Our Team

Dave Kirk
Grace Community Church, North Liberty

Dave has been the Pastor of Family Ministries and Biblical Counseling at Grace Community Church in North Liberty, IA since 2009. Prior to that he was a pastor in St. Louis, MO. for 13 years. He has been married to his beautiful wife Debbie for 24 years. They have five amazing children, four sons and one daughter. Dave has been in full-time ministry for 25 years, earned a bachelor’s and two Masters degrees from Liberty University, and is certified by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). Dave is a huge sports fan and a die hard St. Louis Cardinals fan. He also enjoys coaching, reading and listening to great music of all kinds. He is very passionate about seeing men grow into the spiritual leaders that God has created and called them to be so that their families are prepared to pass that spiritual heritage down to future generations.


Sydney Millage
Faith Baptist Church, Iowa City

Sydney loves meeting new people and getting to know them. After more than thirty years of leading Bible studies and teaching women and children, her greatest desire is to introduce others to Jesus.  She earned an MABC (Master’s in Biblical Counseling) from Faith Bible Seminary in Lafayette, Indiana and is certified with the IABC (International Association of Biblical Counselors).  In 2018 Sydney wrote the book, Sanctuary: Help and Hope for Victims of Domestic Abuse, published by Focus Publishing. She and her family are active members of Faith Baptist Church in Iowa City. You can visit her blogs, Heart Quencher or Sanctuary to learn more.


Aimee Marino
Grace Community Church, North Liberty
Aimee assists in the Biblical Counseling Ministry at Grace Community Church in North Liberty, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 2012 and worked as a research assistant in a developmental psycholinguistics lab before joining staff with Grace in 2014. She is passionate about people and their stories, and seeing Christ revolutionize both for His glory. This is what drove her to become a certified biblical counselor with ACBC (the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors). Aimee enjoys words, wit, high fives, and the well-played prank. Although she traded her hometown Colorado mountains for Iowa cornfields in 2008, still humors her inner mountain-woman by hiking, kayaking and spending as much time as she can in the sunshine .

Jason Taylor

Corum Deo Bible Church, Davenport, IA


Jason spent his childhood in northeast Ohio where he attended a small church with his parents and two siblings. After graduating from high school, he earned a B.S. degree in Elementary Education and Biblical Studies from Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa. He also earned his M.Ed. degree in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee.

For 18 years, Jason worked full-time in an elementary school as a teacher and administrator. During these years, he also served part-time at his church as a youth pastor, children’s pastor, and Biblical counselor.

At an early age, Jason thought he had confessed Jesus Christ as his Savior. But it wasn’t until much later that God opened Jason’s eyes to understand how Jesus’ death on the cross applied to him. Under the great conviction of his own sin, he repented and truly gave his life to Christ.

Today, Jason has a personal desire to help others who are feeling the burdens of life. He believes that God offers tremendous hope for the hurting through the truth of His Word (the Bible), and he works with people to help them experience life, joy, and peace.

Jason is married to Karla, and they have two children: Cohen and Melanie. 

One Comment Add yours

  1. Dan Carmody says:

    Friends in Iowa. Greetings from eastern Wisconsin.

    I was pleased to learn of your coalition at the February Conference at Faith Lafayette this year and really want to “pick your brain” on your organization. I have been attempting to get something started in Eastern Wisconsin to promote biblical counseling in smaller churches for several years. This year it seemed to come together as several ACBC certified counselors and pastors in the eastern Wisconsin area responded with much interest. I discussed it with Pastors Viars and he suggested a lunch-call out to learn of further interest. On Thursday of the Conference week we had a lunch call-out for those interested in having “hands on” help in establishing a counseling ministry in their church and had over sixty attendees.

    Tomorrow I am meeting with about twenty-five counselors and pastors in Green Bay to discuss the organizing of the Eastern Wisconsin Biblical Counseling Coalition. As I got closer to the meeting date I realized it is probably quite important to speak to someone who has been down this road. It sounds like you folks would be my best option. May I speak to someone today via phone to get some input regarding your Coalition structure and history? It would be most helpful.

    Best regards,
    Dan Carmody
    (765) 404-8554

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