Our desire is to help hurting people experience the rest, peace, and freedom that comes from knowing Christ as Life.


Discipleship Counseling

We offer discipleship counseling to individuals open to God’s solution for the difficult life situations we all experience and healing from past hurts and relationships. Our couples counseling process focuses on restoring relationships, strengthening marriages, and helping to resolve issues currently being experienced.

Premarital Counseling

We believe premarital counseling is essential in preparation for marriage. God has a plan for marriage and we seek to help couples build a strong biblical foundation before exchanging vows. In the state of Georgia, you may receive a discount on your marriage license once you have completed approved premarital counseling.

Adolescent Counseling

Teenagers often experience sadness, anger, fear, or frustrations in relationships with family and peers. Our goal is to help them deal with these problems by discovering who God has made them to be and by learning to walk in victory. Understanding their true identity enables them to approach life from a new perspective.

Christ As Life Conference

The Christ As Life Conference is the foundational teaching that outlines the biblical and practical realities of what it means to live under grace. Jesus is the only answer, and the truths you will learn at the Christ As Life Conference can literally set you free to be all God intended for you to be.

Advanced Exchanged Life Training

The Advanced Exchange Life Training program provides instructor led classroom teaching on personal spiritual development, the Exchanged Life Counseling Model, and supervision opportunities for individuals called to Pastoral Discipleship Counseling ministry.

Discipleship Groups

We firmly believe doing life together can have a profound impact on our christian walk, relationships and outlook. It's our desire to facilitate and provide space for topic specific discipleship groups that offer a safe and inviting environment to learn and grow with one another.


Who We Are

Healing Grace Ministries was founded in 2007, as a 501(c)3, non profit, non-denominational ministry. Our motivation is a strong desire to help individuals and churches embrace the freedom we have in Christ. Our ministry is based on Galatians 2:20 which says: ” I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Our Vision

To see broken people liberated and restored to a place of living life from Christ’s strength, instead of their own.

Our Mission

To teach and equip people with Christ’s transformative solutions to life’s demands and difficult issues through one-on-one discipleship counseling, ongoing conferences and intensive advanced training classes.

Our Passion

Simply stated, we want every person whom God sends our way to experience the reality of Jesus Christ in them. We desire to help individuals, families, and churches experience the intimacy, power and freedom of knowing Christ in them as their Life. This is called the Exchanged Life. We currently provide our ministry through Biblical Counseling, Christ As Life Conferences, and Advanced Discipleship Training Classes.                                                                                                                                                          The truths our clients and students learn, will enable them to face life’s demands and the difficult issues from the perspective of their true identity in Christ.


Healing Grace Ministries employs a method of Christian Counseling utilizing Biblical principles. In this type of counseling, God becomes the agent of change, not the staff member. Our goal is to convey the way of freedom from mental and emotional symptoms, family and marital conflicts, as well as other difficulties through understanding and walking in the believer’s Identity in Christ. We find our process makes a significant impact, allowing individuals to heal from past situations, while becoming prepared to approach future life events from a new perspective. Healing Grace Ministries is a safe place to discuss difficult issues and discover God's Healing Grace.

Adult Discipleship Counseling

We offer discipleship counseling to individuals seeking God’s solution for the difficult life circumstances we all experience. Issues such as anger, anxiety, depression, abuse, addiction and low self-esteem are common experiences in our lives. In this one-on-one setting, individuals work through past and present situations, begin to understand the role emotions play in their lives, and ultimately learn how to live from the strength of their identity in Christ. We strive to bring healing from the past, peace for the present, and hope for the future.

Couples Discipleship Counseling

Relationships can be difficult and often frustrating at times. We understand the many struggles couples can encounter and love helping them uncover the truth behind the difficulties they're experiencing. Between 2002 and 2013, the divorce rate in Georgia increased from 2.5 per 1000 residents to 22.03 per 1000 residents. Our couples counseling process focuses on restoring relationships, strengthening marriages, and helping to resolve issues currently being experienced.

Premarital Discipleship Counseling

We believe premarital counseling is essential in preparation for marriage. God has a plan for your marriage and we seek to help couples build a strong biblical foundation before exchanging vows. We proudly utilize the Prepare-Enrich Curriculum in our premarital counseling process. In the state of Georgia you can receive a discount on your marriage license if you have completed an approved premarital counseling course.

