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Melissa Dodd
District Superintendent
Melissa Dodd

Megan Hayes
Executive Assistant
Megan Hayes

Morgan Scott
Administrative Assistant
Morgan Scott

(816) 649-5028
Fax: (816) 649-5015
401 B East Grand Ave.
Cameron, Missouri 64429

Counseling Ministries

Counseling Ministries exists to support the Conference’s mission and vision by providing counseling resources and programs to help heal and strengthen our pastors, congregations and communities. If you have any questions regarding Counseling Ministries, please contact Robin Ewy, LPC, at or 816-286-7971. 

Support Groups/Upcoming Events:


February is Mental Health month at Pine Ridge featuring three talks hosted in conjunction with Tri-County Mental Health, Synergy Services and the Park Hill School District. Following are dates, titles and a link with details. -> Mental Health 101
  • February 13, 7:00 p.m. - Suicide Prevention 101
  • February 24, 6:00 p.m. - Safety in the Digital Age 
  • February 28, 7:00 p.m. - Drugs - Use, Abuse & More

North Cross UMC is hosting a Divorce Recovery class is beginning Wednesday, January 23rd, from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. It will be an introduction with the class actually starting the following week. Click here for more information.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Tuesdays 7:00 pm, Fellowship Center at First United Methodist Church, Kearney, 1000 East, MO-92, Kearney, MO 64060

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a non-profit organization that provides education, support, and advocacy. See: for more information about Nami. Below are the support groups sponsored by NAMI:

Gladstone – Connection Recovery Support Group
Every Tuesday @ 6:30-8:00 pm
Northland Behavioral Health & Wellness | 119 NE 72nd St., Gladstone
Contact: Gabriel, 816-200-7424 | Email:

St. Joseph – Connection Recovery Support Group
Every Thursday at 7:00 pm | Missouri Care, 3831A Frederick Ave., St. Joseph
Contact: Kevin Williams, 727-543-9408 | Email:

Kansas City (Northland) – Family Support Group
3rd Wednesdays @ 6:00-7:30 pm | 3100 NE 83rd St., Kansas City, Mo (2nd floor) 
1st Wed in River Rm; 3rd Wed in Conf. Room
Contact: Candis Desselle, 816-468-0400 | Email:

Kansas City – Family Support Group
1st & 3rd Thursdays @ 6:00-8:00 pm
Research Psychiatric Center | 2323 E 63rd Street, Kansas City, Mo
Contact: Joe & Heidi Custin |

Need a Counselor?

 If you have referred someone for counseling, please remember to let Robin know so we can continue to track process.

Counseling Referral List (Click the link to view)

As a reminder, this is a living document that will change and grow as we discover new resources. In an attempt to monitor the effectiveness of Counseling Ministries, please consider the following follow up process:

  1. Person presents with mental health need (individual, couple, family, group counseling)
  2. If pastor determines referral is appropriate, he/she provides list of resources to person and notifies Robin at that referral was made. To protect confidentiality, no names will be shared.
  3. Counseling resources will be encouraged to notify Robin if a referral was made through Northwest District Counseling Ministries.

Thank you all for your patience as we fine-tune this process. If you have resources that you would like to add to the Counseling Ministry Referral list, please let Robin know.

Counseling Newsletters by Topic

Additional Resources: - NAMI Missouri  was founded in 1985 to provide education, support and advocacy on behalf of people with serious mental illness and their families regardless of race, religion or national origin. - The Northland Coalition is dedicated to creating a healthy, safe and drug-free community in which to raise our children. - Mental Health America of the Heartland is dedicated to promoting the mental health of the community, and improving the quality of life of persons with mental illness, through advocacy, education and support.