Counseling Staff

Jason Gibson Jason Gibson Email
MSW, Director of Counseling Ministry

Jason grew up in Titusville, FL and has made central Kentucky his home for the past 7 years. Jason holds bachelor and master degrees from Appalachian State and Florida State and has completed graduate work at Southwestern Seminary. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky writing his dissertation on the Efficacy of Online Professional Development to Increase Implementation of Stimulus Preference Assessments. He has a deep and abiding passion for the living and active truth in God's Word. It is in the scripture that true life transformation is promised to all believers. Prior to coming to the BabbCenter, Jason served as a behavioral consultant, providing systems analysis, staff development, and crisis intervention for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral needs throughout Kentucky and the surrounding states. He has been married to Julie, whom he met working together at Crosspoint, for 11 years. They have three children.

Ray Cleek Ray Cleek Email
DMin, Administrator/Assistant Director Counseling Ministries and Minister of Pastoral Care

Ray grew up in Union City, Tennessee and graduated from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, where he met his wife, Gail. Ray graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky with the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian Education, and the Doctor of Ministry degrees. Following seminary graduation, he pastored churches in Virginia and Tennessee, the last being the First Baptist Church of Lebanon, Tennessee for 14 years. Ray joined the First Baptist staff in January, 2002 in preparation for the opening of The BabbCenter in May 2002. He also served on the administrative staff of Tennessee Christian Medical Center, coordinating services for community ministers, as well as developing and promoting the behavioral programs of the hospital. Ray served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Belmont University and Baptist Hospital. More recently he serves on the Mental Health Advisory Committee of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Faith and Justice Alliance Committee for the state of Tennessee. Ray and Gail have two married sons, Corey and Craig, and four grandchildren. Gail is a retired Spanish/French teacher, and she enjoys teaching the Bible to children, serving as a mentor for beginning teachers, entertaining guests in her home, and playing the harp. Ray enjoys working out, home handyman projects, movies, and reading.

Sandy Tinnin Sandy Tinnin
Office Manager

Sandy was born in West Tennessee and grew up in Nashville. She has 20 years experience in the insurance industry managing customer service and processing centers. Sandy resides in Wilson County with her husband Butch and their cat Josephine. She is very proud of her two adult children, Matt and Angie, their soul mates, Erika and Jon, and four grandchildren, Eli, Gabby, Katherine, and Michael. She feels blessed that all of her family worships together at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville. Sandy enjoys traveling, decorating, and cooking as well as entertaining family and friends in her home. She is excited to be a part of the ministry at The BABBCenter.

Glenda Messer Glenda Messer
Administrative Assistant

Glenda Messer was born and raised in Hendersonville, Tennessee. She is married to Robert who works as the Southeast Regional Manager for a healthcare company. They have two children, Spencer and Whitney who are college students at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Their family attends First Baptist Church. Prior to working at The BabbCenter, Glenda worked at College Heights Christian Academy for eight years. Her hobbies include reading, walking, and family time. Glenda is an animal lover and has two very spoiled dogs and one cat. She hopes to one day have her own certified therapy dog and work in hospitals, nursing homes and schools.

Corey Watson Corey Watson
Administrative Assistant

Corey was born and raised out west in sunny California. She has eighteen years of office experience, the last ten of that as office manager for a brokerage firm. In 2004, she and her husband and two wonderful girls headed east to settle in Gallatin, Tennessee. Corey is active in home schooling her girls as well as being active in her church, being the Awana co-director and a youth leader. She and her husband enjoy cheering on their girls at their volleyball and basketball games.

Vivian Reid Vivian Reid
Administrative Assistant

When Vivian started singing and writing Christian music with her family at an early age, it was evident that music and ministry were going to be part of her life. This background eventually led her to work in Nashville in the music industry for 26 years. She was blessed to be a part of the ministry of many artists at The Benson Company, William Morris Agency, Word Music, and Martingale Music. She loves Hendersonville and First Baptist Church has been a real blessing in her life. She enjoys the outdoors, boating and spending time with her family and friends, and songwriting. She is pleased to be working at the BabbCenter where people can find direction in their lives.

