Ili began a Ph.D. in family therapy two years ago. A year ago she opened REL8 (Relate) Counseling & Consulting, LLC., and has since made connections in the church community to help pastors meet the needs of their congregations. Prior to moving to Florida, Ili was the director of Glad Services Counseling & Coaching Center, a ministry of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in West Lawn, Pa., and as an adjunct professor at Messiah College.
"The best part about being a therapist is seeing the way that God changes people's lives, and the way He changes me by being a part of their lives," she says. "Evangelical helped me have a strong foundation as a well-rounded therapist, so that I could move on to doctoral work and private practice and feel grounded in my faith and in my professional skills."