Counseling Staff


Michael L. Beckner
Supervisor & Therapist LMFT #43050

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Supervisor of the Counselor in Training program here at FBC. Masters degree in counseling and another master in psychology: Marriage and Family. Mike has been providing Christian counseling services here at FBC since 1996. He has also served as a high school counselor and career/college counselor in the Elk Grove School District for many years, and has taught “College Success” and “Career Development” at Cosumnes River College for several years.

Mike is married with four grown sons. He screens and refers clients within the FBC Counseling ministry and acts as a referral service to outside Christian Therapists for clients needing specialty service or insurance acceptance. He has a heart for working with couples and blended families and staff. He also works with teens and individuals.

Mike sees clients at the church from 1-9pm Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Vincent and Liz Johnson
Financial Coaches

Vincent and Liz have been trained by Dave Ramsey as Financial Coaches to provide one-on-one coaching sessions to help educate individuals and couples on the basics of personal finance, help them find trusted experts for specific needs and inject hope into situations that may seem overwhelming. Luke 16:10-12 sums it all up, “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own.”

They are available by appointment at (916) 479-2659 or (916) 947-1345 or email them at


Annette Stringer
Therapist LPCC #268

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Masters Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling. Annette has been a high school counselor in the Elk Grove Unified School District for the last 16 years and is currently a Healthy Start Family Resource Center Coordinator with the District overseeing centers that assist students and their families to access services in the community.

Her passion is to provide support and guidance to couples, families and individuals. She loves working with teenagers, and couples or families with special needs children! Annette is married and has three teenage children one of which has Down Syndrome.  

Annette sees clients Sunday afternoon and Wednesday evenings. 


Salina Rodriquez
MFT Intern IMF# 62905

Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. Master degree in counseling. Salina worked at White House (in Carmichael) which is a counseling program for children and adolescents in the San Juan Unified School district and also works at Catholic Social Services New Pathways Counseling. She is very good working with families, teens and younger children. She also does couples and individual counseling and has a heart for blended families. Salina is married with a newborn. (Note: Salina speaks Spanish.)

Salina sees clients at the church Thursday and Friday afternoons. 


Carlene Mauch
MFT Intern IMF #57279

Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. Masters degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Counseling. Carlene is a seasoned Intern who has been seeing clients since 2006 in both a non-profit and private practice setting. She has extensive experience working with clients dealing with anxiety, depression, sexual abuse, interpersonal relationship dynamics, boundary issues, spiritual shaming, and family of origin issues.

Carlene, who brings relevant life experiences and professional training to her work, has a deep desire to assist each client in developing and sustaining healthy aspects of their lives and to assist them in becoming the person they were created to be. She is married and has two adult sons.

Carlene sees clients at the church Monday 9am-5pm and Thursdays at 9am-9pm.  


Paige McAtee
MFT Intern IMF #57279

After twenty years in the corporate world, Paige McAtee left her career to follow her calling to be a Marriage and Family Therapist. She firmly believes that the pain, fear, sadness, and hurdles we all experience to different degrees can be understood and made better through the process of therapy and the client’s unique strengths.She has a heart’s desire to help others and considers it a privilege to work along the side of others in counseling.

Paige has completed her Master’s degree (Master of Science in Counseling in Marriage and Family Child Therapy) and is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. She is completing additional training in EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and families).

She specializes in couple and family issues and enjoys working with individuals as well.

Paige sees clients Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings.


Greg Hutchings
MFT Trainee

Greg has been a counselor at First Baptist Church since July 2012. He is currently finishing up his MFT degree (Graduation Summer 2013) at Western Seminary. He graduated with a BA degree from California State University Sacramento in 1990. Greg is trained in all aspects of therapy and has a special passion for couples and families.

His approach is to establish deep interactions with his clients and use the time spent together to build a real, intimate, God centered relationship. This process will help clients tap into their inner potential that leads to a more authentic Spirit-led style of living. Greg aims to make his office a safe place for relationship focused sessions that foster growth through increased self-awareness. He is confident that therapeutic self-exploration and acceptable risk taking can lead to more productive and fulfilling interpersonal relationships for his clients.

Greg sees clients Monday & Thursday evenings and daytime by special arrangement.


Sheryl Sturis
MFT Trainee

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee. Currently enrolled in master degree program in Counseling. Sheryl has a passion to walk alongside people to discover what emotional wounds, self-defeating beliefs and behaviors that are shrouding their heart and keeping them from thriving in their relationships and living a life of purpose. She is skilled in working with life struggles such as divorce, addiction, abuse, and emotional wounds that are both symptoms and products of these life issues. Sheryl also enjoys helping people discover their purpose and created identity. Sheryl operates from the perspective that the further we stray away from our created identity, the more dis-comfort, dis-content, and dis-ease we experience as a result, and this unrest manifests in all the relationships and arenas of our lives

Sheryl sees clients at the church Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and evenings.

Cleina Harvey
Counseling Volunteer

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Cleina is currently finishing her BA degree in Psychology at California State University, Sacramento and has applied for the master's program to obtain her LPCC and MFT. She has a passion for facilitating support groups, and hopes that after graduating, she will be able to work more in depth with families and adolescents.

She has been volunteering with the counseling ministry at First Baptist Church for the last six months, and is also a co-leader of a sophomore girl small group. Cleina looks forward to helping others as she grows academically and spiritually.

Crown Financial Counseling


A Vision for Life Transformation

Crown Financial Ministries®, founded in 1976, is an interdenominational ministry dedicated to equipping people around the world to learn, apply, and teach biblical financial principles. Crown has taught or equipped more than 50 million people in over 80 nations with the life-transforming message of faithfully living by God's financial principles in every area of their lives. The ministry is located in the United States, Canada, Latin America, South America, and Africa, and is expanding into Europe, India, Asia, and Australia. Crown relies on approximately 250 employees and over 10,000 passionate volunteers worldwide to help ignite True Financial Freedom around the globe.


To see the followers of Christ in every nation faithfully living by God’s financial principles in every area of their lives.


Equipping people worldwide to learn, apply, and teach God’s financial principles so they may know Christ more intimately, be free to serve Him, and help fund the Great Commission.

Core Values:

Crown Financial Ministries is a Christ-centered, Bible-based ministry whose core values include recognition of God's ownership of all things, the need to pray about everything, and the desire to equip and serve others with excellence while teaching in ways understood by all cultures and generations.

Crown Financial Counseling at First Baptist Church

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If you would like to get in contact with a Crown trained counselor, click here.

Good Counsel


Christian Counseling at FBC

Marriage and Family Counseling services are available at First Baptist Church in Elk Grove from either licensed counselors or trained interns who are working on the hours needed for licensure.  We can address almost any issue here or can refer you out to known Christian therapists in the community.

Licensed therapists range from $70 to $90 dollars per session depending on your need while interns are $50 dollars per session. If this cost would prevent you from seeking help then any one of the pastoral staff has authority to reduce the fee  for members or regular attenders to whatever you can reasonably afford to pay.

Click here to learn more about our Counseling Team

Please leave a message at 685-4821 ext. 347 if you wish more information or want to schedule an appointment.



Funerals at First Baptist glorify our loving heavenly Father, honor the person who has passed away, and offer hope to all, regardless of their circumstances. The pastors, musicians, and staff come alongside family and friends who have lost loved ones and show them compassion, comfort, and encouragement.

Our pastors and musicians are available to help lead the service. We have multiple venues available for funerals, with varying sizes, and rooms are available for receptions afterward.

For more information, to schedule a funeral or to speak with a pastor, contact the church office.