Brandon Arbuckle Brandon Arbuckle
LMFT Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Brandon is a native of the mid-West, and yet has lived most of his life in the South. He graduated with a B.S. in both Psychology and Art, and holds a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy ('00) and a M.A. in Religion ('07) both from Trevecca Nazarene University. Brandon is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the State of Tennessee, an AAMFT approved Supervisor, and an Ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Brandon has worked profeswionally in the field of mental health for over 15 years. He also serves as adjunct faculty at Trevecca Nazarene University. Prior to working at The BABBCENTER, Brandon worked in community mental health services as a support to families and individuals with severe mental illness and mental retardation. Brandon is married, and he and his wife have two children, and they are active members of Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene. Brandon's other areas of interest include reading, philosophy, poetry, drawing, painting, and in between his parenting and professional responsibilities he enjoys going to the movies.

Kay Arnold Kay Arnold
LPC, MHSP Licensed Professional Counselor

Kay Arnold, a Licensed Professional Counselor/Mental Health Service Provider, received a graduate counseling degree from Trevecca Nazarene University. Her counseling opportunity with the BabbCenter began in 1977. Kay's counseling interests include teen issues, marriage and family difficulties, eating disordered concerns, trauma resolution, and general life stresses. She is an EMDR clinician and trained in severe trauma reprocessing techniques, teaches court-ordered parenting classes, and has lead groups within the community. Along with working at the BabbCenter, Kay is a Consultant with the Tennessee Licensure Board and has been actively involved with Tennessee LPC Association as a founding member and past president. Kay lives on a farm in Portland with her husband Chip, a writer and actor. Chip and Kay are co-authoring a book, Strange Bedfellows, A Marriage of Irreconcilable Differences. They have two married daughters and two wonderful son-in-laws.

Beth Baxter Beth Baxter
MD Psychiatrist

Beth Baxter is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in Nashville, Tennessee and with The BABBCENTER in Hendersonville, Tennessee. She received her graduate medical training at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Beth completed her internship in internal medicine at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, Tennessee, and her psychiatry residency training at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. Beth has received many awards, which include the Mental Health Association of Nashville's Clifford Beers Award in 1997, NAMI Nashville's Consumer Advocate of the Year Award in 1998, national NAMI's Exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 2000, and Eli Lilly's Honorary Public Eye Reintegration Award in 2001. She has spoken publicly about her dual roles as mental healthcare consumer and provider since 1996 at many academic, advocacy, and faith-oriented conferences. She remains active in many local and national organizations that focus on expanding education, treatment, and advocacy for mentally ill individuals. Beth is the author of many journal, newsletter, and magazine articles, as well as a book chapter about "her story." She has also co-authored the BRIDGES program, which is an educational and support program for mentally ill individuals.

Joan Bruce Joan Bruce
LMFT Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Joan spent most of her childhood in Atlanta, but has called Nashville home for 31 years. She is married and has raised two daughters. After focusing many years on her family, church, and civic endeavors, she strongly desired to complete her education. She received her B.A. from Trevecca Nazarene University in Management and Human Resources, and subsequently a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University. She found it personally beneficial to receive her life experience education prior to her academic education. Joan is trained for, and enjoys working with, individuals, couples, and families. She partners with clients as they seek direction, hope, peace, freedom, and healing. She has also received continuing education in grief recovery. Joan’s hobbies include reading, traveling, snow skiing, hiking, and word puzzles.

Scott Darks Scott Darks
MA Therapist

Scott is a married father of two who grew up here in middle Tennessee. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from Western Kentucky University and a Masters degree in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University. Scott completed a two semester practicum at the BabbCenter before graduating and moving on to work with children in the school system, as well as counsel couples, adults, and teens at a private office. He has returned to the BabbCenter to continue in private practice in a faith based setting. Scott's experience includes working with couples, adults, children, and teenagers from all walks of life with an array of different needs and goals. His goal is to provide a safe place for anyone ready to explore, work, and grow towards positive change.

