540-227-4841 (phone) / 540-301-3546 (fax) office@brccva.org

Staff Members

The BRCC Staff has come together from diverse educational backgrounds and prior careers. We are grateful for the many experiences, both professionally and personally, that God has brought us through, and we are eager to offer care out of the care we have received (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). Though we serve with different credentials and titles, we are united in our commitment to offer care out of the riches of the Bible in connection with the hands and feet of Christ, His church. For more information, please see the statement of care model that we affirm.

 

Nick Perrine
Pastoral Counselor

Nick grew up in Northwestern Pennsylvania. He received a Master of Divinity with a Counseling Emphasis from Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, Pennsylvania. After seminary, he interned at CCEF New England, and has most recently been a Biblical Counselor for Heart Song Counseling in Northern Virginia. Nick and his wife Sandy have been married since 2013.

Nick’s passion is that people would experience the peace and strength of God being with us and for us. His overarching goal in counseling is to help people grow in knowledge of self and knowledge of God.

Nick works with adults and teens and has experience working with marriages, premarital counseling, anger issues, trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, and sexual identity issues.

Dale Kuiken
Biblical Counselor 

Dale is originally from New Jersey and has served as a Biblical Counselor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC for the past six years. Previously she worked
as an RN for many years. 

She holds a Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and has served in various areas of ministry over her lifetime. She enjoys helping others come to know Jesus and to help them grow in intimacy with him.

Dale has three adult children and four grand children, whom she enjoys visiting and spending time with.

Dale’s areas of counseling focus include sexual abuse, domestic abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship struggles, pre-marital counseling, and spiritual struggles. She counsels at our Roanoke and Christiansburg offices.

Dreama Plybon Love
Certified Family Life Educator

Dreama is originally from Rocky Mount, Virginia and is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling from Faith Bible Seminary. She has completed her internship with BRCC and continues serving in our Roanoke and Christiansburg offices. 

For over fourteen years Dreama worked in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Purdue University. Other former teaching and education positions focused on supporting the healthy development of children and families across the life-span including early childhood, parenting, child care, prevention of child abuse, aging and family studies. 

Dreama has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Wheaton College, a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University and is a Certified Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations. She also holds teacher certifications in elementary education and early childhood education.

Dreama has one son, a daughter-in-law, and one granddaughter in Indiana and enjoys visiting them whenever possible since moving back to Virginia to serve as a live-in caregiver to her elderly parents. She has experienced first-hand God’s transformation during difficult times of life through biblical counseling and desires to share God’s grace to others in this way.

Her areas of counseling thus far have focused on grief counseling, aging, parenting and family issues.

Dan Martinson
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dan specializes in helping individuals with mental health concerns, including clinical
concerns as well as struggles many of us commonly face. He earned his B.A. in Psychology at
Cedarville University, OH, and his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College, IL. He
has spent the last five years providing therapy to college students at Wheaton College, Radford
University, and Virginia Tech. However, he is also excited to work with adults of all ages and
backgrounds.

Dan’s professional interests include anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, shame, identity
development, relational concerns, and issues related religious/spiritual identity. Dan’s approach to therapy is warm, empathic, and caring. At the same time, he will also challenge you to embrace new perspectives and make changes as necessary to achieve the change you desire to see. Whether there is pain from which you are seeking relief or goals you can’t quite accomplish on your own, he seeks to empower and equip you to grow into more of the person you want to be – and to respect and care for the person you already have become! Dan is especially passionate about empowering Christians to draw closer to their Lord and Savior and to other believers in the areas of their lives where they experience the most pain and difficulty. At the same time, Dan is excited to work with individuals of diverse religions (including those who are not religious).

In his free time, Dan enjoys playing games and getting outdoors with his 10-month-old
daughter, Ziva, and wife, Marybeth.

Todd O’Brien
Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, Qualified Mental Health Professional

Todd graduated from Roanoke College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. He is an ordained minister and has worked in both secular and Christian counseling settings, and his experience includes inner-city ministry, treatment foster care, prison counseling, anger management counseling, substance abuse, and family counseling. He was ordained in 1989 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Todd is an avid bird-watcher and C.S. Lewis fan, and he loves to discuss science, philosophy, and National Parks. He and his wife have two adult sons and a daughter-in-law who are active in youth ministry, music, and missions.

David Peck
Pastoral Counselor

David is originally from middle Tennessee. He has been active in church ministry, inner city ministry, mercy ministries and has led short term missions and disaster-response teams in the U.S. and in several countries around the world. He has been an ordained minister since 2004 and has served in the roles of deacon and elder, in addition to his work in the Christian non-profit sector as Director of Development, Assistant Director, Executive Director. He is currently an Associate Pastor in Roanoke. He has often served bi-vocationally, working in the construction industry off and on for 20+ years.
  
He is pursuing a Masters of Divinity through the Blue Ridge Institute for Theological Education. Additionally, he is taking online counseling classes through CCEF.
  
He and his wife McKenzie live in Roanoke and have four children. The oldest is serving in the Army and the younger three are still at home.
 
His areas of focus include marriage, parenting/ family dynamics, sexual sin, anxiety and depression. He serves at our Roanoke and Christiansburg offices.
 

Michael Gembola
Executive Director

Michael is originally from South Carolina, and before moving to Virginia he served as a licensed professional counselor at CCEF in Pennsylvania and on church staff as Director of Congregational Care and Discipleship. He is an ordained minister (PCA).

