Pastoral Care


Divorce Care | Tuesdays at 6:00 pm

At Divorce Care, you will find a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone; come find help and healing.


Our visitation program allows us to minister to those in homes, extended care facilities, hospitals, and jail. Anyone needing encouragement, comfort or a sense of belonging will benefit from our Visitation Ministry as we remind individuals that they are not forgotten by their church family.


Our benevolence ministry exists to help those in need to understand God’s principles by supplying emotional, spiritual, and physical aid to our church family and within our community. We distribute donated funds and donated items to help those that God sends to us for assistance.


Dan Friedsberg

Dan Friedsberg served 21 years in the Air Force. He was an aircraft mechanic and did tours at Wurtsmith AFB Oscoda Michigan, Kadena Air Base Okinawa Japan, K.I Sawyer AFB Marquette Michigan, Hurlburt Field in Fort Walton Beach Florida, and retired from Whiteman AFB Knob Noster Missouri. He was deployed to numerous locations including, the Philippians, Germany, Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield/Storm, Hawaii, Guam, Diego Garcia, and Australia. He worked on KC-135A and Q model tankers, B-52G and H model Bombers, AC-130 Gunships and MC-130 Talon I and II’s, and the B-2 Stealth Bomber.

He retired in 2003 as an E-7 Master Sergeant. He graduated from Southern Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in Ministry. Received an MA in Pastoral Leadership from Cincinnati Christian University. Has a MS in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University. He pastored a local church for seven years. He currently works with the Mental Health Association as the Okaloosa Veterans Treatment Court Mentor Coordinator. He is also a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern with Alliance Counseling. He has a daughter Elina, son Will, and grandson Daniel.

Donna Simmons, MS

Donna is a native of Northwest FL and has lived in the area of South Walton for 10 years.  She obtained her BA in Psychology from Ashford University and her MS in Counseling & Psychology from Troy University. In her practice, Donna seeks to provide a relaxed, supportive environment that encourages self-exploration and personal and spiritual growth. She believes a vital aspect of health and contentment is seeking a relationship with God and His will in one’s life.  A Christian for most of her life, Donna continues to seek the wisdom and guidance of the Lord in all aspects of life, including her profession as a counselor.

As a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern she has helped many through divorce recovery, premarital and marriage counseling, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders Bipolar disorder and various personal and relational issues. Some of Donna’s post-graduate training includes:  Divorce Recovery; PREPARE/ENRICH Premarital and Marriage Enrichment Counseling; Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level I; Sexual Addiction; Attachments; PAIRS Relationship Skills Training; Assertiveness Training; Interpersonal Neurobiology; & Professional Life Coaching. She is currently a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors, the American Association of Christian Counselors and International Christian Coaching Association.

Donna has offices at both Village Baptist Church and South Walton Medical Group. She also accepts many insurance plans. Please call 850-366-3629 for appointment times and scheduling. (Some evening appointments available.)

Karen M. Abercrombie, LMHC, LMFT is a vital part of the Village Ministry Team and works as a counselor. She has been in practice as a Christian Counselor since 1986, specializing in marriage, family, and adolescent services. She has a deep and abiding respect for God’s Word that defines and directs her counseling method.

Mrs. Abercrombie holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Human Services from Troy State University and is licensed in both Florida and Alabama. She has served the Church as the Director of Women’s Ministries and has been a Core Leader in Community Bible Study. As a faculty member of BCI, she teaches Biblical Counseling with Couples and Families I and II and conducts marriage seminars, women’s retreats, and parent training throughout the U.S.

Mrs. Abercrombie is the co-author of CHRISTIAN SHRINKS Answer ALL Your Questions . . . (No Couch Required) and has written numerous articles on Christian and family life. In addition to her writing and teaching, she is a wife, mother, and home school teacher. For more information on counseling services, call her at (251) 401-0232.