Staff Biblical Counselors

Steve Barns, LPC, LMFT, LPC & LMFT Supervisor

With profound gratitude, I have been married to Kathryn for 27 years. We have four grown children. After growing up in the Denton community, I attended Baylor University as a ministry student and graduated in 1979. I attended graduate school at the University of North Texas where I received a M.Ed. in Counseling with emphasis in Marriage and Family Counseling. Immediately following my graduate training I worked in two different hospitals as an inpatient counselor. Upon receipt of my LPC and LMFT licenses in 1992, I opened a private practice here in Denton.

In 2000, I was invited onto the pastoral staff at Denton Bible church to oversee the counseling ministry. It remains my delight to train and supervise counseling interns, helping them move toward licensure if that is their desire, but especially to prepare them in the ministry of biblical counseling.


Mary E. Winter, LPC

The opportunity to offer counsel…to hear the stories of the hurting…to come alongside individuals and families as they courageously face the trials and challenges of life is a profound honor and privilege for me. I am humbled by the precious people who have invited me into their hearts and lives. I believe God’s Word is foundational and essential in the counseling process. No one knows us…loves us…teaches us better than our Creator. He is Life, and His Word is alive and active. Our gracious heavenly Father will not waste an iota of any pain He allows in our lives. On the contrary, He will walk with us, comfort us, strengthen us, teach us, and mature us when we seek Him in the hardships of this life.

I graduated from the University of North Texas with a master’s degree in Counseling and am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have worked at Denton County Friends of the Family, counseling adult survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse, and at Denton Bible Church counseling women, couples, and families.

I have been married to Bruce since 1979. We’ve navigated life’s ups and downs together for many years now. We have been blessed with two grown sons, two daughters-in-law, and twin granddaughters. I enjoy camping, hiking, biking, reading, spending time with family and friends, and playing bunches with my granddaughters who keep me young!


Randy Nickerson, LPC

Most things we go through can teach us something about ourselves and about our relationship with God. And in counseling, while working with hurting people in search of meaning to things that don’t always make sense I draw extensively on my own experience: as a husband, father, and maker of big mistakes. You and I will be encouraged together while seeking a lasting peace and real, sustainable solutions to real problems. We will learn how good life can be when we seek God’s will in everything we do, examine ourselves openly and honestly, and are willing to change.

As a professional firefighter/paramedic (my first career) I learned a few things about dealing with crisis, pain, and the chaos of life in general. While the problems in counseling are typically not physical in nature, being able to come alongside someone in very real pain and offer hope and relief by remaining calm and objective and applying the wisdom of God is still integral to my job.

I hold Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees in counseling from the University of North Texas. I have completed the Equipped to Counsel biblical training course at Denton Bible Church and am a Licensed Professional Counselor.

My wife, Ava, and I have attended Denton Bible Church since 1993. We have two sons, one daughter-in-law, and two beautiful granddaughters. We are now experiencing the truly amazing and wonderful things that can occur as a result of having a genuine relationship with Christ.

This is where I live:

 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20


Alex Kelley, MACE, MABC

(Dallas Theological Seminary)

The word counseling seems to have a lot of different meanings today. Often there is a stigma associated with counseling, yet one is not unique or different from others if he or she understands the need for godly, Biblical wisdom (1 Cor. 10:13; James 1:5, 3:13, 17-18). God, who is our Wonderful Counselor (Isaiah 9:6), began His counseling with the first couple before the fall (Gen. 2:15-17) and continued thereafter (Gen. 3:8-24). God gave His counsel to us through direct revelation; the coming of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ; and through His complete Word, the Bible, which provides everything we need to live godly lives through the true knowledge of Christ (Heb.1:1-4; 2 Peter 1:3-4, 20-21; 2 Tim 3:16-17).