Adolescent Discipleship Counseling

Young people face issues relating to anger, fear, and sadness or frustrations. In Georgia, suicide is the 3rd most common cause of death among youth 15-24 years old. Our goal is to deal with the adolescent / family problems through identification with Christ and learning to walk in victory. The relationship with the counselor is established through the telling of their story and allows for security and trust to be formed to help relay the emotionally stressful experiences that have occurred. They will learn to recognize their belief systems faulty or not and learn how to distinguish the two. They will learn how to express their feelings and realize their prior choices do not define who they are or their future. 


The Christ As Life Conference is the foundational teaching that outlines the biblical and practical realities of what it means to live under grace. It provides individuals with an informative, high-level view of the concepts used in HGM’s Discipleship Counseling process for the purpose of spiritual development and the potential pursuit of Advanced Exchanged Life Training and Counseling certification.

Many Believers closely identify with Romans 7:15 and often get stuck:

“For that which I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate.” This struggle may allow a person to have some assurance about their future in heaven, but little peace and joy in the middle of their current circumstances. There is so much more available when we are “Living from the New Heart Jesus Gave Us”.

This conference will address questions such as:

What do I do if my Christian life does not seem to be working?

Why do I still repeat destructive and sinful behaviors… even as a Christian?

How do I love myself and others… especially those who seem impossible to love?

Can I really experience the peace and joy of Jesus… even in the middle of difficulties?

Why do I sometimes feel inferior and insecure?

Upcoming Conference Information

To Be Announced

Jesus is the only answer, and the truths you learn at the Christ As Life Conference will literally set you free to be all God intended for you to be.


The Advanced Exchanged Life Training (AELT) is a in-depth classroom and experiential training program. The purpose of the AELT is to provide a deeper experience of the Exchanged Life Message for the student. Not only does the student experience personal growth, but he or she is also trained in the use of tools to teach and lead others into experiencing Christ as Life. During the AELT, the student will also gain an understanding of the issues in personal discipleship counseling.


The AELT is an nine-month program offered one night each week in two Phases. Phase I is six-months. Upon completion of this Phase, a Certificate in Spiritual Formation will be given. At that time, you can elect to participate in Phase II of the program which provides more in-depth training in personal discipleship counseling. Phase II is a three-month program. Completion of both Phases qualifies for an Advanced Exchanged Life Ministries Certificate.


Individuals who have completed both phases and have a personal call to pastoral ministry may elect to apply for inclusion in HGM’s Internship Program. The internship consists of three-months of further classroom training, in addition to observation and supervision hours in discipleship counseling sessions. 

Please contact us at hg@hgmint.org for information on our next AELT class.


Alvin Hobgood

Executive Director

Ministry Leadership

Karen Bearchell

Pastoral Discipleship Counselor & Director of Training


Cindy Potts

Pastoral Discipleship Counselor & Director of Administration

Women & Couples

Bob Bartoldus

Pastoral Discipleship Counselor & Director of Finance and HR

Men & Couples

Susy Burchfield

Pastoral Discipleship Counselor & President

Women, Adolescent Girls, & Couples

Chad Potts

Pastoral Discipleship Counselor & Director of Development

Men, Adolescent Boys, & Couples




Our current office is located in Hoschton Georgia, off of Hwy 53. We will be moving to our new property in early 2018. The new office is situated on three beautiful wooded acres in Buford, near the Mall of Georgia. It will have ten private counseling offices and meeting space that holds up to 60 individuals for conferences and training. The below pictures represent the interior of our current office and the exterior of our future property.


1. How long does the counseling process take?

Each session typically lasts one hour for adults and 45 minutes to one hour for teenagers. You will establish a schedule with your discipleship counselor based on your needs. The counseling process usually takes somewhere between 16-24 sessions to complete.

2. Will what I share be kept confidential?

Information shared in the counseling process is 100% confidential, being covered under ecclesiastical privilege, except in situations where we believe a client has a serious and immediate risk of harming themselves or someone else, as well as, any indication of child or elder abuse. In those situations, we will take necessary action to ensure the safety of all aforementioned parties.

3. How much will this cost?

Individuals, Couples, and Adolescents

We ask that our clients contribute $90 per session. There is a separate $25.00 charge per person for administering, scoring and evaluating the Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis if you and your counselor decide to pursue that tool.

