Team Members

N. Joel Fry, MSW, LISW

President/Therapist & Speaker

N. Joel Fry, MSW, LISW is president and co-founder of TEAM Restoration Ministries. He is a husband, father and elder in his church, and is committed to seeing lives and relationships restored. Joel earned his BA at Simpson College, and earned his Master of Social Work (MSW) and Aging Studies Certificate from the University of Iowa. He is a State of Iowa Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW). He formerly served as an administrator with a hospice organization and has significant experience teaching at the college level. Joel preaches and speaks frequently, and he and his wife, Heather, volunteer with local, state and national marriage initiatives. His counseling experience and interests include the areas of pre-marriage, marriage, individual, family, adolescent, and grief and loss therapy. He believes in the sanctity of forgiveness as the key to emotional and spiritual health, and uses a biblical approach to counseling.

Joel is available to facilitate seminars or retreats in the areas of leadership, team building, strategic planning, grief and loss/hospice care, aging, and marriage and family issues. His wife Heather is available to speak on women's issues, marriage, parenting, and spiritual growth.

Serving: Decatur, IA (Trinity Christian Church), Indianola, IA (Indianola Community Church), Pleasant Hill, IA (Rising Sun Church of Christ).


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Cindy Pommrehn, MACM, LMHC

Counselor/Therapist

Cindy Pommrehn is a Christian counselor with TEAM Restoration Ministries and is passionate about partnering with others in their journeys of growth and healing. She earned her BA at Central College (Pella, IA) and her Master of Arts in Counseling Ministry (MACM) at Lincoln Christian Seminary (Lincoln, IL). Cindy was licensed by the State of Illinois from 2001-2009 as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has been licensed by the State of Iowa as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) since 2008. Prior to joining TEAM Restoration Ministries, Cindy worked in a higher education setting primarily in the areas of counseling and teaching. She also served with a counseling ministry in central Illinois for 10 years. Her counseling experience and interests include working with adult females, children, and families in a variety of areas. She approaches counseling with intentional integration of theology and psychology. Cindy is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and is a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor.

Serving: Ankeny, IA (First Church of Christ, Prairie Ridge Church), Pleasant Hill, IA (Rising Sun Church of Christ, New Life Church)


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Brent Douglas, MA, LMHC

Counselor/Therapist

Brent Douglas, MA, LMHC is a counselor with TEAM Restoration Ministries, who is committed to honoring Christ and joining with others to see God's transforming work in their lives.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Biblical Studies at Grace University (Omaha, NE) and his Master of Arts degree in Counseling through Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA). He is licensed by the state of Iowa as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).

Working in the mental health field since 2002, he has served in a variety of roles, primarily working with young men, children, adolescents, and families. Brent has also enjoyed his experience ministering and serving in a local church setting.

Brent is available to provide counseling to individuals, families, and couples. He relies on the Bible as the foundation of truth as he works towards the goal of helping others find health, peace, and joy in their lives.

Serving: Indianola, IA (Indianola Community Church), Pleasant Hill, IA (Rising Sun Church of Christ, New Life Church), Marshalltown, IA (New Hope Christian Church), Ankeny, IA (Prairie Ridge)


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Leah Olson, LMSW

Counselor/Therapist

Leah Olson, LMSW graduated from Northwestern College (Orange City, IA) with her bachelors in social work in 2002 and from the University of Iowa with her masters in social work in 2006. Leah is a wife, mother and volunteer for children's ministry at her church.

Leah comes to TEAM Restoration Ministries with over 14 years of experience in the social work field, with over half of those being dedicated to working with children with behavioral and special education needs in the school setting. Leah has previous counseling experience with children, families and young adults. Leah utilizes an eclectic approach to counseling and desires to meet individuals and families where they are at in life's journey. She desires to support them in meeting their potential and in obtaining the peace and contentment that God desires them to experience.

Serving: Decatur, IA (Trinity Christian Church), Osceola, IA (LifePoint Assembly of God)


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Julie Porter, MA, LMHC

Counselor/Therapist

Julie Porter is a counselor with TEAM Restoration Ministries, who has a passion to come alongside individuals, couples, and families offering them faith, hope, love, and healing through the ministry of Jesus Christ.

Julie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education – Spanish at the Wichita State University and her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling through Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA). She is licensed in the state of Iowa as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).

Julie and her husband Craig grew up in Iowa and moved back in 2013; her husband served in the United States Air Force for 25 years, so they and their 3 children lived in Kansas, Guam, and North Carolina.

Julie has experience teaching and ministering to teens, women, and couples; however, she enjoys working with people from all age groups and of every background. Isaiah 61:1-4 echoes Julie’s heart for her clients; she desires to see prisoners set free, to comfort and provide for those who grieve, and to listen to the pain but point others to the joy, praise, and beauty that can come from life’s heartaches and trials.

