Brenda Harstine



Brenda has been privileged to connect with people through counseling and women’s ministry for over thirty years in four states. After living in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, she recently moved back to the Akron area. She is passionate about helping people find hope in hardship through a relationship with Christ. Brenda graduated from Grace College with a degree in Christian Ministries, (minoring in Bible, Counseling, and Music). She furthered her study at Grace Theological Seminary where she completed a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Counseling. While serving alongside her husband in ministry, Brenda has enjoyed connecting with women and helping them deepen their relationship with Christ and live out the purpose for which they were created.

As a Pastor’s wife she has not been a stranger to brokenness. Brenda has found Christ to be her refuge through loss, personal pain, and transitions. Believing that there is a biblical way to respond to the situations of life, she enjoys seeing people discover the truth of Scripture as it relates meaningfully to their lives. Brenda, along with her husband David, has adult twin sons, who through marriage, have added two wonderful daughters to their family. She enjoys music—especially playing the piano, cooking, reading, spending time outside, and kayaking on the pristine lakes of Northern Michigan.



B.A., Christian Ministries
M.A., Biblical Counseling


Marriage and parenting, anxiety, depression, grief, transitions, discipleship, spiritual formation, church hurt, help for pastor’s wives and women in ministry


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Family Hurt, Generational Trauma and the Holidays

All emotions share important information with us and can help us understand the healing work that is needed. Many of us need help in moving truth from our heads to our hearts. If this is true for you, as it is for many of us that have experienced familial hurt, generational trauma, or abuse, I encourage you to seek out counseling care. 

Back to School: Comforting the Anxious Student

Scripture teaches us a lot on the topic of anxiety, offering us particular guidance on what a whole person approach to anxiety can look like. We can use this wisdom to access practical strategies to equip and care for our students, especially if we know that this is an area of struggle before the school year starts.

Our Counseling Team

Melissa AffolterCounselor

Benjamin BakerCounselor

Benjamin BarnesCounselor

Grace BikisCounseling Apprentice

Steve BroughtonCounselor

Richard BueschCounselor

Francene CandelariaCounseling Intern

Karen CorcoranCounselor

Joshua ConwellCounseling Apprentice

Barry CuretonCounselor

Rachel DunnCounseling Apprentice

Jason EnglerCounselor

Jessica GallinaCounselor

Brenda HarstineCounselor

Jonathan HolmesCounselor

Joy HuCounselor

Laura HudsonCounselor

Joseph HussungCounselor

Sarah KeeneCounselor

Crystal KershawCounselor

Denny KingCounselor

Julie MacDonaldCounselor

Mandie MarshallCounseling Intern

Shannon McCoyCounselor

Hanh RochesterCounseling Apprentice

Elizabeth SelleCounselor

Bob ShullCounselor

Kali ThomasCounselor

Marilyn VaughanCounselor

Danielle WareCounselor

Brandi YackeeCounselor


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