Babb Center for CounselingThe BabbCenter is a counseling ministry extension of FBC Hendersonville. The counseling ministry began in 1995 with the addition of the first member to the church staff to provide counseling services to the community.

As the need for counseling continued to grow, an office building adjacent to the church was acquired that provided the opportunity to expand the counseling services offered. In May of 2002, the newly named BabbCenter was opened. The counseling ministry was renamed the BabbCenter after Roy and Marguerite Babb who had committed their lives to service to others. In 2012, the BabbCenter celebrated 10 years in the current location, and in 2015, the church celebrated 20 years of providing counseling as a ministry extension of the church.

Meet Our Staff

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Jason Gibson, MSW


Jason Gibson is the director of the BabbCenter and provides guidance to one of the leading counseling centers that operates from a faith-based perspective. Prior to assuming leadership at the BabbCenter, Jason was a learning and behavioral consultant working with schools and treatment facilities across the US supporting children and adolescents with social, emotional or behavioral issues. With degrees in psychology,  social work,  and education,  Jason’s peer-reviewed research has been published in journals such as “Topics in Early Childhood Special Education”, “Closing the Gap”, and “Education and Treatment of Children with Developmental Disabilities”. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky writing his dissertation on the Efficacy of Online Professional Development to Increase Implementation of Stimulus Preference Assessments.

Jason grew up in Titusville, FL and prior to moving to Hendersonville, made central Kentucky his home for 8 years. He has been married to Julie, for 14 years and they have four children.

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Ray Cleek, DMin


Ray was invited to join the staff of First Baptist Church, Hendersonville, Tennessee in January, 2002 to begin the preparation for the opening of the BabbCenter in May, 2002.   Prior to his work at the BabbCenter Ray was pastor of churches in Indiana, Virginia, and Tennessee, the last being the First Baptist Church of Lebanon, Tennessee for fourteen years.    Just prior to beginning work at First Baptist Hendersonville he served on the administrative staff at Tennessee Christian Medical Center in Madison, Tennessee, coordinating services for community ministers, ministering to staff and patients, and developing and promoting the behavioral programs of the hospital.

With his unique combination of pastoral experience and mental health experience the BabbCenter has been a great place to utilize his gifts for helping people receive hope, help, and healing.  Through the years he has served on various boards of agencies and institutions including being a member of the board of trustees for Belmont University and Baptist Hospital (now St. Thomas Midtown) in Nashville, Tennessee.   More recently he serves on the Mental Health Advisory committee of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Faith and Justice Alliance committee for the state of Tennessee.  In addition to his responsibilities at the BabbCenter Ray is also the Minister of Pastoral Care for First Baptist Church.  Ray graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky with a Master of Divinity degree, Master of Arts in Christian Education, and the Doctor of Ministry degree.   He and his wife Gail have two sons and four grandchildren.

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Corey Watson

Office Manager

Corey was born and raised out west in sunny California. She has eighteen years of office experience, the last ten of that as office manager for a brokerage firm. In 2004, she and her husband and two wonderful girls headed east to settle in Gallatin, Tennessee.

Corey is active in home schooling her girls as well as being active in her church, being the Awana co-director and a youth leader. She and her husband enjoy cheering on their girls at their volleyball and basketball games.

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Kay Arnold, LPC, MHSP

Licensed Professional Counselor

Kay Arnold, a Licensed Professional Counselor/Mental Health Service Provider, received a graduate counseling degree from Trevecca Nazarene University.   Her counseling opportunity with the BABBCenter began in 1997.

Kay’s counseling interests include teen issues, marriage and family difficulties, eating disordered concerns, trauma resolution, and general life stresses. She is an EMDR clinician and trained in several trauma reprocessing techniques, teaches court-ordered parenting classes, and has lead groups within the community.  Along with work at the BABBCenter, Kay is a Consultant with the Tennessee Licensure Board and has been actively involved with Tennessee LPC Association as a founding member and past president.  Kay lives on a farm in Portland with her husband Chip, a writer and actor.  Chip and Kay are co-authoring a book, Strange Bedfellows, A Marriage of Irreconcilable Differences.  They have two married daughters and two wonderful son-in-laws.

