Staff

Director

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Palmer Trice, MDIV
Founder & Director Main Office in Charlotte, NC

Palmer Trice founded The Barnabas Center in 1989 and serves today as its Director. He leads the proactive side of the ministry, using his teaching, training and mentoring gifts to take the hope of the gospel into the community in general and the local church in particular. Prior to founding The Barnabas Center, Palmer spent 10 years on staff with Young Life and also served as minister of discipleship at a church in Charlotte.

Palmer is an ordained Presbyterian minister and graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Washington and Lee University. Palmer is married to Lynne, has three children and has been in Charlotte since 1979. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, tennis, walking and reading.

Counseling Staff

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John Pierce, LPC, NCC, CSAT
Clinical Director Main Office in Charlotte, NC

John D. Pierce has been counseling and leading groups at The Barnabas Center since 1997.  Most of his professional attention has been given to understanding the issues men face over the lifespan.  His work is dedicated to helping those who are recovering from sexual addiction, childhood or adult trauma, relational betrayal and unwanted attractions.  He serves as the Clinical Director for the Center and oversees the Honors Program, a multi-faceted groups based course for men seeking sexual health, freedom from addictions and intimacy growth. Ultimately, John is committed to helping men, and those they love, find God through their struggles and understand His plan on the healing journey.

John is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor in North Carolina (LPC), and a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist (CSAT).  He earned a master’s degree in Biblical counseling from Colorado Christian University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from William Jennings Bryan College. He is married to Sandy, and they have three children.

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Pete Bondy, LPC
Counselor & Director of Residency/New Counselor Training Main Office in Charlotte, NC1

Pete Bondy began counseling in 1996 and joined The Barnabas Center in 2000.His primary focus is guiding adults through struggle towards heart change and transformation.  That gets specifically expressed in new counselor training, Barnabas Training, leadership development, individual counseling and deep discipleship work. In addition to counseling individuals and couples, Pete leads the Quest: an adventure based ministry for men.

Pete has been in Charlotte since the late 1980s, and worked for DuPont prior to earning his master’s in Biblical counseling from Colorado Christian University. He is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and earned his electrical engineering degree from Louisiana State University. He is married to Linda (1976) and they have five children.

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Roger Edwards, LPC
Counselor Davidson, NC Office & Main Office in Charlotte, NC2

Roger Edwards joined The Barnabas Center in 1991. Roger works with both with individuals and couples, helping people confess their need and embrace their available choices to lead healthier lives. Roger also teaches and leads discussion groups and retreats applying the Gospel to everyday life. He divides time between our Central Office in Charlotte and our satellite office in Davidson.

Prior to joining The Barnabas Center, Roger spent 10 years as a college-campus minister through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), holds a master’s degree in biblical counseling from Grace Theological Seminary in Indiana and earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is married to Jean and they have seven children and nine grandchildren.

 

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Lauren (Petters) Cheatham, LPC
Counselor Main Office in Charlotte, NC3

Lauren (Petters) Cheatham joined The Barnabas Center’s counseling staff in 2007, but has been leading Barnabas Training small groups since 2005. Lauren counsels individuals and couples. She works with women who struggle with anxiety, depression, relational issues, childhood harm and trauma.  She is passionate about walking alongside women as God leads them toward freedom. Her work with couples is centered on being curious about how spouses are triggering each other and what God may be refining in this triggering.

Lauren is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), earned her master’s degree in counseling from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Georgia. In 2012 Lauren received the Advanced Counseling Certificate from The Allender Center helping to improve her skills for understanding and engaging the impact of trauma and abuse within the therapeutic relationship. She is married to Rhett. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time with Rhett and friends, being outside on a patio, and playing with Selwyn, their collie.”

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Kurt Zuiderveen, LPCS
Counselor Main Office in Charlotte, NC & Davidson, NC Office4

Kurt Zuiderveen joined The Barnabas Center in 2008 and focuses on individuals and couples dealing with grief, sexual brokenness and marital conflict. In the past, he has co-led our Honors Program, which is a group for men struggling with sexual addiction. Kurt is trained in EMDR which is a therapeutic way of processing trauma focusing on the mind/body response to distressing situations.  Kurt divides his time between our main office in Charlotte and our office in Davidson.

Before joining The Barnabas Center, Kurt gained counseling experience through private practice, the church setting, and state-funded counseling programs. Kurt is a licensed professional counselor supervisor (LPCS), earned his master’s in counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary, and earned his bachelor’s from Grand Valley State. He is married to April, and they have three children.

 

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Mollie Johnston, LPCA
Counselor Main Office in Charlotte, NC4

Mollie Johnston is a Counselor for The Barnabas Center.  She has her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee where she majored in Spanish so as to have a good reason to study abroad.  She moved to Charlotte from Tennessee to get her Master of Arts in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  She has counseling experience working with incarcerated women and with oncology patients and their families at Carolinas Medical Center.  Further experience was gained getting to co-counsel with Pete Bondy while doing the Residency Program at Barnabas.  She is especially passionate about helping individuals who are working through grief, doubts, trauma, relationships, anxiety, depression, self-esteem/identity issues, seasons of loneliness, family of origin issues, and divorce.

