When Charles Wise first asked me to help put together his bio for this website, I started to launch into the typical biographical information. But, we’ve all read that before. Does it honestly give you a better picture of the person than when you started? I would wager not. Instead, I want to share with you what I think of Mr. Charles (as my kids call him).
Charles Wise loves God. He is passionately in love with his wife. He is a loving and strong father to his two children. And he loves God’s people. That is not just a set of statements written to sound, well, lovely. They are the absolute truth. I have worked closely with Charles for almost a decade now. We have traveled around the country, speaking and teaching and vision casting and eating BBQ. We have ridden together in vans for fourteen hours, cars for ten hours, and planes for four hours. We have sat in small prayer rooms and big sanctuaries. And we have sat across the table from each other at a LOT of meals. Day in, day out I saw the same exact person.
You learn a lot when you travel with a person – it can bring out the worst in them. But not Charles. He is always joyful, praising God, and thankful to have a chance to serve. He loves teaching. He loves working with people and seeing their lives change. In his heart, he wants to see them discover God in a powerful way. He is a prayer warrior. He is always reading God’s Word. He constantly listens to sermons, wanting to discover even more about Jesus. This doesn’t make him weird or unenjoyable to be around. Instead, people are always drawn to him. It could be a waitress, a desk clerk, a fellow plane passenger, a complete stranger. They all are pulled to the Jesus that is alive in him. Personally, I love spending time with Charles because I walk away refreshed and strengthened. So I can see why people respond the way they do.
Professionally, Charles has used his natural charisma, his God-given joy, and his love for people to create multiple avenues to reach people with the life-changing message of the Gospel. For twenty years, he has served as licensed mental health counselor. Thousands of people have spilled their hearts out in a room with him as he prayerfully considered what wisdom could offer healing. Sometimes he is extremely gracious and merciful. At other times, he has to be harder and confrontational. So many lives have been touched. Charles founded Pathway Counseling Ministry as the nation’s first integrated auxiliary of the local church. That means that Pathway can establish sites at churches anywhere and still be covered by non-profit guidelines. Pathway has partnered with dozens of churches in Central Florida and Eastern Tennessee since its inception. But counseling was not the end of Charles’ vision to reach people.
For roughly 18 months in 2004 and 2005, Charles was unable to speak – a real problem for a therapist! During that time, Charles spent a lot of time praying and learning about God’s desire for intimacy with His people. He also observed how God’s people have lost their craving for an intimate relationship with God. When Charles regained his voice, he used it to call people back to that close personal walk with God. He did this through other ministries under Pathway’s umbrella. Defender Ministries was founded in 2005 to help students, parents, and churches deal with issues of media, pornography, sex, and technology. Butterfly House worked to help abused women. Legacy Builders was established to help men rediscover their ability to lead and serve. And the Pathway Ranch was created to minister to ministers, giving them a place to be renewed and restored. Pathway also used its resources and influence to help other ministries and groups reach people in their own communities – like Rethreaded in Jacksonville, Fresh Start Ministries in Central Florida, and Narrow Gate in Tennessee.
I love Charles Wise. He is one of the truest friends I have ever known and most genuine men I have ever encountered. The impact he has made on my life can never be measured. And I am just one of thousands who can say that. In the words of Gladiator, what he has done here on earth will echo into eternity. I can’t imagine anything making Charles happier than to have that statement be true.
Rev. David Staples
Co-Founder of Defender Ministries
Contact Charles via Email: email@example.com
Leslie received her Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Palm Beach Atlantic
University and is completing her post grad certification in Play therapy. She currently specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and women using play therapy and expressive arts techniques.
Some of her areas of interest include sexual abuse and trauma recovery, grief and loss, self-injury, issues of self-worth, anxiety and depression.
Leslie is a therapist who creates safety and acceptance. Her warmth and creativity allow her to connect easily with clients. She believes that children are incredible and resilient with an innate capacity for healing. Working closely with parents, Leslie helps to equip, encourage and empower them.
Leslie is trained in EMDR (trauma processing), sand tray, animal assisted therapy, trauma intervention and play therapy. She is a current member of the Association of Play Therapy.
Locations: Winter Springs
Laura counts it a privilege to be present with people in their struggles. She helps people on their journey to find healing, purpose, and contentment in life. Her goal is to increase her clients’ own level of empowerment, so they find resilience to return from adversity, loss, and pain. She is excited to watch the transformation process as people find solutions to walk in peace instead of despair, and know happiness and joy instead of pain, shame, and suffering. Laura utilizes EMDR with those dealing with traumas from life (particularly women and adolescent girls). Since healing is often done through relationship, Laura also leads Group Therapy and works in conjunction with Darrell Rhines offering a unique approach of co-therapy for couples, families, and those considering marriage. Laura has served clients at the Safe House of Seminole, The Salvation Army, and facilitates group therapy at a local university. Laura has a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Due to the method Laura utilizes with trauma issues, EMDR sessions will be 75 minutes.
