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 and Tustin location. You may reach Jana at


Robin Thomas, MSW, MDiv

Clinical Supervisor

Robin is a clinical social worker who graduated from the USC School of Social Work and has been practicing for over thirty years. He provides marital and premarital counseling from an experienced and Christian perspective. Robin also specializes in individual therapy for healthy stress management and works with men facing depression, anxiety, life crisis, identity issues, relationship concerns, and sexual addiction.

Robin is an adjunct faculty member at Azusa Pacific University in the Department of Social Work and the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy where he offers training in various areas related to mental health and spirituality. In addition, he co-directs Bridges Counseling along with his wife, Bobbi. In his free time, Robin enjoys creating pottery, hiking, and spending time with his wife and daughters.


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