HopeWell has a trained team of pastors, counselors, and psychologists skilled in helping clients work through interpersonal and mental health issues using sound biblical counseling practices.
Trainers for the Church
HopeWell Ministries is a vehicle to Gospel-centered change for hurt and wounded people, working partnership with the local church by:
- Providing theologically sound and skilled counseling when complex issues rise beyond the ability of trained lay helpers.
- Providing local pastors with a safe place to which they can refer parishioners for counselors.
- Partnering with local churches equipping lay leaders to support people in need.
- Offering consulting services for church leadership as they seek to serve individuals and couples in their congregations.
Meet our Christian Care TeamWe look forward to working with you.
Rev. Cron Gibson
Founder, Executive Director
MA Marriage and Family Therapy; M.Div.; Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
As a pastor, I have been serving individuals and couples who have been wounded by emotional, sexual, physical, and spiritual brokenness. My passion is helping people find life-transforming hope, build deep and satisfying relationships with others, and learn peace in their own souls in the midst of the deepest struggles in their lives and relationships. My vision for HopeWell came out of my own story and my experience as a pastor. I work with a great team to integrate sound psychological principles into a vibrant and deeply rooted Christian understanding of God, people, and life.
I am a Resident in Counseling at HopeWell where I have been bringing the transforming power of Christ and sound psychological practice to individuals, couples, and families navigating complex psychological and interpersonal issues. I earned an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Lee University. I’ve had the privilege of witnessing God’s redemptive work in the lives of broken and hurting people through HopeWell’s ministry since 2011. Trained in the Allender Methodology, I often work with issues related to trauma and abuse. I am also a trained EMDR practitioner. I am native of Virginia Beach, where I live with my husband, David, and our two daughters.
Care Team Specialist
I earned my bachelors degree in Business Management from Liberty University in 2006. After working in the corporate sector for 6 years I felt led by the Lord to go back to school and pursue my passion for helping others. I received my Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2015 after completing my internship with Hopewell. As a member of the Hopewell team, my desire and passion is to walk alongside clients through their journey of life, meeting them where they are, and helping them discover their God given potential in their life.
I came to HopeWell to partner with those who are crushed by emotional trauma, are coping with tragedy, or are wandering within the wastelands of hazardous habits and perceptions. My passion is to accompany men–who all too often are without accountable support–in discovering the purpose for their lives, as they journey in the dark wildness of spiritual and emotional confusion and despair. I combine the best practices of psychological science with the certain principles of the Christian faith to bring gentle insight to those dealing with emotional and relational dilemmas. I hold a Ph.D. in applied psychology from Capella University in Minnesota as well as an M.Div. from Andrews University in Michigan and a B.A. in theology from Columbia Union College in Maryland. Married with two grown children, I love to travel with my wife Joan, play the stand-up bass on worship team at church, devour dystopian science fiction, and care for the continuing needs of our 100-year-old home on the Lafayette River in Norfolk.
I graduated from Covenant College on Lookout Mountain, GA, with a BA in Biology, Physical Education, and Sociology. I met my husband while in college. We now have four very active children who keep us busy with travel soccer, and visits to our oldest daughter in Florida and our oldest son in college. I teach group exercise classes at local gyms and lead a women’s bible study in my home. I volunteer in my children’s high school, at church, and for our two club soccer teams. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and children, as well as time with friends. I enjoy riding bikes at the oceanfront, reading books, baking, and going to the beach.
Licensed Professional Counselor
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I started working in lay ministry in the areas of addiction and sexual and relational brokenness in 2002. I received my Masters in Community Counseling from Regent University in 2004 and have worked as a professional counselor since 2005 and a supervisor for counseling graduates within their Virginia residencies since 2014. I work hard to help individuals break strongholds of life-defining addictions. I work with people dealing with eating disorders, substance abuse, sexual addictions, and emotional dysregulation. My goal is to give individuals a safe place to learn how to work through hurt, rejection, trauma, anxieties and insecurities and allow healing to guide them into a life of balanced health. I work with clients to help them achieve a life that feels worth living again.
Counseling Ministry Associate
Knowing that my heart’s desire is to help love and care for hurting people, I completed my bachelors and masters degrees from the University of VIrginia in Psychology, Religious Studies, and Counselor Education to help me pursue my calling and my passion. I have struggled with a lifelong genetic condition that brings me invisible pain, and I am also a recent cancer survivor. As I personally walked and continue to walk the path of physical illness, both visible and invisible, God has taught me so much about how He loves us. Combining the experience I have gained as a counselor in high schools, nursing homes, at Hopewell, and across life, I hope to come alongside people who are hurting or confused whether they are old or young, single or married; offering hope, support, and peace through a deeper understanding of His love.
