MARK D. BARRENTINE, LCSW
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FOUNDER OF EVANGELHOUSE
Bachelor of Arts – Southeastern Louisiana University
Master of Social Work – Tulane University
Licensed Clinical Social Worker – State of Louisiana
Established Evangelhouse October, 1999
Mark has a passion for serving teens and their families. His background includes leading psychiatric acute care, substance abuse rehabilitation, juvenile justice and outpatient family therapy interventions. In 1999 he established Evangelhouse and designed the holistic Lifeleaf treatment model which he currently oversees in his role as Executive Director. Mark leads the talented Evangelhouse team to serve families with clinical excellence in an inspirational Christian environment. Outside of his role at Evangelhouse, Mark is known as a private-treatment industry expert, author, teen career advisor and therapeutic consultant. Above all Mark loves to walk with families through a process of change to see their teen thrive, and he has done so with hundreds of clients over his 25-year professional career. To learn more about Mark and the establishment of Evangelhouse, visit our backstory page.
KAREN BARRENTINE, B.ED.
Bachelor of Arts Education – Southeastern Louisiana University
Certified Teacher – State of Louisiana
Joined Evangelhouse January, 2000
Karen serves as the academic director. She has been a licensed teacher since 1992. She is responsible for the administration of the school, supervision of teachers, curriculum development, individualized education planning, grading, and academic transcript management. In addition to administration, Karen utilizes her teaching experience by tutoring students in math and science and teaching a weekly life-skills class. Mark and Karen have been married since 1992 and have two children. Karen, in her spare time is a professional flutist and plays on her church worship team.
DR. LYNN AURICH, PH.D.
CONSULTING CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST
University of Southern Mississippi – Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Pscyhology
Stephen F. Austin State University – Master of Arts in Psychology
University of Louisiana at Lafayette – Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Joined Evangelhouse 2002
Dr. Lynn Aurich, Ph.D. serves as consulting clinical psychologist to ECA. His vast expertise spans an accomplished 40 year career in clinical neuropsychology. Dr. Aurich is a certified clinical neuropsychologist in private practice in Lafayette, LA. He provides individual and group psychotherapy, psychodiagnostic testing, neuropsychological evaluation, behavior therapy, neuropsychological rehabilitation in his practice. In his role with ECA, Dr. Aurich provides psychodiagnostic testing for ECA students to assist with clinical and academic treatment planning.
Dr. Lynn is a gifted inspirational speaker and he serves at ECA semiannual family retreats. His strong Christian perspective and psychological expertise make him a treasured resource for ECA students and families. He also serves as a Christian leader at Lafayette First Assembly. In 2012, Dr. Aurich published his book on Christian living entitled: Holy Spirit: Agent of Change.
REVEREND TRAVIS AND SUNSHINE MINNICH
Bachelor of Science of Pastoral Ministry – Southeastern University
Ordained Assemblies of God Minister – Louisiana District 2015
Currently Pursuing Master of Pastoral Counseling –
Joined Evangelhouse November, 2014
Pastor Travis and Sunshine serve as Student Ministries Pastors at First Assembly of God Church. They have been serving in fulltime ministry, since August of 2000. They both attended Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. Travis earned his Bachelor of Science in Pastoral ministry in 2004 and was ordained with the Louisiana District of the Assemblies of God in 2015. Pastor Travis is currently pursuing a Master of Pastoral Counseling degree online in his spare time. They have served here at Evangelhouse as Chaplains since 2014. Together, he and Sunshine count it a great honor to minister to ECA students and families, while encouraging them to pursue a deeper relationship with Christ within their own family’s denominational heritage.
ROBYN PARIS, MBA
RESIDENTIAL OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Bachelor of Science of Criminal Justice and Psychology – University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Licensed Addictions Counselor – State of Louisiana
Master of Business Healthcare Administration – University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Joined Evangelhouse May, 2021
Robyn serves as the Residential Operations Director at Evangelhouse Christian Academy. Robyn leads the Evangelhouse residential mentors in their oversight of daily student activities. Her love for helping others began early in college when she became a volunteer at a crisis center for young children and teens named Hearts of Hope. Robyn graduated with her Bachelor of Science in 2013 and worked as a Juvenile Mentor at Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office. She was able to work with adolescents who struggled behaviorally and academically in school. In 2015, Robyn earned her License Addiction Counselor (LAC) certification and she began working with adults overcoming addiction. Robyn earned her MBA with a focus in healthcare administration In March of 2021. After graduation, she joined Evangelhouse in her administrative leadership role.
