Our counseling services are for those in ministry who need to be refreshed, encouraged, and restored. The Grace Valley Counseling Ministry is offered to pastors and ministry workers free of charge.
Phil and Sue Engelman have been married for 46 years and have four children and eight grandchildren. God gave them the vision for a ministry like Grace Valley in 1989, but they continued on in pastoral ministry for 22 more years. After wrapping up 34 years of pastoral ministry in 2011 Phil & Sue moved to Canton to help bring Grace Valley Ministries into being. The challenges of church ministry, many life trials, and years of counseling have equipped them with listening ears and compassionate hearts for the servants of the Lord.
Phil has an M.A. in Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, after obtaining a B.A. in Biblical Education from Florida Bible College. Not including his years in part time youth ministry, Phil has 34 years of full time pastoral ministry experience as the lead pastor of three churches. and an associate pastor for one church. He planted his most recent church in 1996 in Palm Harbor, FL and remained 15 years before the start of Grace Valley Ministries.
Through her life experiences, Sue has become a dynamic encourager of many. She is a writer and health coach, highly trained in nutrition and fitness with tremendous insights to offer people in pain both emotionally and physically.
With compassionate hearts, wisdom through experience, and God’s healing word, they are well equipped to minister grace to those who minister.
Cliff and Melissa Hamilton have been married for 14 years and have three girls, Kate, 11, Maggie, 8, and a newborn, Jane. They joined our team after living in Memphis, TN where Melissa taught high school science and Cliff worked as a high school counselor, and as a lead therapist doing individual and group counseling with children and adolescents at a private mental health facility. Cliff received his B.S. in Psychology from Covenant College, his M.S. in School Counseling from the University of Memphis, and is a National Certified Counselor, NCC, and Licensed Associate Professional Counselor, LAPC. Cliff also works as a counselor at a local middle school in Canton.
Cliff and Melissa feel blessed at the timing and opportunity of God’s calling to Grace Valley Ministries. Cliff has a heart for serving those in ministry, and a passion for encouraging, counseling, and walking alongside these families, helping them deal with the stresses they encounter as they serve.
As Associate Ministry Director for Grace Valley, Cliff’s ministry will focus on connecting with families in the ministry, creating bonds of encouragement and healing in an open and faithful Christian setting, and creating opportunities for fun and enjoyment in God’s creation through small groups and planned outings.
Contact us today to setup a time to talk and begin your journey of healing!