Although I am blessed to serve as a Family Pastor in a local church and have the opportunity to minister to couples and children through HopeWell, my childhood and early adulthood was a struggle. I came from a broken home, and as a result of my anger, loneliness, and misunderstanding of love, I made many poor choices in my early life. However, God’s grace and unconditional love set me on a path to turn my “misery into ministry.” I’ve had the opportunity to help children and their families through teaching grades 2-12, serving as principal, ministering in the local church, and most recently, obtaining a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as serving at HopeWell. Though I have had challenges in my past, in some ways I am thankful, because those experiences have helped me become more empathetic, much less judgmental, and filled with the hope that God can restore and redeem even the darkest of situations. I enjoy being a husband for my wife and a “Daddy” for my two children.
I have a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO, coupled with almost three decades of Christian ministry and pastoral experience. I love people and have served all ages and backgrounds: children, high school, college, married, families, and seniors. I’ve been married 17 years and our family has experienced God’s grace through difficult journeys with special needs and chronic illness, as well as an adoption journey. As God’s story has profoundly reshaped my own, I’m passionate to help others see their difficulties and decisions in light of God’s hope and provision. I serve in a local church as a pastor with a focus on counseling and care, and with an organization serving families needing guidance and community support. I’m also completing a certificate in biblical counseling from Christian Counseling & Education Foundation.
Martha “Leeanna” Malpass-Hauert
MA, NCC, LPC
I received my professional training in Counseling and Psychotherapy at Old Dominion University and Regent University, culminating in a Masters’ Degree in Counseling. I am licensed in the State of Virginia and have earned several other credentials, including certification in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). I am also a counselor educator providing training and clinical supervision services to counseling students and residents. I work with children, adolescents, and families who have specific needs within my areas of expertise, including complex trauma syndromes and disorders, first responders, military life, grief and loss, Wounded Warrior, and deployment-related concerns. I also focus on sexual disorders, relationship counseling, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, assertiveness, identity, non-suicidal self injury, career counseling, and more.
I have been called to this profession and happily find great joy in walking with others through struggles and hardships that are a part of everyone’s journey. I admire and deeply respect people that face an issue and decide to attend to it.
I joined HopeWell because I believe in our mission to provide quality psychological care that is fully integrated into a Christian worldview. As a pastor and counselor, I’ve seen that there is nothing the nearness of Christ can’t overcome. My wife and I have been married over thirty years and raised two children while I served as a Navy Officer and as a minister – two vocations that place unique demands upon marriages and families. I have 20 years’ experience working with men in discipling relationships. I hold a Master’s degrees in Biblical Studies and Counseling. My goal in counseling is to make myself available to people and God and have Him lead us to His genius solutions to our difficulties.
Resident In Counseling
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from East Carolina University in 2001. Over the next 14 years, as I worked in full time ministry serving at-risk youth and families, I found that I longed to learn the necessary skills to help hurting individuals reach the place of healing and wholeness that will enable them to walk out their God given potential in life. As a result, in 2015, I moved to Virginia Beach to enter the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Regent University. I believe that every person, no matter who they are, how they feel, or what they have done is born in the image of God and is immeasurably loved by a good Father. My hope is that I can help individuals who are stuck in places of grief, uncertainty, or hopelessness to discover the place of healing and hope, so that they may live out the abundant life that God has planned for them to live.
Christian Care Specialist
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2005. For the ten years following, I worked as a teacher in the elementary school setting. While operating in that capacity, I felt the gentle tug of Jesus calling me to pursue my degree in some type of counseling. While my love of teaching never faded, I knew my passion was something for which I needed to follow. I graduated in December of 2018 from Liberty University with my Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. I believe that every individual is loved immensely by our Father and whatever struggle may arise, His love is bigger. My prayer is that I am able to help the hopeless person find hope, the broken person find repair, and the stressed person find respite. I am thankful for this calling placed upon my life and pray that Jesus will use me to help others.
I received my Master’s degree in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary in 2016. After counseling in hospital settings and on a crisis line, I interned as a children’s counselor in a K-8th grade school in Philadelphia, PA. Working with youth and families was a great gift, as it enabled me to witness how healing and growth can occur at every developmental stage and on both an individual and familial level. I continue to enjoy helping children, adolescents, and their families navigate life’s challenges and hurts. To further support those of all ages experiencing mental health struggles, I am also completing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling this year. It is my prayer that my knowledge and skills, together with clients’ unique perspectives, experiences, and abilities, will foster hope, peace, and courage, even in the darkest places of life.
Resident in Counseling
I received a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Regent University in Virginia Beach following my undergraduate experience at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Both educational experiences were formative in the way I view and practice spiritual integration in the helping professions. My experience has led me through work with adolescents in residential facilities as well as 15 years of work in pregnancy center counseling and management. I have enjoyed working with a variety of ages, races, and stages of life as they face and work through crisis and I am passionate about helping people break free from bondage. My own story has driven an additional interest in walking alongside individuals impacted by marital difficulties and divorce. Hopewell offers a unique opportunity to integrate faith in practice and I look forward to using and expanding my skills as part of the team. A true extrovert, I enjoy spending my free time with my two wonderful children and many great friends.
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