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Our Capacity to Serve

For over 25 years, Lighthouse Christian Services has served individuals from all walks of life through biblically-based counseling.  Our Mission is to provide pathway out of darkness and bring hope to troubled lives through life-changing mental health services that are Professional, Biblical, Affordable and Comprehensive! Our counseling division consists of a staff of licensed professional counselors, as well as Master's level counselor trainees. Future capacity building plans include 1) establishing group therapy programs 2) seminars tailored to meet the specialized needs of professional counselors and ministry professionals alike, 3) seeking new partnerships for collaboration and 4) creating a more effective means of outcomes evaluation. To view a copy of our most recent 990 tax return,  go to

Our Board and Staff

                               Governing Board

John V. Matthews, Chairman
 Member of Technical Staff, Alcatel-Lucent

Kenneth E. Rogers, D. Min, Vice Chair

Associate Pastor of The Lord Jesus Christ's Church

Utilities Specialist with Public Utilities Commission of Ohio



Karen Susenna, Executive Secretary

Procurement Specialist, Alcatel-Lucent
                                Advisory Board Members
Rev. Charles Leister
New Beginning Ministries
Cheryl J. Smith
President and CEO:
The Collaboration Station


Robyn E. Judge
Vice President,
Federal Reporting and Investments
FifthThird Bank

William Dodson
Executive Director:
Dayspring Christian Community
Development Corporation
Kathleen M. Kellogg, CPA
Director of Stewardship
Pregnancy Decision Health Centers

Robert Ostrander
President and CEO
Centerpoint Life Planning, Inc.
Philip W. Gerth, Esq.

Petra Hinterschied
Realtor: RE/MAX International, Inc.

Millie McCarty graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Christian Education from Defiance College. She went on to earn a Master's Degree in Counseling and Guidance from The Ohio State University, and founded Lighthouse Christian Counseling in 1981.

Executive and Administrative Staff

Carolyn I. Jones, Executive Director
Carolyn brings extensive knowledge and expertise to Lighthouse due to her 15+ years working in the non-profit world. Prior to her arrival as Executive Director of Lighthouse in 2002, she provided leadership to large projects on behalf of Campus Crusade for Christ International (1999 - 2002); served as Associate Director for Program Growth and Development with OIC International in Philadelphia, PA (1993 - 1998); and served as a post-graduate IFESH Fellow with AFRICARE in  Niger, West, Africa (1991 - 1992).  Carolyn's educational background includes an in M.A. in French and International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (Monterey, CA); a B.A. in French from Oral Roberts University (Tulsa, OK);  and Diplomes Superieurs from the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris, France).

Steven Johnston, MA, PCC-S,
Director of Counseling 
Steve has been a clinical counselor for over fifteen years, with special training in the areas of Pastoral Counseling, Gerontology; Behavioral Addictions Treatment; Suicide Prevention; Domestic Violence; Child Sexual Abuse; and Marital counseling. He received a B.A. in Bible from Mt. Vernon Bible College, Mt. Vernon, OH, in 1984, and an M.A. in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, OH in 1988. He completed the LPCC program through Ashland Theological Seminary in 1997.

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Larry Castle, Finance Manager
Larry Castle is the owner and President of Practice Management Solutions, the largest privately owned practice management/billing firm to specialize only in behavioral health care management. The company's four employees work with over 80 individual private and/or group practices in the Greater Columbus area and have over 25 years of combined experience in the industry.


Cindy Johnston, MA, MS, LPC
Cindy has been a part-time, licensed professional counselor at Lighthouse for several years.  Prior to obtaining an M.A. in Counseling from Regent University, she earned an M.S. in Vision Rehabilitation Therapy from the PA College of Optometry. Her pre-counseling work history includes helping disabled adults increase their level of independence and quality of life. Cindy is also an army veteran. Her areas of focus include Women's Issues, Marriage, Parenting, Assertiveness Issues, Abuse, Adjustment to Disability, and Life Coaching.
Gay Meads, MSW, LISW-S
Gay received her Bachelor of Social Work in 1987 and her Master of Social Work in 1988 from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Gay worked with families in Chicago as a therapist, clinical supervisor and group home director. Gay has also worked as a hospice social worker and has volunteered extensively in the marriage and family ministry at her church, working with couples whose marriages are in crisis. Gay views counseling as a sacred trust. She considers it a privilege to come alongside those who are wounded and hurting to help support their journey to the restoration and wholeness God has for them. Her approach is faith-based and her areas of focus include individual, marital, family, mental health and women's issues, betrayal, grief and loss, codependency, and recovery from childhood wounding.

Joan Snider MS, LPC, LSW
Joan received her BS of Social Work at Ohio Dominican University in 2001 and her MSEd and Allied Profession for Community Counseling at The University of Dayton in 2008. She's been a Licensed Social Worker since 2001 and earned her Professional Counselor License in 2009.


Sheila Anderson, Counselor Trainee
Shelia is working toward her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary.


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