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After serving 14 years as a United Methodist Minister, Terry started Plumbline Ministries based upon his own personal history of need for emotional and relational healing and growth.
For years Terry needed counseling and did not even know it. He says that even if he had known of his need, he wouldn’t have known where to go and could not have paid for it. This is why he started Plumbline with the idea of partnering with local churches to extend their pastoral ministries through counseling. The pastors can now tell their members, when they need counseling, that they have a place they can go that won’t cause them a financial problem.
Terry teaches Soul-Care Training to those who are called and/or gifted for counseling others. This course consists of six semesters of training; each semester is twelve weeks. After completing at least two semesters of Soul-Care Training, a participant may apply to become an intern at Plumbline. These interns receive extra training and sit in on appointments with our current counselors. Eventually, our interns may choose to join the staff of Plumbline and conduct their counseling ministry with us!
Terry is blessed to be married since 1979, to have five grown children, and seven grandchildren (so far)! He loves having the privilege of offering counseling, teaching, and training together with his wonderful staff! He has published multiple books to date; Stickman Theology, Stickman’s Battles, and The Divine Delight, Stickman's Prayers and Stickman's Family.
Matthew 5:3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God."
Marion grew up outside of Chicago and is the eldest of 5 children. Her mom died suddenly when she was fourteen. During this difficult time, she began attending a “Young Life” program and was introduced to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. She came to Tulsa when she was seventeen to attend college and loved the city so much that she has made it her home ever since.
It was 1995 when a culmination of life experiences and “out of control” circumstances left her in desperate need of HELP. Plumbline Ministries had just been”birthed” by Terry Ewing (founder), when she sought counseling. It was through two years counseling, much healing and growth that God began revealing a new path for her life. After a two year biblical counseling course and internship with Terry, she became a pastoral counselor at Plumbline in 1999. In December 2014 she became ordained as a pastoral counselor. Marion has continued to be inspired by her life verse, 2 Cor. 1:3-4, comforting through pastoral care in the counseling office, through teaching Boundaries classes in the past and currently Codependency classes.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Amplified… “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement), 4. Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God”.
Out of a desperate need to understand why life felt so complicated and brokenhearted, I began to search and understand how God integrated the mind, spirit, and soul of people. I learned that my childhood traumas affected my view of my own identity which in turn directly affected my relationship dynamics. I received counseling off and on for several years in my early marriage years which helped, but when I came to Plumbline the understanding of how these are integrated began to make sense. The understanding of God through the pastoral style of counseling helped me become free to relate to God and others. It is my desire to minister to others in the same way God and others have ministered to me. My passion to help others experience the same freedom, has led me to full-time ministry as an ordained Pastoral Counselor.
Since I began in 2004, I have continued my education receiving my Master of Science in Counseling Psychology as well as Master Level Splankna Practitioner along with many other trainings.
I am currently providing Pastoral Care to many of our counselees here at Plumbline. I have enjoyed teaching classes on Boundaries and Codependency. I love working with families as well as individuals. My heart's desire is to connect with others and help them to be free from their own brokenness so they can pursue their passions. I also serve in the positions as Intern Coordinator and Policy and Procedure Supervisor.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not unto your own understanding,
in all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6.
This has been a verse that has led my life since April 1, 1979. This is the day I believed Jesus to be my savior of my sins, and, by His continued grace, the director of my life. My journey has led me down the road of a 38 year marriage to my late husband Steve. We have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. I currently live in Tulsa, OK.
Walking in His grace,
Sue Merrill Spinharney
The LORD bless you and keep you, The Lord make his face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26
"The LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, says: I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is good and leads you along the paths you should follow." Isaiah 48:17
Isaiah 61:1 NIV ...He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to
proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners"
As an ordained Pastoral Counselor, it is my joy to share in the healing journey of my counselees.
As a Master Splankna Practitioner it is my privilege to lead my counselees to freedom from the trappings of the enemy.
As the Plumbline Boundaries teacher it is my delight to instruct others in Godly care of self and others.
May “My Story” give hope to all who read it.
The Lord's hand has always been upon my life. (Ps. 139:5-5; 13-18) (Jer 29:11-13) Unlike some testimonials, mine is not a sudden dramatic experience. It's like a thread in a tapestry being slowly and intricately woven through the fabric of my life.
