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. Each counselor is certified with either the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).

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 now wanting to pursue her certification to become a biblical counselor, and 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!

Hannah King

Media Director

Hannah is a graduate of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where she completed her M.A. of Biblical Counseling. She works as the Branch Administrator at AVI Systems, Inc. Kansas City. She is currently pursuing certification with the ACBC and beginning to counsel with her local church. She has a heart for walking with women through the hardships of life and pointing them back to the steadfast truth and sufficiency of God’s Word. 

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 IABC. 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.

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.

Pastor Bruce Roeder

Biblical Counselor, Training Program Instructor

Bruce is an Elder/Pastor at the Vine Community Church in South Milwaukee, WI. He has an M.A. in Biblical Counseling and is certified with the ACBC and IABC. He is married to his wife Elizabeth of 48 years. They have one son, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and three great grandkids. 

Stephen Ganschow, Ph.D.

Biblical Counselor, Training Program Instructor

Stephen Ganschow, Ph.D., has been with Reigning Grace since its inception. While he provides some long-distance counseling, his current role is strategic development, consultation, and teaching within Reigning Grace Institute as an instructor. Additionally, he serves as the Pastor of Counseling at Bethel Church in northwestern Indiana. He is a Level II-certified biblical counselor with the ACBC, is certified by the IABC, and has various specialty certifications in a wide array of counseling disciplines. Additionally, he is pursuing an Ed.D. in Community Care Counseling, with an emphasis on the pastoral counseling and the local church.

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.

Guy Hanna

Biblical Counselor, Training Program Instructor

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.

Laurie Bennett

Biblical Counselor, BC4Women Blog Contributor

Laurie Bennett is a certified biblical counselor with the ACBC. She has a passion for the Word of God and is humbled to teach, disciple, and counsel the sufficiency of Scripture to women at her local community church and at Reigning Grace. Married for over 30 years, Laurie and her husband, Brian, have three grown daughters, two son-in-laws, and the sweetest grandchildren. In her spare time, she gardens, raises honeybees and chickens, and crafts sourdough artisan breads with homemade jams.

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.

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. 

Mary Paas

Biblical Counselor, Chaplain

Mary is a licensed Chaplain and an ACBC and IABC 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.

Brent Campbell

Biblical Counselor, Training Program Instructor

Brent is a certified counselor with the IABC and the ACBC. Brent has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma, and is working toward a degree in Christian Education at Midwestern Theological Seminary.

Chris Mazak

Biblical Counselor

Chris has his biblical counseling certification with the ACBC and serves on staff at First Southern Baptist Church in Gladstone, MO. He is also pursuing a PhD in Biblical Counseling at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Andrea, reside in Gladstone, MO.

Kekhrie Nienu

Biblical Counselor

Kekhrie is a certified counselor with the ACBC. She is passionate to share the Word of God and desires to walk alongside others through counseling and discipleship. She has her M.Th. from S.C.U. Seoul, South Korea, and her M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling and serves as an adjunct professor at Nagaland Graduate School of Theology in India.

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.

Jonathan Hayashi, Ph.D.

Biblical Counselor

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 on the Executive Committee at Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, MO) and 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 certified biblical counselor with the ACBC. He and his wife, Kennedi, have four children: Kaede, Seiji, Anna, and Ren.

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. 

Brenda Groat

Biblical Counselor Intern

Brenda has an M.A. in Biblical Counseling and is currently completing her IABC certification. She has spent the last ten years volunteering in Israel developing a deeper understanding of Scriptures. Brenda provides long-distance counseling and by working through Scripture, she knows that becoming a healthy disciple with a Biblical worldview is possible. She has learned to live a life without fear, trusting God, knowing He has given her a sound mind, and equipped her for every good work He has called her to. Brenda has been married to her best friend Ken, for over 30 years and now resides in Lecanto, FL. They have a daughter who will graduate with her M.A. from Herzliya, Israel in the fall of 2023

Katelyn Fredenberg

Biblical Counselor Intern

 Katelyn Fredenberg is a full-time mom completing her M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Midwestern Seminary and pursuing ACBC certification. She and her husband, Brett, live in Kansas City with their two girls and are members of Emmaus Church. Katelyn is passionate about applying the gospel to everyday life and disciplining believers to see Christ in all of Scripture.

Anna Bryan

Biblical Counselor Intern

Anna is currently a student at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary pursuing 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 will graduate in December 2023 and working toward certification with ACBC.

Reigning Grace
Counseling Center

(816) 694-1677  (Main Number)


Reigning Grace

(816) 673-6360  (Training Program)


Liberty, MO Location
28 Westwoods Dr., Suite 200
Liberty, MO 64068

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

Mount Hope, KS Location
111 S Thomas St
Mount Hope, KS 67108

Burlington, KS Location
345 Main St.
New Strawn, KS 66839


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.