 

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Meredith Spatola, LPC
Counselor Main Office in Charlotte, NC5

Meredith joined The Barnabas Center in January 2009, upon completing her Masters in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and her bachelors in Religion and Psychology from Furman University.  Previously, she completed extensive training with The Barnabas Center, and counseled individuals and couples as a mental health intern in a church-based counseling center in North Carolina. She has been involved in an urban ministry in Charlotte that offers lay vocational training to adults.

Meredith enjoys walking with individuals, couples, and groups of women, to encounter God in struggle and move through struggle to restoration, meaning and hope. Meredith has focused on working with women and marriages, and sees clients who are dealing with depression, relational brokenness, abuse, grief, and women’s issues. She also enjoys recovery work for adult children of alcoholics.

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Tiffany Shores, LCAS, LPC
Counselor Main Office in Charlotte, NC6

Tiffany joined the Barnabas Center in August 2012 and focuses her practice on seeing individuals and couples struggling with grief, depression, marital conflict, sexual brokenness, trauma, and addictions. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from George Mason University and her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. In addition to her formal counseling education, she has completed The Advanced Counseling Certificate program from the Allender Center in Seattle, WA.  This certificate program designed by Dr. Dan Allender, a Christian leader in the trauma counseling, enables counselors to help survivors of abuse by utilizing trauma-focused narrative therapy.

Tiffany facilitates two groups at The Barnabas Center. One is The Haven, for women seeking healing, help and health in recovery from sexually addictive behavior and relational brokenness. The other group is Walking in Grace, for women healing from sexual betrayal in marriage.

Before Tiffany came to The Barnabas Center, she worked in the mental health field and the addictions field. In addition to being a licensed profession counselor (LPC), she is also a licensed clinical addictions specialist (LCAS) and has extensive experience in addictions assessment and treatment. Tiffany is originally from Northern Virginia, but has been in Charlotte for over 10 years. She is married to Skott, and they have two boys who keep her busy and teach her new things every day.

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Ben Jones, LPCA
Counselor Main Office in Charlotte, NC6

Ben is honored to sit with men and women in the midst of the inevitable and unavoidable struggles of life.  Prior to coming to Barnabas over a year ago, Ben counseled at the Oviedo Counseling Clinic in Florida.  He has been trained to walk with people through many types of struggles but finds himself regularly working with couples, men dealing with sexual issues, men and women dealing with interpersonal and relational struggles, and those who deal with anxiety and depression.

Ben is married to Amy and has three children under the age of 6 – Mae, Bailey and Thomas.  When not in the counseling room, he likes to make time for playing the banjo and guitar.  He is also a ski patroller at Beech Mountain, NC.

 

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Lisa Ould, LPC
Director of The Barnabas Center – Richmond Richmond, VA Office7

Lisa Ould joined The Barnabas Center in 2000 and has worked with individuals, couples and families in a variety of mentoring and counseling capacities. Lisa passionately desires the church to be better equipped to care for its people. After many years of ministry in Charlotte, Lisa moved to Richmond, VA, and subsequently began The Barnabas Center-Richmond in 2009.

Although she began formal counseling in 1997, Lisa has been in ministry since the late 1980s, volunteering with adolescents and their families through the ministry of Young Life and working for several churches. Lisa is a nationally certified licensed professional counselor (LPC), holds a master’s degree in counseling (marriage and family therapy concentration) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a bachelor’s degree in retail management from Hood College. She is married to Nelson who is a pastor in Richmond, and they have one daughter. Lisa finds joy in partnering with Nelson in ministry through Barnabas and Community West Church. In her spare time she loves to swim, take long walks, and be with her family, friends and dog anywhere that involves the outdoors and coffee.

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Andrea Mitchell, LCSW
Counselor Richmond, VA Office8

Andrea Mitchell joined the Barnabas Center, Richmond office, in August 2012. Andrea works with individuals, couples, families and adolescents, and specializes in helping people who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, and eating disorders.  Andrea received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Virginia and her Masters of Social Work from VCU (2000). Andrea has experience counseling groups and individuals in community mental health, adolescent substance abuse, schools, private practice, and non-profit settings. Andrea blends a Biblical perspective with research based methodology to help people heal and grow in their relationship with God.

Andrea passionately believes in the dignity of each person, in particular how seeing the image of God in people is a bridge to racial reconciliation in the city of Richmond.  She is married to Freddie, they have three children and one dog. Andrea loves to be outside in the sunshine, mountain biking, or reading a good book.

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Kim Greene
Resident in Counseling Richmond, VA Office8

Kim Greene is a Counselor with the Barnabas Center. She earned her BA in Psychology from Wake Forest University and her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University. She worked for nine years in college ministry, mentoring students and supervising staff. Since 2005, Kim has been the Director of Women’s Leadership Development at West End Presbyterian Church, training leaders, counseling and writing curriculum. She joined the Barnabas Center part-time in 2014. She counsels individuals and couples, and facilitates Barnabas Training groups. Kim is married to Kevin, and they have two teenage children. She enjoys being with her family, listening to live music, and finding a good quote.

