Philadelphia Home Office Counselors
CCEF's counselors are trained to deal with all of life's challenges in light of God's revelation to us in the Bible. Therefore, every counselor is available to counsel on a variety of issues. In addition, some counselors have particular areas of interest and/or experience. You will find them listed after each counselor's personal information.
Laura has a Master of Divinity degree in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Missouri. She completed the CCEF internship prior to beginning her work as a counselor and has participated in various ministries through her church. She is the Counseling Intern Coordinator and teaches the Counseling Observation Intensive class at CCEF. She enjoys cooking with her husband, Joel, photography, singing, playing games with friends and listening to movie scores. Areas of interest/experience: marriage counseling, anxiety, depression, young adults, teens, and women's issues.
Cecelia is the director of counseling as well as an associate faculty at CCEF. She has completed the Advanced Counseling Certificate through CCEF and also has a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. She has worked in various Christian ministries for many years, including women’s ministries at her church. She enjoys her large family, reading, music and flowers - live and in water color. Areas of interest/experience: women's issues, singleness, young adults, teens, marriage counseling, depression, and sexual abuse.
Wendy is a counselor at CCEF. She has a Masters of Arts in Counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary. She has been counseling at CCEF for over a decade. She has also worked in ministry with her church, including teaching, leading small groups, in addition to working with youth and young adults. Wendy is married to her husband David and they have four children. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, music, the beach, swimming, and spending time with friends and family. Areas of interest/experience: depression, self-injury, anxiety, young adults, teens, eating disorders and sexual abuse.
Lisbeth Castelli holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wheaton College in Illinois and will complete a Master of Arts in Counseling degree from Westminster Theological Seminary in 2014. Lisbeth has completed the counseling internship at CCEF and has extensive ministry experience working with women and youth as a counselor, teacher, and youth group leader in her church. She loves music, theater, reading (especially at the beach), being a Zumba instructor, and spending time with friends and family. Areas of interest/experience: depression, anxiety, singleness, children and adolescents, abuse, and women's issues.
Bonnie holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary, a Master of Science in Post-Secondary Education from Troy University, and two bachelor degrees from the University of Georgia. She completed the CCEF internship prior to beginning her work as a counselor. Bonnie has extensive experience working with children and adolescents – as a counselor, high school teacher, and youth-ministry leader, and has also led groups for her church. Bonnie and her husband Chris live in west Philadelphia, where they are actively involved in youth ministry and serve as a host family for international students. She enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, being outside, and traveling. Areas of interest/experience: children and adolescents, depression, anxiety, and women’s issues.
Mike is a faculty member and directs CCEF's School of Biblical Counseling - Philadelphia Campus. He holds an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. Mike has counseled for many years and has published CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet, which explores the use of Scripture in Counseling. He worked as a family physician for twelve years before joining CCEF. Mike is married to Jody, and they have two children. He is active in his urban church and, when he has time, creates beautiful pieces on a potter's wheel! Areas of interest/experience: OCD, anxiety, depression, and pastoral struggles and burnout.
Michael holds a Master of Arts in Religion (Biblical Studies) and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary, as well as a BA in English from Bob Jones University. Before coming on staff, he completed counseling internships at CCEF and Harvest USA. He has involvement in the ministry of his church as a small group leader, in children's ministry, and in their addictions ministry. Michael is married to his wife, Kelly. He enjoys basketball, exploring big cities, local history, writing, and playing guitar. Areas of interest/experience: anxiety, depression, OCD, singleness, and men's issues.
Phil has completed a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Virginia Tech and will complete a Masters of Divinity degree at Westminster Theological Seminary in 2014. He has completed the counseling Internship at CCEF and also works at his church as a youth minister, while pursuing ordination in the Anglican Church of North America. Prior to coming to CCEF, he worked for several years as a Behavioral Specialist in public schools, counseling and mentoring at-risk youth, in addition to working in the Foster Care system. He is married to his wonderful wife Rebecca and they have one son. Phil loves spending time outdoors and exploring. Areas of interest/experience: marriage counseling, conflict, men’s issues, sexual struggles.
