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Kay Lyn Carlson, LMSW


Education and Experience:

  • Washburn University, Topeka, KS – B.A. (1999) and M.S.W. (2000) degrees in Social Work
  • Founder and Director of Choose Grace International
  • Reproductive Loss and Sexual Trauma Network leader for American Association of Christian Counselors
  • Concepts of Truth International, part-time crisis phone counselor
  • Former counselor at Christ First Counseling Center, Topeka, KS – provided individual, family and group counseling. Also coordinated and presented Marriage Conference, Women’s leader for Celebrate Recovery
  • Founder and former Director of ARC (Abortion Recovery Center), Topeka, KS. Offered individual, couples, and group counseling and provided professional continuing educational and awareness events on the detrimental effects of abortion.
  • Former Kansas state leader for Operation Outcry
  • Former board member for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Shawnee County, Kansas
  • Local and National speaker: United Nations, American Association of Christian Counselors, Heartbeat International, Operation Outcry, and at various women’s conferences and church groups.


Additional post-abortion specialized training:

  • Rachel’s Vineyard Leadership Conference/Teresa Burke
  • Men and Abortion – National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation and Healing (NOPARH) conference
  • Ramah International conference
  • Concepts of Truth Facilitator Training
  • American Association of Christian Counselors – Crisis Pregnancy Coaching 101 and 201


Personal information:

  • Married to Carl since 1983 and have three grown children.
  • Currently involved in writing curriculum for Healing from a Reproductive Loss and a Memoir of her recovery journey through Choosing God’s Grace due out early 2019.

Dr. Jared Pingleton


Dr. Jared Pingleton is a Christ-follower, husband, father, and grandfather. He is also a minister, clinical psychologist, author, and speaker who is passionate about communicating Jesus’ love, mercy, and grace to a hurting and conflicted world. A respected leader in the Christian mental health field, Jared has been in professional practice since 1977 offering help, healing, and hope to thousands of individuals, couples, families, and churches.


Dually trained in theology and psychology, he has been a professor at several Christian universities and seminaries, served on the pastoral staff of two large churches (where he founded and directed church-based community counseling centers) and has authored or co-authored several books, including:


  • The Struggle is Real: How to Care for Mental and Relational Needs in the Church
  • Making Magnificent Marriages
  • Marriage: It’s Foundation, Theology, and Mission in a Changing World
  • Be Strong and Surrender: A Thirty-Day Recovery Guide
  • Praying With Jesus: Reset My Prayer Life
  • Christian Perspectives on Human Growth and Development
  • An Integrative Analysis of Psychological and Christian Concepts of Relational Maturity


Jared earned Doctor of Psychology and M.A. degrees in Clinical Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University; an M.A. in Counseling from the University of Missouri-Kansas City; and a B.S. in Psychology and Biblical Studies (Summa Cum Laude) from Evangel University. He did additional graduate work at the University of Kansas and at the Assemblies of God, Talbot, and Fuller Theological Seminaries.


Dr. Pingleton currently serves as Executive Vice-President of Choose Grace International and as the Director of Mental Health Care and Ministry for the American Association of Christian Counselors. Formerly Director of Counseling Services at Focus on the Family, Jared was also in private practice for 36 years.


Dr. Pingleton has extensive national and international media experience–appearing as a guest, host, or co-host on hundreds of television and radio programs and in many leading print publications. He maintains several professional affiliations, has received five “Who’s Who” awards along with several other national recognitions, and is a popular national and international speaker and conference leader.


Jared and his wife Linda have four sons, four daughters-in-law and five adorable grandchildren. In addition to spending meaningful time with his family, he enjoys sports of all kinds (he is an ardent Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Kansas Jayhawks fan), travel, mountain climbing, classic automobiles, landscaping, hiking, antiques, classical music, and coin collecting.