As the Director of Shandon’s Counseling Office, Rev. Dennis Banks is passionate about the help and healing that can be found through God.
He is a certified Life Coach and has been part of the Shandon family for five years. Dennis also serves as Shandon’s 55+ Ministry Director and Pastoral Care Administrator, where he is responsible for the education, ministry and social programs for Shandon’s 55+ population, as well as overseeing grief support, hospital visits, weddings, funerals and the homebound ministry for the entire Shandon community.
Dennis has served in the ministry for 35 years, working in a variety of roles in the Columbia area. He was on the ministerial staff at First Baptist Church of Columbia for 14 years. During his time there, Dennis was the Senior Adult Minister, a staff counselor, Evangelism Director and the Men’s Ministry Director. Prior to that, he was a church planter with Pacific Area Missions in Hawaii.
Dennis is a graduate of Columbia International University and holds a master’s degree in theology and a bachelor’s degree in Bible with a ministry minor. When he’s not tinkering on a vintage automobile or riding his motorcycle, you can find Dennis spending time with his wife of 50 years, Cathy, and his two daughters, nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.
COUNSELING OFFICE DIRECTOR
DR. RACHEL BUSH
Dr. Rachel Bush has been in the mental health and ministry field for 25 years. She received her B.S. in Nursing from the University of South Carolina (UofSC) and started practice as a psychiatric nurse in the 1990s. After fulfilling a mission term in the Balkans with the International Mission Board, she completed a Master of Divinity at Golden Gate Baptist Seminary in San Francisco, followed by a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling at Columbia International University. She has been in private practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for the past 15 years while working as an adjunct clinical professor at UofSC and group therapist at Prisma Health Baptist Hospital.
Dr. Bush has most recently completed the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the UofSC and has finished the requirements to practice as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP.)
Dr. Bush has specialized training in trauma, including EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), and uses an integrative therapeutic approach using CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical-behavioral therapy) and ACT (acceptance commitment therapy.)
She frequently works with individuals who struggle with life adjustment, depression, anxiety disorders, trauma and loss, and relationship conflicts. Dr. Bush integrates principles of professional psychology with biblical Christian principles and faith.
DR. PAUL KNIGHT
Paul G. Knight: Ed D, CRC, CRVC, LPCS
Education: Doctorate (Ed D) - The University of South Carolina - Columbia
Major: Counselor Education & School Psychology – Educator/Counselor
Master of Science – The University of Tennessee – Knoxville
Major: Counseling Psychology – Emphasis in Rehabilitation
Bachelor of Arts – Carson-Newman University – Jefferson City, Tn
Major: Social Sciences; Psychology/Sociology & History – Emphasis Teaching
Professional Experience: 30 years working as a professional counselor/ supervisor/ Counselor manager State of South Carolina
22 years working as a counselor Department of Veteran Affairs
Retired: Veteran Affairs Division Chief – Rehabilitation Counseling Program December 2018
Current: Military and Family Life Counselor – MFLC - Fort Jackson
Membership: American Counseling Association
Christian Counseling Association
American Rehabilitation Counseling Association
State Professional Counselor Association
Shandon Baptist Church – Deacon, Sunday School Teacher, on Pastoral Counseling Staff
Licensed: Licensed - Professional Counselor Supervisor – State of South Carolina
Certification: Rehabilitation Counselor; Certified Veteran Rehabilitation Counselor
Adjunct Professor: The University of South Carolina
South Carolina State University
Dr. HUNTER RENTZ