Center Executive Directors:
Dr. Patricia Meye
Florida State University B.S., M.A.
Fuller Theological Seminary M.Div., D. Min.
Dr. Pat Meye is the founder and co-director of the Renewing Life Center. She has done pastoral care in both the church and counseling setting here in Las Vegas and in California. Pat's educational background includes a M.A degree from Florida State University, focusing on personal and life development and a Masters in Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. Pat has a special emphasis from her graduate training in crisis and spiritual formation. Pat and her husband Doug have been married for over 30 years and are blessed with 2 children.
Mark Whelchel M.S. MFT
Hope International University, B.A.
University of Nevada Las Vegas M.S. MFT
Mark Whelchel is the co-director of the Renewing Life Center. He has served as a Pastor in Las Vegas for over twenty seven years and he has served on several non-profit boards. Mark is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and his educational background includes a B.A. in church growth from Hope International University and an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He has a special emphasis in treating couples, but he also enjoys working with individuals and families. Mark and his wife Christie have been married for over 20 years and they have been blessed with four children.
Mark also has a new blog that you may follow here.
B.S. Purdue University
M.Div. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Kevin Scott has been in full-time ministry since 1994 and is the founding pastor of The Stream in Las Vegas. Prior to starting The Stream, Kevin worked in college campus ministry and served on various missions in Africa, England, and in urban areas in the U.S. He continues to serve as the Pastor of The Stream and as an associate staff member with Worldwide Discipleship Association (WDA) - an organization that provides resources and training to individuals and churches to assist people in the process of spiritual formation. Kevin and his wife Lauren have been married for more than ten years and they have three children.
California State University B.A., M.A.
Kathy Houston-Hencken has over twenty years of experience in counseling, both in independent private practice and with Samaritan Counseling Centers. She has been licensed in Texas as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 1996. Kathy also serves as an elder at Grace Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas where her husband Jim is the Senior Pastor. Kathy and Jim have two children.
Jenny Stepp M.A.
University of Puget Sound, B.A. Psychology.
Seattle University, M.A. Mental Health Counseling
Jenny Stepp earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington and graduated from Seattle University with her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Jenny has worked in a variety of counseling settings, from drug and alcohol treatment to higher education to Christian counseling. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and works with adults and adolescents on a wide range of issues.
"As a professional counselor, I have a steadfast belief in the transformative, healing power of counseling. It is an amazing gift to walk alongside a person in their pain and suffering as they journey toward self-awareness, growth, and personal transformation. I have witnessed the sacred, life-changing work of people who have been hurt, scared, and abandoned only to come out feeling renewed, empowered, and transformed. You do not have to take this journey alone."
Glad Hillman has joined the Renewing Life Center family as a Marriage & Family Therapist under the supervision of Mark Whelchel. She also spent years counseling as a practicum student while at National University.
Glad has been a senior leader in Women's Ministry and for many years she mentored women and lead bible studies that enriched their lives based on God's word. Most recently, she served as an instructor and counselor in biblical based counseing at Central Christian Church in Henderson, Nevada.
Glad views every client as an andividual; she helps them find the answers and solutions that will enhance their overall well-being. She tailors each session with care and flexibility. Glad brings a holoistic approach to the counseling experience and with more than 25 years in the Wellness Industry, she has a high regard for the intimate interaction of mind, body, and spirit. She embraces the philosophy that to live life to its fullest, one needs to have a healthy mind, body, and spirit.
“..I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you
Even as your soul is getting along well….”
“…be transformed by the renewing of your mind”
Glad is the proud mother of three children and has three grandsons.
Jennifer Antonucci, Licensed CADC & MFT Intern
Buffalo State College, B.A. Sociology
Liberty University, M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy
Jennifer is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Intern and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counseling Intern. She joins the Renewing Life team with over one year of supervised experience as a practicum student. She has over twenty years experience in pastoral counseling and leading women's groups and ministries. Jennifer and her husband Vince have started two churches.
Through her years of ministry and pastoral counseling, Jennifer has seen amazing transformation in people's lives and knows real change is possible. She is passionate about partnering with her clients to give them hope in their journey towards healing and growth.
Jennifer enjoys working with couples, individuals, families, and children.
Jennifer and her husband Vince have been married for over twenty years and have two teenage children.
Wayland Baptist University, B.A. Criminal Justice
Liberty University, M.A. Professional Counseling
“I deeply value witnessing the incredible growth that can come when we wait on God to do what only He can do- while diligently doing all we can do to grow as well. I know first-hand the immeasurable joy that a willingness to change can bring. I have overcome addiction in my own life and by God’s grace have been sober for over 2 decades! Also, through various challenges in my own life and the lives of those close to me, I have experienced the power of a sincere, patient, caring person with a listening ear and sensitive heart. I now enjoy being that type of person for others. My desire is to be someone God can use to help you be renewed as you experience Christ- His forgiveness, healing, growth, and joy!”
Eric is a state licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Intern. He joined the staff of the Renewing Life Center after completing over a year of supervised counseling as a Master’s student. Eric is a retired U.S. Air Force officer with over 22 years of experience leading, teaching, and helping people cope and grow through the various trials of life. He has led numerous home fellowships for over 20 years and has invested many years serving as his church’s Men’s Ministry Leader. Eric and his wife (and best friend!) Jennifer have been married for almost 20 years and moved to Las Vegas over 4 years ago to help plant a new church. They enjoy raising their 3 doggy-children. Eric is here to provide a safe and supportive environment as he walks through life’s challenges with men, women, adolescents, and children on an individual basis.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”- Jesus (John 10:10, ESV)
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The multi-disciplinary team at Renewing Life Center promotes a cooperative learning environment and offers four different types of counselors:
Marriage and Family Therapists - State licensed Masters level therapists with training in family systems, individual, couple and family therapy.
Pastoral Counselors - Ordained Pastors with educational backgrounds ranging from Masters to Doctoral levels with extensive experience in pastoral care and counseling.
Marriage and Family Therapist Interns - Pre and Post Graduate interns working towards state licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists.