Church Staff / Leaders

In combination with my theological education, counseling education and 30+ years of ministry experience, both as a pastor and as an associate therapist, I have a unique position of being able to understand the differing facets of Christian Leadership. You and your family hold a special place in my heart!

Not many counselors understand the unique stresses and challenges that Christan leaders and their families experience. I have been a pastor’s wife for 30+ years with extensive Christian ministry experience and have served in pastoral roles myself for over ten years. I understand the unique pressure, isolation, and stress of ministry.

I have served under exceptional leaders as well as poor leaders. I have been through church splits, and have experienced the effects of spiritual abuse. I have also led individuals and teams who at times, have made leading them difficult.  

I have experience in helping leaders in ministry transitions, church conflict, professional betrayal, personal, marriage, and family struggles. Through my training in life and leadership coaching, I can help you understand and clarify your calling, contribution, and values for life and ministry.    

Through my role as the Care Ministry Pastor at a large church in southern California, I developed a lay counseling ministry that includes a unique blend of biblical counseling, life coaching, and discipleship. This ministry grew from 20 volunteers on one campus to almost 200 volunteers on five campuses in four years. This has led to the opportunity to consult with churches in the development of their Care Ministries.

If you are in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a free, 24-hour hotline at 1.800.273.8255. 

If your issue is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.  

Brenda Stewart does not offer crisis counseling or emergency services.