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.


Jana Plant, MA, LMFT

Clinical Director

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 is a trained trauma specialist. Jana oversees the operations of ERCC and also provides clinical supervision and training to the trainees and associates working out of our San Dimas location. You may reach Jana at


David Woo, MA, LMFT

Director of  Spiritual Integration

David is the Director of 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. You may reach David at

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 associates at our San Dimas location.


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