Introduction to Counseling at Capitol Hill Baptist Church (CHBC)
At CHBC, we have worked hard to foster a culture of discipleship, where members naturally care for other members through word, prayer and good deeds. In a fallen world, we expect things to go wrong, and to that end, we often need help from others to sort things out. While every Christian has a responsibility to live in a loving and caring way towards others, our church recognizes that there are some who are especially gifted to help with life’s most difficult problems.
The Nature of Counseling at Capitol Hill Baptist Church
The type of counseling we do is referred to as “biblical counseling” (BC). Our goal is to erect from the Bible a model and method to wisely help people in their problems. As biblical counselors, we seek to build strong relationships and help people to apply the gospel in ways that are meaningful and direction-giving. Our counseling is shaped by a Christ-centered view of human life as found in the Christian Scriptures, which takes seriously the physical, social, and developmental nature of our difficulties. We believe that people can be healed, strengthened, and built up as they grow in their understanding of the gospel and in their relationship with Christ. However, this doesn’t happen apart from our personal dependence on Him and seeking of His help.
Limitations in Counseling
While our pastoral staff are very happy to meet with both members and non-members, the counseling team tries to restrict counseling to mainly members (with few exceptions). Most of our counselors volunteer their time and gifts as a ministry to the church body. They have very limited time, which means their time is prioritized for members first.
Meet our Counselors
Our counselors are all members of CHBC who seek to use their gifts for the sake of this local body of believers. Currently, all three of our counselors are degreed in the field of counseling.
Raised in New Jersey, Deepak Reju serves as an associate pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. His pastoral responsibilities include oversight of the biblical counseling and family ministries at CHBC. He previously served on staff at Grace Church in Westfield, N.J. and Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. Prior to coming to CHBC, Deepak worked as a staff counselor for Clifton Baptist Church in KY. Deepak has earned an MDiv (in pastoral ministry) and a PhD (in counseling) from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Deepak does individual and couples counseling, leads groups, develops the vision for the counseling ministry, and supervises the counseling team. Deepak and his wife, Sarah, have three children, Zachariah, Lydia, and Eden.
Kelli Barbic has been a member of CHBC since 2007, and she began serving on staff part-time as a biblical counselor for women in 2011. She received her undergraduate degree in American Politics and Policy from the University of Central Florida, and her master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. It was as an undergrad that Kelli noticed her growing desire to invest her life in caring for and encouraging other women, and is reminded daily of the gift the Lord has given her in the opportunity to walk beside other women in the Christian faith. When she is not counseling, Kelli can often be found doing one (or more) of the following: running, cooking, bargain hunting, UF Gator football-watching, DIY home renovating, and day dreaming about growing old with her husband Ken.
|Rachael Cookson, Biblical Counselor for Women
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Rachael Cookson has been a member of CHBC since September 2011. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Miami University of Ohio. It was as an undergrad that Rachael was saved and recognized her growing desire to invest her life in caring for and encouraging other women. Following her undergraduate studies she spent one year interning with Campus Crusade for Christ, and then continued onto seminary at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She hopes to finish her Master’s of Biblical Counseling in August 2013. During her studies she began interning as a biblical counselor at CHBC in 2012. In her spare time, Rachael enjoys running, playing tennis, cooking, crafting, quality time with friends, reading, and having fun with her husband Jaron.
Hayley Satrom, Biblical Counselor for Women
Hayley became a member of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in 2005, and serves on staff as a biblical counselor. She also works as a biblical counselor for Heart Song Counseling. Hayley grew up in many different states but went to high school and college in California. She received her undergraduate degrees in psychology and education from the University of Southern California, and her master’s degree in biblical counseling from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to her biblical counseling career she did a one-year mission in the Czech Republic through Educational Services International, and after moving to DC worked as a fundraiser for International Justice Mission and Access Partners. Hayley is married to deacon of college ministry Rob Satrom.
|Alex Schuh, Biblical Counselor for Women
Alexandra is a certified military brat who grew up moving around every 3 to 4 years, but moved to the DC area five years ago to attend CHBC. Alex attended the University of Oklahoma for undergrad and then continued onto seminary at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Since college, Alex has gained a great passion for God’s Word and has seen the impact that the gospel has on everyday life. She absolutely loves investing in relationships with other women and encouraging them to know the freedom they have in Christ. She is thrilled to get the opportunity to walk alongside other women. When she’s not counseling or working, her favorite hobbies include, but are not limited to: reading, traveling, studying different cultures and history, enjoying the arts, and getting to know people well. She currently works at International Justice Mission and is married to Nathan Schuh.
|Katye Smythe, Biblical Counselor for Women
Katye has been a member of CHBC since 2012, and began serving on staff part-time as a biblical counselor for women since becoming a member. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University and her master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. During her time at A&M, Katye began to desire to use the Bible to care, disciple and counsel women. Apart from counseling, Katye babysits for families, reads, cooks and most of all loves to spend time serving alongside her husband, Rob.
|Beth Spraul, Biblical Counselor for Women
Born and raised in Indiana in a loving home, Beth first heard the Gospel from her faithful parents, and it was through their influence that she came to a saving faith in Christ during her early teen years. It was through the experiences of her loving family, having been changed by the gospel, that she began to have a growing desire to care well for many hurting friends around her. A graduate of Taylor University with a B.A. in psychology, she earned her Masters in Biblical Counseling from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Beth first came to DC in 2002 for a crisis counseling internship at an inner-city hospital. It was during that summer that she quickly began to love CHBC, and she also unexpectedly met her future husband, Greg, which the Lord used to quickly change her plans. Beth began serving on staff part-time as a biblical counselor in 2004 and has loved the privilege of coming alongside other women and applying the hope of the gospel to unique situations. Beth and Greg have two spunky daughters, Kate and Ella. She loves spending time with her family, traveling to Hilton Head, SC, and playing tennis and golf with Greg as much as possible.
|Tim Gosselin, Student Counselor
Tim grew up in Willimantic, CT. He did his undergraduate work at Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, PA, and completed his MA in Biblical Counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. He has participated in internships at Capitol Hill Baptist Church and the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation. His work history includes teaching and coaching at Delaware County Christian School in Newtown Square, PA, and working as an administrative manager at 9Marks in Washington, DC. He currently works as a biblical counselor, serving the Washington, DC, area. He and his wife, Jennifer, live on Capitol Hill and are members of CHBC. He enjoys relaxing with family and friends, listening to his wife play the piano, Saturday morning crepes, “having a catch,” and UConn basketball.
|Jason Hsieh, Student Counselor
Jason Hsieh has sat under the teaching of the pastors and elders as a member of Capitol Hill Baptist Church since 2004. While he currently serves as the Deacon of Parking, his primary ministry is to his roommates. For over 13 years, he has lived with other men in single Christian households. During that time, he has had over 20 different roommates from different walks of life, cultures, and personalities. This diversity means numerous experiences – some hilarious, others challenging, but always edifying. The foundation for that edification has come from one principle that has provided the backbone for all of his households: the practice of regular, itimes of household prayer, Bible study, and hospitality.
In addition to his ministry in his home, Jason has led a men’s Bible study through 1 John, Psalms, and 1 Timothy, served as a youth group leader for four years, and taught in various positions in CHBC’s children and youth Sunday schools.