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.
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.
Director of Counseling Services
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.
I came to HopeWell to partner with those who have been 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 psychology from Capella University in Minnesota as well as an M.Div. from Andrews University in Michigan. Over a working life spanning more than four decades, I’ve had experience as an Air Force officer, crisis communicator, technology integrator, decision support analyst, college professor, and parish pastor. Married with two grown children, I love to travel, 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.
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.
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.
Board Certified Nurse Practitioner
I am a board certified (American Association of Nurse Practitioners), family, nurse practitioner specializing in meeting the physical needs of patients from childhood throughout their entire lifespan. I have a double, BA in psychology and exercise physiology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a BS in nursing from Norfolk State Univ., and a Master of Science/FNP from Simmons Univ. in Boston, MA.
My love of the human body and the potential for optimum health is based on the principle that we are all made in God’s image. Our “temples” are affected by all of our experiences, from the foods we eat to the emotional traumas we experience and everything in between. I use my medical training to evaluate each patient’s individual lifestyle choices, current disease processes, and medications to combine both traditional, medical interventions (medications) with alternative interventions, including supplements, nutrition, lifestyle modifications, and oils to find the most effective ways of supporting the physical body to achieve its highest, health potential.
I am currently enrolled in Functional Medicine University to obtain certification in functional medicine which ultimately identifies the root cause of disease allowing us to fix the problem at its source instead of just masking symptoms with more medication.
I am happily married with 2 daughters. We are a sports loving family and can always be found on the soccer field, basketball court or baseball diamond!
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.
Pastoral Counseling and Equipping
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. My continuing education has been through the Christian Counseling & Education Foundation.
Licensed Professional Counselor
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.
Resident in 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.
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.
Counseling Ministry Associate
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.
I am the wife of a first responder and mother to two very energetic little boys who always keep me on my toes. I graduated from Liberty University with my B.S. in Criminal Justice with course work focusing on Juvenile Justice and Administration. During my time off you can usually find me hanging out in my back yard, watching my boys consider E.R. visitation strategies, serving at my church, or visiting with friends over a hot cup of coffee or cherry pie.
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