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Beth Baxter, MD


Beth Baxter is a board-certified psychiatrist in private practice in Nashville, Tennessee and with The BABBCENTER in Hendersonville, Tennessee. She received her graduate medical training at Vanderbilt University in Nashville,

Beth completed her internship in internal medicine at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, Tennessee, and her psychiatry residency training at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. Beth has received many awards, which include the Mental Health Association of Nashville’s Clifford Beers Award in 1997, NAMI Nashville’s Consumer Advocate of the Year Award in 1998, national NAMI’s Exemplary Psychiatrist Award in 2000, and Eli Lilly’s Honorary Public Eye Reintegration Award in 2001. She has spoken publicly about her dual roles as mental healthcare consumer and provider since 1996 at many academic, advocacy, and faith-oriented conferences. She remains active in many local and national organizations that focus on expanding education, treatment, and advocacy for mentally ill individuals. Beth is the author of many journal, newsletter, and magazine articles, as well as a book chapter about “her story.” She has also co-authored the BRIDGES program, which is an educational and support program for mentally ill individuals.

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Joan Bruce, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Joan spent most of her childhood in Atlanta, but has called Nashville home for 31 years. She is married and has raised two daughters. After focusing many years on her family, church, and civic endeavors, she strongly desired to complete her education.

She received her B.A. from Trevecca Nazarene University in Management and Human Resources, and subsequently a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University.

She found it personally beneficial to receive her life experience education prior to her academic education. Joan is trained for, and enjoys working with, individuals, couples, and families. She partners with clients as they seek direction, hope, peace, freedom, and healing. She has also received continuing education in grief recovery. Joan’s hobbies include reading, traveling, snow skiing, hiking, and word puzzles.


Breanne Childress

Administrative Assistant

Breanne grew up in Peachtree City, Georgia, but has called Hendersonville home for the past eight years. She is currently finishing an A.S. degree in Sociology and is working toward a B.S. in Social Work.

Breanne has worked several jobs, including retail and office work. When she isn’t at work or in school, Breanne loves spending time with her daughter and family, partaking in creative activities, and volunteering with youth.

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Scott Darks, LPC, MHSP

Licensed Professional Counselor

Scott is a married father of two who grew up here in middle TN. He earned a BA in Psychology from Western Kentucky University and a Masters degree in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University.

Scott completed a two semester practicum at the BabbCenter before graduating and moving on to work with children in the school system, as well as counsel couples, adults, and teens at a private office. He has returned to the BabbCenter to continue in private practice in a faith based setting. Scott’s experience includes working with couples, adults, children, and teenagers from all walks of life with an array of different needs and goals. His goal is to provide a safe place for anyone ready to explore, work, and grow towards positive change.

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Rhonda D’Imperio, PhD

Licensed Psychologist

Rhonda is a licensed psychologist in the state of Tennessee. She earned her B.A. from Hamilton College in New York, and her M.A. and PhD in Psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

She provides counseling and conducts psychological assessments for children, adolescents, adults and families. Rhonda’s special areas of interest include: depression and anxiety, bipolar disorder, grief counseling, ADHD and learning disorders, and autism and Asperger’s disorder. Rhonda’s approach to therapy includes a focus on the mind, body, and spirit. Rhonda and her husband have lived in Middle Tennessee for over 10 years, and have three children. She enjoys being active in her church, exercising, coaching soccer, playing board games with her children, and reading.

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Jinny Glasco, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Jinny Glasco, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, received a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee and was a member of the Phi Alpha Honor’s Society. Jinny comes with counseling experience in a variety of settings which include: the educational system, private practice, healthcare and long-term care environments.

