Kathy McIlrath  


Professional Counselor

Kathy McIlrath has a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Ball State University and a Master of Science degree in education from Indiana University, as well as an endorsement and licensure in school counseling and an endorsement in school administration.

Kathy spent 32 years working in public education, with 19 years of that time working as a school counselor before retiring in 2017. She has experience working with children from Kindergarten age through High School age, as well as working with parents and other adults in the school setting.  Most recently Kathy worked as a home-based case worker for Park Center in Decatur.  She worked with a variety clients to include children and adults with helping them problem solve life's challenges. 

Kathy loves to spend time with her husband of 38 years and the rest of her family in her free time.  She and her husband are very thankful for their son and daughter who are young adults.  Kathy values her close relationship to Jesus Christ and feels His influence in her life daily.  She enjoys sharing God's love with others, and helping others solve life's challenges together.  Kathy is equipped to work with all age groups as they explore God's love and His wonderful grace He bestows on each of us daily.

Kathy is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Counselors.  She is also a member at Bachelor Creek Church of Christ (non-denominational) in Wabash Indiana. 

Mary Keller  



Licensed School Counselor

Mary Keller has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Education from the University of St. Francis and a Master’s of Science degree in Education from Indiana University as well as an endorsement and licensed in school counseling.

Mary has spent over 40 years in both the public and private sector of education.  She has worked as a teacher, educational liaison, and supervisor. Mary has over 25 years’ experience as a school counselor.  Most recently, Mary has been a mentor to students in the Fort Wayne area schools.

Mary has extensive experience when working with children and adolescents with behavior issues.   She is familiar with special education concerns and has assisted in the IP process.  Mary’s educational work and experience has been diverse to give her the knowledge and information to work with youth who are in crisis.


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Professional Counselor

Raphael completed his Master’s degree in Counselor Education from Purdue University-Fort Wayne with a focus on Mental Health. He also received the Purdue Fort Wayne Counselor Education Clinical Excellence Award in April 2019.

Raphael has a passion for advocacy, serving, and empowering the underserved and underrepresented populations of our community. He brings over 7 years of experience working with various populations, including but not limited to: homeless individuals, juveniles, adult offenders, at-risk youth populations, and individuals with mental illnesses.

Raphael operates with an optimistic perspective. He believes, despite the darkness there is in any situation or individual - good can be discovered and used as a tool of motivation to rebuild, reorganize, and rebrand. Raphael has dedicated himself to helping others grow personally, professionally, and spiritually, in hopes that a ripple effect will be the start of individuals committing to doing the work it takes to be a better version of themselves.

Outside of the counseling office Raphael enjoys spending time with his wife and their two beautiful children. Raphael is a member of the American Counseling Association, The Fellowship of Christian Counselors and an associate minister at Greater Progressive Baptist Church.

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Professional Counselor

Becki Kelley has a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Arts from Cedarville University and a Master's Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Becki has spent much of her counseling career assisting those who are youth aged and assessing clients in crisis. She is certified in Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) and has led groups on substance use, anger management, and life skills.

Becki received the calling to enter the counseling field after spending 25 years in media when she was diagnosed, treated for, and survived breast cancer. The experience took her to a place of great suffering and also put her around others who were suffering and needed help, especially with the mental and emotional toll that a cancer diagnosis can cause. While God has not led her to work with cancer patients in particular, it has become clear that just about any of life's situations can cause mental and emotional challenges and she feels called to meet people in their difficulty.

When not working, Becki enjoys watching her teenage son play soccer, basketball, and baseball. Becki attends Pathway Community Church.

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Professional Counselor

Mike is a licensed mental Health Counselor (LMHC), receiving his Master’s Degree from Cornerstone University and is also an ordained Pastoral Counselor. Mike’s passion is to work with men, women, couples, and teens to provide an opportunity to discover how God can transform lives and to help realize wholeness and peace in life circumstances. He will work alongside you to explore current issues and past thoughts, habits, and behaviors that could be blocking or interfering with you knowing God’s love and uncovering the meaning and purpose which comes from seeing His plan for you. He will support and guide you toward your goal of reconnecting with your life purpose in God’s eyes, realizing your identity in Christ, and experiencing the unconditional love, grace, and forgiveness that helps us all to move forward.

