Beacon of Light

Beacon of Light is the mental health initiative of St. Andrew, inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ, to provide grace and bring light to what can be a very dark world. Our mission is to teach best practices of mental health awareness and early prevention to our faith community as well area churches and organizations to create a community of care in North Texas. Beacon of Light is also focused on fostering a network of mental health professionals that will be able to support those who call St. Andrew home.


To educate, train and serve. Our goal is to embed mental wellness and awareness into the culture at St. Andrew, the lives of our members and community.

Beacon of Light will ultimately provide a broad continuum of care, from information and awareness to evidence-based treatment and aftercare. Initial efforts will focus on education, training, and early interventions. We will serve all ‘ages and stages’ from adolescents through senior adults.

• Dedicated Beacon of Light website
• Mental health training for staff, lay leaders, parents, students
• Crisis hotline
• Mental health referral network
• Individual and group therapy
• Support groups


Doug Reed
Executive Director, Beacon of Light

Shawna Lewis, Licensed Professional Counselor
Program Manager, Beacon of Light

Counseling Center

Jenny Gomez

Jenny Gomez is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist and has years of experience in both private and non-profit settings working with children and adolescents, individuals, families, and couples struggling with a variety of issues including:

Abuse and recovery
Family violence and sexual abuse
Pervasive developmental disorders (such as Autism)
Behavioral concerns
Grief and loss, and other common life challenges

Ruben Gomez

Ruben Gomez is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Texas and his Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Amberton University. Ruben is currently obtaining his Ph.D. in Psychology from Northcentral University, and is being supervised by Ken Johnson, Ph.D. He provides counseling for individuals and families with issues such as:

Grief recovery
Divorce support
Stress management
Relationship problems
Conflict resolution
Parenting and family issues
Work and career issues
Addiction and recovery

Ruben provides a non-judgemental and encouraging environment that fosters growth. He utilizes an approach that provides support and practical feedback to help clients resolve current problems and create long-standing positive patterns.