Advent is partnering with Life Christian Counseling Network to provide counseling out of our office space in Mt. Pleasant. Currently, Ashley Bauman offers counseling appointments at Advent's office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and Chris Brearly offers counseling on Thursday evenings and Saturdays. To schedule a session with Ashley or Chris, call Life directly at 301-292-2778 or fill out this form on Life's website.



Ashley Bauman is a graduate of Richmont Graduate University with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D from Regent University in Counselor Education and Supervision.  She also has a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development from the University of Georgia. Ashley provides individual, couple, premarital, and family counseling services to adults and adolescents. She believes that our spiritual health and our emotional health are deeply tied together. Ashley views counseling as an important component of our discipleship journey.

Through a strong therapeutic bond and a safe environment people are able to explore their needs    and set their goals. Ashley holds that through engaging in counseling to navigate through life’s challenges and struggles, God can uses our hurts and sufferings for our greatest transformation. 

Ashley’s experience includes: depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, abuse, boundaries, anger, identity development, self esteem, communication skills, addiction and codependency, marital and personal relationship struggles, and spiritual concerns. 

Ashley and her husband have been married for six years and are currently serving on a church-plant team in Washington, D.C.

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Chris Brearly, LGPC, MA

Chris has always had a deep desire to see others flourish and to care for those who are hurting, and trusts the Holy Spirit to guide each person’s journey. Chris knows that the counseling process can be daunting at times but that it can also be a place of re-connecting, finding meaning, and forging lasting change. He has a passion for engaging in this transformational process and witnessing others heal and thrive.

Chris received his M.A. in Counseling from the Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. While in Florida, he conducted therapy in an outpatient clinic and facilitated groups through local churches and community organizations. Chris also has experience providing counseling support to those in crisis, working as a counselor in a residential psychiatric crisis facility.

His scope of practice includes cases of depression, suicidal ideation, various forms of abuse, anxiety, career decisions, men’s issues, life adjustments, relational issues, and couples counseling.

Please note that LCCN counselors are not employed by Church of the Advent.


Spiritual Direction is an ancient Christian tradition of religious mentorship first practiced in monasteries and religious orders. More recently, Protestant circles have recognized the distinctive benefits of this contemplative practice. Spiritual direction creates intentional space for conversation, prayer, and reflection; the goal is to discern the movement of God, to act on the discernment, and to walk closer to Jesus Christ. It is a safe place to bring the mess of life to light before our gracious God. 

Meriwether Zeager will offer spiritual direction for individuals (women only) or groups (co-ed) at Advent's office on Mondays. Email her at to set up an appointment.



Meriwether graduated from Leadership Transformations in association with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a certificate in Spiritual Direction. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

She has worked in the emergency room specializing as a sexual assault nurse examiner, as a case manager at an HIV clinic, and for the past nine years as a nurse at the State Department.  During the past twenty years she has traveled extensively in the developing world working as a nurse. Her most formative overseas experience was a year in Thailand at a shelter for victims of human trafficking.

She has spent significant time in convents and abbeys over the past decade, wrestling with the Lord over the problem of suffering, and ultimately learning to rest with Him. It is from this space that she decided to pursue Spiritual Direction.
Meriwether and her husband Curt are parents to Annabelle and are members at Church of the Advent.

                                                             Please note that spiritual directors are not employed by Church of the Advent.