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 more than two  decades. They have five amazing children, four sons and one daughter. Dave has been in full-time ministry for over 20 years as a Youth & Family Pastor, and has earned a bachelors and two Masters degrees from Liberty University. 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.

JasonP pic
Jason Poling
Stonebridge Church, Cedar Rapids

Jason and his wife Gwen have a daughter, Sophia, and two sons, Ezra and Abraham. Jason began to fulfill his call to ministry by going to Southern Seminary in Louisville – a nice North-South compromise for his marriage! Eventually, Jason convinced Gwen to go further north to Cedar Rapids, where he has served as Pastor of Adult Ministries at Stonebridge since early 2008. His sole desire is to help people know the love of God in the gospel of Christ so they can experience real transformation in their lives. Jason enjoys spending time with his family, riding his bike and reading.

Jason Blackley
Grace Community Church, North Liberty

Jason co-pastors Grace Community Downtown location. He was captured by the vision to plant a church in Iowa City as soon as he moved here in 2005. Jason loves coaching house churches and teaching in Iowa City. Jason is an ACBC Certified Counselor. Jason counsels weekly as well as trains and coaches new counselors in the Iowa City area. He was born and raised in Kansas City, MO where he received ten years of ministry experience. He has the privilege of being a shepherd in his own home to his wife, Dollie, and sons – Micah, Jude, Elijah, & Nathan. Jason enjoys talking to his wife, reading, most kinds of music and playing sports that involve a ball or a puck.

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 is currently working toward a MABC (Master’s in Biblical Counseling) from Faith Bible Seminary in Lafayette, Indiana and is certified with ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors).  She and her family are active members of Faith Baptist Church in Iowa City. Visit her blog, Heart Quencher, to learn more.

RW pic
Robin Werling
Stonebridge Church, Cedar Rapids
Robin is ACBC certified and received his Masters in Biblical Counseling through Trinity College of the Bible out of Newburgh, Indiana in 2015. He serves as the Deacon of Care & Equipping at Stonebridge Church.  He is the devoted husband of Jeanette and father of 3 wonderful children and 6 grandchildren. Robin has a passion for mentoring men and the Biblical Counseling Ministry. He is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and takes the job of training up warriors in God’s Army seriously. His heart felt desire is to help people realize that they were created for God’s glory (Isaiah 43:7) and that when they live for God, they will find untold happiness (Psalm 16:11).

Head shot 12.31.14
Trisha Young

Stonebridge Church, Cedar Rapids
Trisha has been on staff with Stonebridge since 2012. She works as the Biblical Counseling Coordinator.  She has a heart for helping people to see there is hope in all circumstances because of the God that we serve. This hope comes from seeing God at work in herself over the last several years as she has faced a significant trial. She is the proud Mom of three boys and enjoys spending time with them.  She also enjoys singing on the Stonebridge Worship Team. 

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 Grace in 2014 as an Administrative Assistant for Biblical Counseling and Family Ministries. She is passionate about people and their stories, and seeing Christ revolutionize both for His glory. Aimee enjoys words, wit, and high fives, as well as the well-played prank. Although she traded her hometown Colorado mountains for Iowa cornfields in 2008, still humors her inner mountain-woman by hiking and kayaking.


One thought on “Our Team

  1. 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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s