Our Team

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IRMA DEJESUS
IRMA DEJESUS

Director & Founder

Director & Founder

Licensed Pastoral Christian Counselor

Irma DeJesus is Texas born and raised. Although she was born in Corpus Christi, Irma has been in Austin for most of her life and considers herself an Austinite. She came to know the Lord at the young age of 14 and has had a passion for ministry ever since. Her biggest influences in ministry have been Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen and her Pastor, Randy Phillips (better known as one-third of Contemporary Christian Music superstars Phillips, Craig and Dean).

 

Irma was called into ministry at a young age and has over 30 years of ministry and counseling experience. She has served in various positions in church such as Youth Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Small Group Leader, and Elder. Having experienced the devastation of divorce, single-parenting, and an alcoholic parent, Irma decided to answer the call to full-time ministry as a Christian Counselor. Irma’s passion is to help marriages succeed, single moms, blended families, and people that have experienced abuse and trauma. She also has a tender heart for military families walking through the pain of PTSD. Being married to a veteran Irma has experienced first-hand the consequences of PTSD struggles.

 

Irma and her husband Sam have four amazing children and five beautiful grandchildren. Through God’s grace and healing they have been married since 2001. They raised their family in the Bee Cave/Lake Travis area and enjoy being active in their church as Elders.

 

Irma is a Licensed Pastoral Christian Counselor and a Certified Temperament Counselor through the National Christian Counselors Association. She attends LifeAustin Family Southwest Church, part of a Bible-based group of churches located in south central Texas. The LifeFamily churches have a strong passion for outreach in the community and its focus is on transforming lives by connecting them with Jesus.

 

Irma DeJesus’s Education and Pastoral Counseling Credentials Include:

BS in Christian Counseling - Colorado Theological Seminary

Head to Head Restoration Ministry School of Pastoral Counseling

National Christian Counselors Association Licensed Pastoral Christian Counselor

National Christian Counselors Association Certified Temperament Counselor

Prepare Enrich Facilitator

Ordained as a minister in the State of Texas

 

National Christian Counselors Faith Based Board Certifications:

Substance Abuse and Addiction Therapy

Professional Affiliations

Member National Christian Counselors Association

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Certified Pastoral Christian Counselor

BJ GUERRA

Robert “BJ” Guerra was born and raised in Austin. BJ came to know the Lord in his early 20’s and has had a passion for ministry since then. His biggest influences in ministry have been Bishop T.D. Jakes, Tony Evens and his Senior Pastor Cameron of White Stone church.

 

BJ was called into ministry at a young age and has over 20 years of ministry experience serving in various positions at church, such as Youth Pastor, Sunday School Teacher, Small Group Leader and serving in other Christian organizations. Having experienced the many different struggles and victories in marriage; BJ decided to answer the call to full-time ministry as a Christian Counselor. BJ’s passion is to help marriages succeed, families grow stronger, and people that have experienced infidelity, abuse, and addiction of various kinds.

 

BJ and his bride Mora, have three amazing children and through God’s grace and healing, they have been married since 1999. They are the founders of the God In Marriage Ministry, whose mission is Helping couples to build a Christ-Centered marriage!

 

Robert Guerra’s Education and Pastoral Counseling Credentials Include:

Head to Heart Restoration Ministry School of Pastoral Counseling

National Christian Counselors Association Certified Pastoral Counselor

National Christian Counselors Association Certified Temperament Counselor

Ordained Minister in the State of Texas

Professional Affiliations

Member National Christian Counselors Association

Associate Counselor

Board of Directors

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Irma DeJesus

Board Chair

Texan born and raised Irma DeJesus became a Christian in 1984 and has been in ministry for over 30 years. She and her husband Sam have four children and five grandchildren. As a couple they are regularly active in their church and have experienced God’s healing power both in their marriage and personal lives.

Irma is a Licensed Pastoral Christian Counselor with advanced certifications to specifically deal with many of life’s most challenging issues. She ministers through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and out of her own life experiences as a Youth Leader, Mother, Grandmother, and Wife. She knows what it is like to deal with divorce, single parenting, growing up with an alcoholic parent and dealing with past traumas. Having been healed to wholeness through the deep love of Jesus Christ, Irma has embraced her identity through her maker and feels blessed to help others walk their own path to healing.

Irma is the Founder of DeJesus Christian Counseling Center. She serves as the Director, one of the Counselors, and the Board of Director’s Chair for DeJesus Christian Counseling Center. Irma is also a Public Speaker and on the Board of Directors for God in Marriage, a non-profit ministry which focuses on building up marriages through meaningful marriage conferences. Irma is proud to serve as a chaplain for the University of Texas at Austin.

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Sam DeJesus

Board Member

A native of Ohio, Sam was a prodigy as a youth, graduating high school at the tender age of 15. From there, he took his tremendous talent to the United States Army and served for 10 years as a decorated veteran. Sam has also had experience working for the FBI after his time in the military.

Once his service was over, Sam transitioned into working in the financial sector, beginning his career as a regional manager for TransAmerica Financial. He parlayed this opportunity into moving to the great state of Texas and became the first regional manager in the state of Texas for New Century Mortgage. After holding this title for 6 years, he spent some time piloting a new non-conforming mortgage division for Wells Fargo. He then took all his experiences and decided to branch out on his own and formed Principal One LLC, and he has operated as the founder and CEO of his company since 2002.

Sam also has extensive experience working in the community, including being the coach of various youth sports teams, being a volunteer coordinator with Serve Our City for over 10 years, and being an Elder of LifeAustin Church. He also worked tirelessly as a board member for Celebration of Love for over 13 years, serving the active military at Fort Hood.

Sam is a father of four children and a grandfather of five, and has been a loving husband to his wife, Irma, for 20 years. Sam brings his years of leadership and financial acumen to the DeJesus Christian Counseling Center Board and will ensure that the center is prepared and operational for those that seek restoration and healing. He looks forward to continuing to be active in his community, active in his church, and making a difference in the lives of many.

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Jim Buck

Board Member

Jim has been serving as the President of Texas Legal since November 1, 2007. Prior to joining Texas Legal, Jim was employed by the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) from October 1992 to October 2007. During Jim’s tenure at OCERS he served in a number of executive and managerial positions. In April of 2004, Jim was appointed as the Assistant Chief Executive Officer of External Operations of OCERS, having previously served as Chief Operations Officer since December 1999. He also served as the Human Resources Manager and in numerous capacities in the Member Services Department.

Jim has 30 years of experience in the field of Human Resources and Benefits Administration; his career began as a Personnelman in the United States Navy.

Jim has served on the Board for Austin Academy. Austin Academy is a nonprofit adult education organization that prepares adults for college and employment. Jim served two terms as the Board Chair. Jim has also served on the Covered Bridge Property Owners Association Board. Additionally, Jim has served as an advisor for Team Focus. Team Focus is a nonprofit organization whose role is to mentor young fatherless boys. Jim provides professional advice to the boys on how to prepare for interviews. Jim has also taught Bachelors level and Masters level HR courses at the University of Phoenix.

Jim has a master’s degree in Management with an emphasis in Human Resources Management from the University of Redlands and a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in Public Administration from the University of La Verne.