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Meet Your Neighbor

by Jenna Clayton Quill Reporter

Meet your neighbor Jason Unzicker, born and raised in Champaign County, the son of Mark and Barb Unzicker.

He has two biological sisters, two adopted sisters, and two adopted brothers. He grew up in rural East Central Illinois and is now married to a farmer's daughter, Holly.

The Christian faith was a very important part of his childhood and by the end of his high school years he felt the desire to be trained for the pastoral and counseling ministry.

After graduating from Fisher High School in Fisher in 1995, he acquired his B.A. in Biblical Studies at Trinity International University in 2000, his M.A. in Counseling at Denver Seminary in 2002, and his Ph.D. in Theology at Trinity Theological Seminary in 2008.

He and his wife Holly have two children a son, Ethan (5) and a daughter Ava (3). He's currently Clinical Director for New Hope Counseling offering services of individual, premarital, marital, and family counseling. He supervises and directs all counseling cases and specializes in anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, marital counseling, and clergy counseling. He also pastors Crossroads Community Church and has formerly served in other pastoral roles.

Unzicker enjoys reading, spending time with family in the outdoors, hunting and hiking. He's a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Illinois.

He got connected with Tristate Family Services in Carthage by volunteering.

Unzicker explains that, "This opportunity helped open my eyes to see the counseling and mental health needs of the area. Without this opportunity, New Hope Counseling would have never been a reality."

While volunteering at Tristate, he became acquainted with Debbie Hunt of Blandinsville, a trained counselor looking for opportunities to serve the community and soon New Hope Counseling became a reality. Debbie serves as Counseling Therapist specializing in pre-marital counseling, women's issues, and with helping people cope with depression.

"I have a passion for the people of rural Western Illinois and for the pastors and ministries in this area," Unzicker expresses. He now offers hope through counseling to the area churches and organizations.