J. R. Hite joined the TRBC Counseling Center ministry as Pastoral Counselor in September of 2010. Though his training has included some clinical education, his primary preparation for counseling was gained through many years of pastoral ministry beginning in 1966 as a youth pastor while in college and continuing while completing his MDiv degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX.
Over the following years in pastoral ministry, many came to him for counseling to help resolve issues such as marital strife, relational conflicts, various addictions, brokenness from infidelity, parenting issues, grief over varied losses, and employment problems. His counseling endeavors continued as he worked alongside Dr. Charlie Bell, Director of Counseling at First Baptist Church in Orlando. There he also served as Minister to Young and Median Adults. Later his commitment to Pastoral Counseling became more definite when he joined the Counseling staff of Focus on the Family in Colorado as Chaplain to staff and Pastoral Counselor to thousands of people who wrote Dr. James Dobson or called for help in dealing with every imaginable life challenge. This escalated in the days following our national crisis of 09/11/2001. During the 18 years he served at Focus, the Counseling staff received periodic Continued Education led by well-known Christian professional counselors.
His training under John Regier, former pastor and founder of Caring for the Heart Ministries, helped J. R. develop a greater compassion for people in pain. More importantly, he gained a better understanding of how to help individuals and couples experience the abundant life and freedom the Lord Jesus offers to people of faith (John 8:36, 10:10b). This is more difficult for some, but possible for all. Resolution of past/present issues, coupled with resolve to surrender life to Him in faith, intentionally identified with Christ’s life (John 15:7), transforms life (II Cor. 5:17).
Dr. Shelley Todd joined the Thomasville Road Baptist Church staff in September, 1994. She offers professional, Christian counseling to both church members and non-members.
After completing a B.A. in Psychology/Humanities, Shelley earned both her Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) and her Ph.D. from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Her church background includes Presbyterian, General Conference Baptist, Christian and Missionary Alliance, and Southern Baptist.
Prior to coming on staff at TRBC, Shelley held many positions which have helped her develop her counseling program, including serving as an Adolescent Psychology Intern in Ft. Worth, Texas and as a Residential Unit Coordinator in New Orleans. In 1988, she began her private practice and became the first Director of Adolescent Services for River Bend Psychiatric Hospital, Metairie, LA. In 1993, she took the position of Clinical Director of the Christian Counseling Clinic in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She has been involved in three psychiatric hospital start-ups.
Her credentials include:
Whether you are divorced or separated, Divorce Care can help you discover hope and experience healing. DivorceCare4Kids and childcare is available during our meetings. Our next session begins August 13th and runs until October 29th. We meet in the Fellowship Hall from 4 to 6pm. Cost is $10 per person. Contact us for more information.
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. The next 13 week study begins at TRBC Sunday February 26, during the 10:45 Small Group Bible Study hour, in CB303. Contact us for information.