Hope Counseling Services exists to create safe places in Chapel Hill and the surrounding area where people of all ages and stages of life can speak honestly about their struggles, encounter the living Redeemer, and find the hope and lasting change He alone provides through Christ-centered, biblically based counseling and training.
We do this by:
1. Providing biblical counseling for problems in daily living
2. Training and developing biblical counselors
3. Resourcing the church for counseling-related needs
Our Approach to Counseling
Hope Counseling Services intentionally aligns with the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) model of care. Our aim is to come alongside you and provide wise and loving help by exploring and connecting what really matters.
Your circumstances matter, so we will seek to understand what you are facing. Your experiences matter, so we will seek to understand how you are living in response to your circumstances. And who God is, what God says, and what God does matter, so we will seek to understand the Hope that he is for us, as revealed in the Bible.
We believe that deep and lasting change is possible, when real Hope meets real Life. Hope Counseling Services seeks to help you connect these things that really matter, so that real change begins to take root and bear fruit in you.
Staff & Counselors
Wes grew up in Charlotte, NC and earned a degree from North Carolina State University. After serving with two non-profits in Durham, Wes moved to Philadelphia to pursue further theological training through Westminster Theological Seminary and the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. He holds a Master of Arts in Religion from Westminster. From 2011-2016, Wes served as the director of CCEF’s School of Biblical Counseling. As the director, he provided leadership to a global educational program in biblical counseling that served over 1,500 students annually in over 40 countries. Wes is married to Jacklyn and has three children. Wes enjoys golf, coffee with friends, and spending time with his wife and children.
Greg grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He graduated from UNC with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, and there met his wife to be. In 1987, he married Cindy and, for the next ten years, they both served with Campus Crusade for Christ in various capacities around the southeast. Along the way, Greg earned his Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. In 1997, Greg became an associate pastor at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Durham, North Carolina, and in 2005, he was sent to help plant Christ Community Church in Chapel Hill, where he still serves as its associate pastor. More recently, Greg has written and successfully defended his dissertation, and in May, 2017, graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree in Biblical Counseling. Greg and Cindy have two sons, Evan and Nathan. Together, they enjoy watching Carolina basketball and reruns of the Andy Griffith Show!
Jacklyn holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and an Advanced Certificate in Professional Counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary. She served as a counselor at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation from 2011-2016. Prior to her work at CCEF, she spent seven years as a missionary in South Africa, working with university students. She has also served in her local church over the years through children’s ministry, women’s ministry, counseling, and equipping others for ministry. Jacklyn is married to Wes, has three children and enjoys movies, reading, nature, and having fun with friends.
Evan grew up outside of St. Louis, Missouri. After graduating from University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) with a degree in Psychology, he earned a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary. Evan’s passion for counseling grew when he joined the Army Reserve as a Chaplain for over four years. Aside from his work at Hope, he also serves as the Executive Director of Pregnancy Support Services, which is a Christian non-profit that offers help and hope to women and couples considering their choices in unplanned pregnancy and to youth navigating their choices in healthy relationships. Evan has been married to his wife Katrina since 2013, and they have one daughter.
TiLIssa grew up in Charlotte, NC and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Lenoir Rhyne University. She served on staff with CRU in the Charlotte Metro Area for two years before attending Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where she received her MA in Biblical Counseling. TiLissa is married to Tim, and together they own a specialty coffee business in Durham. When she’s not counseling, you can find TiLissa having tea time with her two young girls, refinishing thrifted furniture, or digging in the garden.
Cory calls West Virginia home with her husband, Roger. Together they have eight children and eight grandchildren. Cory has lived in many different locations first as a military dependent, then as a military wife. Besides raising a family, Cory serves in her local church teaching and discipling women, as well as nursery ministry. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. It is her passion to walk alongside women and share how Jesus meets us in tangible ways in our seasons of difficulty and struggle. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family, grandkids, and friends, reading, and growing many beautiful flowers.
Elissa is a 2018 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Sociology and American Studies. As a Division I diver while at UNC, she served on the Student Athlete Leadership Team within Cru’s campus ministry, Athletes in Action. Elissa was also a finalist at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. Because Elissa feels called to work with women and children who have experienced trauma, she plans to pursue her Master of Arts in Counseling in the next few years. Elissa enjoys music, movies, and spending time with family and friends.