband, Brian, and has three adult children and five grandchildren.

Larry Ganschow

Addiction and Substance Abuse Counselor

After struggling with addictions as a teen and young adult, Larry has now enjoyed over three decades of sobriety. With more than 30 years of experience in addictions and substance abuse counseling, Larry brings textbook knowledge, field experience, and personal victories into his counseling. Larry is a credentialed treatment provider for the state of Missouri and is certified in biblical counseling through the FBC. He knows as John Calvin has stated, “The heart is an idol factory,” and works tirelessly to lead his counselees to the conviction of sin and to bring them to repentance. Larry and Julie have three sons and two grandchildren.

Chad Przeslawski

Biblical Counselor

Chad has been active in pastoral ministry, chaplaincy, and counseling for several years. He has an M.A. in Pastoral Studies from Faith Theological Seminary,  an M.DIV from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is a certified biblical counselor through ACBC.  His greatest passion is to help people find hope in Jesus Christ. Chad is married to Renee, together they have seven children & two grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with friends & family on the lake, reading counseling books, and watching college football. 

Guy Hanna

Biblical Counselor

As an ACBC biblical counselor, Guy loves the Word of God and loves people. He understands that many have not been fully discipled and need someone to teach them how to apply the Scripture to their lives. His goal is to teach individuals, couples, and families the precepts and principles of Scripture and to equip them with the tools necessary for spiritual growth. Guy is an ordained minister, former pastor, and hospice chaplain. He holds a M.A. in Biblical Counseling.

Jamie Randolph

Biblical Counselor, Training Program Instructor

Jamie has ministered to women as a pastor’s wife and in other various capacities for more than 25 years. She has passion for the Word of God and for ministry to women. For eight years, she served as an advocate counselor at a local pregnancy crisis center. She also has an active Bible teaching ministry in her church. This love for the ministry of the Word and personal discipleship led her to pursue biblical counseling, and she completed her ACBC certification in 2019. Jamie is married to Kelly, and together they have four children and five grandchildren.

Jonathan Hayashi, Ph.D.

Biblical Counselor, Training Program Instructor, Men’s Discipleship Blog Contributor 

Dr. Jonathan Hayashi has a B.A. of Pastoral Ministry, M.A. of Congregational Leadership and a D.Ed.Min. of Biblical Counseling. He presently serves as a pastor in the north of the KC area and on the Executive Committee at Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, MO), and additionally on the Board of Trustees at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jonathan is a contributor for the bi-weekly journal, Pathway (Missouri Baptist Convention), and is the author of Ordinary Radicals: A Return to Christ-Centered Discipleship, as well as Making Lemonade: Turning Past Failures into Gospel Opportunities. He is a Level II-certified biblical counselor with the ACBC. He and his wife, Kennedi, have four children: Kaede, Seiji, Anna, and Ren. 

Kirsten Vance

Biblical Counselor

Kirsten is passionate about applying God’s Word to hurting people, for God’s glory and their benefit.  Kirsten has a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University, has certifications from ACBC and CCEF. She works with the youth at her church, teaches a ladies Bible study, and is passionate about practicing hospitality and one on one discipleship. Kirsten has been married to her best friend Philip, for over 20 years. He is currently serving as an Elder at their home church in Texas and pursuing his ACBC certification. Together they have homeschooled their three children. 

Cindy Yarbrough

Biblical Counselor

Cindy is a certified Biblical Counselor with an M.A. in Biblical Counseling and certification from ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors). She has counseled women facing marital issues, anxiety, depression, infidelity, trauma, and self-harm. Cindy has provided support to women whose faith wavered during severe trials and times of grief. Additionally, she has worked with post-abortive women and offered pre- and post-marital counseling in collaboration with a male counselor. As a USAF veteran, she supports the military by counseling women referred by Fallen Soldiers March (FSM).

Matthew Munlin

Biblical Counselor

Matthew Munlin is a Ph.D., Biblical Counseling student and an Adjunct Professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves as the administrator for the Midwestern Center for Biblical Counseling. He also works as a research and teaching assistant for Dr. Dale Johnson, Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Matthew graduated with an M.Div. and M.A. of Biblical Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. During his time at Southwestern, he served as the administrator for the Walsh Counseling Center, and as a teaching assistant for Dr. Jon Okinaga. He is currently working on his ACBC certification.

Chris Neeley

Biblical Counselor, BC4Women Blog Contributor

Chris is a certified Biblical Counseling with ACBC. She has a B.A. in Biblical Studies and an M.A. in Counseling from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has been serving women and children in ministry for over 20 years. Her passion is to walk alongside and help women know and apply the sufficiency of God’s Word to their lives. She serves her local church by teaching women’s Bible studies and leading children’s ministry She has been married for 33 years to her husband Rich. He has been in the pastoral ministry for 20 years. They have been blessed with their adult children Zack and Ashley, and with their son-in-law Brad. Then God blessed them again by making them grandparents to their two grandchildren Malachi and Lilly.