When my mother abandoned me at six months of age, God provided a godly caregiver, my great aunt, for my formative years. This is where the Lord laid His foundation. (Pr 22:6)
When I was torn from her loving home at age five to live in a volatile and abusive environment, God's hand of protection was upon me. (Ps 116:5-6) What I suffered could have been much worse.
When the doctor's gazed in amazement asking why I had not broken from all the devastation of life, I too wondered why and even hoped that I would. But God placed His strength within me. (2 Sam 22:33) Satan tried furiously to harden my heart, but the Lord held my heart in the palm of His hand, keeping it soft and tender for the day of my calling. (Ps 27:5) And on that hot August day, at age fourteen, I gave Jesus my heart.
When I spent the next seven years living a life of survival and sin, God's grace and mercy surrounded me.
(Ps 43:7) Nineteen years passed before I experienced the reality of an intimate relationship with Christ. Salvation was mine I knew, but something was still missing, what was this personal one-on-one friendship my beloved Aunt had always talked about? I wanted more and so at the age of thirty-three, I prayed for the Lord to speak to me, to bring His Word alive, to fill me with understanding and to teach me His voice. And as I asked, He answered and began to tell me great and unsearchable things I did not know. (Jer. 33:3)
Today (2004), Jesus continues to reveal Himself to me and I marvel at the peace and joy He brings to my life. He is transforming me into His likeness and although I am far from perfect, I am determined to press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (Phil 3:12)
In December 2007, God called me to ministry through His word in Isaiah 61:1: “…He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted…” The Lord set before me a ministry that was the passion of my heart - a passion that had long since faded with failures and shattered dreams but God is the God of Resurrection and through my own healing journey, He brought back to life my passion for helping those that are drowning in their pain and have lost hope.
I cannot begin to describe how amazing it is to have a front row seat to the workings of God! I am deeply humbled and blessed that He invited me to partner with Him in His redemptive work.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Growing up outside of Chicago, Margo was the middle of 3 girls. Her early creative tendencies were encouraged and she thrived in obtaining a Bachelors and Masters degree in Art Education. Her teaching career of 25 years was followed by self-employment with Finishes of Distinction as a decorative artist.
Margo and her husband co-facilitate a Christian Families class at their church, lending support in the family configurations they live and love in. They also head up a monthly car repair ministry for single moms and the elderly, a blessing that Margo was an early recipient of as a single mom herself! They now have four grown children and 9 precious grandchildren.
Entering Soul Care training just made sense. Margo was sensing a desire for even deeper relational connections. Her family had received counseling at Plumbline during some transitional years as well as some really tough years, and she felt blessed, challenged and relieved by the Biblical care, challenge and comfort. A passion was growing within, that of learning more of these spiritual, relational and emotional principles, as well as a desire to share them with others. The process of walking with someone as they change their pattern of coping with this sinful world is both intriguing and fulfilling.
Margo was ordained as a pastoral counselor with Plumbline Ministries in 2014. Her life purpose is to comfort, teach and encourage the hurting through soul-healing conversations.
Margo teaches the Safe People class at Plumbline. Want to discern safe from unsafe people? Want to take ownership of your own unsafe tendencies and become a safe person for others? This class may be for you!
Fun Facts: Margo is a Mom-of-the-heart. She’s immensely grateful to be an adoptive mom, a stepmom, a mother-in-law, and Grammy!
Philippians 3:10 “I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. “
I grew up in Tecumseh, Oklahoma and have lived in Tulsa since 2007. I have a BBA with an emphasis in ﬁnance from Oklahoma Baptist University. I married Anthony, who also counsels at Plumbline, in 1992, and I have enjoyed, very much, being mom to three great kids who are now adults. I homeschooled our oldest from ﬁrst grade through graduation, and the other two all but a year and a half when they went to a private school (the year that I hit a wall and came for counseling)! In January, 2016, our ﬁrst grand baby was born and I love being grandma!!! I have attended Believers Church since 2007 and facilitated Theophostic Prayer Ministry there for 4 years. I originally came to Plumbline for counseling. My traumatic childhood and lifelong hurts, along with an event that left me desperately grasping for my footing culminated in a personal crisis. I had almost lost all hope of being able to survive. Counseling has helped me tremendously and I am so very grateful. I want to help others with the same help I've been given, and see others receive the love and healing that the Lord brings as we journey together through the messiness of life. I am an ordained Pastoral Counselor with Plumbline, Theophostic Prayer Ministry (now called Transformational Prayer) facilitator, and Certiﬁed Master Level Splankna Practitioner. There is no problem too hard for God and no person who is too far gone for Him to reach. There is hope!
