Parish Counselor

Gretchen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and is a resource for members for support, information and education in the area of mental health and well-being. A native Californian, she attended Bel Air Presbyterian Church as a child. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, she moved to Mexico City, where she served as a PCUSA mission associate, worked at a non-profit organization, received a Master’s Degree from the Universidad de las Americas in Mexico City–and met and married her husband, Ben.

She says, “When we moved to Orange County from Mexico City, St. Mark was the first and last church we visited on our church shopping tour. Social justice and hospitality are both important to me and our family, and we found both in this place.”

Gretchen and Ben have two teenage children. She enjoys yoga, hiking and spending time with Ben, her family and friends.