Q & A with Katherine Schwab

by J. Michael Blackston, MA

We are excited to announce that Katherine Schwab has joined our team at Redeemer this month. She is a licensed mental health counselor who graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary. Last week, I had the opportunity to ask her a few questions.

Michael: Tell me about your decision to become a mental health counselor?

Katherine: Becoming a counselor is something that I had considered for many years. The impetus for me was God using the story of Jesus raising Lazarus to solidify my decision. When Jesus called Lazarus to come out of the grave, He invited him out of the darkness and into the light. I sensed God saying to me, “ I want to do a new work in you. I want to call you out of the shadows into the light. I want to do this in order to display my glory.” God used my time in graduate school to begin that work in me that continues to this day.

M: You have extensive experience in a ministry setting. What are a few highlights of your work?

K: By far the greatest joy for me has been witnessing the mystery of someone entering the Kingdom and their eyes being opened to the reality of Jesus. It is a high privilege that I have experienced throughout my years in ministry.

M: What do you enjoy the most about being a counselor? What is the biggest challenge?

K: I love it when I begin to see transformation take place in a person’s life. It’s a holy moment and one that needs to be celebrated. At the same time one of the biggest challenges is inviting people into change. As humans, we desire change but are resistant to it at the same time.

M: You enjoy Middle Eastern culture. Tell us more about your interest in this area.

K: I lived in the Middle East for many years. I love that part of the world. They have amazing food and they know how to make everything a celebration! God used the generosity of Muslims to show me what real hospitality looks like. Muslims believe that every guest that enters their home is a visitor from God. The result is that they lavish one with hospitality and honor no matter how little they may have. We have much to learn from them.

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