About Twelve Stones

Twelve Stones is a non-profit biblical counseling ministry focused on counseling retreats for a brighter future. We've been in ministry since August 2004, and we've since been privileged to serve more than 2300 individuals in need of biblical soul care from 48 states and 20 countries. We've also trained more than 60 apprentices in biblical soul care in order to multiply our ministry for generations to come.

Scott is our Executive Director. He has been with Twelve Stones sine 2007 and holds a Masters in Biblical Counseling and is certified with ACBC. He and his wife Tara were married in '92 and have 8 children, one of whom is adopted.

SCOTT O'MALLEY

OUR TEAM

With decades of counseling experience and biblical training, the Twelve Stones staff is ready to serve you as you work toward freedom and healing.

You can learn more here about our team, our beliefs, and our counseling philosophy. And when you're ready, schedule your time with us. 

CRAIG MERCER

Craig has been with Twelve Stones since 2010. He holds a Masters in Biblical Counseling. Craig is originally from Northern Ireland. He and his wife Lisa have been married since 2003.

DENNIS GRUENING

Dennis has been with Twelve Stones since 2018. He holds a Masters in Biblical Exegesis and is certified with the Association of Biblical Counselors. He and his wife Deanna were married in '03 and have 3 kids.

WENDY MATTNER

Wendy holds a Masters in Counseling and is a contractor with us. She has over 20 years of experience as biblical counselor, teacher and guidance counselor. She and her husband Jeff were married in '82 and have three married daughters and 9 grand kids.

Counseling Philosophy

The process of lasting change is not just interaction with information but an organic overflow of an abiding relationship with Jesus shaped by his Word, empowered by his Spirit, and experienced in community. 

Therefore, we seek to provide an atmosphere of grace and truth to untangle the interplay of sin, suffering, and struggle which includes time and space for careful assessment, biblical insight, community involvement, and practical planning.

What We Believe

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THE BIBLE

We believe that the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, is the only inspired, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. All of Scripture points toward Christ and is useful for growth in Christ likeness which should be our goal.

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TRIUNE GOD

We believe there is only one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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GOD'S NATURE

We believe God, as Father, reigns over His entire universe with providential care. He is all-powerful, all-loving, all-knowing, and all-wise. He is fatherly in attitude toward all men but is Father, indeed, to those who have become children of God through Jesus Christ, who will deliver them into the Father’s hands.

REVELATION

We believe God spoke the universe into existence out of nothing as a result of His will to display His eternal power and divine nature. His general revelation makes it clear for all mankind that God exists. However, God has also granted us special revelation through the Bible so that we may know Him and obey His will. While affirming the significance of God’s special revelation, there are still things we can learn through general revelation that ought not to be dismissed, even though special revelation rightly understood has final authority in the life of the Christian.

JESUS CHRIST

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, who humbled himself taking on the form of a man by means of the virgin birth, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on a cross, making atonement for our sins, was resurrected from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of God, interceding for believers. All who repent of their sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved.

THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Promise of the Father, our comforter, sent to convict the world of sin, places the believer in the Body of Christ, illuminates the Word, and indwells the believer for works of service to the Church.

HUMANITY

We believe man was created in the image of God, but as a result of sin this image has been marred but not lost. Through redemption in Jesus Christ we can progressively grow more and more into the likeness of God and thus more closely reflect His image.

SALVATION

We believe that while salvation is all of grace, those who are genuinely born again become new creatures in Christ and will show evidence of salvation through good fruit, the most obvious being a love for God and other people.

THE CHURCH

We believe the church is the community of all believers in Jesus Christ and is an essential element in the growth of all Christians. As a result, we desire to see all believers actively involved in a local church for the purpose of worshipping God, sharing life together, and living out the one another commands of Scripture. We further believe it is God’s design for all believers to live under the authority of a local church and their body of elders.

MARRIAGE

We believe marriage is the original and foundational institution of human society, established by God as a one flesh, covenantal union between one man and one woman that is to be life long, exclusive, and is to reflect Jesus Christ and His love for the church. Furthermore, we believe our created sex and sexuality are gifts from the Creator and are to be embraced with gratitude and worship.

CONFESSION

We also hold to The Confessional Statement of the Biblical Counseling Coalition, which you may download here for more information.