We All Need Help

HopeWell exists to partner with churches to provide help and hope for you when life hurts. We love to see marriages healed, broken relationships restored, and local congregations empowered to walk alongside you when you need a helper, a mentor, or a friend.
HopeWell exists to partner with churches to provide help and hope for you when life hurts. We love to see marriages healed, broken relationships restored, and local congregations empowered to walk alongside you when you need a helper, a mentor, or a friend.

Compassionate Counselors

HopeWell has a trained team of pastors and counselors 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.

Current Clients

Meet our Christian Care Team

We look forward to working with you.
Rev. Cron Gibson

Rev. Cron Gibson

Founder, Executive Director

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Divinity, 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.

Meredith Tebbe, LPC

Meredith Tebbe, LPC

Director of Counseling Services

Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor at HopeWell where I have been navigating complex psychological and interpersonal issues with individuals, couples and families. My hope is to bring skillful application of the Gospel and sound psychological practice to journey with people aching to make sense of their stories past, present and future. 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 beautiful 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, our three children.

Traci Via

Traci Via

Counseling Ministry Associate

Master of Arts in Counselor Education

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.

Corina Kojack, LPC

Corina Kojack, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Master of Arts in Community Counseling

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.

Leslie Hawkins, LPC

Leslie Hawkins, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Master of Arts in Community 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 18 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. I am additionally trained in EMDR, an empirically researched and evidenced based approach to treating trauma. My own story has driven an additional interest in walking alongside individuals impacted by marital difficulties and divorce. I appreciate that Hopewell offers a unique opportunity to integrate faith in practice. A true extrovert, I enjoy spending my free time with my two wonderful children and many great friends.

Ron Jones

Ron Jones

Pastoral Counseling

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies and Counseling

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.

Ken Shomo

Ken Shomo

Pastoral Counseling

Master of Divinity

I have a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, coupled with three decades of Christian ministry and pastoral experience. I’ve been married 18 years and our family has known God’s grace through difficult journeys with special needs and chronic illness, as well as an adoption journey. I know there is “good news” and hope in each stage of life, even in seasons of disappointment and loss. My primary areas of focus are premarital and marriage counseling, coaching through interpersonal conflict, serving ministry leaders, and creating “roadmaps” for greater self-understanding and spiritual development. I’m currently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, with a focus on pastoral counseling. I’ve also received training through the Christian Counseling & Education Foundation (CCEF).

Mary Simms

Mary Simms

Resident in Counseling

Master of Arts in Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling

I graduated with a Master’s in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary in 2016, and I received a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of the Cumberlands in 2019. For the past five years, I have counseled in a number of different contexts—hospitals, elementary and middle schools, on a crisis line, and in private practice. I work with adults, adolescents, and children, and with a variety of issues like anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and spiritual growth. I am currently a licensed Resident in Counseling, pursuing professional licensure and play therapy certification in Virginia.

I believe that every person’s heart and history is unique, and as a result, counseling is a custom-made, rather than a one-size-fits-all, experience. While the interventions I use may differ from person-to-person, my counseling approach draws mainly from cognitive-behavioral and existential theories. These theories emphasize the value of exploring the beliefs beneath our behaviors and relational patterns. I also believe that counseling can be fun (seriously!). I like to use art, visual tools, and creative techniques to make the abstract and difficult issues of life, faith, and mental health more accessible and tangible.

Laura Sprinkle

Laura Sprinkle

Resident In Counseling

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health 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.

Wendy King

Wendy King

Counseling Ministry Associate

Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling

I received my Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies from Messiah College in 2002. Afterwards I moved to Texas to grow in my understanding of discipleship and counseling. I worked on staff at a local church with their youth ministry for ten years. During this time, in 2008, I also received my Masters in Biblical counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary. Through the years I have counseled high school and college students, individuals and married couples. I have a passion for helping people find healing and change through exploring their stories and seeing Jesus in the midst. I consider it a privilege to walk alongside people in depression, anxiety, life changes, family dynamics, and many other circumstances. I was born and raised in Norfolk, where I now live with my husband and two kids.

Juan David Mejia, LPC

Juan David Mejia, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Virginia. I received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and History from William Paterson University and a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Nyack’s Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. I am currently in my last year of my Master of Divinity studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I served as a pastor for 6 years and I am currently part of a pastoral residency program at Hampton Roads Fellowship. I have worked as an in-home counselor in the past and I specialize in working with adolescents, adults and young couples. I am fluent in both English and Spanish and have a passion for working with minority groups. I mainly utilize a Bible-Centered approach and I also use cognitive behavioral therapy, existential theories and the Gottman couples therapy approach. I feel blessed to work at Hopewell and grateful for the opportunity of walking alongside people through their challenges and suffering.

Julie Smead

Julie Smead

Pastoral Counseling

Master of Arts in Counseling

As a Virgina Beach native, I love having the opportunity to work in my hometown helping individuals and families find hope and healing. I have been married to my husband Chris for over 16 years, and together we have four children. I graduated from the University of Virginia (go Cavaliers!) before pursuing my Masters Degree in Counseling. I have spent the past twenty years working in both ministry and counseling with kids, teens, couples and individuals. When working with children, I incorporate elements of play and art therapy to engage children in ways they can understand, and help them experience healing through creative expression. In my spare time, you can find me enjoying the outdoors with my family, drinking coffee with friends, or teaching fitness classes at the YMCA.

Michelle Mejia

Michelle Mejia

Office Administrator and Counseling Intern

I joined the HopeWell team because I am passionate about God, His Word, and serving people through counseling and ministry. I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology and am currently a student at Dallas Theological Seminary working towards my Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling. I am also in the process of pursuing an Art Therapy degree and I envision myself merging all of my passions in one: Jesus + Art + Counseling.

I have experience working with adolescents and their families both in the local church and as an in-home counselor in the state of Virginia. I enjoy working with teens and using therapeutic games, art interventions, and creative techniques as a way of encouraging self-awareness and emotional intelligence. On my days off you can usually find me practicing self-care by painting, tidying my home, or hanging out with my husband while we read together or catch up on our days over an iced latte.

Your Support Can Change a Life

Your gifts to HopeWell are tax deductible. More importantly, your gifts can literally save someone's life. We help people all the time who don't have the funds to get the help they need. In order for us to continue helping them, we need scholarship funds to provide for them. Would you give today to help provide for men, women, and children who need help? You can be the answer to their prayers.