Monica is Associate Faculty at CCEF. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Toronto, Canada and a Master of Arts in Religion from Westminster Theological Seminary. Monica has worked in church ministry for over fifteen years and is currently a part of the pastoral staff at her local church. As a part of the staff she speaks, teaches Bible studies, leads women's groups and counsels youth and families. She is married to Danny, an ordained Pastor, and they have three boys. Monica enjoys spending time with her children and tasting new food with her husband, and she is fluent in the Korean language. Areas of interest/experience: premarital, marriage, family, anxiety, depression and multicultural issues.
Gregory F. Lowe
Greg has a depth of training with a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary, a Master of Social Work from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology. His many years of counseling experience include formal counseling and counseling the severely mentally ill. He also has work experience in of hospice and end of life issues. Greg is married and a parent of five. He and his wife serve as foster/adoptive parents. He enjoys hiking and outdoor activities, weight lifting and keeping up on health issues. Areas of interest/experience: sexual addiction, pornography and men's issues.
Julie Smith Lowe
Julie is Associate Faculty at CCEF and a Counselor with over fifteen years experience. She has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is pursuing certification as a Registered Play Therapist. She has extensive experience with women's issues, body image issues, parenting, and child maltreatment issues. She speaks at events regarding body image, women's issues, parenting and children, conflict resolution, and helping churches and ministries work through issues of abuse. Julie and her husband, Greg, have five children and serve as foster parents. While at CCEF, Julie has developed a play therapy office and resources to better serve families and children. Areas of interest/experience: women's issues, teens and children, body image, adoption, sexual abuse and trauma, and issues regarding parenting & children.
Kristin has a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Cairn University. Kristin completed the counseling internship at CCEF, and also has experience in youth ministry and domestic violence advocacy. She has a passion for urban ministry and serves as a counselor in her local church. Kristin enjoys summer weather, though-provoking movies, board games, and road trips. Areas of interest/experience: anxiety, depression, domestic abuse, women's issues, and grief counseling.
Rosie holds a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Counseling. While counseling at CCEF for over a decade, she has worked in church ministry for over twenty years. She leads a supervision group for counselors and supervises interns by providing observation opportunities at CCEF. Rosie has served on the Women's Ministry Council and Discipleship Commission at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, as well as teaching Sunday School and leading a women's bible study. In addition, she assists her husband, John, in his diaconal duties. She and John enjoy restoring their historic 1870 home and gardens. When time allows, she enjoys the outdoors, handcrafting textiles, and reading. Areas of interest/experience: trauma, abuse, women's issues, marriage counseling, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, and psychiatric issues.
Brian Munnings is a counselor at CCEF and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Counseling. He went through the CCEF internship program before becoming a counselor. He worked two years interning at his previous church in Toronto, focusing on teen mentoring, leading addiction groups and assisting in outreach ministries. Brian and his wife Dana have two wonderful children. He loves to play tennis, enjoy thai food with his wife, and play street hockey with the neighborhood kids. Areas of interest/experience: children/teens, premarital and marriage counseling, depression, and paranoia.
Winston T. Smith
Winston is a faculty member at CCEF and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. He has been counseling for many years and has recently published his first book: Marriage Matters. Winston is married to his wife Kim, and they have three children. Winston enjoys reading, listening to music, exercise, chess and other games of strategy. Areas of interest/experience: marriage and family, sexual addiction, depression and anxiety.
Darby has a Master of Divinity degree in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bio-psychology from the University of Chicago. She has been doing formal counseling for over a decade. In addition to serving as a missionary to Northern Ireland for two years, she has also supported the ministry of the church as a speaker at women's retreats, bible study teacher, and support group leader. While focused on marriage and family counseling, Darby has a special interest in working with abused and developmentally delayed children. She and her husband, John, have three young children. Her hobbies include photography, swimming, reading, and word games. Areas of interest/experience: marriage counseling, abuse, anxiety, children with developmental differences, and family issues.