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Dan Carson
LPC Resident in Counseling, Barnabas Resident Richmond, VA Office9

Dan earned a BA in Psychology from Flagler College and his Masters of Arts in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He worked in student ministry and community mental health before counseling in the Oviedo Counseling Clinic. He has experience counseling, teaching and training, individuals, couples and groups.

Community Discipleship

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Jeremy White
Director of Ministry Operations

Jeremy White has joined The Barnabas Center in a consulting capacity before transitioning into a full-time role this fall. He will increasingly oversee the financial/operational side of Barnabas internally and add another outward facing voice for encouraging Gospel hope to the community. He is currently Executive Director at Camp Lurecrest, a non-denominational summer camp/retreat ministry that runs Christian youth camps in Lake Lure, NC.  Prior to joining Lurecrest in 2006, Jeremy spent eleven years with CPA firms Arthur Andersen and Grant Thornton in transaction and international tax consulting. Raised in Dallas, TX, he holds a bachelor degree in accounting from Furman University. And part of his journey included two years pursuing outdoor ministry through instructor training with NC Outward Bound School and studying part-time, without degree, at Reformed Theological Seminary. Jeremy and his wife Lindsay have three sons under age twelve – Keller, Coleman, and Porter. He loves all things outdoors and playing soccer with his boys.

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Jamie Swartzendruber
Special Projects Manager Main Office in Charlotte, NC1

As the Special Projects Manager, Jamie Swartzendruber is the primary staff person responsible for the organization of all events for Barnabas as well as handling our marketing, communications, and online presence. She oversees the details for groups and seminars we offer and is involved in coordinating logistics for the Development Team in our office.

Prior to joining the team at Barnabas, Jamie planned events for a variety of organizations, including EMI Christian Music Group, Big Events, Inc., Major League Baseball Alumni Association, Blood:Water Mission and The ONE Campaign, among others. She is excited to serve The Barnabas Center with her creative approach and organizational skills.

Jamie holds a BA in Sociology and Religion from Emory University. She has been married to Jay since 2001.

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CC Schott
Women’s Director of Community Discipleship Main Office in Charlotte, NC20

CC Schott is the Women’s Director of Community Discipleship, a recent addition in the Vision 2020 initiative. In this role, CC “takes Barnabas to the streets” by equipping the community to offer Christ to their friends in struggle.  Prior to joining the team at Barnabas, CC served as the Local Ministry Coordinator for Project 658, a Charlotte ministry reaching refugees. Before that, she was on the Young Life staff for 8 years which is how she landed in Charlotte in 2002.

CC holds a BFA in Interior Design from Winthrop University. She has studied under Larry Crabb, garnering tools through Larry’s School of Spiritual Direction. CC is married to Mike and they have a young son, Wally.

Support Staff

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Sarah Moseley
Client Coordinator Main Office1

Sarah is the newest addition to The Barnabas Center staff.   As the Client Coordinator, she serves as a warm welcome to our clients when they come in.  She also answers phone calls and handles appointment scheduling.  Sarah is thrilled to be a part of our team, as she is working toward her Masters in Christian Counseling at Gordon-Conwell and considers it her dream job to work in an environment that will help her grow as a future counselor.

Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations at Auburn University (the best school in the nation… whether that’s opinion or fact is yet to be discovered…).  She spent a year after graduation in East Asia with Campus Crusade.

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Denise Lindberg
Business Administrator Main Office in Charlotte, NC2

Denise Lindberg serves as our Business Administrator, and has been with The Barnabas Center since 2007. As Business Administrator, Denise oversees the financial, human resources, and business operations.

Prior to joining the team at Barnabas, Denise served as financial administrator for several non-profits where she developed a passion for assisting non-profits in running effectively and efficiently.

 

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Cinda Hutchinson
Administrative Coordinator- Data Specialist Main Office in Charlotte, NC3

Cinda Hutchinson is the Administrative Coordinator & Data Specialist for The Barnabas Center. As Administrative Coordinator, Cinda manages the office environment and front desk coverage, assists the counseling and ministry staff with new and ongoing needs, oversees all scholarship processes and payments and works in conjunction with other administrative staff to ensure ministry operations run smoothly and efficiently.  As Data Specialist she manages our donor data, produces donor reports, and assists with grant proposals.

Prior to joining the team at Barnabas, Cinda served as an administrative assistant at Christ Covenant responsible for managing the front office, facilities, and providing administrative support to the Missions department. Cinda developed a passion for helping others as she worked with missionaries at her church and served in various volunteer positions with other Christian organizations.

 

Cinda holds a BA from University of Illinois. She is married to Michael and they have two sons.

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Michelle Conrad
Administrative Assistant Richmond, VA Office5

Michelle Conrad is the Administrative Assistant for the Richmond office. As the only support staff in Richmond, Michelle schedules client appointments, keeps the Richmond database updated, helps with organizing the details before and after trainings, groups and events, as well as various other administrative tasks as needed.

Michelle holds a BA in Sociology from Covenant College. She is married to Andrew, and they have four children. She thoroughly enjoys serving alongside her husband in ministry at Spring Run Presbyterian Church in Midlothian.