Executive Director

Brandon Smith


Brandon completed his M.A in Counseling from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2009. Since then he has worked in community mental health agencies and private counseling centers. Aside from serving as the Director for ICP he also serves as the Director of Soul Care and works as a therapist at Fellowship Church in Louisville KY. He and his wife Ashley have three wonderful children: Aven (6), Eli (4) and Sloane (9 mos.) 

Board Members

Eric L. Johnson


Eric received the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Michigan State University in 1992. He taught psychology for 10 years at Northwestern University in Minnesota, but he is currently the Lawrence and Charlotte Hoover Professor of Pastoral Care at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he has taught counseling for 14 years. The editor of Psychology and Christianity: Five Views, and co-editor of Evidence-Based Practices for Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy, he wrote Foundations for Soul: A Christian Psychology Proposal, in addition to more than 50 articles and chapters in psychology and theology. A member of the American Psychological Association, the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, and the American Association of Christian Counselors, he was also the founding director of the Society for Christian Psychology (www.Christianpsych.org).

Rob Gibson

Rob received a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Care from Southern Seminary in 2005. He has pastored in Georgia and Kentucky and is currently the lead pastor at Christ Church at Goshen as well as providing private counseling/soul care services. Rob is engaged with several soul care ministries as well as serving on the boards of GuideStone Financial Resources (www.guidestone.org) and Practical Shepherding (www.practicalshepherding.com). 

With over 21 years in banking with Bank America and U.S. Bancorp in Atlanta and Denver, and growing a privately held horticultural distribution business before full-time ministry, Rob brings unique perspective to our Board. Rob holds an undergraduate degree in Finance and Management from St. Bonaventure University, has been married to Margaret for 29 years and they have two grown children. 

James Reed

James Reed, Phd, founded and is Director Emeritus of Life Connections Counseling Center in Tampa, FL. He believes that Christian counselors and psychologists should do good to all, but that they should especially aid Christian churches in their work to form mature and healthy people who model the character of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Reed grew up in Liberia, West Africa, the son of Christian missionaries working at a radio station. After receiving a BA in English from The University of Miami, he received an MACT in English and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has been a Florida licensed professional psychologist since 1989. In his spare time he likes to read, hunt, fish, fly, and try to get good at golf.


Lia Vassiliades

Lia Vassiliades has made Louisville, Kentucky her home for the last 30 years. Her degrees in Psychology and Business led to several years in the field of management and training. She has owned and operated a small business for the last 22 years, while serving in various ministries at her church, Southeast Christian. In 2008 she received a Masters of Arts in Christian Counseling at SBTS under the supervision of Dr. Eric Johnson, and started a private practice of Christian Counseling and Spiritual Direction.

Her main ministry focus is teaching and discipleship with the spiritual development retreats, Faces of Christ.


Robert Stewart

Dr. Robert Stewart is a Christian physician who is Board Certified in General Psychiatry. Married to Shari D. Stewart, M.Div, a Christian psychotherapist, the couple have six children and share a private outpatient therapy practice in Louisville, KY. He is a member of Sojourn Community Church East, Louisville, KY.

Dr. Stewart did his residency in psychiatry at Duke, has been a speaker for mood disorder treatments since 1996 and was the program director and lecturer for the Christian Medical Dental Society CME Program for Missionary Physicians and Dentists. He was also the clinical director for youth treatment services at Our Lady of Peace Hospital and the medical director for psychiatry at Baptist Hospital East. 


Sandy Gross

Sandy is an author, teacher, and inspirational speaker who’s rich and diverse life experience give her a unique and important voice in Christian soul care.  Her rise from homelessness to wholeness in Christ has emboldened her to believe that anything is possible for those who will believe in and pursue their own wellness.  Through her no-nonsense and fully authentic teaching style, Sandy inspires others to break-down the barriers that are blocking them from becoming all that they can be in Christ.

Sandy has served in ministry as a youth director, urban outreach minister, and women’s teacher and conference speaker.  She is also an accomplished business and community leader who spent nearly 15 years honing her skills as a marketing and sales expert.  Her career culminated in a very successful assignment as an overseas vendor manager for a Fortune 10 company.  In 2012, Sandy and her husband Mike, agreed by faith that she would leave behind her budding career in corporate America to launch Renewing Me Ministries. Since that time Sandy has written and produced the You Are Potential video driven Bible study series and is continuing to develop additional resources. Sandy is currently Director of Discipleship and Education, Necole's Place, the Life Skills division of A Woman's Choice crisis pregnancy center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Sandy resides in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband Mike Gross.  She is the mother of two adult children and a very proud grandmother.