I see myself as helping people understand who Christ is and how He is to be our life (Gal.2:20; Col.3:1-4;) as well as our means of living this life (2 Cor.5:14-17, 21; Phil.1:20-21;). As a fellow struggler I identify with those who are experiencing confusion and are in need of Biblical wisdom (Heb. 5:2).

It matters not what you are going through. God is with you if you are His child. Through Christ we can experience joy, peace, and contentment in the midst of any seemingly hopeless situation. Ultimately, we must all look to Christ, who is not only our Savior but also our advocate to whom we can come confidently at any time and under any circumstances (Heb.4:14-16; 1 John 2:1-2).

I personally have experienced God’s grace in so many ways and in so many capacities that I pray the Lord would use me to help folks see Christ and the Gospel as being the focus of their lives. I am very grateful to Christ for having saved me and brought me through many ups and downs as a man, husband, father, businessman, pastor, educator, grand dad (Opie) and now as a counselor.

I am very grateful to the following people who have affected my spiritual growth and insight: Lee Carpenter, Stuart Scott, Greg Cook, John Henderson, and many others through personal contact and/or their writings.  The Lord used these men in my life to shed further light on what it means to be a Christ-centered Christian and counselor.


Ashley Davis, LPC Intern

I have been counseling adolescents, adults, families, and marriages over the past several years in multiple settings. I also have experience working with addiction and inner city adults serving time for drug and criminal conduct charges.

Originally from west Texas, I attended Royse City High School and received my Bachelor’s degree from University of Texas at Dallas in 2006. After college, I attended Dallas Baptist University, where I obtained a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling in August 2013. It was there that my family of origin issues came to a head and I was able to embark on my own journey of recovery.

While in college, I spent most of my time volunteering for various Christian organizations such as the Baptist Student Ministry, Ratio Christi, and the International Student Inc. I led young adults in Bible study, discipled small groups, and oversaw many mission projects involving taking young adults on camps and other missional activities. I have experience in inpatient, IOP programs, outpatient therapy, and Christian counseling. My background is with adolescents, young adults, coupled with my own experience of fragmented familial relationships which has fostered a love for and unique understanding of my clients.

I am especially passionate about helping others gain a sense of who they are in Christ, finding their inner voice, and dealing with family relationships after struggling for years with my own self-doubt, anxiety, shame, and depression. I believe healing happens within the context of meaningful relationships and each person’s relationship with Christ. I am committed to facilitating and cultivating positive outcomes by focusing on Christian principles and the development of an abundant life for individuals and families alike through the guidance of God’s word and empirically based practices.

Personally, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, observing nature, and being creative through art journaling.

I am married and love serving others through ministry with my husband.


Bonny Pierce, CTPSC

When I was 16, I had the opportunity to visit an orphanage in Thailand. There I saw many young children who had nothing. Looking around, I realized that there were only a few workers, not nearly enough to meet the needs of all the children, not enough hands to pick up all of the crying babies. It was heart breaking but it sparked something deep down inside my heart, it sparked the passion to help hurting children.

Fast forward many years, and that passion to help kids is still there, stronger than ever. My desire to help children led me to the field of teaching. I’ve taught for Denton ISD, and Pilot Point ISD as a special education teacher for preschoolers.  As a professional educator, I’ve seen many kids who were hurting deep inside, who’ve had to face trials that I could never imagine. My heart ached for these kids and I knew I needed to do more. I went back to school and received a master’s degree from the University of North Texas in counseling, with an emphasis in school counseling and specialized training in play therapy.  I am a Certified Texas Professional School Counselor.

I have also had training in Biblical Counseling through the Equipped to Counsel Program. I interweave Biblical Counseling and play therapy to create a unique environment where kids can feel safe, secure, and loved while they work through their heartaches. It is my hope that as children participate in Biblical play therapy they are introduced to the ultimate healer, Jesus Christ, and experience His healing powers.

I’m married and homeschool two precious kids. In my free time I enjoy cake decorating, back yard chickens, camping, and playing board games.