The counseling services offered at Evangel are tools the church uses to walk individuals and families to a place of spiritual and mental health.


Asking for help can be difficult, but there are times when life can seem overwhelming. You may have tried all you know to do, but nothing seems to help. Sometimes the issue is personal, or you may be afraid or embarrassed to discuss it with anybody. Sometimes you just need someone to talk to in order to gain perspective.


Seeking help does not mean that you are “crazy” or abnormal. It just means you are stuck and fed up with letting whatever is bothering you continue to control your life. If you want to take steps toward the joy God intends us to share, let’s talk about it!


How much does it cost?
To increase commitment to treatment, we believe it is beneficial to charge all clients a fee. We strive to make counseling affordable.
Fees can be paid by cash, check, or debit/credit card.


Standard 50-minute Session Fee: Licensed Counselor – $75-$95; Graduate Intern – $50

  • Fees are based on a family’s ability to pay and will be discussed during or before the first session.

  • Reduced rates are available for families earning less than $75,000 per year or those in financial hardship. Please call for details.

  • Clients are expected to pay for each session at the appointment time unless other arrangements have been made. Receipts are available on request.

How do I make an appointment?
Contact our counseling staff at 816.942.1414 ext. 130 or email to inquire about counseling or to schedule an appointment. Daytime and evening appointments are available.

Do you accept insurance?
Evangel’s counselors are not on insurance panels; however, clients can use Health Savings Accounts or flexible spending medical accounts to pay for counseling.

Do I have to attend Evangel to receive counseling?
No. Evangel counselors see clients from outside the church as schedules allow.


Gaitha Pennington

Gaitha Pennington is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor. Gaitha’s passion is to integrate spiritual and clinical counseling to walk alongside those that find themselves hopeless, hurting, angry, or confused. Gaitha works with individuals, couples, teens, and children. She believes strongly in the therapeutic relationship and how it should be one of safety and trust.

Contact Gaitha

Lisa Klockenga

Lisa Klockenga is a Licensed Professional Counselor with the state of Missouri. Lisa’s passion is to see the body of Christ healthy and restored through revelation of His truth. Lisa’s desire is to see hope restored where it has been deferred. Lisa sees clients at the KC and Archie campuses.

Contact Lisa

Veronica Meeks

Veronica Meeks is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has also earned her certification in Play Therapy and certification as a Sexual Addiction Treatment Provider (SATP). Experience as a Children’s Pastor and an oncology nurse deepened her compassion for the hurting. Her desire is to see individuals become healthier and whole, and she sees counseling as a way to be of help.

Contact Veronica

Jane Beery

Jane Beery has been part of the Evangel staff since 2008 and has been involved in church ministry for over 30 years. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri and a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Kansas. 

Contact Jane

Diaysha Cole

Diaysha Cole is a graduate intern counselor, completing her master’s degree at MidAmerica Nazarene University. Diaysha’s passion is integrating faith and counseling and providing a safe place for others to express their true emotions. She believes in building a non-judgmental therapeutic relationship that brings healing and hope. 

Contact Diaysha

Benjamin Skinner

Benjamin Skinner is a graduate intern counselor, completing his degree through Colorado Christian University. Previously a pastor, Ben believes that Christ’s love is deep and unending and that healing and growth is possible for anyone. He loves to offer hope and support through a caring and safe relationship and is passionate about helping people walk towards freedom and health.

Contact Benjamin

Andrea Stark

Diaysha Cole is a graduate intern counselor, completing her master’s degree at MidAmerica Nazarene University. Andrea Stark is a graduate intern counselor, completing her degree at MidAmerica Nazarene University with an emphasis in marriage, couple, and family counseling. Andrea has a B.A. in Christian ministry and is excited to integrate faith into therapy.  She has a great passion for understanding others and offering them hope.

Contact Andrea


“Navigating a Mental Health Crisis: A NAMI Resource Guide for Those Experiencing a Mental Health Emergency” (Crisis Guide) 


Text Only Crisis Hotline Instructions


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)


Formerly known as the CDC National STD and AIDS Hotline
1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)


Veterans’ Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), press 1


Treatment Referral Hotline

Substance Abuse
1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)


National Sexual Assault Hotline
24-hour online hotline:
1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)


National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline


National Eating Disorders Association Hotline

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Kansas City

Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday
9 am - 4 pm

Kansas City Campus

1414 E 103rd Street, Kansas City, MO 64131

Archie Campus

620 E Pine Street, Archie, MO 64725

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