She has been a health coach, trained in motivational interviewing by helping clients increase mindfulness in their life to decrease stress and anxiety. She has worked with children and adolescents with special needs and behavioral challenges, issues with addiction, and adults who are experiencing life transitions, challenges with aging, and grief and loss.

She considers it an honor to journey with clients who allow her to support them by providing resources, tools and encouragement at some of the most difficult times in life. Jinny is committed to helping her clients move towards their goals and make changes so they may live life to the fullest no matter what life stage they are in!
Jinny has been married for 11 years to Chris and they have three children. She grew up in Kentucky but has made Sumner County her home for many years.  In her free time she enjoys walking, yoga, and being involved in ministry at her church.

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Rachel Henry, MMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist under supervision

Rachel grew up in Nashville, but has called Sumner County home for the past 10 years.  She has earned both a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tennessee Tech University, and a Masters of Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University.  Rachel has always been involved in minstry both with the students her husband leads as their middle school minister, and in other areas of the church. Through her work in ministry, Rachel realized that God had placed a desire in her to offer more of the help and healing she saw the need for in their students’ lives.  Training in marriage and family therapy gave her the tools to continue to minister through her therapy practice to children, students, couples, families, and beyond.

Rachel is a Marriage and Family therapist under supervision at the Babb Center.  In this journey of completing her licensure work, she has been so blessed to have worked with people from many backgrounds, all with unique needs.  In her practice Rachel focuses on her clients’ goals to help bring them to a place of hope, help, and healing in their lives.  Combining her passion for fine arts, and her desire to bring God’s healing into broken situations, she also loves to use art in her practice as a therapeutic tool.

When not at the Babb Center, Rachel loves spending time with her husband and children, also volunteering with the youth, and leading a newlywed home group.  She loves to be creative, travel, and learn about new things.

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Lorraine Looney, LMSW

Licensed Master Social Worker

Lorraine is a Licensed Master Social Worker under supervision working toward her LCSW.  She earned her BA in Psychology from Boston University and a Masters Degree in social work from UT Knoxville.

Lorraine completed an internship at The Next Door then worked overseas for a community drug service within the court system.  She continued her career in middle Tennessee at a residential substance abuse treatment facility then with a community mental health agency.  Lorraine’s special areas of interest include substance abuse and co-occurring disorders, depression, anxiety, and stress management.  She considers it a blessing to walk alongside and encourage clients through difficult times.   

Lorraine has been married to her husband for 10 years and they have 3 children.  She enjoys being involved at her church, yoga, hiking, baking, reading, and doing crossword puzzles.  

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Laura Ruddell

Administrative Assistant

Laura is a native of South Dakota, growing up in the Black Hills area. She earned her A.S. in Computer Science and B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Business from Black Hills State University. Laura moved to middle Tennessee with her husband, Jim and two children 15 years ago. They have been married for 25 years.

Laura spent several years with the Sumner County schools system and prior to joining the BabbCenter was a Family/Victim Advocate at Ashley’s Place (Sumner Child Advocacy Center) for over 7 years. Laura enjoys outdoor activities, hiking, photography, scrapbooking and long walks on the beach.


Caroline Rudy, D.Phil, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Caroline grew up in the Nashville area and raised three sons before returning to college to complete her education. She holds a BS in Elementary Education, a MA in Child Development and Marriage and Family Therapy, and a doctorate in Religion and Society. She is a member of the Tennessee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

She enjoys spending time with her three sons, their wives and eight grandchildren. Boating is an activity enjoyed by the family, and they often travel together with a love for hiking in the Smoky Mountains. Caroline especially looks forward to the annual hike to Mt LeConte which includes an overnight stay at the rustic lodge. Travel in the United States and abroad has been important to Caroline in continuing to reach the goal of being a lifelong learner. Caroline is a patron of the Nashville Symphony.

Caroline attends First Baptist Church in Hendersonville and considers her work at the Babb Center as the work God has planned for her life.

