The Strengthening Resilience Program provides pastors and chaplains of Atlantic Coast Conference up to five free sessions with a counselor or spiritual director as part of the process of building resilience. 

For more details or to request an application, contact your conference minister or the ACC office at


Persons available for counseling and/or spiritual direction

The following persons are recommended for individual counseling or spiritual direction sessions. Grant recipients will be encouraged to choose and reach out to one of these providers directly to schedule sessions. These providers will bill ACC directly for sessions.

Anne Kaufman Weaver weaves several streams into pastoral care.  She earned a Master of Social Work from Marywood College and values the strengths-based approach prevalent in the field.  Later she entered Coach training through Coach U and learned the value of positive psychology for reaching desired changes.  While earning her Master of Divinity at Eastern Mennonite Seminary she took four units of Clinical Pastoral Education and studied Bowen Family Systems. She serves as a chaplain at Landis Homes Retirement Community and has entered the Clinical Pastoral Educator certification process.

Jason Kuniholm brings a variety of pastoral care experiences into his work with other ministers. Jason earned his M.Div from Palmer Seminary and completed his D.Min in marriage and family there as well. He has served in several interim and long-term pastoral roles, served as Bishop of several LMC districts, taught at Eastern Mennonite University and Seminary, and continues to provide spiritual direction and clergy coaching.  Jason remains interested in teaching and engaging in spiritual formation, healthy pastorates, clergy families, systems theory, and healthy community-building.  

Carolyn Yoder is a Licensed Professional Counselor and trainer. She earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology and holds a variety of training credentials including Emotional Fredom Technique (EFT) and  Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). She is also a Master Trainer for Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience  (STAR) and a Compassion Fatigue Educator with Green Cross Academy. Carolyn employs the theories, techniques, and intuition developed over 25 plus years of working with trauma and challenging life situations.

Continue with a counselor/spiritual director with whom you are already in relationship. Please include this individual’s name and per-session cost (up to $100) on page one. In this situation, the provider may bill ACC directly or a pastor or chaplain may submit receipts to the ACC office for reimbursement. Invoices or receipts may be emailed to or mailed to Atlantic Coast Conference, 2257 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602.

For more details or to request an application, contact your conference minister or the ACC office at



Follow up seminar

A follow up seminar for attendees of the December 4 event titled Trauma and Resilience-Informed Pastors with Elaine Zook Barge will be offered in the future. More information about this can be found HERE.

Elaine (Elena) Zook Barge is a trauma and resilience educator and consultant for individuals and organizations dealing with stress and adversity.   She has facilitated Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) learning since the program was first developed in 2002 at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU).  Having previously worked in community development and peacebuilding in Central America in the 1980’s and 90’s and having coached and trained thousands of professionals worldwide, she is experienced in providing support and tools for those in high-stress situations.  Elaine is committed to increasing trauma and resilience-informed services locally, nationally and internationally. She holds a Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation (2003) and a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition/ Community Development (1984) from EMU.