Todd serves as Counseling Coordinator and Faculty at CCEF. He holds a Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary as well as a Doctorate in Psychology from Immaculata University. He has experience as a hospital chaplain, crisis worker, and university counselor. Areas of interest/experience: sexuality and gender identity, trauma, schizophrenia, and anxiety.
Jacklyn has a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. Prior to completing the internship at CCEF she spent seven years overseas as a missionary, which included evangelism and discipleship with university students. She has also served in the church through children's ministry, women's ministry, counseling, and equipping others for ministry. She serves as CCEF's intake coordinator. Jacklyn is married to Wes, and enjoys movies, reading, nature, and having fun with friends. Areas of interest/experience: women’s issues, cross-cultural issues, depression, self-injury, and marriage counseling.
Alicia holds an M.A. degree in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary, a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Covenant College. She has completed the counseling internship at CCEF, working primarily with children, adolescents, and parents. She has also served in camp ministries with a particular focus on mentoring girls and young women from grade to graduate school ages. Party planning, community-building, hospitality, baking, cooking, and anything that draws her outdoors or into a good conversation is a joy to her. Areas of interest/experience: counseling children, teens, and parents, anxiety, depression, women's issues, singleness, divorce, and grief.
Ed is a faculty member at CCEF and holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a Neuro-psychology specialty from the University of Utah as well as a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counseling for over 30 years and has written many books and articles on biblical counseling including, When People are Big and God is Small, Addictions: a Banquet in the Grave, Blame it on the Brain?, Depression, Running Scared, and Shame, Interrupted. He and his wife, Sheri, have two married daughters and four grandchildren. In his spare time Ed enjoys hanging out with his wife and extended family, and playing his guitar. Areas of interest/experience: depression and addictions.
Lauren holds a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. She has completed the counseling internship at CCEF. Lauren also works as an editor for the Journal of Biblical Counseling and CCEF Now magazine. She enjoys reading, book clubs, and spending time with her husband and friends. Areas of interest/experience: marriage counseling, anxiety, depression, and women's issues.
Eamon holds a Master’s of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary with an emphasis in counseling and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Psychology from Widener University. He has served as a youth pastor, and has extensive experience in youth ministry. Eamon and his wife Kathryn have three children. Eamon enjoys basketball, long-distance running, board games, music, and spending time with friends and family. Areas of interest/experience: Marriage, anxiety, depression, premarital counseling, and men’s issues.
Kathryn holds a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Lakehead University. She has completed the internship at CCEF and also has extensive ministry experience with women and youth through her local church. Kathryn and her husband Eamon are the proud parents of three children. Kathryn enjoys gardening, fishing, reading, baking, and spending time with friends and family. Areas of interest/experience: marriage, depression, women’s issues, parenting.
The Internship is the core experience of the CCEF training program. Classroom instruction combined with actual counseling allows our interns to experience the grace of God working in the lives of their counselees. Interns have access to the CCEF community to help them interpret, understand, and apply what they have learned to their counseling cases. To enrich the impact of our program, each intern is personally and professionally mentored by a faculty member, providing a unique experience that will anchor them in their own faith and growth, even as they learn to help others.
Joylane is completing her Master of Arts degree in Counseling at Biblical Theological Seminary and holds two bachelor degrees from Taylor University. Prior to beginning her master's program, she completed the CCEF certificate program in Biblical Counseling. Joylane grew up in upstate New York and rural Pennsylvania, but has now been a long time resident of Washington, DC where she is actively involved in her church. She has worked as a television news producer on Capitol Hill, a children's ministry director, and currently as a government contractor. Joylane enjoys being outside - especially in the woods - soaking in fresh air and sunshine, enjoying the parks, markets, and gardens in her neighborhood, eating out with friends, and watching creatively written movies.
Joel holds an M.Div. degree with a Counseling emphasis from Westminster Theological Seminary as well as a B.S. in Psychology from Belhaven College. Between the two degrees he worked as an Campus Intern with Reformed University Fellowship at Baylor University for two years. Though Joel is native to the hill country of Texas he has thoroughly enjoyed the reality of all four seasons in Philadelphia. He attends City Church, where he served as a fellow for the past two years fostering community care, growth, and discipleship. Joel also works as assistant to the Counseling Department at CCEF. He loves playing the piano, cooking meals for friends, Sacred Harp singing, Marilynne Robinson's fiction, and Wendell Berry's poetry.