Darrell will help you as you discover solutions to navigate the tough challenges of life. With care, humor, and directness, he offers a vast array of experience to help individuals (particularly men and adolescent males) grow through personal change. Darrell uses EMDR to address traumatic events and Post-traumatic Stress. He has extensive experience with issues surrounding those with special needs, grief, loss, addiction, anxiety, depression, chronic illness, and pain. Darrell also leads Group Therapy and works as a team with Laura Rhines offering a unique approach of co-therapy for couples, families, and those considering marriage. Darrel has worked with clients at The Salvation Army, Sunrise Arc, Orlando Union Rescue Mission, McCoy Behavioral Services, and facilitates group therapy at a local university. Darrell has a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Due to the method Darrell uses to treat trauma, EMDR session will be 75 minutes.
Helping couples and families build or repair relationships, Darrell Rhines and Laura Rhines effectively serve by offering co-therapy. This means clients have the benefit of two counselors working with them at the same time in their sessions. This innovative team approach to couples, family, premarital, and group therapy is sought after since it offers understanding from both a male/female perspective, brings years of diverse experience, and creates more solutions, ideas, and insight. If needed, each therapist can also work with an individual during sessions, enabling both personal and relationship healing to take place simultaneously. Darrell and Laura are also trained in treating trauma which can often be a root cause for distress, both personally and in relationship. Darrell is a registered Mental Health Counselor intern and Laura is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist intern. Both have their Master of Science degrees in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Due to the unique style of therapy, sessions are expanded to 75 minutes.
Beverly specializes in working with women who are separated, divorced, widowed, abandoned, abused, married or single, and who may need guidance in finding their self-worth and value through their relationship with Christ. She does this through her ministry, Butterfly House (women’s support groups) that was founded and developed on the premise of Jeremiah 29:11. She has been affiliated with Pathway Counseling since 1996, as a client, then leading women’s study groups at her church for 5 years, and ultimately leading to earning her Masters in Counseling from the University of Central Florida. Beverly has been an educator for over 22 years and has earned her Educational Specialist degree. She is currently a Director for Exceptional Student Education in Orange County Public Schools. She loves her career in education; however, her passion is working with women both individually and in groups.
In her groups or as an individual client, Beverly guides women on a journey of healing to discover the true meaning of being loved and cherished, and how to fulfill that ache in her heart through a love relationship with the one true prince and knight in shining armor, Jesus Christ. He longs for you to come into His chamber and delight in His presence.
My lover spoke and said to me, “Arise my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me.” Song of Solomon 2:10.
Beverly is married to David and has 5 adult children and 5 beautiful grandchildren.
Locations: Winter Springs
Christopher has a passion in helping teenagers, and adults navigate through life’s everyday problems and struggles, as well as traumatic and life altering events. His passion is guiding and helping people through their own process of emotional and psychological healing, while also providing guidance in their spiritual walk. Christopher also has experience in providing Marriage and Family counseling. Recognizing his calling at a young age, he became part of his youth ministry’s leadership team, and was also the youth Sunday school teacher at a church in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY. Upon relocating to Florida in 2015, Christopher has become involved with a local church in Clermont and is now a leader in their youth and young adults ministries, as well as the 11th and 12th grade teacher at their school.
Christopher graduated from Saint John’s University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Theology, and later obtained his Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nyack Christian College. He is able to have sessions in English and/or Spanish.
Locations: Windermere, Clermont
Netta’s heart is for God. She provides counseling in a Christian environment with striving to help those grow closer to God during their difficult situations. She is a Licensed Mental Health Intern in the state of Florida. She has a MS Degree in Professional Counseling from Amridge University in Montgomery, AL and an undergraduate degree from the United States Air Force Academy in Behavioral Science and Leadership. Netta currently serves as the Director of Preschool Ministry at First Baptist Church Windermere. From 1997 to 2006 Netta worked in the Air Force, she deployed to many different locations and provided guidance and counseling to the airman she supervised.
Clinical Experience and Areas of Expertise
Netta’s clinical experience includes outpatient settings, at-risk adolescent group homes and children. Specialties include depression, anxiety, career related issues, individual/personal coaching, divorce, single mothers and blended families.
Courtney has been practicing as a therapist for seven years, and working in the mental health field for over a decade. She is a strong believer in holistic and innovative healing who is certified in expressive arts therapy, trained in EMDR (trauma-resolution), and is currently pursuing a doctorate in somatic psychology, or the psychology of the mind-body connection.
Her areas of specialty include trauma resolution, codependency, issues related to self-worth, empowering survivors of bullying and abusive relationships, expressive play therapy with children, adolescent therapy, and working with highly sensitive and gifted individuals across the lifespan. (Highly sensitive people make up 15-20% of our population, and tend to process sensory and emotional material at an especially deep level, thus presenting them with unique challenges and needs.) She finds great joy in using creative techniques to build long-lasting confidence and relational intelligence in young girls.
It is her heart’s desire to create a warm, authentic, encouraging, and effective space where hearts heal and shame and pain can be released.