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Brian Sheppard, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

A native of West Virginia, Brian has lived most of his adult life in the south. He served 4 years in the United States Air Force and 3 years in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

Brian earned a MS in counseling from the University of Memphis (Memphis State) in 1990 and has been providing marriage and family counseling in Hendersonville since 2004. He has conducted many marriage seminars across the south; taught court ordered parenting classes and served as adjunct faculty at Ohio Valley University. Brian also spent many years on a church staff as a Family Minister and understands the struggles a ministry family faces. Brian works with people’s relationships and the challenges they bring. His specific interests are marriage, parenting, and grief.

Brian and his wife Amy have been married for over 35 years. They have 2 adult married children and 3 grandchildren. Brian and Amy enjoy fishing and traveling.


Tammy Spaulding

Administrative Assistant

Tammy is a graduate of Liberty University with a BS in Education. She has taught in the public school system both nationally and internationally as well as home schooled her own children.

In addition to being an Administrative Assistant at Babb, Tammy also processes all insurance claims through the center. Tammy enjoys travel. reading, and baking.

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Tara Sweeten, MA, SPE, HSP

Senior Psychological Examiner

Tara provides counseling for children, adolescents, women, and families. She believes in helping them make changes in their life and learn skills they need in order to heal, experience happiness, and reach their full potential.

Tara utilizes play therapy with children. She also provides educational, adoption, and psychological assessments.Tara is experienced in the areas of divorce, grief, anxiety, depression, behavior issues, sexual abuse, domestic violence, abuse and neglect, attachment issues, trauma, ADHD, social skills, self-esteem and women’s health. She conducts many types of evaluations; including evaluations for learning disabilities, Dyslexia, giftedness, Attention-Deficit, mood disorders, adoption, and child custody.

Tara loves playing games and being outside with her husband and children. She also enjoys running, reading, and planting flowers. She and her family are active members at Madison Christian Church.

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Sarah Beth VanDyke, LPC, MHSP

Licensed Professional Counselor

Sarah Beth was born and raised in middle Tennessee where she lived until graduating from high school. For the past 14 years she lived in Kentucky while pursuing her undergraduate and graduate degrees, and then starting a family. She received her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Louisville and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor for 9 years. In 2012 the Lord opened up doors for Sarah Beth and her family to move back to middle Tennessee. She is licensed in both Tennessee and Kentucky, is a member of the American Counseling Association and has been asked to present several years at the Kentucky Counseling Association annual conference.

While in Kentucky, Sarah Beth worked for 9 years at Southeast Professional Counseling specializing in her work with children and teens along with their parents. Sarah beth has a passion for helping children and teens traverse life’s difficulties while pointing them to the One who can see them through – Jesus Christ.

Sarah Beth and her husband have have two young children.

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Daniel Vaughan, LPC, MHSP

Licensed Professional Counselor

Daniel Vaughan, a Licensed Professional Counselor/Mental Health Service Provider, received his Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  For the first 11 years of his counseling career, he provided psychotherapy services for adoptive families, foster children and juvenile sex offenders in Texas.

Having joined the BabbCenter in the Fall of 2015, Daniel provides counseling for married couples and families whose children struggle with moderate to severe behavioral issues, abuse, trauma, and grief.  Daniel also specializes in working with all members of the family during the phases of the adoption and foster care process, from initial preparations to post-adoptive care. He has extensive experience working with mental health issues such as ADHD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, and other psychotic disorders.  Daniel’s other interests include working with computers and technology and teaching others to understand and use them more effectively.  Daniel has trained many families in the responsible use of technology.

Daniel has been married to his wife Molly since 2002 and they have 4 children.  Daniel’s interests include football, hunting, fishing, and traveling.  Daniel hopes to one day earn his pilot’s license. 

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Dixie Walker, MA

Groups Ministry Coordinator/Writer

Dixie Walker graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Education from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Master of Arts degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Her focal point of study was in childhood ministries and church administration.

Over the years Dixie has served on church staffs in Arizona, Texas, Georgia, and Tennessee with an emphasis in childhood and family ministries. She has also worked as an editor and writer for several Christian publishing houses since 1997.