ALLISON MCFATTER, LMFT
TEEN & FAMILY THERAPIST
Bachelor of Psychology – Harding University
Master of Marriage & Family Therapy – Valdosta State University
Provisional Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – State of Louisiana
Joined Evangelhouse March, 2019
Allison serves as the teen and family therapist at Evangelhouse Christian Academy. Her love for therapy began while she was a general studies student at Harding University in Searcy, AR. She did volunteer work for P.A.T.H. (Partners Against Trafficking Humans), a shelter for survivors of human trafficking. There she found she had a passion for helping women to rehabilitate and heal from their traumatic experiences. She trained in Victims Services and Awareness to be a part of P.A.T.H’s mission to stop human trafficking, and soon switched her major to psychology with a minor in Bible and missions. Through Harding University’s ample mission opportunities, Allison participated in several mission trips that took her to India, Japan, and Cambodia. She spent the summer of 2015 as a Global Outreachintern shadowing a missionary in Mumbai, India. Once her internship had ended she traveled independently to the rural villages of southern India to teach English at Elim School of Preaching and Church of Christ. That following summer she volunteered with Let’s Start Talkingto teach English in the cities of Numazu and Kojima, Japan, using simplified books of the Bible. The last semester of her undergraduate career, Allison gained an internship through her psychology program at Wilbur D. Mills Rehabilitation center. There she was introduced to residential treatment and gained first-hand experience working with a population overcoming addiction. In 2016 she earned her Bachelor of Science of Psychology degree. From there she continued her education at Valdosta State University in southern Georgia and in 2018 obtained her Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree. While in graduate school, Allison sought ways outside of the classroom to further her therapeutic skills. Her interest in trauma led her to pursue basic training in Somatic and Attachment-Focused E.M.D.R. through EMDRIA, and to complete 50 CEU’s in Ericksonian therapy under the instruction of Douglas Flemons. Allison completed three internships while at VSU. Through Lighthouse Children’s Advocacy Center, she worked alongside the social workers and schools of Sumter County to provide counseling services to families involved with the Department of Children and Family Services. She also interned at Kindle Lodge, a residential treatment center for veteran males in Quitman, GA. She ran group sessions and provided therapeutic interventions for servicemen suffering from PTSD. Her experience at FamilyWorks, a community clinic in Valdosta, GA, allowed her to work with singles, couples, and families of all ages. Allison’s systemic therapeutic training considers the values, multiple social groups, and experiences that contribute to an individual’s identity and the family system as a whole.
Bachelor of Arts of Sociology – University of Louisiana at LafayettePursuing Master of Social Work – Louisiana State UniversityJoined Evangelhouse January 2021
Mackenzie earned her Bachelor of Sociology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in May of 2020. She is currently earning her Master of Social Work degree from Louisiana State University. Mackenzie serves students and their families in a clinical and case management role.
TOLA OLUFADE, B.S.
GENERAL STUDIES TEACHER
Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Joined Evangelhouse 2001
Tola serves as the general studies teacher in the classroom. She joined the ECA staff in January 2001. Originally from West Africa, Nigeria, she graduated high school in London, England and then moved to the United States to pursue her college education. Tola earned her undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Louisiana Lafayette. She became involved in the international outreach ministry at the ULL Chi Alpha, and was an integral part of the campus ministry. After graduating in 1995 she served as a resident hall coordinator for the University of Louisiana and supervised a staff of thirty-five resident assistants and oversaw the residential care of 2000 young adults. Her work involved emergency management, conflict resolution, academic advising, daily operations supervision, and activity development. She brings her academic experience, her ministry experience, her dorm management experience and her desire to serve students to the ECA team. In her spare time, Tola is involved with ministries at First Assembly of God church as well as serves as the Pregnancy Center and Clinic of Lafayette.
