GRACE ENCOUNTER LEADERSHIP
The Training Team for each Grace Encounter workshop is made up of several men and women who have been through the workshop and have practiced its application in their lives for at least one year after graduating from GE. Most of the members of each Training Team have served as a leader multiple times. All Training Team members are committed to and passionate about passing on to others the benefits they’ve experienced through Grace Encounter.
Susan Murray, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Murray has been offering Christian counseling to individuals, couples, and families in mid-Missouri for close to 20 years. She is sought after as a therapist who integrates biblical values with sound psychology and helps people find practical solutions to difficult life challenges. Some of her specialties include abuse recovery, PTSD, and marital therapy. Dr. Murray is the founder and past Clinical Director of MorningStar Counseling Center in Columbia, Missouri. She currently sees clients in Columbia and Boonville. She received her counseling psychology training, both at the Master’s and Doctoral levels, at the University of Missouri.
Bill Smart, Th.M., D.Min.
Dr. Smart served as a pastor in three different churches over a twenty-year span, including roles as a senior pastor and adult discipleship pastor. Along with extensive experience teaching and preaching the Bible, one of his special focuses has been on each person’s developmental journey toward full expression of individual uniqueness. He has also led workshops in personality types and interpersonal communication. For the past several years, Dr. Smart has served as a hospice and hospital chaplain in mid-Missouri. He received his Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity International University.
Rebekah Weidenaar, CIT
Rebekah is a counselor in training (CIT) currently working on her graduate degree through Grace College. She received her bachelor degree in counseling from Central Christian College of the Bible in 2017. Rebekah has had a lot of multi-cultural experiences as she lived in different countries for 20 years as a missionary child and then as a missionary. She has led a number of women's groups, attended Grace Encounter in 2012 with fellow leader, Jo Black, and has been a GE trainer since 2014. She loves to watch her heavenly Father lovingly and graciously speak to people's hearts.
Randal is a Culture Change Consultant. He works with organizations to help them focus their culture on the Ultimate Why of relational connection. He spent a decade of his life in missions in Europe. Randal has read extensively in the fields of psychology and neurobiology for his work and ministry. He attended Moody Bible Institute and has a deep love for knowing and experiencing his heavenly Father. He attended Grace Encounter with fellow leader, Tom Black, in 2015. He and his wife, Rebekah, have two grown daughters and a grandson. They live in Central Missouri on a small hobby farm.
Jo has been in the field of education for 25+ years as a teacher, curriculum writer, workshop presenter, and elementary administrator. She received her MEd in Educational Leadership from MU and is currently teaching reading in the Sedalia, MO School District. Jo has worked in ministry for over 30 years -- leading small groups and retreats for women and presenting with her husband at marriage enrichment events. She also has a passion for music ministry and enjoys using her talents and skills to help others open their hearts to authentic praise and worship. As a GE participant, her life was forever changed. “It saved my life!” is something she often says when speaking of her amazing experience on the GE journey to uncover the REAL her that God created. Now that she serves as a Grace Encounter Leader, she continues to be honored and humbled at being able to help others to do the same. When she is not teaching or ministering, Jo loves spending time with her family -- including her 5 grandchildren -- on their farm in mid-Missouri.
Tom's Bio is coming...