Teresa is currently completing a Masters of Arts in Counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary. Previously she attended University of Texas at Austin where she majored in Electrical Engineering, and after graduating she worked in a factory making phone chips. Having grown up in Texas, she and her husband come from a Chinese church in Austin and have previously served as volunteer youth directors at a church plant. After graduating this coming May, she hopes to serve the local church alongside her husband, who is studying to be a pastor at Westminster. Teresa and her husband are the parents of a cute little boy.Teresa loves manipulating data in spreadsheets, cooking, training her dog, gardening, and photography.
Emmelyn is currently completing a Masters of Arts in Religion at Westminster Theological Seminary. Before this, she worked as an investment funds lawyer in Sydney, Australia, where she was born and raised. Emmelyn is married to Jonathan, who is also studying at Westminster. After finishing their studies, they desire to move back to Sydney to minister at a local church there. Having been impacted herself by the teaching and ministry of CCEF, Emmelyn is excited about the prospect of interning at CCEF and being able to bring that training home to the church in Sydney. In her spare time, Emmelyn enjoys cooking, baking, and reading fiction.
Allison holds an M.A. in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences from Wellesley College. She served for a number of years in college ministry and now enjoys ministering to junior high and high school youth, families, and co-workers. She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and lived in Boston for nearly a decade where she met and married her husband, James. They currently reside in central New Jersey where her husband is a pastor at Rutgers Community Christian Church. Allison also enjoys reading, classical music, cooking Korean food and spending time with her husband and two dogs.
Arminé holds an M.A. in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Fresno. She was born and raised in Central California before moving to the Philadelphia area to be trained as a biblical counselor. She has been actively involved in her church's youth ministry and missions, and continues to work closely with a para-church ministry to the Armenian community. Arminé desires to use her training to serve the church and local community through a biblical counseling ministry. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, baking, camping, and being outdoors.
Ruth is currently completing an M.A. in Biblical Counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary. She is from England, where she worked in the North West of England as a family doctor for over a decade, as well as spending time working as a pastoral assistant in her local church, and as a doctor in a clinic in rural West Africa. Ruth has found the CCEF model of counseling incredibly helpful and is excited about the growing enthusiasm for biblical counseling in the UK, where she ultimately desires to serve. She enjoys the outdoors, spending time with friends and family and walking her dog.
Ellie holds an M.A. in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Anthropology with a Theater minor from Wheaton College. She grew up in sunny Florida, the daughter of a cattle rancher. Ellie has worked with youth groups and women’s ministries in various churches. Her husband, Adam, is a student at Westminster and they hope to serve in the church together after he graduates. Ellie and Adam love their church family in Ambler. She and her husband enjoy eating tacos and watching Seinfeld.
Danielle is completing an M.A. in Counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary, and also holds an M.A. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from San Jose State University. She has worked as a Directory of Children's ministry, led women's Bible studies and Vacation Bible School. In the past year she has been involved in ministering to those affected by sexual brokenness through an internship at Harvest USA. Danielle is married to her sweetheart from elementary school. She and her husband have two grown children and they are greatly looking forward to grandchildren. She enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, and skiing in the high Rockies of Colorado.
Katie holds her M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary as well as a B.S. in Nursing from Messiah College. She has seven years experience working with oncology patients in the hospital setting. She has also cared for the medical needs of individuals in a homeless shelter. She enjoys participating in lay ministry in her local church. In her free time, Katie enjoys reading, running, and traveling to spend time with her sisters.
Carrie holds an M.A. in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary, a B.S. in Nursing, a B.A. in Humanities, and an associate degree in religious studies. She grew up in Northwestern Ontario, Canada and has ministry and vocational experience in various cross-cultural settings. Carrie has experience in working with children, women, and seniors in teaching, mentoring, and mercy ministries. She enjoys reading, travel, scrap-booking, skiing, and being an auntie to her nephews and niece.