Mike focuses on God’s Word, DBT, and CBT to address men, women, couples, and teens dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, substance, and relationship issues. “We all have a developing life story. Not all of the experiences that make up our journey are easy to understand. In fact, it can seem impossible to find some meaning in them. I would consider it a privilege to use my life experience and training to help others”.

Mike is a member of Fellowship of Christian Counselors and American Association of Christian Counselors. He and his wife Brenda are members of Grace Community Church.


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Professional Counselor

Shea Busch, LMFT, LMHC has been a Marriage and Family Therapist for over nine years. She earned her Master of Science degree from the School of Education in Counseling and Counselor Education at Indiana University-Purdue University (now Purdue University of Fort Wayne), and earned her Bachelors of Science of Psychology from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Initially, Shea worked with youth in residential settings providing individual and family therapy, and case management. She went on to work with adult and adolescent clients diagnosed with eating disorders in residential and outpatient settings. During the height of the pandemic, Shea learned to provide telehealth therapy to clients at a community mental health center (CMHC). She has received training in Trauma-Focused CBT (TFCBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and various approaches to treating eating disorders.

Shea believes that God has called her to the profession of therapy, and feels grateful to be working for a ministry that provides Biblical counseling. Shea and her family participate in church activities, playing games, and cooking together.


Professional Counselor

Paula S. Martin, MS-Ed, LSW, LMHC, LCAC is a Licensed Professional Master’s level Mental Health Therapist.  Paula received her Bachelor's Degree in Supervision from Purdue University in 1979 and a Master's Degree in Counseling Education from Indiana University 1998. Paula has over 30 years’ experience as a Social Service Worker and Mental Health Therapist.

Paula believes in meeting and treating everyone with respect and dignity. She believes in creating a safe place where we can have difficult conversations, work on resolving issues and collaborate on treatment plans that are tailored for your specific needs.

The counseling approaches Paula uses with her clients are; Client-Centered, CBT, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Biblical Counseling (Spiritual Issues), and Narrative Therapy. Her specialties include: At-risk Youth, Racial Tensions, Depression, Anxiety, Addiction and Grief & Loss. 

 Paula is a member of The Greater Spirit of Love Church and is involved in the Women Ministry, is a Bible Study Teacher and works with the Children's Bible Club and Youth on A Mission. Paula is a member of The Society of Black Mental Health Professionals and The Fellowship of Christian Counselors.

Paula enjoys reading, creating floral arrangements, crocheting, listening to gospel music, spending time with family and especially with her grandchildren.


Professional Counselor

Andrew L. Reger is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has been with Cross Connections since July of 2021. He earned his Master’s degree from Huntington University and has a Marketing degree with a Music Business Concentration from Anderson University.

Andrew has worked with a wide variety of individuals from ages 6 to 60 struggling with depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, trauma, and abnormal family dynamics. He uses a wide array of therapy techniques, including Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt, Play Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. He also has experience with Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and suicide prevention.

Andrew loves God and loves people, in that order. He has been a professional drummer since 2006 and uses drums to worship almost every weekend at his local church, County Line Church of God. Andrew married his best friend, Valerie in 2017 and they have two beautiful little girls, Evelyn & Eleanor.


Professional Counselor

Paul received his Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University with a mental health and addictions emphasis. Since then, he has received an LCAC license specializing in both chemical dependencies and process addictions. Paul has also done extensive grief counseling due to losses accompanying addiction, with a trauma-informed approach. While he was working towards his Masters, Paul worked for several years as a supported living aide, working primarily with Cerebral Palsy and Traumatic Brain Injury. Paul advocates for his clients and seeks first to understand, and then walk with them toward a healthier, well-balanced and Christ-centered life.

Paul has worked in both residential and outpatient settings and each presents unique challenges to both the counselee in his recovery and to the counselor in enhancing that motivation for recovery. Paul believes that the greatest hope for sustained recovery is in a relationship with Jesus Christ and consistency in spiritual growth. He feels rapport and comfort dealing with teens, those in their 60’s and all ages in between.

Paul enjoys free time with his wife Bonnie, five children combined between them, with two grandchildren and four foster grandchildren as well as Willie, their Blue Heeler. Paul is a member of Fellowship of Christian Counselors and American Association of Christian Counselors. He is an active member of Headwaters Church in Fort Wayne Indiana.