He always comes alongside us to comfort us in every suffering so that we can come alongside those who are in any painful trial. We can bring them this same comfort that God has poured out upon us. 2 Corinthians 1:4 TPT
Anthony and his beautiful wife Michelle have been married for 24 years and have three wonderful children, Amanda, Alex, and Caitlin. They have attended Believers Church for the past 8 years where he has been actively involved with the Theophostic Prayer Ministry for the last 4 years. He is a licensed electrician as well as being skilled in many other fields. He has a love for custom cars and loud stereos! He is in a pretty good place today, but it was not always this way. From a parents divorce as a small child to an adoption by his step-father to an ugly church split as a teen to dropping out of college to marrying young with a child on the way to lacking the needed skills to lead a family to divorcing his wife to God restoring his marriage to years of struggle and disappointments to personal crisis, there has been much life lived! This road lead him to Plumbline where he found help, hope, and tools to face these issues. Having felt a call to ministry from a young age, this is the place where God has also led him to be a part. He has a deep desire to help those around him with the same help that he has been given!
Born in Houston, Texas but spent most of life in Tulsa. Went to Memorial High School. Studied pre vet medicine at OSU, Petroleum Engineering at TU, and Psychology at NSU. A long time member of Asbury UMC and married to wife Karin for 40+ years. Has a son Thomas in Pasadena CA, and a daughter Lauren in Denver CO.
Darrell's favorite scripture is special for him because, " I used it constantly when I was leaning into vulnerability to take risky chance to change. It was also special because when I first started using it, it was more of a strongman mentality. It morphed with time into a Stickman message which was transformative in my personal philosophy."
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
Chris has spent most of his adult life working in the Lawn and Landscape Servicing business, which includes running his own business for eleven years. He holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Art from Oklahoma Baptist University. During this time Chris and his wife Karen have been working with youth in church which has been his most important work.
Chris and Karen have been married 31 years and have two grown sons. As a family they love to spend time together, often traveling and doing mission work together. Chris and Karen spend a lot of time traveling doing mission work, and helping young people develop a Godly world view.
Working with youth offers many opportunities for counseling and Chris feels led to develop his strengths in counseling for youth and young adults.
Chris and Karen together share a common verse that sums up how they feel they are to serve God. In Daniel chapter 3, verses 17 and 18, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego responded to King Nebuchadnezzar “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Chris is zealous about helping people develop their relationship with Christ. Developing his strengths in counseling is an important step in his walk as a Christ follower.
After serving in accounting, quality, technical support and project management roles in the business world for 30 years, Liz Merrill left the career world and returned to Plumbline Ministries, Inc. We use the word "returned" on purpose, because Liz attended Soul Care from 2008 to 2010 and graduated while serving as a part time Plumbline Intern. Circumstances within her world called her away from this Internship. In January of 2017, she returned and now serves full time as a counselor.
Liz asked Jesus into her heart at the tender age of seven years old. 1 John 4:19 "We love because He first loved us" is Liz's favorite verse because love is the emotion that continually draws her back to the feet of Christ. Liz is blessed to have married Brian in 2003 and they have a blended family with six adult children, and their families, including twenty one grandchildren which makes for a very full and busy life. Writing, movies, games, crafting, reading and enjoying time with friends and family are all things Liz enjoys.
Liz is passionate about walking with those struggling with the devastating effects of sexual abuse and pornography in families. Liz and her family have felt, first hand, the impacts of the trauma of sexual abuse, pornography, drug and alcohol abuse, She has also experienced the associated incarceration, rehab and the associated child custody scenarios that go with these types of traumas. Liz is committed to using the love of Christ and the tools we use here at Plumbline to allow God's healing power to flow to others as it has to her.
Liz is an active member of the Green Country Walk to Emmaus Community and her local church. She has completed Splankna Level 1 training and previously co-facilitated a women's support group for approximately five years.
