Lexi Hartline says, “Growing up in the church, I always had a passion for people. During my college years I realized that I didn’t just want to work a 9-5 job, I wanted to make a difference in the world.” After serving as a student missionary for a year, Lexi returned home and graduated from Southern Adventist University with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education. She then returned back overseas to teach high school English for three years. It was there she first realized the need for mental health care. Lexi says, “My passion now is breaking the stigma on mental health, as well as working with women and teens to battle depression and anxiety, as well as low self esteem. I am currently starting my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Liberty University.”

What leads you to be a coach?
My childhood was not easy, and as a young teen I dealt with severe trauma. This resulted in a long struggle against depression and anxiety, and I was desperate to find relief and hope. I found ABIDE through a college professor who recommended it to me. After several years of healing and growth, I felt God’s call on my life to become a coach myself, and the doors continued to open up to make that become a reality.

What do you like best about it?
I love the glimmer of hope that you see in someone’s eyes as they realize for the first time that healing is possible. I also love seeing clients as they walk through the journey of healing because it’s incredible to see just how far they can go. I love seeing themΒ apply the skills and tools we go over to overcome their struggles and how it absolutely transforms their life.

What do you do to recharge on your day off?
I love to get outside and spend time painting or playing guitar.

What are your three favorite things?
I love learning, I love teaching, and I love my Savior.