Meet our team.  For appointments, please call the Life Counseling Center at 443-419-3884.

Jeff McMullen
Executive Director

Jeff is the Executive Director of Life Counseling Center and an Assistant Pastor at Chapelgate Presbyterian Church. As a counselor, he is particularly interested in working with ministry clients struggling with anxiety and identity issues. He likes to use story narrative to explore how we can experience freedom by understanding our adoption into God’s family. Jeff is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church of America. He completed his Masters of Counseling at Missio Seminary (formerly Biblical Theological Seminary).

Before becoming the Executive Director of Life Counseling Center, Jeff worked for a mission-sending agency in the Philadelphia area where he discipled and trained ministry leaders in the U.S. and abroad and counseled at a private Christian practice. He is certified in Prepare-Enrich pre-martial counseling.

Jeff is married and has three children. In his free time Jeff enjoys coffee, music, watching Netflix with his wife, and hanging out with his kids.


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Rich Starsoneck

Rich Starsoneck, Director and counselor at Life Counseling Center

Rich served as the director of counseling for over 25 years. He successfully brought oversight to Rebuilders, a ministry to those who are separated, divorced, or parenting alone. His interests in the counseling realm include marriage and family counseling, grief, loss, and men’s issues. He enjoys understanding people and seeing their lives and hearts change. He sees the importance of entering into a person’s world and helping individuals or couples think biblically about their situation instead of having their thinking controlled by experience, emotion, and cultural norms.

Rich has studied at both Chesapeake and Westminster Seminary, has advanced counseling certificates from CCEF, and is a mediator with the MCRC with an emphasis in restorative dialogue.

Rich married his wife Kathy in 1985, has a grown daughter, Laura, and owns 2 whippets.  Playing and listening to music, reading, and road cycling are a few of his personal interests.


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Esther Smith

Esther has an MA in Professional Counseling and a certificate in biblical counseling through CCEF. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor and accepts Medicaid insurance.

Esther has five years of experience in both biblical and clinical counseling settings. She has worked in several outpatient mental health clinics where she gained experience counseling adults with severe mental illness. Many of her counselees have chronic mental or medical conditions, and she is passionate about helping people learn how to live with long-term diagnoses and difficult life situations.

Esther lives near Baltimore with her husband, Ian. She enjoys reading, writing about counseling, cooking new recipes, and spending time with family and friends.

Areas of interest and experience include chronic pain and illness, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, addiction, and grief.


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After twenty-five years as a wife, mother, and software engineer, Alison was moved to enter the world of biblical counseling. She pursued formal training from the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) and holds all three of their counseling certificates. She is a master’s degree in counseling candidate of Westminster Theological Seminary. Her passion is to help people know God more personally, engage with Him more intimately, and find help and hope in the deep truths of His living word.

Alison has experience walking with those who struggle with marital or other relational difficulties, sexual brokenness, anxiety, depression, grief, loss, and other spiritual struggles, in the context of both individual and marriage counseling. She desires to help people express their emotions redemptively and communicate effectively.

Alison is very involved in her local church where she leads Bible studies, counsels and disciples women, helps to promote one-on-one mentoring, and participates in jail ministry. She is married to Pete and they have four young-adult children. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and watching British crime dramas.

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Sandy Cruise

Sandy holds her MA in Biblical counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently working on her Doctorate degree in Biblical counseling. She is a committed life-long learner and dedicated follower of Christ. Sandy has served as a counselor for the last 3 years where she meets with women and couples experiencing brokenness. She has experience in working with those who are struggling with anxiety/depression, relational conflict, grief, parenting issues, divorce, singleness, and spiritual struggles. She is a certified Prepare and Enrich marriage counselor.

Life can be difficult, and counseling can really help someone who feels stuck. Change can happen when someone gets help and begins to move in the right direction. It’s not about how fast you go, or perfection, but moving in the right direction. Watching the Lord transform the lives of her counselee’s is what motivates Sandy to be an instrument in helping others.

Sandy is married to her husband Marc. They have three grown children, a son-in-law and two cute dogs, one Yorkie named Roman, and Oliver a wild little Morkie. Sandy has led women’s ministries for years and loves to teach the bible to others. She is an avid reader, writer, and loves to take leisurely bike rides. Her and her husband are learning how to sail together and enjoy the beautiful waterways of Maryland.

Renee Davis

Renee is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Maryland.  She has the pleasure of serving children, adolescents, and their families.  Renee graduated with her Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Howard University.  As part of her training, Renee completed a doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Renee is passionate about allowing God to use her in a capacity in which she can address the behavioral and mental health needs of others.  With a rich experience and knowledge of numerous evidence-based clinical orientations, Renee aspires to bring the hope of God to every family that she meets.  Renee has had the privilege of working in schools, nationally recognized children’s hospitals, private practices, and outpatient mental health clinics.  Special areas of interest include anxiety, depression, disruptive behavior, and challenges with family functioning. As a psychologist, Renee is able to offer assessment and evaluation for various concerns parents have related to depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other mental health issues their children encounter.

Raised on the east coast, Renee is proud to call Maryland her home.  She enjoys exploring new cuisines, staying active in the gym, and spending time with family.


Dr. Barry Cureton

With over 25 years of pastoral experience, Barry has counseled men, couples and families dealing with a wide range of issues such as communication, conflict resolution, addictions, sexual brokenness , and depression.

Barry has a shepherd’s heart and desires to help people in their struggles. He believes that Biblical truth not only helps us to understand the root issues of our problems but also brings hope and healing to our brokenness through the Gospel.

To that end, Barry seeks to understand by hearing people’s heart and then reflecting on how God’s Word speaks to those struggles. Barry has completed the foundational courses at CCEF and in 2014 received a Doctor of Ministry through Covenant Theological Seminary.   He and his wife Margaret have three young adult children and live in the Baltimore area.