Meet Heather Gallrein:
Christian Counseling & Missions
Like Ed Gallrein, his wife Heather grew up on a multi-generational family farm in Kentucky. Heather’s family has deep roots in the Commonwealth, including 150+ years of farming. Like Ed, Heather has a long history of service in this state. She values life-long learning and is herself a published academic.
Heather’s family modeled for her what it means to be in service to God, family, community, and country. Heather inherited her family’s entrepreneurial spirit and was raised to understand that the American freedoms to worship, work, and be educated are privileges that cannot be taken for granted. These are the values Heather holds dear and that guide her still today.
- Heather, who has great appreciation for the entrepreneurial freedoms in our country, believes that small businesses are a crucial part of a healthy and thriving economy, and she has a passion for policies that support and protect small businesses.
- Heather watched and helped as her parents launched and built a small business during her teen years.
- As evidence of her own entrepreneurial spirit, Heather currently owns and runs multiple small businesses in addition to her counseling practice.
- Heather is also a partner with Ed in running their farm and horse boarding business.
Heather values education and has a heart to see public schools and schoolteachers better supported. She grew up in the Kentucky public school system. Her mother taught in the Kentucky public school system for nearly 20 years.
As a child, Heather frequented the local public library. She could often be found hiding out in the barn hayloft with her nose in a book after all her farm chores were completed.
Heather could also often be found nursing the sick and injured animals on the farm. For years she focused her studies on the sciences — anatomy, physiology, biology, bio-chemistry — thinking she would go to medical or veterinary school. However, Heather changed course upon realizing that her greatest gift and call was helping to heal hurting hearts.
- Heather graduated from Western Kentucky University for her undergraduate work, where she studied psychology, philosophy, and religion.
- Heather also graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, KY, where she did graduate studies in Bible, theology, ministry, and Christian counseling.
- After graduating from the seminary, Heather went on to do additional academic work at Campbellsville University, studying relational systems theory.
Heather would say, however, that her greatest education has come from the “School of Hard Knocks” — the lessons taught to her by the storms, the heartaches, and the adversities of life.
Heather is an accomplished Christian Counselor. She enjoys coming alongside and providing support to those facing challenges in their lives, including those escaping the horrors of human trafficking.
“He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners…
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve…
to bestow on them
a crown of beauty instead of ashes…
joy instead of mourning…
praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness…”
Isaiah 61:1-3 NIV
- Heather began her counseling career working with adolescent and young adult females in crisis, including survivors of human trafficking escaping this dark and dangerous industry and has continued helping this population throughout her career.
- Heather has worked for multiple Christian non-profit organizations, including working for Mercy Ministries (the largest global residential counseling organization in the world, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee).
- Additionally, Heather later went on to start her own counseling practice that she still runs today. She works with adolescent and adult clients, helping those dealing with a wide array of traumas and/or whom are facing other types of life challenges.
- Heather has also partnered with a number of Christian missionary organizations, providing counseling services to missionaries in transition, dealing with cultural readjustment and mission field-related traumas.
Heather says her hobbies (when she can find time for them) include: horses, reading, writing, cooking, baking, art, music, decorating, being outside in nature, and researching the new things she wants to learn.