Director, The Center for Hope and Healing
Dr. Preston Crowe is a native of Louisiana, with a heart for ministering to the body of Christ, specifically in the areas of marriage and family, healing, and recovery. Preston holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Mississippi College. He gained a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling, a Masters Degree in Christian Education, and a Ph.D. in Psychology and Counseling--all from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Preston has served in various capacities as a Pastor, College Professor, and Licensed Professional Counselor. He is currently a Board Certified Christian Counselor, Board Certified Pastoral Counselor, and a Certified Life Coach through the American Association of Christian Counselors.
He and his wife, Jennifer, teach marriage, parenting, and leadership seminars in churches and other organizations. They have five children: Mason, Dawson, Colton, Ashlyn, and Bella, and serve as foster parents as well. His hobbies include hiking, camping, kayaking, and music. Preston also often blogs for The Center for Hope and Healing. CLICK HERE to read the blog posts or watch the videos on our Facebook page.
Laurie O'Dell, Office Manager
Chris Webb grew up in Laurel, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Secondary Education. He earned a Masters Degree in Christian Education at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Mississippi College. He recently completed a Doctor of Ministry degree in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chris has served on church staff for over 30 years. He co-authored the discipline book 1-2-3 Magic for Christian Parents which has sold over 50,000 copies. Chris is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in behavior issues with children and adolescents, anxiety/depression in children and adults, and helping families transition their older teens with social skills deficits into adulthood. He integrates biblical counseling with the evidence-based therapies of ACT, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Solution-Focused. Chris leads parenting and personal growth seminars for churches and other organizations. He and his wife Jill love to travel, play tennis, and endure CrossFit workouts. They have three children, Reagan, Kennedy, and John Walker.
Cliff Hardin was raised in Leakesville, Mississippi, and graduated from Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Christian Studies and a minor in Psychology. Cliff completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Mississippi Baptist Health Systems followed by four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Sonny Montgomery VA Hospital which included experience at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and The State Hospital at Whitfield. He has also earned a master of Divinity with an emphasis in Psychology and Counseling at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
He currently serves as a staff counselor at Broadmoor Baptist Church. He performs marital, family, and individual therapy encompassing many griefs, elder issues and provides spiritual counsel. He also serves as the Triage Counselor.
Before coming to Broadmoor, Cliff served at Parkview Baptist Church in Metairie, Louisiana as the Senior Adult Minister where he supplied counseling to homebound and nursing home members as well as individual and marital therapy including depression and conflict resolution. He also served as Pastoral Care Pastor at First Baptist Church of Jackson, Mississippi, where he provided pastoral counsel, visited hospitals and nursing homes, and performed weddings and funerals.
Cliff enjoys woodworking, hunting, fishing, and traveling with his wife. He is married to Diana Thornton of Brandon, Mississippi. Cliff and Diana have two children a daughter, Alex, and a son, William.
John grew up in Clinton, MS where his father was a religion professor at Mississippi College. He graduated from high school from Woodland Hills Baptist Academy, where his mother taught.Dr. John Stevens was a senior pastor for 20 years in churches in Mississippi and Florida before continuing his education in the area of counseling. He holds a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in New Testament from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He also holds a Masters of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson. He is a professional associate in the American Board of Christian Sex Therapists. This gives him advanced training in the area of sexual problems: addictions and struggles relating to relationships and individuals (both past and present). He is also trained in EMDR which is used in the treatment of trauma and abuse. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, John counsels couples in the areas of marriage, sexual issues, family system issues, and parenting. He also assists individuals in the areas of depression, addictions, anger, and spiritual matters. John and his wife, Sue, have been married for over 35 years and have two children. They are members of Broadmoor Baptist Church.
Lydia was raised in both Coffeeville and Grenada, MS. She attended Kirk Academy, where she graduated from High School. Lydia attended Millsaps College where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2000 and then obtained a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Mississippi College in 2002. Lydia is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 16 years of experience in the behavioral healthcare field. She has over 10 years of experience with inpatient care having worked as a psychiatric technician, clinical therapist, and discharge planner for St. Dominic Behavioral Health, as well as admissions coordinator for Mississippi Children’s Home Services. In addition, she served as the Outreach Coordinator for Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services office in Madison for 6 years.
Lydia is active in her community, serving as a volunteer at Saint Anthony Catholic School, and an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Lydia and her husband David have been married for over 12 years and live in Madison with their four children.
Leah Williamson grew up in Jackson and is a licensed professional counselor experienced in working with children, teens, and their parents. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Mississippi College, and a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. As a clinician and program coordinator for Pine Belt Mental Health in the Hattiesburg area, Leah specialized in helping children in crisis situations overcome trauma.
Leah is married to Eric, and they have two children, Owen and Macy. They are active members of Meadow Grove Baptist Church in Brandon, where Eric serves as Minister to Children.
Dr. Siyuan Chen Kennedy, also known as Karen, was born and raised in Canton/ Guangzhou, China, which is an international city next to Hong Kong. She can speak English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in China, a Master of Science of Mental Health Counseling (2011), and a Doctoral degree on Professional Counseling (2014) from Mississippi College, where she taught Psychology 101 for 5 years. Karen is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Prepare/Enrich Certified, and Board-Certified TeleMental Health Provider. Since 2009, Karen has worked and used counseling in various clinical settings, including behavioral hospital, local mental health services, hospice ministry, theological seminary, local clinic, and private practice. She has experience working with all ages, children through adulthood in individual, couple, family, and group therapy in the areas of stress management, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, motivation, self-esteem, confidence, life changes, relationship (ministry, work, family, couples), self-care, self-identity, and video gaming addiction. She also has experience conducting intelligence and ADHD assessments. Karen is passionate about helping international students/ scholars, immigrants, minority populations, missionaries, women in ministry, minister’s wives, and inter-racial/ inter-cultural relationships to thrive in their life journeys. She uses creative integrated play therapy to increase positive life experiences and to facilitate healthy relationships. Walking alongside clients, witnessing their growth and positive changes, and helping them achieve their goals generates her greatest joy. Karen and her husband Andy who have been married for 6 years live in Brandon and are active members at Pinelake Church, Reservoir campus where they are involved in a mission small group. They served in the children’s ministry, VBS, and overseas mission trips at the New Orleans Chinese Baptist Church from 2014 to 2017, and have enjoyed doing online ministry with people in the gaming community under the pop culture influence since 2016. Karen enjoys drawing, reading, writing, playing games with her husband, and spending quality time with family and friends.
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