Lay Biblical Counselors


 Philip Aguinaga, M.Ed., LPC Intern

The Lord has been faithful to lead me towards ministering to others through The Word. I firmly believe that only God’s Word is needed and essential for heart and life change. By understanding the grace and peace through Christ Jesus and knowing Him crucified and resurrected, I am confident the Holy Spirit can continue to conform us into that image throughout the rest of our lives. Though life’s circumstances can scramble our own plans, God’s perfect plan is never unstable. I hope to serve God by applying His Word, counseling, and discipling other men as we walk in faith through the work God is doing in us.

I moved to Denton almost 10 years ago to attend UNT, and God in His goodness has kept me here and surrounded me with a great community of believers at Denton Bible Church. I am a member of DBC, and have served in the college ministry, senior-life, the children’s ministry…I’ve been very blessed to serve all around the church! I completed my Master’s degree in Counseling from UNT in 2012, and work as an Academic Counselor at UNT. While finishing my degree, I began attending conferences and learning about biblical counseling. After completing a year long course in biblical counseling, I began earning hours towards my counseling licensure under the supervision of John Henderson. I have experience working with a variety of issues, including anxiety, grief, and relationship issues.

 


 

Cheryl Guillory

It has been a privilege to serve as a lay Biblical counselor for many years, helping women think and live according to the Word of God amidst any number of personal and relationship issues.  I believe the ministry of counseling offers women an opportunity to address their struggles openly and honestly.  I firmly trust in the necessity and sufficiency of Scripture to powerfully and effectually change human hearts.  I desire to help women apply the Gospel practically in their daily lives that they may reflect the One whose image they bear and bring Him greater glory.

I have completed training in Biblical counseling with the Biblical Counseling Foundation, studied the Biblical counseling curriculum from the Master’s Seminary for seminary students and the Care & Discipleship curriculum from the Institute for Biblical Counseling & Discipleship (IBCD), as well as completing the Equipped to Counsel program at Denton Bible Church.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.   (2 Tim. 3:16-17)


 

Diane LaFon Reed

I am not a native Texan, but I got here as fast as I could because life’s too short not to live as a Texan. I am greatly blessed to have lived in small towns of North Texas: Sanger for 19 years and the last four in Aubrey.

My first exposure to the Bible was in 1987 and I consider this a pivotal point in my life as a Christian. Since then my passions have become teaching the Word of God to women of God and ministering to the grieving and women in crisis.

Some very unpredictable and difficult seasons in my life led me to surrender to the Lord’s sovereignty and live solely by trusting in His grace. I was twice widowed in a seven-year period, one of them due to the tragedy of suicide. Our life experiences can become a great teacher if we let God use them and we let His perfect Word of life penetrate deeply into our wounds so healing can begin. This has been my story and testimony of a faithful God who keeps His promise to conform us to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.

I received two undergraduate degrees in California and am currently working on completing my Level I Certification in Biblical counseling with the Association of Biblical Counselors.

I’ve been a member of Denton Bible Church for the last eighteen years, and I love having the opportunity to serve in the counseling and marriage reconciliation ministries and volunteer with Women’s Ministry and Grief Recovery.

I’ve been blessed beyond measure with many dear friends and family which includes my daughter and son and their spouses, two step-sons and their wives, and three grandchildren who melt my heart each time I see them.

One of my life verses: “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.”  Psalm 27:13-14