SWC Team: Christian Counselors in Asheville, Hendersonville, & Brevard

Donna Gibbs, LPCS, BCPCC, NCC

Education & Training

Donna graduated from North Carolina State University in 1993 with a BA in Psychology. She has post-graduate training in the specialization of School Psychology and an MS in Community Counseling, which she earned in 1997 from Western Carolina University. She earned a Ph. D. in Christian Counseling and Psychology from Louisiana Baptist University in 2007. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, a National Certified Counselor, and a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor. She is an adjunct online professor of counseling for Fruitland Bible Institute. Donna is EDIT Certified (Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy). She is on the professional referral networks for Focus on the Family, Crisis Care Network, and Finding Balance (an online eating disorder recovery resource). She is a professional provider for Samaritan’s Purse, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), and a previous member of the AACC professional blogging team. 

Donna frequently enjoys speaking and training engagements, and would be honored to come to your church or organization to share a word of instruction or encouragement. You can follow her Fb page and weekly blog at https://www.facebook.com/DonnaGibbsResilience


Donna developed Summit Wellness Centers, PLLC in partnership with Kevin Wimbish in 2018 in an effort to provide more accessible resources to various organizations in WNC. She began her practice at Mud Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville, NC in 1998. There she directed A Clear Word Counseling Center (CWCC), which became a thriving resource for those experiencing emotional or relationship struggles. Prior to her time at CWCC, she served in various Community Mental Health Agencies as a Child and Family Therapist and school consultant. Donna has authored many books, and is commonly featured on radio broadcasts across America, and occasionally internationally as well. 

Her most recent book, Silencing Insecurities, was released in September 2018, and is a gift to women who struggle with this common hurdle. Becoming Resilient, was published by Baker/Revell in 2017, and is a resource for those who have been stuck as a result of life’s hurts. She co-authored Water From the Rock, a resource for those who are struggling with the grief of infertility, which was published by Moody Press in 2002. Donna is also author of Kiss & Tell: Truths that will Transform your Marriage, published in 2009, and Sacred Secrets to Healthy Relationships: Mary, How Did You Do It?, published in 2010. Faces of Hope (2012) and her 30 Minutes to Stress Relief CD (2010) have also been helpful resources to clients. Donna has been married to her husband, Mark, for over 20 years years, with four active and fun-loving boys.

Focus On The Family Member

Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy Certified

Kevin Wimbish, M.S., LMFT

Education &Training

 Kevin received a Bachelor of Science in Human Development with a minor in Sociology from UNC - Greensboro in 2002. He then completed his MS in Marriage & Family Therapy at Auburn University in 2004. His thesis was on Attachment Bonds in relationships and Therapeutic Alliance.  After graduating from Auburn, Kevin was trained in Charlotte, NC while working as a therapist at The Barnabas Center.  The training at The Barnabas Center was strongly influenced by the works of Dr. Dan Allender & Dr. Larry Crabb.

Kevin has been devoting a significant amount of time over the last number of years to becoming trained in executive coaching and in researching neuroscience and it's impacts on individual's quality of life and couple dynamics.  He is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in North Carolina (1198).


Kevin developed Summit Wellness Centers, PLLC in partnership with Donna Gibbs in 2018 in an effort to provide more accessible resources to various organizations in WNC.  Kevin began his professional career as a substance abuse counselor at Stonewall Jackson Juvenile Detention Center.  He then began the adolescent counseling arm at The Barnabas Center in Charlotte, NC.  Kevin and his wife Julie moved to Asheville, NC to work with the Hope Network at Biltmore Baptist Church in 2007.  While at Biltmore Baptist, Kevin developed the Online Campus as the Online Campus Pastor to reach 22 states and 9 countries.  Kevin was then asked to be on the team to start the first multi-site campus as the Family Pastor.  While serving in this role, Kevin led the kids, students, and guest services teams, comprised of 80+ volunteers who led the various ministries. 

