The struggles, pains and victimizations that are, sadly, so common in this world are dissonant with what the Bible says our world is meant to be. The gospel message gives us the powerful assurance of a restored life, and leaves us with the mission of making that restored future tangible to the people around us now.

If you’re dealing with a personal crisis, be it emotional, spiritual or practical, we long to help you experience relief and restoration.

Our Deaconate provide a wide array of services to our members and non-members. Email Deacons

Lay Counseling

Lay counselors are church members trained to help others towards health by providing tools, support, and encouragement.

Member (and also on the Diaconate) Amy Oberson is a licensed graduate professional counselor and she can also provide lay counseling, which is non-clinical counseling aimed for seeking resolution for issues before they become large or complex.  This service is provided at no cost and on a short-term basis.  It is not intended as a substitute for professional counseling but follows the same codes of ethics as a professional counselor.  Amy can also provide training for those interested in lay counseling and who may wish to serve the community in this way. Email Deacons

Professional Counseling

The gospel doesn’t just tell us that the world around us is broken—its assurance of God’s love also gives us the strength and courage necessary to take an honest look at ourselves. When we do, we may discover wounds that run deeper than we expected or struggles that are larger than we know how to handle.

In these times, we have the comfort of knowing that God wants to bring healing even to the most broken areas of our lives. Grace DC’s counseling services are one resource available to help you work through struggles or difficulties. Our staff counselors, Jim Badorrek and Dr. Jackie Griffith, provide compassionate, professional help from a biblical perspective.

General Information

Counseling Staff

Jackie Griffith, Ph.D.

Dr. Jackie Griffith is a graduate of the University of Maryland (B.A.) and the University of Pittsburgh (M.Ed., Ph.D.). She does pastoral counseling with men and women experiencing anxiety, depression and a variety of issues. These include difficulties from childhood, struggles in relationships and the need for spiritual guidance. She also counsels couples ranging from pre-engagement through marriage counseling. Dr. Griffith offers mindfulness techniques gleaned from her study of Interpersonal Neurobiology, which can be useful tools encouraging thoughtfulness, calmness and strengthening the ability to focus. She currently co-teaches "The Christian Life" at Reformed Theological Seminary and speaks at various retreats and conferences. She has been married for over 35 years to Dr. Howard Griffith, professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. They previously served All Saints Presbyterian Church in Richmond, VA and have raised five children together.

Jim Badorrek, M.A., L.P.C.

Jim holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Policy and Psychology from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He works with men, women, and couples on a variety of issues and concerns, with particular interest and specialization in: depression and anxiety, life transitions (particularly those in their 20’s and 30’s), family of origin issues, singleness and dating, career and vocation, perfectionism and performance, cross-culture or “third culture kid” experiences, sexuality, gender issues, grief and loss, compulsive behavior, feeling “stuck” in life, boundaries and healthy relationships, spiritual formation, and integrating faith into all aspects of life. Jim has worked in the counseling and mental health related field since 2001.

Appointments with Jim are scheduled on an individual basis. If you would like to schedule an appointment or have any questions, please contact Jim directly at 202.630.9355 or at


Referring Partner Counselor

Anna Stratton

Anna Stratton has an MA in Biblical Counseling, having studied with Larry Crabb and Dan Allender. She also has an MSW from University of Kansas and is a licensed clinical social worker. Anna has a general practice, but has a particular heart for teens, women, abuse survivors and mood disorders. Anna has been counseling for over 20 years and currently has offices in Washington, DC.




We are a church that firmly believes God is eager to listen and repond to us. You can email the elders with any prayer requests, and they will be kept confidential and anonymous. Email Elders