Northland Christion Counseling Logo

Meet Us


Northland Christian Counseling Center (NCCC) is an inter-denominational ministry designed to supplement the work of Christian churches in the Greater Grand Forks area and surrounding community. It was established by the Greater Grand Forks area Evangelical Pastors' Fellowship and is governed by a board made up of pastors, lay persons, and professionals. NCCC is incorporated under the laws of North Dakota as a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation and depends, in part, on contributions of friends. Client fees cover only part of our expenses. If you would like to help and/or you have been helped by our services, would you consider a donation or regular contribution to this ministry? Thank you; all gifts are tax deductible.


Board of Directors

Mark Benson, Luther Kvernen, Tracy LeDuc, Brian Perreault, Stephen Seay, Steve Thomas, Wendy Wood, John Jeffery, and Nathan Johnson

Photo of Bobbi Jo Brenner

Bobbi Jo Brenner, MSW, LICSW

Rochester, MN

My passion is to walk alongside those struggling with their faith and those who have questions about pain and suffering. It is because of my own brokenness that I feel God can use me to touch another’s soul; just as God has used individuals in my life to touch my soul. I desire to open my heart more and more to God, so that He can shine through my life and guide those through their own journey.

Bobbi is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of Minnesota. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Denver and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a Minor in Rehabilitation, from the University of North Dakota. Bobbi counsels on a variety of issues including: depression, anxiety, grief and loss, acute or chronic health problems, co-dependency, and other relational issues. She started working for NCCC in 2004, until she moved to Rochester, MN in 2012. She now has a satellite office through NCCC in Rochester where she lives with her husband.

Photo of David Scott

David Scott, MA, LAC, LPCC

Grand Forks, ND & Grafton, ND

We are often tempted by worldly desires or idols (substance abuse, gambling, pornography, etc.) that can take a foothold in our lives and drive wedges between us and God and others in our lives. Counseling is a venue that can be used to identify those desires and/or idols that stand between us and our relationships with God and others. It serves as a vehicle for us to develop the primary principle presented in 1 Corinthians 10:13. With Christ, there is always a way out of any temptation this world has to offer.

David has been a practicing therapist since 2008, specializing in individual, group, and family therapy for behavioral health. David is a Licensed Addiction Counselor and a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in North Dakota. David holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of North Dakota and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. David and his wife reside in Minto, ND, along with their six children.

Photo of Marna Klug

Marna Klug, LPCC

Grand Forks, ND

I have a passion for helping people on their journey because of how I have personally experienced Jesus using my own brokenness to free and heal me. I love coming alongside of people stuck in shame and guilt and helping them to see what grace, forgiveness and healing can look like in their life. My primary goal is to point people to Jesus, the only source of healing, and to help them see what may get in the way of union with Him, such as attachment to performance and perfectionism, faulty thinking patterns, or unresolved pain from the past that contribute to unhealthy relationships with self, others and God. I have seen many people confront hard issues in their life when given grace and compassion, moving on to experience true inner freedom and healing.

Marna's areas of interest are codependency, grief, depression, anger, anxiety, communication skills, relationship issues, and sexual abuse recovery. She works with individuals, couples, and groups who are eighteen years old or older. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of North Dakota, Master of Education from the University of North Dakota, Bachelor degree in Education and Music from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. Marna has 21+ years of experience.

Photo of Renae Broden

Renae Broden, MSW, LICSW

Grand Forks, ND

I have a heartfelt commitment to come alongside people in the difficulties of life, encouraging the renewal and change that God has for each person along the way. As people have the courage to face their struggles with a caring helper they often find the freedom to live out more of who they are made to be. I bring over 25 years of experience at many levels, with all ages, in areas such as depression, anxiety, grief, loss, relationship issues, sexual abuse, eating disorders and more.

Renae is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Dakota. Renae has been a part of NCCC since its early development in 1991. Renae and her husband reside in Grand Forks along with their two adult children.

Photo of Stephen Seay

Stephen Seay, LPCC and Executive Director

Grand Forks, ND

Can the Christian Faith really supply answers to life's deepest struggles? With a deep, emphatic yes, I do believe the "Faith" does supply real healing in the human heart. My heart resonates with the message of the Gospel that brings hope for the broken hearted. This message is one of my deepest passions.

Stephen is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in North Dakota. Stephen holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University, a Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Cal State San Bernardino, and a Bachelor’s Degree from North Dakota State University. Stephen spent 18 years on staff of Campus Crusade for Christ. Along with his case load, he is the Executive Director of Northland Christian Counseling Center. Stephen and his wife have three adult children and reside in Grand Forks.

Photo of Aaron Johnsen

Aaron Johnsen, MA, LAPC

Grand Forks, ND

I love listening to people’s stories. God has made each one of us unique just like the stories we live. I feel called to help those that feel stuck, lost, frustrated, or defeated. I believe in coming alongside a person and seeking God’s wisdom and guidance together to grow and overcome life’s difficult obstacles.

I am a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor and hold a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Dakota. I have worked in the mental health field since 2011. My wife and I reside in Grand Forks along with our two children.

Statement of Faith


We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His as atonement for the sins of all who believe in Him, in His bodily resurrection and ascension into Heaven, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that man was created in the image of God, and that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical, but spiritual death which is separation from God.

We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ, and personally accept His substitutionary sacrifice as justification for their sin, become children of God.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, and the commitment we share to spread His Word and to minister to the needs of one another.