Mary Anthony Bouknight, M.Ed., LSW, Founder and Executive Director

Mary is the Founder and Executive Director of The Messenger Center (TMC), a full-service, Christ-centered counseling and educational nonprofit organization launched in 2006. Her responsibilities include vision-casting, strategic planning, discipleship counseling, creating and implementing class material, and overseeing the ministry’s long-term and day-to-day ministry.

More than 28 years of experience in counseling, psychology, mental health services, and social work have equipped Mary to serve children, teens, and adults in issues ranging from codependency recovery to boundary setting, discipleship, compulsive/addictive behavior, and trauma. Prior to founding TMC she worked in private practice, providing individual, marital, and family counseling including diagnostic assessment, treatment planning, connection to community resources, consultation with other professionals, recovery services, and curriculum development and implementation. Local agencies and faith-based groups have called upon her to train teachers, leaders, and volunteers in child abuse policies and healthy responses to child and family trauma victims. Mary also served as a counselor at the Sexual Assault Resource Center (Rock Hill, MD) for four years, where she also supervised counseling interns and developed specialized curriculum for victims and groups.

Mary is a licensed master social worker. She holds a M.ED. with a Clinical Counseling focus from The Citadel (Charleston, SC) and a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Child & Family Development from Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC).

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Henrietta Jackson, Staff Counselor

Henrietta joined The Messenger Center staff in 2012. She has over ten years of experience and training in mental health, marriage and family enrichment, and counseling, providing services in areas such as boundaries development, crisis intervention, marriage and family therapy, singleness/dating, and parenting. Her background also includes seven years as a special education teacher in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools.

Henrietta holds a Master’s degree in Christian Counseling and Christian Education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC) and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Marriage and Family Therapy at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte, NC). She is a member of the American Association for Christian Counselors. Henrietta approaches counseling with a commitment to integrating her skills with Biblical principles so that students experience mental, physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual wholeness.

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Beverly Aiken, Executive Administrator

Beverly joined The Messenger Center in 2006 as a volunteer, and then moved into a staff role in 2010. Her responsibilities include office management, bookkeeping, development, and leading classes.

She brings thirty years of organizational and administrative experience to the center, both as a small business co-owner and as a real estate investor specializing in rehabilitation and renovation. Two decades in Christian ministry (including stints as a Christian Education Director, Activities Director, Bible study leader, and Celebrate Recovery leader) have specially-equipped her with skills needed in a faith-based environment. As an illustrator/artist, Beverly specializes in oil portraits and mixed media, using her art therapy training to lead art classes at the center.

Beverly studied psychology at St. Petersburg College (St. Petersburg, FL) and is currently working towards certification as a nouthetic pastoral counselor.

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Amanda Pennington, MD, interim Board President
Physician, Shiland Family Medicine
Rock Hill, SC

Lucy Cate, Board Secretary
Librarian (retired), Rock Hill School District
Rock Hill, SC

Kerri Pierce, CPA, Board Treasurer
Director of Shareholder and Executive Financial Services, Comporium Communications
Rock Hill, SC

Beverly Aiken, Director
Co-owner, Align Boring Specialties, LLC
Charlotte, NC

Cynthia Bowlin, RN, Director
Triage nurse
Rock Hill, SC

Mary Anthony Bouknight, TMC Director
Founder and Executive Director, The Messenger Center
Rock Hill, SC