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Philip Streufert, the Director of CTC, is a pastoral counselor and marriage and family therapist. Along with his clinical background as a therapist, he has more than 25 years of congregational experience both in ordained and non-ordained positions. He has a heart for professional church workers and their families and seeks to be a supportive pastoral resource during times of personal as well as professional challenge.

THERAPEUTIC APPROACH: As a pastoral counselor, it is Philip’s objective to integrate spiritual resources and the insights and techniques of counseling psychology to provide understandings that promote health, well being and effective ministry. In his work with individuals and groups, he uses a systems approach. People live in a number of relationship systems (i.e. family, work, and congregation). These systems influence our everyday lives and effectiveness. When we understand the impact these systems have on us and how we, in turn, influence these relationship.


Philip works with individuals, couples, ministry teams and congregations. With individuals and couples, his work focuses on concerns such as depression, anxiety, spiritual issues, job stress, burn-out, vocational transitions, life decisions, relationship discord and leadership coaching. With ministry teams and congregations, he is available for conflict intervention, crisis consultation, vision clarification, strategic planning and leadership development. Appointments can be made with Philip by calling the Consultation to Clergy office as 206.623.8193 or by contacting him via email at

Jim Christianson

Spiritual Director

The purpose of the Spiritual Direction position is stated as: “To provide a presence for spiritual growth and nurture which enhances the development of spirituality in the life of the Church.”

This ministry has four dimensions:

1.)Provision of Spiritual Direction to clergy and church workers having limited financial resources

2.)Service as a Resource providing referrals to Spiritual Directors and Spiritual Direction Programs

3.)Advocacy for Spiritual Direction lifting up its importance for the spiritual formation of clergy and church workers

4.)Service as a Retreat/Workshop Leader in the area of Spirituality and Spiritual Direction

Jim began his part-time work in this position with CTC in 1997. Previously he served twenty-six years as a Parish Pastor in a variety of settings: Youth-Education

Associate Pastor at Central Lutheran—Spokane, WA; Pastor at Faith Lutheran—

Toppenish, WA and Mission Developer/Pastor at Family of God Lutheran—Federal

Way, WA. He received his Spiritual Guidance Training through The Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation. He has been working as a Spiritual Director/Companion for over eighteen years working primarily with pastors and church workers.

Mark McClung, MD

Consulting Psychiatrist

Mark McClung, MD, is a psychiatrist in Seattle, who trained at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and Rush-Presbyterian in Chicago. He has 19 years' experience working with clergy and in evaluating workplace issues. He is experienced in diagnosis, psychiatric medication use, and working in consultation with counselors and primary care physicians. He's enjoyed a connection with Consultation to Clergy for the past 12 years, and has given presentations to Synod leaders and staff at several retreats. He also works in consultation with other denominational groups around the Northwest.


Lindsey Roark and McClung

2025 1st Av, Suite 760

Seattle, WA 98121-2100

Phone:(206) 728-5878

Penelope Guntermann, M.A., M.Div., LMHC

Network Therapy Staff - Seattle Area


Tuesdays: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM at Light of the Cross Lutheran Church

Wednesdays: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Light of the Cross Lutheran Church

Thursdays: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM at Denny Park Lutheran Church (Downtown)

Fridays: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM at Denny Park Lutheran Church (Downtown)

Areas of Expertise

Penelope works with individual adults and couples in the following areas: depression, anxiety, healing from sexual abuse and other trauma, issues of intimacy, discord in relationships, blending families, pain from divorce, issues of grief. Penelope also has a specialty in the area of clergy or professional sexual misconduct, working with survivors, spouses of clergy, congregations and judicatories.

Personal Information and Therapy Style

Penelope has been a therapist with Consultation to Clergy and Lutheran Counseling Network since 1993 and has been in practice since 1978. The approach to therapy will vary according to the differing needs of particular clients, individual or couple. She brings clinical experience and training in a variety of theoretical orientations, including psychodynamic, systems, cognitive/behavioral, and spiritual, as a resource for you as you seek to change or grow. Working with Penelope, a client will identify and seek to understand the issues faced so that goals for therapy can be set. Besides being a licensed mental health counselor, Penelope is also an ordained Lutheran minister and is trained to work with people on issues of spirituality, within their faith framework.

Jim Boyer, Ph.D.

Network Therapy Staff - Portland Area

Jim Boyer, Ph.D


833 SW 11th Ave, Suite 422

Portland, OR 97205

Phone: (503) 224-3522

David Bruxer, ACSW

Network Therapy Staff - Spokane Area

David Bruxer, ACSW


Lutheran Community Services

210 N Sprague Ave.

Spokane, WA 99201

Phone: (509) 747-8224

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