He holds masters degrees from Westminster Seminary in Counseling (MAC) and in Biblical Studies (MAR), and Certificates in Professional Counseling and Global Trauma Recovery from the Missio Graduate School of Counseling. He has taught courses at BRITE, Westminster Seminary, Missio Seminary, Heritage Seminary, Santiago Seminary, and at CCEF. He is the author of After an Affair: Pursuing Restoration and several articles, and he serves as consulting editor for the Journal of Biblical Counseling

He and his wife Kelly live in Roanoke with their two sons and daughter.

His areas of focus include marriage, anxiety (especially OCD), and ministry leader issues. He serves at our Roanoke and Christiansburg offices.

Kristen Hull
Biblical Counselor

Kristen grew up in Washington State, but has lived most of her adult life overseas. She graduated from Columbia International University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible and a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Studies. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary.
 
Kristen and her husband served for several years in a church planting ministry overseas. They are currently engaged in a ministry of discipling, equipping and mentoring international workers. Their five children are all young adults, and they are blessed to be “Grandpap” and “Grammy” to four precious grandchildren.
 

Having experienced the abundance of God’s grace during hard and painful seasons in her own life, Kristen’s desire is to come alongside women, helping them to find encouragement, comfort and hope in the Lord. 

Fellows

Kaifang Zheng
Biblical Counseling Fellow

Kaifang is originally from southern China. As a counselor, she enjoys walking alongside others and pointing them to the mighty and gentle Lord Jesus. She believes that change is progressive and incremental, and that it often occurs in seemingly insignificant moments; the important thing is the direction of the change: towards Christ – the holy and loving Lord. Relying on the Holy Spirit, Kaifang strives to help others grow in their understanding of self and their knowledge of the covenantal God. She aims to connect God’s grace and truth to their struggles, while encouraging them to trust God and love Him and others more and more.

Kaifang received a Master’s of Divinity with an emphasis in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. She also holds a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Cincinnati and Master’s Degrees in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. Before attending seminary, she worked as a counselor in a community counseling setting. She has counseled in the local church context and has been involved with campus ministry and cross-cultural ministry. She is single, and takes delight in cooking, hiking, singing, and getting to know people of different ethnicities. 

Kaifang provides counseling services in both English and Mandarin. She has experience counseling in the areas of depression, anxiety, fear, guilt, shame, legalism, loneliness, grief, relationship issues, vocational concerns, and more.  She offers services on a donation basis.

Ronnie Eng
Biblical Counseling Fellow

Ronnie Eng has served by living alongside indigenous brothers/sisters in Africa, America, and Asia. He earned an M.A. in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Crisis & Trauma Psychological Services at Regent University.

His leadership experience began with establishing the AlphaOmega men of Christ, to disciple positive accountability among third-culture-kids through community service. He also co-founded ICHTHYSroe family ministries, where he facilitated growth workshops for atheist/new-believer relatives of church leaders. His most recent missionary project was advising Christian executives and hosting apologetics events through recon3ministries’ Body of Disciples (BoD) workplace ministry.

Ronnie met his wife while serving in children’s ministry, and their greatest collaboration has been teaching their own children–Suen-Peng 伍信平 (Messenger of His Peace) and Suen-Yuet 伍信悅 (Messenger of His Favor)–how to praise God in 5 languages by 18 months.

He specializes in personal coaching (young-adult high-performance, corporate calling, pastoral expectations), individual therapy (complicated grief, complex trauma, stress-related disorders), and caregiver support groups (marital, parental, elder care) for international workers in closed-access countries as well as India, Italy, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Affiliate Staff

Kathleen Donaldson
Biblical Counselor

Kathie grew up in upstate NY, but has lived most of her adult life in NJ. She holds Master’s Degrees in Counseling and Student Affairs (Western Kentucky) and in Biblical Counseling (Westminster Seminary), and a Certificate in Advanced Professional Counseling from the Missio Graduate School of Counseling.

After teaching high school biology and chemistry and working guidance counseling, she began working for her local church to provide biblical counseling, where she has served for the last seventeen years.

Kathie has been married to her husband Ken for over 40 years, and they have three adult sons, two daughters, and three grandchildren. She enjoys relaxing with her family, outdoor activities, traveling, and playing word games.

Her areas of interest include women’s issues, marriage and pre-marriage counseling, teens, young adults, eating disorders, abuse, adoption and educational problems.

Jason Luke
Biblical Counselor

Jason grew up in Pennsylvania and has worked in a variety of ministry settings over the past fifteen years. He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theory and served as worship director before pivoting to one-to-one care.

He received his Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary and worked as a Care and Counseling Director. While in that role he initiated a lay counseling program, while partnering with CCEF, to equip the saints for personal engagement that leads to Gospel transformation. Jason plans to continue his postgraduate education with a focus on the areas of race, trauma, and Gospel identity.

Jason and his wife currently live in New Jersey and enjoy good food, a good laugh, and time spent with friends and family!

His counseling areas of focus include anxiety, identity, life transitions and relationship issues.

Nancy Olson
Biblical Counselor

Nancy is a Virginia girl by birth and choice, having spent most of her life here. She has nine adult children (two girls and seven boys) and five grandchildren that she enjoys hanging out with as often as possible. She has served in a variety of ministry avenues, mostly children’s in the past, and currently women’s and worship team.

Nancy has an undergraduate degree in Nursing, currently working as an RN in the county schools, and has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary.

She longs to offer hope and rest in Jesus, the ultimate Counselor who comes near with grace, comfort, and compassion, especially to those who are oppressed, struggling with anxiety, and grief stricken. She is a fellow traveler who has been personally blessed through biblical counseling in hard times and desires to help others live and love in a Christ-centered way. Nancy serves as a church-based lay counselor.