Lay Biblical Counselors


 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

 


Sheila Wilson

Living each day involves making choices—sometimes we choose wisely and sometimes we don’t.  Our choices, good or bad, can affect others’ lives and their choices can affect our lives.  When choices end in pain or hurt, we need to turn to Jesus or find someone that can point us to Him.

I came to Denton Bible Church in 1996 after my marriage of 16 years ended in divorce.  In deep pain, both spiritually and mentally, several people pointed me to Jesus and His Word and His strength and ministered His love to me.  They came along side me and encouraged me through God’s Word and love.  Jesus has healed me—and continues to heal, comfort, and strengthen me daily in His Word and Love.

The Lord has continued to comfort and strengthen me and I have had the opportunity to minister to divorced women for about 19 years, pointing them to the love, care, hope, and healing of Jesus and His Word and Truth.  Opportunities have also been provided for me to volunteer as a mentor, co-lead and lead women’s Bible studies, and then to complete “Equipped to Counsel”, the lay biblical counseling preparation course at Denton Bible Church, in 2014.

I am a mother, grandmother, and retired teacher.