Pre-Marital Counseling

We utilize the Prepare and Enrich Curriculum for our pre-marital couples. There is a $35.00 per person fee to administer the online survey questionnaire. We ask our clients to contribute $60.00 per counseling session for 8 sessions. (If you wish to pay for all 8 sessions in advance we offer a 10% discount). We also have pastors on staff that are available to officiate your wedding if you wish. Please discuss this directly with your counselor and he or she will provide details.

Financial Assistance

Healing Grace Ministries is committed to providing affordable counseling services to all who are in need. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please discuss this with your counselor when you come in for your first session. It is our desire to never turn anyone away who needs help, regardless of their situation.

Types of Payment Accepted

We accept cash or check and all major credit cards including, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express for payment. While we don’t contract with any insurance providers, we can accept HSA debit cards in most instances.

4. Does HGM accept insurance?

Since we are not an organization which seeks state-licensure, our services are not covered by insurance. Our counselors are licensed / ordained pastors providing services under ecclesiastical authority. Accepting insurance demands that we diagnose and label clients with a mental disorder which is inconsistent with our counseling model.

5. What if I have to cancel my counseling session?

If you need to cancel or reschedule your session, please notify us 24 hours in advance in order that we might reschedule that time slot for another person. If we do not receive proper notification, an administration fee of $30 will be due except in cases of emergency.

6. Do you counsel children or teens?

We have counselors on staff to serve both teenagers and their families. While we do not currently offer counseling for younger children, we may be able refer those in need to other organizations for assistance.


Please take a moment to read what our past clients and partners have to say about their experience at Healing Grace Ministries.

I started going to HGM in April 2012. I was completely lost, broken and knew God was the only answer. I was ready to forgive; little did I know how much God was ready for me to forgive. That’s when the blessings began. I experienced the Holy Spirit guiding me through forgiveness for the past 46 years and God holding me as if I was his child and comforting me with all the love that only He could provide. I wasn’t alone and I knew God was taking my pain, my emotions and my past to set me free! God cleansed my wounds and healed me from the past. The entire time God was reaching down with his arms wide open for me to come and crawl into his lap for the comfort that I so desperately needed. I realized how powerful forgiveness was only through Jesus Christ dying on the cross for my sins and that’s when God blessed me with the peace from the Fruit of the Spirit! As the Holy Spirit guided me through the forgiveness exercise I realized how much I had to be thankful for. The precious gift of the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit is the best thing that I’ve experienced in my life. I GIVE ALL PRAISE AND GLORY TO GOD! I am so full of LOVE, it’s amazing.

Pam Myers

Forgiven and Free

We had been traveling through troubled waters for several years and consequently had divorced twice, over our 16+ years together. After our last divorce, we parted ways and “tried” not to speak to each other. Jeff called me one day and said things are going to change. To my surprise, he contacted our church to see if they could give some guidance to fix our broken marriage. They recommended Healing Grace Ministries. Never in a million years did we expect or realize the grace and love we were about to encounter. Through counseling, we experienced God's true Love, Glory, Healing, and Favor for US!!! We learned that we are ONE and that we live in His Spirit and Grace, and not in the Flesh…which caused all of our problems and issues. Each time we had a session, God would reveal a new Truth to us, sometimes individually, and sometimes as a couple. As time went by, we realized God’s will for us. On February 14, 2011, Jeff and I were re-married by George Robinson and for the first time we knew we had God’s Love and Hand in our marriage and we are now living in the Spirit. We have been blessed in so many ways and HGM has been one of those blessings!

Jeff and Kim Hawkins

Grace, Love, and Healing

I walked through the doors of Healing Grace Ministries as a believer in Jesus Christ. I was struggling as a Christian. I knew where to look, but I wasn’t sure how to interpret and react to it all. Life issues seemed to be surfacing more quickly than I could process them. More importantly, I was struggling with how to process them as a Christian and what exactly that even meant. My growth in Christ had grown to what felt like a plateau. As I pressed onward with Christ through Discipleship Counseling, it became clear that my growth with Christ was truly just the beginning. I had been looking to Christ through prayer and scripture but with a perspective filled with self and the values of the world. My Discipleship Counseling helped me to recognize the underlying worldly perspective that was getting in the way and showed be a better way. They trained me with the beginning of a new mind-set and outlook, and provided the tools to help me continue to dig deeper and exchange the ways of the old for the ways of Christ. Christ undoubtedly has worked through Healing Grace Ministries to help me grow in the ways that He wanted me to grow and I am grateful for it.