Dixie has written numerous parenting articles for LifeWay and has authored a set of children’s devotion books for B&H Kids. She is a featured contributing writer for LifeWay’s ParentLife magazine.

God has led Dixie to concentrate her efforts mainly on Christian discipleship through the family system. She loves discovering new ways and tools to help parents carry out this important mandate from Scripture.

Since 1999 Dixie has been married to her husband, Don; they have one son who is now in high school.

Dixie enjoys using her gifts and encouragement to others through faith-based resources and ministry through the local church.

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Deb Wilson, LPC, MHSP

Licensed Professional Counselor

Deb Wilson is a licensed professional counselor with mental health service provider designation in the state of Tennessee. She received her Master degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Trevecca as well.

She has been a counselor at The BabbCenter for over seven years, and her areas of interest include men’s and women’s issues, working with senior adults, and working with adult victims of domestic violence.

Deb is active in Tennessee’s state wide organization for professional counselors. She and husband, Peter, live in Nashville and are active members in their local church, Cross Point Community Church, Nashville campus. Together they have four children and nine grandchildren. Along with working with people to change lives, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and nature.

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Peter Wilson, EdD

Licensed Psychologist

Peter Wilson is a licensed psychologist in the state of Tennessee. He earned his B.A. from Free Will Baptist Bible College, the M.A. in psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and the Ed.D. from Tennessee State University.

His therapeutic areas of focus include older adolescents and adults. He has received specialized training in the cognitive treatment of depression and anxiety. In his practice, Peter sees individuals and couples. In addition to his work as a therapist, Peter is a professor and director of the graduate psychology program at Trevecca Nazarene University. Prior to assuming his full-time responsibilities at Trevecca in 1995, Peter served for two years as clinical director and six years as therapist at Christian Counseling Services in Nashville. Peter lives in Nashville with his wife Deb. He has two adult children and two step-sons, as well as eight grandchildren. He enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and maintaining his yard.

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Kasey (Anderson) Woods, PMHNP

Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practioner

Kasey is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She earned her undergraduate degree at Belmont University and a Master’s degree in Advanced Psychiatric Nursing from Vanderbilt University.

Kasey was born in Lubbock, Texas and has called Tennessee her home for the past fifteen years. Currently, Kasey is also providing diagnostic services and medication management at a community mental health center located in Franklin, Tennessee. Kasey is an active member of her church and enjoys being involved in inner city ministry which provides her the opportunity to teach children and adolescents about how very much they are loved by Jesus. Other interests include spending time with her six nieces and nephews, reading, playing tennis, taking care of her fish, and watching college basketball.


Vickie Woytach

Administrative Assistant

Vickie grew up on the central coast of California where she married her husband, Bob, in 1990. Three years later they moved to Hendersonville, Tennessee. Vickie has two daughters whom she enjoyed home schooling for 15 years.

Vickie reentered the workforce in 2015, putting her organizational and interpersonal skills to use in an office setting. She enjoys being able to help make her team successful. Her interests include reading, singing in choir, doing puzzles and spending time with friends.

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Lauren Wright, MEd

Counselor under supervision for LPC/MHSP

Lauren Wright, a Hendersonville native, earned her bachelors in Human Services and Counseling as well as her Masters Degree in Education of Counseling and Human Development at Lindsey Wilson College. She is a counselor under supervision working towards her LPC-MHSP.

During her undergraduate and graduate career, Lauren expanded her knowledge and experience by interning at the Babb Center before beginning her professional career as a STARS Counselor in Sumner County. She has been able to exercise her passion for working with kids and teens over the last ten years of employment in the school system. However, Lauren is well rounded having worked with various populations and stages of life. Her areas of focus include anxiety, coping with life altering events, and teen issues. She strives to help her clients set goals that will allow them to move towards a life of happiness and aspiration, while pointing them to the freedom and healing that God provides. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with friends, reading, traveling, and staying active in church and serving in the student ministry.