Rachel Henry Rachel Henry
MMFT Group Counseling Coordinator

Rachel grew up in Nashville, but has called Sumner County home for the past 6 years. She has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, where she met her husband, Jeff, a mechanical engineer. Fast forward two years, Jeff clearly felt God calling him to come on staff at First Baptist Hendersonville to work in the Student Ministry. Throughout college and beyond, Rachel has always been involved in ministry, so it was natural for her to begin working right alongside him. Through her work in ministry, Rachel realized that God had placed a desire in her to offer more of the help and healing she saw the need for in their students' lives. Earning a Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University gave her the tools to continue to minister to students, families, groups, and beyond. Combining her passion for fine arts, and her desire to bring God's healing into broken situations, she loves to use art as a therapeutic tool. Rachel is blessed to have served in a few different areas at the BabbCenter. While in graduate school she learned so much while working both on the administrative staff, and as a graduate intern. Rachel is now the Groups Coordinator at the BabbCenter. She oversees both the administrative and therapeutic aspects of the groups that meet here on a weekly basis. There is so much incredible potential for healing through group therapy, and it is exciting to see so many life changes occurring through this ministry. When not at The BabbCenter, Rachel loves spending time with her young daughter and husband, also volunteering with the youth and doing remodeling projects at home. She loves to paint, do fiber art, and learn new things.

Kris Hilton Kris Hilton
LMFT Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Kris Hilton, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, received a graduate degree from Trevecca Nazarene University. She completed her practicum experience at the BabbCenter and returns after beginning and building a private practice in Gallatin. Kris' clinical interests include marriage and family difficulties, anxiety, women's issues, and obsessive-compulsive concerns. She also works often with self-worth, depression, grief and loss issues, and divorce adjustment. She enjoys helping people get "unstuck" and commits to providing a warm, accepting and nonjudgmental place to heal and grow. She considers her clients to be real-life heroes who are working valiantly to make things better. It is her privilege to work with them to discover new ways of living, thinking and being. Kris works with individuals of either gender, older teens, couples or families. Kris has advanced training in Gottman method for couples and uses ACT and Solution Focused therapies with individuals while incorporating Brene Brown's work on shame and vulnerability. Kris is a clinical member of the AAMFT and also supervises Marriage and Family Therapists who are seeking licensure in the state of Tennessee. She is a Supervisor Candidate and her mentor is Dr. Julie Barnes, PhD., LMFT. Kris has been married for 24 years to Mike and they have two adult children. She grew up in Southern California but has made Sumner County her home for many years. She has many interests that occupy her free time including yoga, racquetball, boating, hiking, reading and watching documentaries.

Rhonda D'Imperio Rhonda D'Imperio
PhD Licensed Psychologist

Rhonda is a licensed psychologist in the state of Tennessee. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College in New York, and her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology degrees from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She provides counseling and conducts psychological assessments for children, adolescents, adults and families. Rhonda's special areas of interest include: depression and anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief counseling, ADHD and learning disorders, and autism and Asperger's disorder. Rhonda's approach to therapy includes a focus on the mind, body, and spirit. Rhonda and her husband have lived in Middle Tennessee for over 10 years, and have three children. She enjoys being active in her church, exercising, coaching soccer, playing board games with her children, and reading.

Angela Davenport Angie Davenport
LMFT Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Angie was born in Gallatin, TN where she lived until moving with her husband, three children and a variety of animals to their mini-farm in Castalian Springs. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Cumberland University and Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree from Trevecca Nazarene University. Before receiving her graduate training in counseling, Angela worked in church ministry as director of discipleship. Her role in pastoral care led her to pursue her education in marital and family therapy so she would be better able to help hurting people. Angie has been married for 25 years to her husband, Dale. They have two grown sons and a daughter in high school. She and her family attend Long Hollow Baptist Church, Gallatin Campus. Angie enjoys spending time at home with her family. Because of her experience in ministry and training as a therapist, Angie blends the spiritual truths and grace of God with the knowledge of how people relate to others and to themselves. She treats relationship issues of all types as well as depression, anxiety, grief, abuse, trauma, anger, parenting, adolescent and women's issues, self-worth, spiritual issues, divorce recovery, and boundaries. In all of her therapy, Angie works with the client toward healing (insert your need here).