Serving: Ankeny, IA (First Family Church, Prairie Ridge), Marshalltown, IA (New Hope Christian Church), Pleasant Hill, IA (New Life Church)


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Matt Johnson, M Div., Temporary LMHC

Counselor/Therapist

Matt Johnson is a therapist who works out of the Iowa City area. Matt is passionate about supporting individuals, marriages and families through a strong counseling relationship. Through personal experience he understands that life is messy and broken but there is hope through the Gospel to anyone in any situation. His goal is to come along side each client and help them reach their mental and/or spiritual health goals. His areas of specialty include marriage counseling, young adults, trauma, depression, anxiety, and male clients. Matt offers a Biblical counseling approach that is intended to allow God to do the healing work.

Matt received his undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa and his Masters in Youth and Family Ministry from Denver Seminary. Matt graduated in 2018 with his Master’s in Counseling from Midwestern Seminary. He has over 10 years of involvement within the areas of children, youth, college and family ministries which has given him a variety of counseling experiences.

He and his wife, Rebekah, currently reside in Iowa City where he enjoys spending time with his three sons – Micah, Mathias, and Maxwell.

Serving: Cedar Rapids, IA (Veritas Church), Iowa City, IA (Iowa City Church of Christ, Veritas Church), Marion, IA (Antioch Christian Church), Washington, IA (CityPoint Church)


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Hayley Downey, MSW, LMSW

Counselor

Hayley Downey, MSW, LMSW is a counselor who desires to walk alongside people, helping them discover the hope, healing, and freedom found in the Gospel. She takes the time to meet people wherever they are, patiently helping them to establish or renew their strength and perspective through Biblical truths. Hayley welcomes anyone into her office, regardless of their beliefs.

Hayley attended the University of Northern Iowa, where she earned both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work degrees. During her graduate studies, she completed the trauma-informed care track, which gave her a sensitive and well informed framework from which to work with all clients. Hayley is licensed in the state of Iowa to provide therapy, and currently practices in the Cedar Valley.

Hayley believes that an authentic therapy relationship is a powerful tool that can be used to help people make the changes they desire. She is passionate about helping her clients gain a deeper understanding of God's character and His promises. She wants each client to leave therapy with a greater sense of their identity in Christ and an awareness of their unlimited access to His joy and peace. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." -Romans 15:13, NIV

Serving: Cedar Falls, IA (Candeo Church)


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Angie Vitzthum MS, LMHC

Counselor/Therapist

Angie Vitzthum MS, LMHC is a licensed therapist with TEAM Restoration whom is passionate about coming alongside her clients to help them work towards physical, emotional and spiritual healing. She obtained a psychology degree from the University of South Dakota and her masters in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University.. Angie enjoys working with individuals who desire to integrate their faith into their treatment. She understands that everyone has their own personal relationship with God and meets the individual right where they are.

Angie comes to TEAM Restoration with over 20 years’ experience with working with families, youth and teens. During the previous 5 years she has worked in variety of settings; schools, community mental health center and the area youth shelter, providing therapy. She has specific training background in working with children w/ trauma and attachment disorders with certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent Child Interaction Therapy with attachment (PCIT). She also has specialized training in marital and family therapy and various play therapy techniques. For the past 4 years Angie has provided school -based therapy in order to meet the needs of her clients as well as offering support and training for parents, teachers and administrators.

Angie provides clinical work with individuals, couples, adolescents and teens, and families to address various concerns such as anxiety and depression, grief and loss, parenting and blended families, personal growth and adjustment, attachment disorders, domestic violence and PTSD. Angie works in the context of a Biblical framework in order to best meet her client’s goals and desire for therapy. Angie fosters a safe therapeutic environment for her clients allowing God to work through her to provide the healing and restoration He desires for all. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” Psalm 34:18

Serving: Fort Dodge, IA (Prairie Lakes Church)


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Neil Nelsen, MA

Chief Operating Officer/Speaker

Neil Nelsen, MA is the Chief Operating Officer for TEAM Restoration Ministries.  Neil began working part-time for TEAM Restoration Ministries in January of 2009, and then came on full time as the Chief Operating Officer in September of 2010.  Neil provides the oversight for the daily operations and logistics of the ministry.  Prior joining TEAM Restoration Ministries, Neil was a licensed athletic trainer in the State of Iowa and had practiced Athletic Training for 7 years where he had held positions at Stadia Sports Medicine in West Des Moines, the Des Moines Menace, and also Head Athletic Trainer at Simpson College.  While at Simpson College, Neil was also an instructor in the Exercise Science Department.  Neil’s passion to see people restored through Jesus’ love and grace is what attracted him to come and be a part of TRM. He believes that through the peace and understanding God brings to those who desire it, is what can provide people the freedom and hope for the future. 

Neil is available to facilitate seminars and retreats in the areas of leadership, marriage and family issues as well personal finance.  He has served through leading and teaching Financial Peace University, a curriculum geared toward biblically restoring personal finances. 


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