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About Us

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Our Mission: Helping people return to joy through counseling, professional teaching, small group ministry, and prayer ministry to all who seek it.

Because we are a non-profit organization, we are able to serve all who come to us, including those without insurance or with reduced financial resources. Payment for services is based upon the client’s ability to pay.

Meet the staff of LifeTouch:

Jeff France, MS – Executive Director

Jeff has over 30 years of educational experience both as a classroom science teacher and as a middle school administrator. As a classroom teacher, he taught in a juvenile detention center in Fort Wayne, IN; a residential placement center in Mishawaka, IN; and in public schools. The last 18 years of his 30 years in education were spent serving as a middle school assistant principal/athletic director for the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation. Currently, Jeff serves as the Executive Director for LifeTouch, and provides workshops entitled “Time to Teach” on effectively educating youth.

Darla France, MA – Director of Counseling & Teaching

  • Masters of Arts in Biblical Counseling
  • Certified Trauma Specialist
  • Advanced Training in Dissociative Disorders
  • Certification in Prayer Ministry

Darla has been a speaker for churches, schools and business groups for more than twenty five years.  She is a counselor and the Director of Counseling and Teaching at LifeTouch Ministries and Counseling Center, (LTMCC).  Wife, mother, and grandmother, Darla began her speaking ministry as a Bible teacher for Bible Study Fellowship International. Popular demand brought her to various opportunities for women’s groups and workshops as well as church and business events.   After working as an elementary school counselor for several years, Darla established LifeTouch Ministries in 1997.

Beginning in 2006, Darla’s speaking and teaching expanded into the international domain.  Her signature conference, When the Pain is Too Deep, has been presented in several countries on the continent of Africa and in several locations in Guatemala.  The conference is designed to help people find healing and return to joy from trauma.  It is also used to equip people who minister to those with deep emotional pain.

Darla presents Take Time for Kids, a trauma informed care workshop developed by the Children’s Bureau and used by the state of Indiana to train master’s level mental health clinicians.

Most recently Darla is preparing to take her experience as a trauma specialist into the world of those who have been slaves of human trafficking.

Stephen Leininger

Prior to making the decision to transition into full time Christian counseling, Stephen served eighteen years in pastoral ministry in three different congregations. He is currently a student at Grace College, working on his second Master’s degree, this time in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Throughout his ministry, Stephen has counseled adults, teens, and families from all walks of life. He has worked with those struggling with marital problems, bereavement, trauma, anxiety, depression, addictions, career issues, and spiritual development. His passion is to help people experience the healing and transforming power of God’s grace. He has been blessed to be a husband to his college sweetheart for more than twenty years and a father three wonderful children.

Jim Thompson, MS Ed

Jim Thompson graduated from Grace College and has a Masters degree in counseling from Indiana University. Jim’s experience includes working at a mental health inpatient unit, outpatient counseling in a community mental health center and at a church counseling center. The majority of his professional experience is as a school counselor and mental health therapist. He has worked for over 20 years in several area schools. His work in schools includes counseling students individually and in groups, classroom guidance, collaborating with teachers, staff, and parents, crisis intervention, behavior interventions and planning, and other activities with students. Jim specializes in working with children and adolescents ages 5-18 and their families. He is a husband & father of four children and is glad to be a part of Lifetouch Ministries and Counseling Center.

Stefanie Essick – Director of Development & Office Manager

Stefanie is the Director of Development and office manager for LifeTouch Ministries & Counseling Center. She graduated from Grace College with a B.S. in Business Management. Stefanie has worked in banking, higher education, and in logistics before working at LifeTouch. She loves that she can use her gifts to help others. Stefanie lives in Warsaw with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

LifeTouch Ministries & Counseling Center
PO Box 253
2426 E. Pierceton Rd.
Winona Lake, IN 46590

(574) 269-7990

Phone Hours
9-5 Monday-Wednesday
11-5 Thursday
Closed Friday - Sunday

Evening appointments until 7pm on days we are open.