Caroline Rudy Caroline Rudy
DPhil Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Caroline grew up in the Donelson area and raised three sons before returning to school to complete her education. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Kentucky University. Caroline also holds a doctorate from Oxford University Graduate School. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Tennessee and has a goal to do the research and write a book related to marriage and family therapy. She and her husband, Rick, enjoy traveling in the United States and abroad, and spending time with her three sons, their wives, and five grandchildren. They also enjoy hiking, which includes an annual hike to Mt. LeConte, the highest Tennessee peak in the Smoky Mountains. Caroline believes that her life experiences and education have been used by God as preparation for her work at the BabbCenter.

Tara Sweeten Tara Sweeten
MA, SPE, HSP Senior Psychological Examiner

Tara provides counseling for children, adolescents, women, and families. She believes in helping them make changes in their lives and learn skills they need in order to heal, experience happiness, and reach their full potential. Tara utilizes play therapy with children. She also provides educational, adoption, and psychological assessments. Tara is experienced in the areas of divorce, grief, anxiety, depression, ADHD, social skills, self-esteem and women's health. She conducts many types of evaluations, including evaulations for learning disabilities, Dyslexia, giftedness, Attention-Deficity, mood disorders, adoption, and child custody. Tara loves playing games and being outside with her husband and children. She also enjoys running, reading, and planting flowers. She and her family are active members at Madison Christian Church.

Sara Beth VanDyke Sara Beth VanDyke
LPC Licensed Professional Counselor

Sara Beth was born and raised in middle Tennessee where she lived until graduating from high school. For the past 14 years she lived in Kentucky while pursuing her undergraduate and graduate degrees, and then starting a family. She received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Louisville and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor for 9 years. In 2012 the Lord opened up doors for Sara Beth and her family to move back to middle Tennessee. She is licensed in both Tennessee and Kentucky, is a member of the American Counseling Association and has been asked to present several years at the Kentucky Counseling Association annual conference. While in Kentucky, Sara Beth worked for 9 years at Southeast Professional Counseling specializing in her work with children and teens along with their parents. Sara Beth has a passion for helping children and teens traverse life's difficulties while pointing them to the One who can see them through - Jesus Christ. Sara Beth and her husband have one daughter and one son.

Debra Wilson Deb Wilson
LPC, MHSP Licensed Professional Counselor

Deb Wilson is a licensed professional counselor and mental health service provider in the state of Tennessee, receiving her masters degree from Trevecca Nazarene University. She has been a counselor at The BabbCenter for several years, and her areas of interest include working with senior adults, men's and women's issues, and working with victims of domestic violence. Deb is active in a state-wide organization for professional counselors, where she is currently president. She and husband, Peter, live in Nashville and are active members in their local church, Cross Point Community Church, Nashville campus. Together they have four children and eight grandchildren. Along with working with people to change lives, she enjoys family, friends, reading and nature.

Peter Wilson Peter Wilson
EdD Licensed Psychologist

Peter Wilson is a licensed psychologist in the state of Tennessee. He earned his B.A. from Free Will Baptist Bible College, the M.A. in psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and the Ed.D. from Tennessee State University. His therapeutic areas of focus include older adolescents and adults. He has received specialized training in the cognitive treatment of depression and anxiety. In his practice, Peter sees individuals and couples. In addition to his work as a therapist, Peter is a professor and director of the graduate psychology program at Trevecca Nazarene University. Prior to assuming his full-time responsibilities at Trevecca in 1995, Peter served for two years as clinical director and six years as therapist at Christian Counseling Services in Nashville. Peter lives in Nashville with his wife Deb. He has two adult children and two step-sons, as well as eight grandchildren. He enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and maintaining his yard.

Kasey Woods Kasey (Anderson) Woods
PMHNP Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Kasey is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She earned her undergraduate degree at Belmont University and a Master's degree in Advanced Psychiatric Nursing from Vanderbilt University. Kasey was born in Lubbock, Texas and has called Tennessee her home for the past fifteen years. Currently, Kasey is also providing diagnostic services and medication management at a community mental health center located in Franklin, Tennessee. Kasey is an active member of her church and enjoys being involved in inner city ministry which provides her the opportunity to teach children and adolescents about how very much they are loved by Jesus. Other interests include spending time with her six nieces and nephews, reading, playing tennis, taking care of her fish, and watching college basketball.