Gayle M. Samples, PhD, LMFT, LPCC

Executive Director

Dr. Gayle Samples is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Emmaus Road Christian Counseling. An alumni of Life Bible College, Gayle also graduated from Trinity College of Graduate Studies with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and then earned her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University. In addition to her work as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Gayle is a CAMFT Certified Supervisor. In 2014, Gayle became the founding chairperson of the Human Development and Psychology program at Life Pacific College.  You may reach Dr. Samples at or 909.917.9705.


Amanda Hansen, MDiv


amanda-parrishAmanda Hansen manages the San Dimas site and oversees the organization. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Biblical Studies, and a Master of Divinity from Azusa Pacific Seminary.

Amanda brings experience from several church, non-profit, and higher education settings, including Stanwood Foursquare, Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, Azusa Pacific University, and Life Pacific College. She cares deeply about holistic restoration and healing. Amanda also serves in a part-time capacity as campus chaplain at Life Pacific College.


David Woo, MA, LMFT

Director of Clinical Training and Spiritual Integration

David is the Director of Clinical Training and Spiritual Integration, devoted to raising up and training other counselors, in addition to his own clinical practice.  His focus is to equip therapists to work with clinical excellence while learning how to be directed by the Holy Spirit.  Integrating Scriptural truth into the clinical framework for therapy, he desires to release the promises of God in therapists’ lives and the lives of those with whom they work.  His hope is to have them discover and enjoy who God created them to be, through providing tools and interventions to experience the healing presence of the Lord.  David believes counseling is most effective when we join in the work that God is already doing in a person’s life.  God is always at work.

Jana Plant, LMFT

Clinical Supervisor

Jana Plant is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She graduated from Life Pacific College with her Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies, with an emphasis in counseling. She went on to earn her Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling from Azusa Pacific University. In 2009, Jana became a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is an AAMFT Credentialed Supervisor.

Jana’s primary job is Lead Clinical Supervisor at one of Southern California’s largest private providers of children’s mental health services. Additionally, she is a trained trauma specialist.  In her work with ERCC, Jana supervises some of the trainees and interns working out of our San Dimas location. She is not available to see clients at this time.


Claudia Vernon, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor

claudia-vernonClaudia Vernon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She attends Knott Ave Christian Church where she and her husband are involved in the foster/adoptive and family caregiver ministry.  They also co-lead the engaged couples course (an eight week course given twice a year) at their church.

Claudia has been trained in biofeedback which is a model by which one can change one’s physiological state in a desired direction to manage stress, medical and psychological complaints.  She also holds a certification in prevention and treatment of domestic violence.

Claudia supervises many of the trainees and interns at our San Dimas location. She is also available to see clients. See the locations page for her contact information.


Dave Dillman, LMFT

Roseville Site Director and Clinical Supervisor

Dave Dillman graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Masters in psychology and has been counseling for over 30 years. He is an Adjunct Professor at Brandman University and William Jessup University, where he teaches counseling, communication and marriage and family classes. Dave is a former pastor and founding director of Pathways Counseling Services. He speaks at churches, retreats, Christian camps and marriage workshops. His specialties include marital, men’s issues, individual issues, pastors, and their spouses. Dave has been a clinical supervisor and has trained many other therapists in his caring, compassionate style.

For a complete list of counselors available in your area, please visit our Locations page