John Gammons


As a Pastor, my heart wants to see people find complete healing. It is my desire to help people get to a place where they can have complete trust in God for their every need. In my twenty-six years of pastoring people, I have spent hundreds of hours in counseling situations, mediating situations and just sitting with broken people, and I’ve often found myself in a place of helplessness where I didn’t have the skills or experience to help them find or get on that road to healing. It’s important for a Pastor to know their limits and when to refer, if they think they could be doing more harm than good. Healing Grace Ministries focus on the true healing of individuals, helping them find an end to themselves and a beginning with God—is a godsend to myself and other pastors in the community. Healing Grace helps hurting individuals believe in who God has called them to be—fearfully and wonderfully made! Healing Grace Ministries has been and will continue to be an asset in the ministry of healing broken people. They are a true friend and partner in the ministry of bringing people back to believing who God made them to be.”

Mike McGuire

Pastor The Fountain Church

Not one day goes by that I am not aware of the monumental impact that Healing Grace Ministries teaching has had in my life. It has been truly a life changing experience. I spent my whole life desperately searching for the "answer" to all my troubles. Trying different "Christian" denominations, programs, self-help seminars, camp meetings, counseling - you name it. I tried it all in the name of being more devoted so that God would "like" me. Honestly, they left me all but in complete frustration. Discouraged with life, with church, with God, I landed at Healing Grace Ministries. There I was able to speak to a counselor and share 63 years of pain from failures and defeat - all stemming from a legitimate desire to please God and find the peace the Bible promised me. My counselor, with great patience, loved me into unlearning all the rules I had been taught about God and my creator. It led me to genuinely accept God, my Creator, with infinite love and abandon. My God loves me!

Reneyda B.

Getting Healed

We found Healing Grace Ministries through a series of circumstances that I believe the Lord orchestrated. Our family was in crisis and we did not know where else to turn. Just from the moment that we began talking, I could feel hope. After we met with [our Discipleship Counselor] the first time, we thought, ‘Okay, we’re in the beginning of healing now.’ Both our children are here. It has helped our older child so much, we didn’t want to wait until there was a crisis for the next one. After they came the first time they were just like, ‘I’m glad you made me come.’ At the same time it has brought our family closer and my relationship with my son and my daughter. It has definitely been a life-changing experience.

Jason and Amy O.

Family Crisis

Two weeks away from what was supposed to be one of the happiest days of my life, I was miserable. I adored my fiancé's children and thought I knew what love was. I tried counseling earlier in the relationship when the verbal abuse began but didn't like what I was hearing and quit. I wasn't ready to accept the truth. With my self-esteem low from my childhood I had developed what I later learned to be my biggest coping mechanism. I would metaphorically put on whatever outfit I needed to wear that day to fit in, not caring about myself because honestly, I didn't know who I was. April 12th, 2017 was a big turning point for me. I stood up for myself for the first time. I called off my wedding and started counseling, only this time 100% invested. Thanks to Karen who allowed God to work through her, I am now happier and freer than I have ever been. Once I learned to let go and let God, my life changed. Doors are opening for me, relationships are stronger, especially with God and the future no longer looks scary. I'm excited about all that is to come!

Anonymous Client

Happy & Free

I gave my life to Christ when I was young and rededicated my life when I was in my 30's. I still didn't get it. All the stuff I thought I was doing in life for the Lord was a mirage. I loved the Lord and wanted to do what He wanted me to do... but I was caught between Him and my own desires to have the perfect family. I cannot stress how 'imperfect' my family was! My husband leaving was what caused me to crumble; but since I was lead to Healing Grace, I can honestly say that what felt like crumbling was growth. Healing Grace was the place I was listened to, loved on, and educated. My marriage did end, but the life I have now is irreplaceable, not because of me or of my desires, but because Peace, Truth, and so much more reside here because of Christ. No regret. No wishing away my past, present, or future anymore. No trying to prove to anyone who I am. My life is, thankfully, not about me. Peace is not attainable without Christ, He is waiting, and Healing Grace can help.

Anonymous Client

Peace & Truth


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