David Sommer - Director and Counselor
David is a former pastor and has been providing pastoral care and counseling for over 20 years as a pastor, elder, and counselor in churches in Illinois and Kentucky. In addition to degrees from the University of Illinois and the University of Kentucky, David received his formal counseling education from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) at Westminster Theological Seminary. Through CCEF, he completed the certificate in Advanced Biblical Counseling. As the Director of Cross Care, David works as an extension of the pastoral staff at a growing number of suburban Chicago churches. David has had the privilege of working with individuals, couples, children, adolescents, and families on a wide variety of counseling issues including marriage and family issues, anxiety, anger, addictions, sexual abuse, marital abuse, pornography, depression, and grief. In his free time, David enjoys reading, music, movies, playing tennis, following his favorite baseball and basketball teams, getting together with friends, and most of all, spending time with his wife, Kris. David and Kris have one adult son.
You may contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 440-4655.
Rebecca Meyer - Counselor
Rebecca holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary (PA) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wheaton College (IL). Rebecca studied extensively with faculty at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) with a specific focus on healing from trauma. After five years counseling on behalf of Chicago area churches, The Field School, and Wheaton College, Rebecca and her family moved to Kansas City. Rebecca welcomes the chance to work with counselees through virtual sessions or in-person in the Kansas City area. Areas of experience: trauma, abuse, anxiety, depression, life transitions (college and after graduation), spiritual abuse, self-harm, same-sex attraction, gender dysphoria, and pre-marital and marriage counseling. Rebecca takes great care to avoid spiritual jargon or "catch all" Scripture application when counselees seek to process their relationship with Christ and spiritual journey.
You may contact Rebecca at email@example.com or (512) 898-9138.
UPDATE: Rebecca is taking a family leave from her role as a counselor to stay home with her kids, ages 4, 2, and twin sons born in late 2022! She looks forward to returning when the twins let her.
Pey Chu - Counselor
Pey has worked in ministry for over 20 years. Following graduation from Vanderbilt University as an East Asian studies major, Pey served overseas with CRU in East Asia where she met her husband, Davy. They moved to Philadelphia to attend Westminster Theological Seminary where Pey earned a Master of Divinity in Biblical Counseling. During that time, Pey also interned at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF). After seminary and after having their first child, the family moved to East Asia to work with indigenous churches. While there, Pey spent time informally counseling cross culturally as well as helping fellow expats in a variety of issues from personal adjustment to marriage issues. Seven years later and shortly after having their fourth child, the family moved back to Charlotte, NC to work with international students. The family now lives in Naperville where Pey’s husband serves as an Associate Pastor and where Pey has the privilege of being involved in the women’s ministry at her church. Pey delights in adventuring, reading, crafting, cooking, and welcoming others with her four very active and rowdy children.
You may contact Pey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (331) 305-4351.
Anna Carini - Counselor
Anna Carini holds an M.Div from Westminster Theological Seminary, where she focused her studies on counseling. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, Anna Carini studied music and philosophy at Wheaton College, IL. After meeting her husband Joel at college, they then moved to Philadelphia to attend Westminster Theological Seminary where they both earned Masters of Divinity degrees. While in seminary, Anna worked at Harvest USA, a ministry for sexual brokenness. For two years there, she discipled women, lead biblical support groups, and helped training and teaching churches around the country.
Anna lives in St. Louis with Joel and their three children. Anna continues playing cello and piano with her trumpet-playing husband and they both enjoy reading, discussing philosophy and theology, and their dog Hobbes. Areas of counseling interest/experience include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, OCD, abuse, same-sex attraction, and sexual addiction.
You may contact Anna at email@example.com or (630) 384-9891.
Erin Owens - Counselor
Erin Owens holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary (PA) and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Indiana University (IN). After graduating Westminster she served as a counseling intern at the Christian Counseling Educational Foundation (CCEF). She and her husband Nick then moved to Delaware where they did college ministry (RUF) for 5 years at the University of Delaware. During that time, Erin also worked part-time as a biblical counselor at their local church. Chicago natives, Erin, Nick, and their 2 children have returned to Illinois where Nick serves as the Associate Pastor of a church in the western suburbs. They live in Downers Grove.
Erin and her family are English Premiere League Football (Soccer) enthusiasts! They spend their Saturday mornings making waffles and watching European Soccer. Go Reds!
Areas of experience include anxiety, depression, grief, loss, anger, addiction, eating disorders, sexual abuse, self-harm, same-sex attraction, and marriage counseling.
You may contact Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-216-9799.
Katie Boomer - Counseling Intern
Katie grew up in Delaware and then earned a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from James Madison University in Virginia where she met her husband, George. For the past 26 years she has had the privilege of walking beside him in his pastoral ministry and raising their four children in Florida, Kansas, Michigan, and primarily Smithfield, Virginia. They now reside in Lawrence, Kansas where George serves as a lead pastor and Katie is completing her Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. In recent years, she has had the opportunity to walk alongside women and adolescents facing issues such as anxiety, anger, depression, grief, life transitions, and challenges in marriage and parenting. She considers it a joy to offer Christ-centered counsel and encouragement to others during their seasons of struggle and suffering.
Katie enjoys hiking, reading, meals with friends, walks with her husband and their Golden Retriever, and especially family vacations. She is also delighted to embrace her new role as a grandparent!
You may contact Katie at email@example.com or 913-346-1665.