Mary Paas

Biblical Counselor, Chaplain

Mary is a licensed Chaplain and an ACBC and FBC certified Biblical Counselor. She has served on local boards and on staff at ministries, including Joni and Friends. She has taught the Bible to groups inside the walls of the church and outside the walls. Mary finds joy in providing hope and help from God’s Word at Reigning Grace and Fallen Soldiers March.

Jenna Bogard

Biblical Counselor, BC4Women Blog Contributor

Jenna is certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).  She also holds an M.A. in Biblical Counseling: Sexual Addictions and a B.A. in Biblical Counseling. She currently resides in Illinois where she is blessed with the opportunity to homeschool her four children. 

Kayla Jones

Biblical Counselor 

I am currently pursuing my master’s in biblical counseling at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry with an emphasis in Discipleship Ministry from Southwest Baptist University. I am blessed to be married to my high school sweetheart and we have both loved working in ministry. It is my great joy to learn more about the Lord as I continue to walk with Him and to have the privilege of sharing His goodness with others. 

Nicolas Muyres

Biblical Counselor

Nick is a Navy Submarine Veteran and lives in the Pittsburgh area with his wife and four children. He is a graduate of Liberty University and is a Certified Biblical Counseling with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Nick is a student at Westminster Theological Seminary earning a masters degree in religion for the purpose of pursuing the office of pastor after he completes his degree. Nick’s greatest goal and passion is to help everyone he counsels to understand the love of Christ and the sufficiency of God’s word for all of faith and life.

Teresa Fricke

Addiction and Substance Abuse Counselor

Teresa, MA, CRADC, SQP, IABC, Chaplain, has experience as a biblical counselor in all life issues. She is particularly trained in substance abuse and addiction counseling. Teresa comes from a large family and learned early the lessons to forgive others and trust God. She spends her free-time with her sisters and their families living around the country.

Robert Smith

Biblical Counselor

Bob is a member of Mill Creek Community Church in Shawnee, KS, and is completing his ACBC certification. He seeks to glorify God and serve and love people by teaching Sunday school, leading a small group Bible study, and volunteering at City Union Mission. He humbly admits he is a sinner saved by grace, walking by faith, and dependent on the Holy Spirit for daily living. He has been married to his wife Linda for 46 years has two married daughters and one married son who have given them two granddaughters and four grandsons. He is nearing retirement and plans to give his remaining years to counsel people in the Word of God and tell them about the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Rachel Pulliam

Biblical Counselor 

Rachel is a certified Biblical Counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). She is a pastor’s wife, mother, and homeschool teacher to their daughter and a foster mom to whomever the Lord brings into their home. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Marketing from Park University. She was a missionary for four years, on a ship called “Doulos”, that traveled from port to port, country to country sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  She is passionate about disciplining women and helping them grow in their relationship with the Lord.   

Lesley Eischen

Biblical Counselor Intern

Lesley Eischen is a widow and mother of two married sons.  Lesley has her Biblical Counseling certification through INS {Institute of Nouthetic Studies}. She is currently in Phase 3 of her ACBC Biblical Counseling certification. Lesley strives for the edification of women in Christ by facilitating Biblical literacy that equips women to effectively apply the Scriptures in God-honoring, practical, and transforming ways; by having a deep burden to reconcile the brokenness we bear with the love, hope, and restoration found only in Christ.

Anna Bryan

Biblical Counselor Intern

Anna graduated from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling. She is a member of Lenexa Baptist Church, where she and her husband Bill serve. Anna and Bill have one daughter and one granddaughter. Part of her story includes several years of struggling with problems but no direction to find help. She will tell you it was the Lord leading her into a time of discipline that helped her experience heart change (Prov. 3:11-12; Heb. 12:10b-11). Since then, Anna has been on a journey to find the place God has for her to minister to hurting people. She believes that place is in biblical counseling. Anna is working toward certification with ACBC.

Jordan Murphy

Biblical Counselor Intern

Jordan graduated from Cedarville University with a bachelor’s in Business Management in 2016. He has served in bi-vocational ministry for several years, most recently as a student ministry director at a church plant in Texas. He currently serves as a pastoral intern at Mill Creek Community Church. Additionally, he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in pastoral ministry through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is in the process of receiving his ACBC certification.

Reigning Grace
Counseling Center

(816) 694-1677  (Main Number)

reigninggracecounsel@rgcconline.org

Reigning Grace
Institute

(816) 673-6360  (Training Program)

RGInstitute@rgcconline.org

Kansas City, MO Location
11108 N Oak Trfy, Suite 209
Kansas City, MO 64155

Wichita, KS Location
8810 NW 10th St. N
Wichita, KS 67212

Enterprise, AL Location
5730 Shellfield Road
Enterprise, AL 36330

Mexico, MO Location
17620 Hwy JJ
Mexico, MO 65265

Disclaimer

Reigning Grace Counseling Center is not a licensed counseling agency, nor are its counselors psychologically or medically-trained therapists.
We are minsiters of Jesus Christ and we offer ‘pastoral’ counseling intended to bring life change through heart change.