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Biblical Counseling Training





Russ Kennedy, B.A., M.A.

Russ was born and reared in the Belgian Congo. He received his B.A. from Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee and his MA in Theology from International Seminary. He is a certified Biblical Counselor through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.

He has ministered in Christian schools and churches in Ohio and Illinois. He founded and served as teaching pastor in an International church in West Germany.  He is presently Pastor for Preaching and Global Ministry Development at the Clearcreek Chapel. He is Executive Director of Chapel Ministries International and owner of The Excalibix Group, an international software, quality assurance and business consulting firm.

Russ is married to Esther Kennedy and they have three grown children, Cheri, Nathan and Hilary.  


 Tim Nixon, B.S.

Pastor for Counseling at Clearcreek Chapel, ACBC Certified  


Tim was born and raised in Kettering, OH.  He received his B.S from Liberty University with a major in Bible and Church Ministries. Tim was an ordained pastor and church planter in the Grace Brethren Fellowship before coming to Clearcreek Chapel. He has been preaching and teaching since the mid 1980's serving in pastoral, church planting, discipleship, outreach and teaching ministries. He currently serves as Pastor for Counseling and Adult Bible Education. Tim is a Level II ACBC Certified counselor.


Greg Cook, B.A.

Director of Chapel Counseling Center, ACBC Certified

Greg was born in Canton, Ohio on September 19, 1952 to Christian parents. He was reared in San Jose, California and in Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from Kettering Fairmont High School in 1970. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa in 1982 with majors in Sacred Music and Bible and a minor in Christian Education in the Local Church.

He served on the staff of the college from 1982-1985. He returned to the Dayton area and worked as a programmer for Reynolds and Reynolds before starting his own financial planning company in 1987. Between 1989 and 2014, he worked through American Express Financial Advisors now AmeriPrise as a Certified Financial Planner practitioner®.

Greg has served as an Elder/Pastor at Clearcreek Chapel heading up the counseling ministries until health issues necessitated his stepping down for a season. God has graciously restored him and he is now serving as the Director of the Chapel Counseling Center,  a counselor and instructor. Greg is a Level II ACBC Certified counselor. 


 Tim Pasma, B.A., M. Div

Tim is pastor of LaRue Baptist Church. He is an ACBC Fellow and Certified Counselor. He has extensive pastoral and counseling experience. He has taught a number of very profitable workshops at the annual ACBC Conference. 


 Dr. Jim Koerber, M. Div, D. Min

Elder at Grace Covenant Church for biblical counseling, counselor training, and church planting, ACBC Certified





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