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HISTORY

Foundations Christian Counseling Services, Inc. was founded by Fred Jacoby, M.A. in September of 2002. After many conversations with pastors and people in the Pocono area, a need was discovered for more professional Christian Counseling in Monroe County. Below is a brief timeline of events in the History of Foundations:

  • 2002 – Foundations Christian Counseling Services, Inc. was founded and incorporated as a 501(c) Non-Profit Organization.

  • 2004 - Foundations opened a second office in Northampton County at Carpenters Community Church in Nazareth, PA.

  • 2006 - Foundations opened our third office in Carbon County at Faith Alive United Methodist Church, Bowmanstown, PA.

  • 2007 - Foundations opened our fourth office in Wayne County at Hamlin Pentecostal Assembly of God, Hamlin, PA.

  • 2008 - Foundations opened a fifth office in Lehigh County at First Baptist Church of Allentown, Allentown, PA.

  • 2010 - Our Hamlin office closed. Foundations opened our second Monroe County office at Innovation Church, Cresco (near Mt. Pocono), PA.

  • 2012 - Foundations celebrated our Tenth Anniversary.

  • 2013 - Foundations opened our sixth and seventh offices in Lackawanna and Luzurne Counties at Fellowship Church, Dallas, PA (Wilkes-Barre Area) and Grace Bible Church, Dunmore, PA (Scranton Area). Foundations’ Nazareth office moved to Grace Bible Fellowship, Nazareth, PA.

Foundations is not affiliated with a particular church or denomination.

PHILOSOPHY

We are committed to providing professional, biblically-based counseling to all whom we serve, regardless of sex, race, religion, or sexual preference. We believe that an individual’s emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and interactions are caused by motives that stem directly from the heart. Though the cause of most behaviors come from the heart, we recognize that we are created as spirit and body. Therefore, we recognize that many actions and interactions are influenced by our body chemistry (hormones, deficiencies, adrenaline, etc.) as well as our situations and circumstances. It is our desire to provide counseling that is God-centered, Spirit-led, and Hope-focused to help clients find peace emotionally, relationally, and spiritually.

We believe that our past influences affect present realities and relationships. We will focus on the heart’s responses to past and present influences and address some of the foundational issues of worth, love, and trust. In Biblical counseling, you can expect practical & Biblical directions on how to live by faith, renew the mind, manage emotions, resolve trauma of the past, and pursue peace in relationships.

 
 

STATEMENT OF FAITH

Foundations Christian Counseling Services, Inc. Professional Staff, Board Members and Officers subscribe to the following:

We Believe . . .

  •  That there is one God who exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  •  That Jesus Christ (the Son of God) was born of a virgin, was sinless, performed miracles and died on the cross as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Jesus ascended into heaven and He will return in his glory and power.

  •  That a person becomes justified by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

  •  That the Bible is the infallible, inspired, inerrant and authoritative Word of God.

  •  That the Holy Spirit indwells the lives of believers and regenerates sinful humanity, gives illumination to the Word of God and convicts people of sin to enable the Christian to live a godly life.

  •  That humanity (male and female) was created by God in His image and that as a result of sin, we do not enjoy the life or relationships that God intends for us.

  •  That membership in the family of God and His church is important for fellowship, belonging, encouragement and accountability.

We Value . . .

  •  God's Word: We are committed to honoring the integrity of the 66 Books of the Bible and seek to pursue the authentic interpretations of the Scriptures through the Holy Spirit. We acknowledge that the Scriptures are "useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness." (2 Tim 3:16).

  •  The Holy Spirit: We rely on the Wonderful Counselor, the Holy Spirit, for insight and revelation of God’s Word and in understanding and applying Scriptural truths in speaking with those whom we serve.

  •  The Church: We acknowledge that many denominations observe different interpretations of various passages of Scriptures. We also acknowledge that many place themselves under the authority of a church and their teaching. Therefore, we approach counsel without preference to any denominational teaching on topics outside salvation (by faith through grace in Christ), and we recommend that certain topics be discussed with their pastor and research in the Word.

  •  The Family: We hold to the traditional biblical understanding that a marriage union is between a man and a woman. As ministers of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-19), we seek to help couples unite and reconcile when possible. We view the family as a place where Faith and Action Meet In Love throughout the Years.

  •  Competence: We commit to continued training and competence in Scripture and in the application of Scripture to mental health and relational issues affecting modern society. We recognize that when Scriptures are introduced to our lives and in the lives of those served, it must be done with grace and humility.

 
 

PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION

EXECUTIVE TEAM

PROFESSIONAL STAFF

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
Fred Jacoby, M.A.
Executive Director, Counselor
M.A. -- Counseling
Biblical Theological Seminary
Jeremy Yeckley, M.S.
Development Director, Counselor
M.S. -- Counseling
Baptist Bible College & Seminary
Mark Akers, M.A.
Counselor
M.A. -- Counseling
Biblical Theological Seminary
Alyssa Cathers, M.A.
Counselor
M.A. -- Counseling
Biblical Theological Seminary
Livia Gallo, M.S.
Counselor
M.S. -- Counseling
Baptist Bible College & Seminary
Lisa Harrison, M.A.
Counselor
M.A. -- Counseling
Westminster Theological Seminary
James Lane, M.T.S.
Counselor
M.T.S. -- Theological Studies
Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
Janet Lanton, M.S.
Counselor
M.S. -- Counseling
Baptist Bible College & Seminary
Jessica Nonnemacher, M.A.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

M.A. -- Marriage & Family Therapy
Liberty University

Rachel Scharff, M.S.
Counselor
M.S. -- Counseling
Cairn University
Deborah Sheagley, M.S.
Counselor
M.S. -- Counseling
Cairn University
Joseph Strocchia, M.S.
Counselor

M.S. -- Community Counseling
University of Scranton

N.C.C. -- National Certified Counselor

Lin-Fi Whu, M.A.
Counselor
M.A. -- Counseling
Westminster Theological Seminary
Mary Ellen Bingman
Board Member, Treasurer
Director of Pregnancy Resource Center (Retired)
Davis Duggins, M.Div.
Board Member, Secretary

Pastor

Berean Bible Fellowship Church

Allan M. Glass, MBA
Board Member

Vice President of Corporate Development

Pennsylvania Paper & Supply Company

Wes Wales
Board Member

Pastor

Middlecreek Christian Church (Retired)

     
 
 

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