Liz is thankful that God brought her to Plumbline Ministries, Inc. through His prevenient grace and timing for such a time as this.
1 John 4:19 "We love because He first loved us."
I was born in Elk City, OK to a single/widowed mom with 3 boys. My 35-year-old father died of a cerebral aneurysm while she was pregnant with me. She was amazing. I grew up in church learning about Jesus, was a puppeteer, and very active in choir and youth group. I went to Oklahoma State University and received a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, then taught elementary music with an Orff emphasis for 23 years.
I ALWAYS had a strong interest in psychology, relational dynamics, and self-improvement. I taught the Boundaries course by Drs. Cloud and Townsend for 14 years. I took Plumbline’s Soul Care class and graduated in 2014. After I left teaching and my mother passed, I got my certifications in Health and Life Coaching, but I was still searching. Then I started my Splankna training in 2018 and found my niche.
Splankna (Greek word for gut; like…”I’ve got this feeling in my gut”) is a tool that uses muscle testing to identify negative emotions wrapped around a trauma, then using meridian points (like the chiropractor uses) and prayer, the negative emotions are broken off. The whole process is wrapped in Biblical boundaries.
I have learned so much from the Tools that Plumbline offers. As an Ordained Pastoral Counselor and Certified Splankna Practitioner I get to utilize my training as I partner with clients on their journeys as struggling, striving, growing Believers to re-tool their toolboxes!
Fun Facts: I am married to Jeff Ash and have 2 Yorkies, Riff and Jazz. I love to sing jazz standards and travel. I am an Enneagram 1w9 and am learning to love it!
Roman 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Hello, my name is Geneo Anderson. Married to my beautiful and wonderful wife, Debra, in 1973. We have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
At age 44, in a desperate move to save my marriage, I agreed to a counseling session where I quickly realized the value for my life and relationships. From that day, I have devoted the last 24 years preparing myself for pastoral care. In 2016, I made a connection with Plumbline Ministry and was able to participate in their Soul Care Training program. After a very enlightening two year classroom experience, I immediately enrolled in the two phase internship program. Having successfully completed four years of Soul Care training at Plumbline, I am moving forward with God’s help to share in the lives of those with whom God connects me.
I am currently the Care Pastor at a local church in south Tulsa. I understand that we all have moments in our life that may seem like we have been overtaken by a fault. Galatians 6 encourages us to bear and share one another’s burdens. As a care pastor, I am better equipped with counseling tools and a program that I can safely recommend for counselees to receive pastoral care, biblical guidance, and direction for their life’s journey. My heart’s desire is to help bring forth God’s purpose out of the cares of life, for he cares for us.
Phase 2 Intern - Andrea Michael Lea was raised here in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She attended Oklahoma State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree and The University of Tulsa with a masters in the area of speech-language pathology. Andrea currently works with students with dyslexia and sees private clients in the Tulsa area. She is most excited; however, about becoming the latest pastoral counselor on the Plumbline team! Andrea has a heart for service and recently became the Volunteer Coordinator for Plumbline Ministries. She enjoys working with Asbury’s 2nd Saturday when she can and started a ministry called Heart to Heart delivering Valentines for children in the hospital.
Andrea and her husband Jim have 2 terrific teens, Ava and Fletcher, as well as 4 fur babies (2 Burmese cats and 2 bulldogs; hey they are family too...right?)!
Andrea became a Christian late in life during her first job in Oklahoma City working with children with developmental delays at SoonerStart Early Intervention. There she met a wonderful group of Christian women who led her to Christ. After moving to Tulsa, Jim and Andrea raised their children at Fellowship Bible Church where they grew both in the wisdom and knowledge of the Bible. However, it was experiencing the truth and the grace of God’s Spirit that gripped her heart and forever changed her into the “stick woman” she would soon become. By God’s plan and in His timing, as relatively new member’s of Asbury United Methodist Church, Jim and Andrea were led right to Plumbline’s door where their stickman journey began. With much joy and gratitude Andrea realized that she was a “stickman” before she knew what a “stickman” was! At Plumbline she had found a stick-home and a stick-family to love!
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore choose life, that you may live, you and your descendants; to love the Lord your God. To obey His voice and to cling to Him; for He is your life, and the length of your days; Deuteronomy 30:19-20
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