Kevin left Biltmore Baptist in 2014 to start Family Life Coach to work with individuals and families and in 2015 started Maximum Dynamic to work with organizations.  Kevin is also a Pastor In Residence at The Cove.  He developed Summit Wellness Centers in partnership with Donna Gibbs in 2018 in an effort to provide more accessible resources to various organizations in WNC.

Lori Heagney, MS, LPC

Education & Training

Lori graduated from Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God (now Southeastern University) in Lakeland, Florida in 1990 with a BA in Psychology. She earned her Master's in Mental Health Counseling at Stetson University in Deland, Florida in 1997. She was licensed in Florida as a Mental Health Counselor in 2000. She became licensed in the state of North Carolina as a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2009 after moving to NC in the fall of 2008. She is on the professional counselor referral network for Focus on the Family, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), and a contributor to the Relevant Word Blog for A Clear Word Counseling Center.


Lori joined the team of Summit Wellness Centers after having been in practice with A Clear Word Counseling Center since 2010. Prior to this she practiced in the community mental health and substance abuse field in both inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities since 1987. She has a great passion for neurobiology and helping empower individuals to recognize their God-given ability to be “Transformed by the renewing of their mind (Romans 12:2).” Her areas of expertise include working with mental health issues of depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsive disorder as well as extensive experience in women’s issues, divorce recovery, tween/teen issues, grief, and couples/marital therapy. Lori is the proud mother of two wonderful girls.  She enjoys home improvement projects, gardening, and time spent in the beautiful outdoors of North Carolina with her family.

Focus On The Family Member

Jess Hatton, LPC

Education & Training

Jess received a BS in Sociology from Appalachian State University in 2006.  I then completed my MA in Biblical Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary.  My training in graduate school emphasized the integration of Biblical principles, counseling, and psychology.  I am a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor (8023).


Jessica has experience in churches, private practice, and Hospice.  Her clients love working with her, and we know you will too!

Rev. Boone Leigh, MDiv, MA, LPC

Education and Training

Boone graduated from NC State University with a BS in Biology. He graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2001 and a Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2012.  Boone served in Florida as a youth pastor and pastoral intern, and then served as a solo pastor to a church in Huntington, WV. 


Boone has been providing pastoral counseling for the past twelve plus years working with children, teens, adults, singles and couples. He loves to help people with the struggles they are having by pointing them first to the ultimate answer, which is Jesus Christ. He has been married for 12 years to the love of his life and has two daughters. Boone is licensed in both North Carolina and South Carolina.

With the recent closing of a Christian counseling practice that we highly esteemed in WNC, we are blessed to bring Pam Nettles onto the Summit team.

Pam Nettles, LPC (Beginning January 2019)

Pam Nettles, LPC

Education and Training

Pam earned her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling at Liberty University in 2010 and is a licensed NC Professional Counselor (8716).  Pam works with children, adolescents, men and women dealing with individual, relationship, marital and family issues.  Pam especially enjoys working with individuals struggling with depression and anxiety.  As a PREPARE/ENRICH Counselor Pam provides premarital counseling.  


Pam is passionate about providing professional and spiritual counseling.  She provides integrative counseling that is based on biblical principles, as well as research-based theoretical principles that are geared to a client’s individual issues and/or circumstances.  Pam works collaboratively with her clients to determine their specific needs and goals; then a plan is established to help the client succeed in meeting those goals.  

In addition to Pam’s professional training, she has a variety of life experiences that help her to identify with the needs of her clients.  Pam is married and has three young adult children.  Prior to becoming a counselor, Pam’s work history includes working in a professional business setting and also in public and private educational settings for about 15 years.  Pam enjoys spending time with family and friends and her two dogs, reading, working out, yard work, and relaxing by the campfire.

Administrative Team

Leigh Beddingfield: Office Administrator

From scheduling, working with insurance companies, and coordinating the processes throughout our locations, Leigh is the essential glue that holds our team together.

Rev. Kevin Long

 Kevin serves as Minister of Families and  Education at Ebenezer Baptist Church.  He also works alongside Leigh to make sure everything runs smoothly with your experience with Summit.