grace counselling team

Grace Counselling have over one hundred volunteer lay counsellors who serve their local community through Biblically-based face to face counselling, support groups and pastoral coaching.


They work in pairs for accountability and as part of a mentor/mentee programme.

the team

The team at Grace Counselling comprises staff and volunteers.

  • Gail farndell grace counselling director

    Gail heads up the Grace Counselling Teams across campuses and online.


    She brings her own strengths of care, a strong eye for detail and a  desire to see deep healing in our communities.


    Gail is a qualified Pastoral Counsellor and Life Coach and has experience in these fields in both the private and business sector. Gail is a seasoned Grace Counsellor. She has a degree in Pastoral Counselling - MyFiladelfia (MINTS International) and is a Qualified Life Coach through Dyamic Life Coach Academy.


  • lu harman counselling COORDINATOR

    Lu coordinates Grace Counselling across campuses, with the invaluable help of a team of Grace Counselling volunteers.


    She is passionate about seeing people restored to a relationship with God and loves providing support to the Grace Counsellors on the team. 

  • BRENDAN CONOLLY Counselling administrator

    Brendan is a season Grace Counsellor and is passionate about people finding whole and healed lives through the counselling process. He runs administration for all counselling sites, online and in-person.


    Brendan is currently studying The Higher Certificate in Christian Counselling with South African Theological Seminary.

  • mercy pillay volunteer co-ordinator, cornubia campus

    Mercy sees the amazing work of the Holy Spirit each time she is in the counselling room. Her goal is to encourage a closer walk with God through the Grace Counseling process. "As a result of counselling, most counsellees have a renewed sense of hope and healing, which impacts both their families and communities."


    Higher Certificate in Christian Community Counselling: Cornerstone University

  • di van de pas senior counsellor

    Di decided after her daughters left home that it was time to give back to the community. She has always had hurting people approach her with their life stories and their hurts so she decided that she needed to up-skill herself in this area to be qualified to journey through their lives in their time of need.

    Di has been counselling for around nine years.


    Certificate in Christian Counseling NQF : 5 - Damelin

    Programme in Advanced Counselling NQF : 6 - Unisa

    6 years work experience after completion of all courses - Life Line


  • corinne carr senior counsellor

    Corinne counsels in a Christian environment because she believe that people ultimately find their security, self worth, significance and hope in the Creator, and not in creation.


    HDE - higher Diploma in Education

    Advanced certificate in counselling- Unisa

    Registration with Council for Counsellors South Africa