Counseling Center

Bay Life Pastoral Family Counseling Center provides quality biblical counseling to individuals and families dealing with a variety of issues. It is our goal to help our clients find emotional, spiritual, and mental restoration so that they may be free to fulfill the purposes for which God has uniquely designed them.

Click here to make an appointment online, or call us at 813.319.0183. If you’re a new client please download this paperwork, complete it, and bring it with you to your first appointment.



Jon Weaver is the director of Bay Life Pastoral Family Counseling Center. In addition to serving as director, Jon has been Bay Life’s Life Groups Pastor since April 2005. He his wife, Verdetta, have been married 21 years and they have two boys.


Ilene Stubbs has an undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University, a Master’s Degree from the University of Hawaii, and is a graduate of Net Institute of Addiction.

Ilene was trained initially as a rape crisis counselor and worked with military hospitals over an eight year period. The Net Institute helped her to focus more on Pastoral Counseling; specializing in addictions, marriage, family, and the unique needs of women. Ilene’s 30 years as an army wife, with 3 years of separations by military conflicts, leadership of a 500 member women’s group, advisor to the Army Community Services for 5 years, and raising two girls of her own has given her a wealth of experiences and perspectives that have proven invaluable as a counselor.

Ilene traveled as a speaker and counselor with Wives of Warriors for three years visiting by invitation only to over thirty military bases in the United States and overseas. In partnership with her husband Fred, they have performed seven marriage seminars for the Church and for two Military Christian Camps in Colorado and Pennsylvania.


Tom Sledd works clients who are dealing with family, chemical and sexual addictions, and the effect they have on their relationships. He earned a Certificate of Completion in Addictions and Counseling at the Addictions Training Institute at the University of Miami, and Bachelor of Arts in Addictions and Counseling from the Union Institute of Cincinnati of Ohio.



Ray Lynch help clients with financial issues by teaching biblically based resource budgeting. He has a B.S.C.E. degree from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Administrative Science degree from Johns Hopkins University.



Philip Bockemeier has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults working with behavioral, substance abuse, and other mental health issues. Philip also helps with pre-marital counseling at Bay Life, and has been a counselor at the church since the summer of 2011. He graduated with his M.S. in Professional Counseling from Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL in 2011, he also has a B.A. degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. Philip has experience working at various community based counseling centers including DACCO and Phoenix House. Philip is currently working at AMIkids YES, a residential program that works with the Department of Juvenile Justice in a 33 bed male residential program for at risk youth.


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  • Sunday // 11am

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