Counseling & Mentoring Ministry

Counseling Ministry

People come into counseling for a number of reasons, some of which are clear and some of which are still uncertain. But you probably are here because there is an area of your life in which you are experiencing hurt or difficulty. It is our hope here that God would, through the process of counseling, demonstrate His great love for you, show you more of His character, and bring healing and restoration to those areas of your life which are in need of his gracious care.

Our counseling ministry consists of our pastoral counselor and lay (volunteer) counselors, and their bios are listed below. Our pastoral counselor is unlicensed, but he has an MDiv and a doctor of ministry degree focused on Christ-centered counseling. All of our lay counselors are unlicensed, but each has significant training (at least 50 hours) in helping people walk with Christ through complicated problems. They have been trained through materials from the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation through Emmaus Road Church's partnership with Redemption Counseling Ministries. Each has been recruited by our elder team based on their gifting and experience in personal ministry. 

If you are interested in pursuing counseling at Emmaus Road Church through Redemption Counseling Ministries, please click the button below.

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Mentoring Ministry

There are challenging areas in each of our lives where we need encouragement and help to meet Christ in the details. Whether it is marriage, anxiety, conflict, parenting, or facing fear, Scripture calls us “bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal 6:2). As a church, one way we seek to do this by providing trained mentors who can meet for 6-8 weeks to help you with a topic by going through a book that can help you find Christ in the heart of what you’re facing.

How it works

Each of our mentors have been selected by our elder team because of their strengths in personal ministry. They have undergone at least 40 hours of classroom and practical training through Christian Counseling and Education Foundation materials in partnership with Redemption Counseling Ministries –  though most have over 60 hours of training. They work with you to set personal goals and find a book study to help you find God’s grace in the heart of whatever issue you’re facing with humility and biblical wisdom. 

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Our Counselors & Mentors

  • Tony Beach, Pastoral Counselor

    Tony and his wife Julie are both from Sheboygan Falls, WI and are the grateful parents of Jeremiah, Levi, Hannah, Elizabeth, and three unborn children who they are eager to meet in heaven. While living 18 years in the Twin Cities, Tony obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Cross Cultural Communications from Bethany International University, a Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, and directed the mentoring program for at-risk kids and oversaw the career adults ministry at Bethlehem Baptist. Afterward, he served as Pastor for Family Ministries at Valley Baptist Church and went on to obtain his doctorate in ministry for counseling at Westminster Seminary, founding Redemption Counseling Ministries to help Northeastern Wisconsin churches in counseling and heart change. His history includes his own several year struggle with depression and anxiety, experiencing God's deep work in Christ. He loves helping others find God's strength in their own struggles.

  • Bruce Albrecht, Lay Counselor & Mentor

    Married (to Diane), empty nester who loves outdoor activities, connecting with others and seeking Christ together. Mentoring areas include marriage, sexual purity, dysphoria, workplace problems/leadership, grief, depression, and anxiety.

    Diane Albrecht, Mentor

    Married (to Bruce), empty nester who enjoys walks, gardening, and connecting with friends. Mentoring areas include marriage and a variety of topics.

  • Karen Crisler, Lay Counselor & Mentor

    Deeply values creating a space in the church that doesn’t shy away from hard, honest, grief and questions, while also clinging to the hope that one day all sorrow will be redeemed.  Mentoring areas include spiritual direction, conflict and forgiving, grief, identity/purpose, and marriage.

  • Gretchen Dominowski, Mentor

    Strives to connect with others in a way that is supportive, encouraging, and growth-oriented. Mentoring areas include anxiety, depression, anger, conflict, grief, identity/purpose, relationships, and suffering.

  • Tana Frost, Lay Counselor & Mentor

    Dedicated to helping people rely on the God Of All Comfort through difficult times. Mentoring areas include: grief, anger, conflict, forgiveness, life transitions, anxiety, marriage, parenting, and relationships.

  • Stephen Schwandt, Mentor

    Passionate about guiding others to experience the God of all comfort and the hope of the Gospel that helped him overcome his own battle with anxiety and depression. Mentoring areas include anxiety, anger, depression, marriage, and parenting.

  • Noah Smith, Lay Counselor & Mentor

    Deeply appreciates the comfort of insightful, godly conversations at so many crucial points in his life and is eager to participate in a ministry that supports the common yet extraordinary grace of fellowship. Mentoring areas include: purity, loneliness, grief, depression, suffering, and communion with God. 

  • Sandy Tobias, Lay Counselor & Mentor

    The Lord has used my own struggles to teach me to sit with and listen quietly to others who find bumps along the way, as I do. Mentoring areas include anxiety, communion with God, depression, grief, identity/purpose, relationships, marriage, suffering, and spiritual direction.