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Dave Wiedis

Founder, Executive Director, Counselor
dwiedis@servingleaders.org | 610-517-0437

Having witnessed firsthand the pressures of ministry and the devastation that can result from a lack of pastoral care for ministry leaders, Dave founded ServingLeaders in 2007 to provide a respite of care, training, and encouragement for those facing ministry challenges. Dave is a counselor, attorney, teacher, and elder. He has a Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling from Cairn University and a J.D. from Villanova Law School. In addition to his full-time counseling practice, he regularly speaks at churches, pastors’ conferences and retreats. He appears as the host of the TV show, “Joy In Our Town” on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, WGTW and has produced and guest hosted “PTL” specials on providing pastoral care to pastors, handling grief, and the necessity and challenges of taking a pastoral sabbatical. More...

 
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Cyndy Bergmaier

Administrative Assistant
cyndy@servingleaders.org | 484-254-6559

Cyndy Bergmaier has been a part of the ServingLeaders team since the fall of 2009. In addition to bookkeeping and serving the ministry in a host of ways, Cyndy creates a welcoming, warm environment for our clients. She enjoys playing keyboard and singing on her church worship team, organizing dinner groups, reading, taking dance lessons, and creating renovation projects for her husband, Tom, to do at home. She has been married to Tom since 1986, and they are the proud parents of four grown children: Philip, Kristen, Matthew, and Shannon.

 
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Joe Bruni

Director of Operations and Strategic Advancement
jbruni@servingleaders.org | 484-254-6559

Joe Bruni joins the ServingLeaders team with a diverse background in ministry experience, pastoral care, and organizational leadership. He earned a BA in Speech and Language Pathology from University of Vermont and an MDiv at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. For the past 10 years, Joe served as Area Director for Young Life in the Western Suburbs/Main Line, leading all facets of the work of the ministry, including recruiting and developing leaders, cultivating donor relations, pioneering new work, overseeing operations, and carrying out the God-honoring vision of Young Life. Now, as Director of Operations and Strategic Advancement for ServingLeaders, Joe oversees all aspects of operations including vision implementation, staff care, finance, donor relations, marketing and advancing the ministry through new partnerships and territories. More...

 
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Leah Dixon, M.S.C.

Director of Communication, Counseling Intern
ldixon@servingleaders.org | 267-496-4143

Leah Dixon, M.S.C. earned her Master's Degree in Counseling from Cairn University and her Bachelor's Degree in English from Temple University. Prior to joining the ServingLeaders team, she worked for five years at Calvary Chapel of Delaware County, serving as the assistant to the senior pastor and director of the communication department. Her experience on a ministry staff gives her deep compassion for challenges facing ministry leaders and their families. At ServingLeaders, Leah is honored to be able to work in a communication and marketing capacity as well as serve clients. She is interested in helping ministry leaders (and all people!) thrive in spiritual health, emotional health, and specific areas of strength and gifting. She is also interested in helping people walk through difficult life adjustments, relational distress, anxiety and more.

 
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Dr. Penny Nelson Freeman, LPC

Counselor | Willow Grove Office
pfreeman@servingleaders.org | 267-354-0691

Dr. Penny Nelson Freeman, LPC specializes in sexual abuse, trauma, grief, chronic illness, and marriage counseling. With over 30 years of counseling experience, she has served in a variety of settings including private practice, ministries, and church based counseling centers. Penny earned her Master’s degree in Community Counseling at Villanova University and a doctorate from Argosy University in Sarasota FL in Counseling Psychology. She is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. Dr. Freeman served on the faculty of the graduate school at Cairn University (formally Philadelphia Biblical University) for 20 years and has taught as adjunct faculty at Westminster Theological Seminary and Biblical Seminary. More...

 
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Sarah Loew, LPC

Counselor | West Chester Office
sloew@servingleaders.org | 215-285-7815

Sarah Loew, LPC is passionate about helping people struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, relationship issues, infertility and other concerns. In addition to her experience with adults, she loves working with young adults, and utilizes behavioral strategies to assist in her work with parents of children and teens. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from West Chester University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Cairn University. Before joining the ServingLeaders team, Sarah worked for 4 years at Ganey Counseling and Consultation helping individuals with bipolar disorder and other mood-related disorders, anxiety-related disorders, grief, trauma, marital issues, and personality disorders. More...

 
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dr. Timothy pretz

Counselor | West Chester Office
tpretz@servingleaders.org | 484-678-7573

Dr. Timothy Pretz, LMFT, specializes in marriage counseling, helping couples recover from affairs, pastoral care, addiction, grief and loss, and conflict resolution. With extensive experience as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and 21 years as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, Tim has a unique perspective on the challenges facing ministry leaders and their families. Tim earned his B.S. in Mathematics from Bucknell, MDiv from University Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, DMin in Marriage and Family from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and post graduate certification in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Council for Relationships. In addition to his counseling practice, Tim serves as an Affiliate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Palmer Theological Seminary. More...

 
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Helen Schmidheiser, LPC

Counselor | Willow Grove Office
helen@servingleaders.org | 267-905-5676

Helen Schmidheiser, LPC graduated from Penn State and received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Eastern University. Before joining the ServingLeaders team, Helen provided attachment-focused and trauma-informed clinical services to children and families in her role as an outpatient clinician at Bethanna, a Christian social services agency in Southampton, Pa. Helen also worked as a clinician at Chelten Church in Dresher, Pa., providing spiritually relevant emotional, relational, and psychological supportive services to individuals and families in both the church and local community. As a breast cancer survivor, Helen has a deep passion for walking alongside women in seasons of change, loss, and unexpected outcomes. More...

 
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dr. William P. Smith

Counselor | Willow Grove Office
bsmith@servingleaders.org | 267.495.5081

Dr. William P. Smith is passionate about showing people how God longs to connect with them in the midst of their fear, shame, apathy and sin. Before joining the ServingLeaders team, Bill served for eight years as director of a church-based counseling center (which he was asked to develop) at a Philadelphia suburban church. There, he counseled individuals and oversaw the development of interns and staff. In total, he spent nearly twelve years serving at that church, in various ministry roles as a staff member, Pastor of Counseling, interim pastor for another congregation, Pastor of Shepherding Ministries, and Senior Pastor of Worship. His ministerial responsibilities included counseling, teaching, providing pastoral input to leaders of support groups and small groups, and -- as senior pastor -- overseeing the public worship of the congregation and preaching the majority of the Sunday morning messages.  More...

 
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Jon Sovocool, LPC

Counselor | West Chester Office & Willow Grove Office
jsovocool@servingleaders.org | 484-558-0996

Jon Sovocool, LPC specializes in treating anger management, addiction, anxiety, trauma, depression, and bipolar disorder. He studied Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College and earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary. In his work with clients, Jon brings compassion, biblical perspective and extensive clinical training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and DBT Prolonged Exposure, a trauma protocol. For seven years (2011-2018) Jon worked in a community residential mental health setting with teenagers and adults struggling to cope with mental illness and addictive behaviors. Jon facilitated a variety of groups including: group therapy, DBT Skills Training and SMART Recovery. More...