Service Times
  • Sunday
    • 9:15 AM Praise &Worship
    • 10:45 AM Sanctuary Worship Service
Upcoming Events
9/19/2018 - 7:30 PM   Chancel Choir Practice
9/21/2018 - 7:30 PM   Narcotics Anonymous (212 N Madriver)
9/23/2018 - 8:15 AM   Praise Team Practice
9/23/2018 - 9:15 AM   Grace Care
9/23/2018 - 9:15 AM   Cafe Grace Praise & Worship
9/23/2018 - 10:00 AM   Sunday School for all ages
9/23/2018 - 10:45 AM   Sanctuary Worship



221 Fountain Place
Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311
If no answer leave message on confidential voice mail.

Office Hours
Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Light The Way Director

Brenda Sanford         


Angelia Parsons

Bill Gingerich

Trisha Goens

Christine Greenwald 

Board of Directors for 2017

President:  Cathy Wallace

Vice Pres:  Linda Kite

Secretary:  Becky Turner

Treasurer:  Janice King

Members: Mike Peak, Teri Stevens

         Bill Ruble, Joyce Ruble, Bonna Patrick



About Light The Way
Light the Way Christian Counseling Center is a professional counseling service built upon Christian principles.  It is open to Christians of all denominations and all levels of faith.  It is also open to those who do not currently consider themselves Christians, but who are possibly curious about the love and grace they have heard about through God and His Son.

Light the Way is a ministry of the First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Light the Way Staff


Brenda Sanford, MSW, LISW-S    
Brenda is a full time counselor and director of the Center. She is a native of Logan County. She received her undergraduate degree through Miami University and her Master of Social Work degree through Ohio State. She and her husband, Jim, have two married adult daughters, three  young granddaughters and a young grandson. She is an active member of the First Christian Church. Brenda is also a licensed lay minister in Ohio for the Disciples of Christ and has led the Café Grace Praise and Worship Service at the First Christian Church.

Angelia Parsons, LISW
Angelia is a part-time counselor for the Center. She is a native of Kentucky but has lived in Logan County for several years. She and her husband, John, have two sons. She received an undergraduate degree from Anderson University and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kentucky. She is an active member of the First Church of God in Bellefontaine.

Bill Gingerich, LISW                      

Bill is a full time counselor for the Center.  He has lived in Logan County for over 10 years.  He and his wife, Karla, have two sons.  He received an undergraduate degree from Eastern Mennonite College and a Master of Social Work degree from Southern University at New Orleans.  He is an active member of Quest Community Church in West Liberty.


Trisha Goens, LPC

Trisha completed her internship at Light the Way and was licensed in June 2013.  She obtained her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University.  She moved to Bellefontaine to be closer to work, but continues to go to New Hope Church in Kenton.

Christine Greenwald, MHC  
Christine has a master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. She has a bachelor's degree in Child Development from Vanderbilt University. She moved with her husband to Bellefontaine to serve the community with First Christian Church. 

Our Vision 

To shine the light of God's love into the darkness of a hurting world.

Our Mission 

To offer Christian-based professional counseling that empowers growth within the individual; in his or her relationship with family, friends and community; and in his or her relationship with God.

Services Offered 

  • Individual counseling with adolescents and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, co-dependency, self-esteem, life circumstances, grief and/or issues of faith.
  • Play therapy for young children


  • Help for parents struggling with the challenges of raising children in today's society, including children with disabilities (individually or through a parenting group)
  • Marital counseling
  • Family relationship issues
  • Grief recovery groups in schools
  • Presentations to churches or other groups


Guiding Principles of the Center 

  • All counseling will be provided by a licensed and qualified professional counselor.
  • All information shared in a counseling session will be held in the strictest of confidence, except when the law requires us to do otherwise.
  • We will use Biblically sound information and prayer to support the client through the recovery process.
  • We believe that God will do far more than we could ever do to provide healing to our clients, so we will encourage a strengthened relationship with God.
  • Children will not be seen without at least one parent/guardian being an active participant. We believe that the family is the child's God-given support system.
  • We will do our best to make counseling do our best to make counseling affordable for each individual/family.


Scheduling An Appointment 

Please call our confidential voice mail at 937.593.9600 and leave your name, phone number and the best time to reach you. One of our counselors will return your call as soon as possible. Our hours of operation are currently:

Monday & Friday - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday - 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday - 9 a.m. to  9 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday - Closed

These hours may vary as we add new staff and during holiday seasons.

In an emergency situation, please call the Crisis Hotline for Logan County at 1.800.224.0422 for a trained mental health professional or 911 for medical or law enforcement assistance.


Insurance is accepted when it is available. A sliding fee schedule is used to determine fees when insurance is not available. We are not approved to accept Medicaid.