Our Staff
~What is unique about our staff?~
~Words from our staff expressing their sense of calling~

Full-Time
Amanda W. Ragland, D.Min.,LMFT, Executive Director
Jack Ragland, D.Min., LMFT
James Norris, M.Div.,LMFT
Sue Pearson, M.Ed.,LPC
Sherman Dailey, M.S., LPC, NCC

 

 Part-Time
Mickey D. Jett, D.Min., NCC
Sarah Bengs, MSW, LGSW

Ministry Assistant
Lori Williams

Bookkeeper
Rebecca Brooks

Pictured from the left: Jack Ragland, D.Min., LMFT, Amanda W. Ragland, D.Min.,LMFT, Executive Director, James Norris, M.Div.,LMFT, Sue Pearson, M.Ed.,LPC,

Sarah Bengs, MSW, LGSW, Sherman Dailey, M.S., LPC, NCC, Mickey D. Jett, D.Min., NCC

~What is unique about our staff?~

Our staff are uniquely equipped with both secular and ecclesiastical credentials.

Four of our staff are ordained clergy, one more with theological education

  • 4 certified pastoral counselors by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • 1 Diplomate, 1 of 3 in state, only 1 in North Alabama;
  • 2 Fellows, 2 of 11 in state, 2 of 3 in  North Alabama
  • 2 Approved Supervisors of AAMFT, 2 of 3 in North Alabama
  • 2 Approved Supervisors of MFT, 2 of 4 in North Alabama
  • 2 Licensed Supervisors of Supervision of MFT, 2 of 20 in state, 2 of 3 in North Alabama
  • 1 Retired Army Chaplain, (LTC), Recipient of Bronze Star and Legion of Merit


Amanda W. Ragland, D.Min., LMFT
Executive Director

–    Doctor of Ministry in Marriage and Family Therapy from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
–    Master of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
–    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
–    Licensed Approved Supervisor by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy
–    Licensed Supervisor of Supervision – Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy
–    Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
–    Diplomate of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors
–    Distinguished Alumni, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 2015
–    Ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament by the Presbyterian Church (USA)


Jack Ragland, D.Min., LMFT
Clinical Director

–    Doctor of Ministry in Marriage and Family Therapy from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
–    Master of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
–    Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
–    Licensed Approved Supervisor by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy
–    Licensed Supervisor of Supervision – Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy
–    Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
–    Distinguished Alumni, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 2015
–    Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors
–    Ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament by the Presbyterian Church (USA)

 

James M. (Jim) Norris, M.Div., LMFT
Director of Clergy Care Ministry

– Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist by the Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy
– Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
– Fellow with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors
– Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Stillpoint; a two-year residency in Spiritual Direction and Contemplative Prayer
– 24 years of pastoral experience as an ordained clergy, United Church of Christ

Sue Pearson, LPC

– Licensed Professional Counselor
– M.Ed. in Agency Counseling, The University of Montevallo
– Bachelor of Social Work degree, University of North Alabama
– Over 20 years experience as a therapist
– Experienced in numerous treatment modalities and settings
– Experienced seminar facilitator/speaker

Mickey D. Jett, D.Min., NCC

– Certified Pastoral Counselor with AAPC, Fellow
– Fellow with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors
– M.S. Counseling, Columbus State University (Columbus, GA)
– Army Chaplain (Retired), LTC, 25 years (Deployments to Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan)
– Recipient of Bronze Star and Legion of Merit
– D.Min. in Pastoral Ministry, Erskine Theological Seminary (Due West, SC)
– M.Div., Church of God Theological Seminary (Cleveland, TN)
– Ordained Minister Pastoral Ministry and Word by the Church of God (Cleveland, TN)
– 2 years Hospital Chaplain
– Church Planter and Pastor ChristWay Church, Huntsville
– Director of Family Life Counseling Center, SHAPE, Belgium (2002-2004)

Sarah Bengs MSW, LGSW

– B.S. California Polytechnic University
– Masters of Social Work from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University
– Licensed Graduate Social Worker with the State of Alabama
– Years of social work experience and counseling with teens and families through Care Net of North America
– Therapist Intern with National Children’s Advocacy Center

Sherman Dailey MS, LPC, NCC

– M.S. in Counseling/Psychology from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University
– Master of Fine Arts degree from Florida State University
– Bachelor of Arts degree from Birmingham Southern College
– Licensed Professional Counselor
– National Certified Counselor
– Long standing career blending experience in psychology, education, the arts and somatic modalities

 

Words from our staff expressing their sense of calling:

When asked “why do you do what you do?”  the staff members of The Vine responded with words reflecting their calling.

“I have been blessed so much in my life by the love and grace of Jesus Christ, and God has gifted me with the ability to listen, with gifts of healing.   I want to make God’s love known more and more in the world'” Amanda Ragland reflected. “I do it for the thrill of seeing the Lord at work, and I am excited to be a part of it.   Every time a person heals, God’s love is known that much more in the world, and that person is then equipped to pass that love on further.    There is no energy quite so contagious as a person newly healed and newly free.”

Jack Ragland said, “When sitting with a client who has  a moment of clarity, of healing, of experiencing God’s message to them, it is to experience God through the work of Christ and the Holy Spirit, and it is truly a Holy moment”.

“For me it is experiencing and making known the incarnational presence of Jesus Christ” says Jim Norris.  “People wonder how I am able to listen so much.   For me it is not a burden.   Buechner said that your calling is where your deep joy meets the world’s great need.   Listening is a gift.   I think of it as sacramental listening.   I seek to embody Christ.”