There are five licensed mental health professionals affiliated with (but not employed by) Grace Church.

These trained professionals have partnered with us in order to help by offering a listening ear, as well as professional guidance on personal, relational, spiritual, or psychological issues.

For inquiries about scheduling and/or fees, please call 440-243-4885 X202 or email: or simply click the link here:

Counseling may be helpful if you are…

Feeling isolated or withdrawn?
Having career or financial problems?
Having marriage or relationship issues?
Battling an addiction?
Having a hard time finding a balance in life?
Feeling depressed or anxious?
Having a hard time controlling your anger?
Engaging in destructive behaviors?
Have children with behavioral issues?
Looking for general support or guidance?


Please be advised that our counselors do not do emergency care or treat those who are an immediate threat to themselves or to others.  If you are experiencing an emergency please contact 911 or go to the nearest hospital.  Also, please understand that we may, at times, feel the need to refer clients out for higher levels of care that are beyond our capabilities to treat effectively in a church setting.

It is our hope that we may serve you.  It is our prayer that you will find the counselor that best serves your need.

To set up an appointment or if you have any additional questions, contact us at:


Tel: 440-243-4885 x202

Affiliated Counselors

Jamie Norton


Jamie has been an affiliate with Grace Church for the past 17 years and oversees the Counseling and Recovery ministries. Jamie has a caring and compassionate heart for those who are hurting and a strong belief in the healing process. Jamie is passionate in her belief that Jesus comes in through our wounds and offers an opportunity for hope, peace, restoration, and growth.

After almost 35 years of working as a licensed counselor, trainer, program director and consultant in almost every public and private behavioral health setting at the local, state and national levels, Jamie began working in Christian settings through the NC State Baptist Convention in 1990.

In addition to her work with Grace Church, Jamie also offers Making Peace Retreats and workshops in several states.

Jamie received her Bachelor Degree from the University of South Carolina in 1963 and her Masters Degree from NC State University in 1972.

Rev. Ryan Edlind


Ryan is a Licensed Independent Social Work Supervisor in Ohio and was ordained by Calvary Baptist Church in Manhattan. He has also served as a leader in church ministry (teacher, elder, & pastor), and mental health organizations (clinical supervisor, professor, hospital psychiatry, agency & private practice settings). Ryan and his wife Jennifer were married in 1998 and are parents to Liam (2004), Tyler (2007) and Carter (2012). Ryan also loves to organize group trips to his hometown, New York City.

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Bible and Graduate studies toward M.Div at Baptist Bible Seminary, a Masters degree in Christian Counseling from Cairn University (1997) and a Masters of Social Work from New York University (2003).

Ashley Zakikhani


Ashley is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Ohio. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Baldwin Wallace University and felt called to a relationship-centered ministry. Ashley went on to receive a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary, which included formal theological training.

Ashley’s clinical practice has included individual, family, and group counseling. Some areas of competence include mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, process/behavioral addictions, spiritual issues, eating disorders, and young adult issues.

Ashley is also a certified practitioner for the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI).

Ashley has been a member of Grace Church since 2001.

Mark Valley


Mark is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Ohio. He received his MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary.

Mark serves adolescents, adults, and couples who are seeking help with depression, anxiety, life adjustment, trauma, grief/loss, marriage and relationship issues, and spiritual issues.

Michele Abraham


Michele has an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University (1995) and a Master of Science in Social Administration from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) at Case Western Reserve University (1999).

Michele has done case management, counseling, and applied social research for older adults with memory and physical illness. She has also worked with underserved populations in health research and community engagement through the Case Center for Reducing Health Disparities and worked in advocacy for the developmentally disabled population. She has been an advocate for the developmentally disabled population and continues this connection by serving on the board for The Arc of Greater Cleveland.  She has most recently worked with children and adults, with a particular interest in teen-aged children and families, particularly those affected by the impact of developmental disabilities.

Michele has served in Making Peace ministry, children’s, women’s and high school ministries here at Grace and currently serves with the Connect Team as well. She has been a Grace member since 2008.