REV. TOMMY FAULK, SR.
Ordained Minister, Assemblies of God
Berean Bilble Institute, 1998
Board Member, 1995
Pastor Tommy Faulk, Sr. serves as consulting pastor for ECA. He is a founding board member of ECA serving since 1995. He is the former senior pastor of Lafayette First Assembly where students attend weekly worship services. In his role he offers teaching, prayer and biblical guidance to students with genuine clinical understanding. Pastor Tommy works with students to connect the spiritual growth experiences at ECA with their family’s community, church and denominational heritage.
Pastor Tommy is widely know for his former daily radio broadcast entitled The Pastor’s Study. He is a nationally known conference presenter, lecturer and pastoral trainer who frequently hosts pastoral training conferences in Chania, India. He co-presented a professional training with Mark Barrentine, LCSW at the American Association of Christian Counseling (AACC) world conference on the subject: Made Whole through Christ and Therapy: A Model for Collaborative Work Between Pastors and Counselors.
HOSPITALITY AND OPERATIONS COORDINATOR
Bachelor of Science – Hospitality and Tourism Management
Minor – Event & Meeting Management
Joined Evangelhouse January, 2022
Emma earned her bachelor’s degree in May of 2021. She joined the Evangelhouse team in January of 2022 after completing an internship at Walt Disney World. She has had 4 years of restaurant management experience as well as hotel operations, and special events planning and etiquette. Emma works behind the scenes in the day-to-day operations of Evangelhouse. She also plans all of ECA’s events while also doing some improvement projects for the whole operation. She is currently working on becoming a certified event planner and expanding her special events portfolio.
Bachelor of Science of Psychology – University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Pursuing Master of Counselor Education – University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Joined Evangelhouse June, 2021
Cammie joined the ECA staff in June of 2021. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in May of 2021. Cammie is earning her Master of Counselor Education degree with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Cammie plans to become a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Bachelor of Arts of Psychology – Louisiana State University
Registered Behavior Technician
Joined Evangelhouse October, 2021
Desiré Williams is a graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she obtained her B.A. in Psychology. She has experience working in the behavioral health field implementing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy. She has had the privilege to work with children and teens affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder from ages 2-18. She has a passion for supporting and making a difference in adolescents’ lives. Desiré became a Registered Behavior Technician in 2019 and plans to expand her skills by pursing her Master’s degree.
Bachelor of Fine Arts – University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Joined Evangelhouse September, 2021
Gabbie Adendorff earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Concentration in Dance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Gabbie has a heart for Christian mentorship with teens. She has an extensive background in ministry and non-profit involvement. In her spare time, she volunteers with Love Inc. of Lafayette, Churches of Christ Disaster Relief, and SDG International Ministries. In her ministry work, Gabbie has been involved with international mission trips to Honduras and Zimbabwe. She joined the Evangelhouse team as residential mentor and brings a passion for fine arts to the student peer culture.
Certificate of Ministry – City Church Leadership College
Joined Evangelhouse August 2021
Shannon Mackie graduated in 2012 from The City Church Leadership College located in Seattle Washington. Over the last decade Shannon has had extensive ministry training as well as experience working with children, teens and young adults. Working with teens is her passion, which is why she and her family moved across the country to join the Evangelhouse team in the summer of 2021. Shannon has had the privilege of mentoring several young people through leadership training and teaching professional skills, while encouraging them to run after their God given dreams. Shannon considers herself to be a life-long learner and is expanding her skills while working at Evangelhouse.
ASSISTANT RESIDENTIAL MENTOR
Biblical Counseling Certification – Crossroads Leadership College
Pursuing Bachelor of Arts of Psychology – South Louisiana Community College
Joined Evangelhouse September, 2021
Mikaela Price is a graduate of Crossroads Leadership College in Lafayette, Louisiana. Mikaela has had extensive ministry training and is certified in the areas of biblical counseling as well as youth mentorship. She has had the privilege of ministering to youth groups across the country and is closely connected to local ministry outreaches within her community. Mikaela is currently continuing her education at South Louisiana Community College.