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Elton Hume, MA LMHC

Hope Counseling Center

Elton Hume is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and has been practicing for 30 years. He combines his clinical counseling expertise with his Christian faith to provide a perspective that offers hope and healing.  It is this unique combination that has enabled Elton to partner with various faith-based organizations to provide counseling services.

Prior to moving into private practice Elton had worked in several psychiatric hospitals throughout Central and South Florida. He has also worked with children and families in both residential care and residential treatment facilities.  After moving into private practice he began to offer specialized assessments for those in ministry or about to move in that direction.  He has participated as part of consultation teams assessing church ministries and workers as well as conducting leadership training workshops.  In November of 2012 Elton partnered with The Alliance Southeast to bring counseling and consulting services to its ministry leaders and members throughout Florida.  As part of this partnership various ministry assessments and growth plans are also made available to those in ministry or pursuing credentialing.

Elton seeks to deal with the whole person and, therefore, is open to discussing spiritual issues as well.  Those seeking spiritual growth or struggling in their faith have a place to sort out these challenges and explore the answers that God has given us. You may contact Elton at 407-697-6607.

Pastoral Care Couple

The Alliance Southeast has a pastoral care couple in our district that you can go to when you need a listening ear to restore perspective as you face challenges in your marriage, ministry, or life in general.  You do not need to be in the battle alone, and especially in times of crisis there is someone outside of your ministry context who will listen and offer godly counsel.  Your communications are confidential as no couple is required to make a report to anyone in the district. 

Tim & Stephanie Richter

Tim and Stephanie Richter are both graduates of Toccoa Falls College in '86 and '87, respectively, and come to The Alliance Southeast with a wealth of knowledge and experience.  After college, both spent more than 10 years answering God's call as teachers, and Stephanie continues this call today teaching 3rd grade in the Lee County Public School system.  After teaching in middle school, the Lord called Tim into church ministry, serving as youth pastor, music & worship leader, and assistant pastor in several churches, and was ordained in 2000.  In 2001, Tim followed the Lord's call into a senior pastor role serving for 10 years at The Lighthouse Chapel in Port St. Lucie, and then at North Shore Alliance Church in North Fort Myers where he and his family currently minister.  

The Richters have been married since 1988 and have 3 children.  Tim and Stephanie have been counseling individuals and couples for more than 15 years, and also have provided deliverance counseling as a part of their ministry.  Their heart and goal is to help others experience freedom in Christ, so they may live out God's call on their life burden-free, with joy and passion each day.  To contact Tim and Stephanie, call (239) 450-8266 or email them at

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