Our Team

Dr. John Walker

Dr. Walker is the Founder and Chief Psychologist of Blessing Ranch Ministries. He is recognized internationally as an expert in the area of Pastors’ and Missionaries’ personal, professional and spiritual development. As a licensed Psychologist and an ordained Pastor, he provides Professional Counseling Services to adult Pastors, Missionaries and other Christian leaders and provides executive leadership for Blessing Ranch Ministries. His educational experiences include a B.A. in Christian Ministry from Lincoln Christian College, a M.A. in Psychology and Religion from Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana State University. Following several successful ministries, Dr. Walker worked as a professional Psychologist in hospitals, clinical institutes, and his own private practice, Cornerstone Psychological Associates. Since founding Blessing Ranch Ministries in 1992, Dr. Walker has successfully served over 4,000 Pastors, Missionaries and other Christian leaders and is a sought after church leadership consultant. Email Dr. Walker


Dr. Charity Byers

Dr. Byers serves as our Executive Director of Clinical Services. As a licensed Psychologist, she provides Professional Counseling Services to adult Pastors, Missionaries, and other Christian leaders, as well as children and adolescents of ministry families. While she connects well with all leaders, she has a particular passion for serving women in ministry. She is the daughter of Dr. John and Deanna Walker. Dr. Byers’ educational experiences include a B.A. in Clinical Counseling and School Psychology from Western State College of Colorado, an M.A. in General Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, and a PhD. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver.   Email Dr. Byers


Hope Karabensh

Hope serves as Blessing Ranch Ministries’ Director of Accounting. Her educational experience includes a B.A. degree in Organizational Communications and Political Science from Western State College of Colorado. Email Hope


Debbie Kilgallin

Debbie Kilgallin has been a certified Life Coach since 2011 and has partnered with Blessing Ranch Ministries since that time. Her work includes follow-up support for clients who have participated in the Intensive Counseling Services, directing Restoration Teams for individuals who are rebuilding their lives and ministries, coaching support for individuals working toward a specific life change or goal, and speaking for various events.

Debbie lives on a farm in southwestern Wisconsin with her husband, Mike, and is the Worship Minister for the Viroqua Church of Christ. They have two adult sons and two adorable granddaughters. She enjoys entertaining friends and family, studying God's Word, and all things farm.

As you think about taking your own next step toward wholeness in Christ, we encourage you to consider how coaching might help you make progress toward what God has for you. Feel free to either call 970.495.0920 or email admin@blessingranch.org for more information.


Laura Lamirand

Blessing Ranch is proud to have Laura Lamirand as part of our counseling team. With a M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University, Laura has God’s call on her life to help others in their own personal transformation. Laura brings together psychology and theology in her counseling practice and resonates with Paul’s words in Romans 12:2b “let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”

Laura grew up in Indiana with a love for nature and outdoor activities. She regularly finds time to walk and bike, but really loves being on, or in, the water. Laura can be competitive and also enjoys taking risks like skydiving. With a love for music, Laura has been known to spontaneously burst into song.

As you think about taking your own next step toward wholeness in Christ, we encourage you to consider how counseling might help you in healing or in finding the courage to progress toward what God has for you. Feel free to either call 970.495.0920 or email admin@blessingranch.org for more information.


"Philippians 4:5-7 describes a peace that transcends all understanding and an encouragement to not be anxious about anything, that when we give control to God, He will guard our hearts and minds in Christ. You have helped us live out this passage during our time together, Dr. Charity. Because you are rooted in Christ, you’ve been able to speak truth into our lives this week. No words can fully express our gratitude for your help, so just know that we are so thankful that God put you in a position to help us. We will always look back to this week with thanksgiving." Worship Pastor and Church Secretary, Florida
"We both agreed that it was one of the best and most unique experiences we have ever had together…I really feel like I connected to God and with my wife and got back to a place I hadn’t been in years. We want to especially thank Charity for her time with us. She is excellent at what she does. Her ability to listen and discern our situation was extremely helpful… We have real tools going forward, and we are already seeing fruit from some of our learning… The encouragement and wisdom we received from Charity is something we both will remember." Ministry Couple, Washington
"John, you are a God send! I just can't thank you enough for your Godly wisdom and understanding. You helped me a great deal and continue to do so. . . for that I am eternally grateful. " Worship Arts Pastor, Arizona
"John, you are the VERY BEST counselor for pastors. Except I would not use the term counselor - I am telling folks you are a great spiritual director.  Thanks again for allowing God to use you to help us in ministry stay connected to God (ironic huh!)." Senior Pastor, Minnesota
"We were nervous about what to expect.  But the staff did a great job at helping us feel relaxed and at home.  This really benefited our time in counseling.  The very God-centered environment allowed us to grow deeper in our relationship with Him. We still discuss many of the things we learned in our marriage as well as our overall experience there." Church Planter, Nevada
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