Since 2008, Darren Lane has been part of the Joy House team, initially serving as a counselor for the residential program, and then becoming our Director of Therapy. Darren has lived in Pickens County for almost 40 years. Having grown up in a non-Christian environment at home, Darren wasn’t introduced to church until he was 16 years old. He was married at a young age, and knows about difficulties that come from not-so-perfect decisions. “So many times, I see my life-decisions played out in the choices made by our residents…Jesus loved me through my junk, I can love others through theirs.” Saved at the age of 23 years-old, and in the midst of serious challenges in his marriage, Darren began understanding that every human being is “stuck” in certain patterns that sabotage our health, peace, and success. His mission, and his calling is to offer a “better way,” and “freedom from captivity” ultimately through Christ.
Darren recharges through reading, spending time with his beautiful wife and his family, and sipping iced-tea on the family’s front porch. “My wife, Rhonda, makes our home a sanctuary; a chance to catch my breath. I know that when I walk through that door, I am totally and completely, loved. That’s good medicine after demanding days.” Darren says that Jesus supplies the fields of harvest, and that his wife helps supply the rest needed between sunrises.
Darren has a B.S. from Kennesaw State University in Psychology, a Masters in Family and Marriage Counseling from Liberty, and since 2004, has held a position as Minister to Families and Worship Leader at Cool Springs Baptist Church in Jasper, Georgia.
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