Lifeline Christian Counseling Center

Jeff Langworthy earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from California Coast University. With over 20 years of experience in a wide array of social service programs, Jeff has worked for several outpatient and residential programs focused on teens and adults with behavioral problems, severe mental health issues, and substance abuse struggles. In addition to his part-time vocation as a lay biblical counselor, Jeff works full-time as a crisis and substance abuse counselor. He is pursuing biblical counseling certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and is also a certified parent trainer through Boys Town's Common Sense Parenting program. Jeff and his wife, Athena, are passionate about meeting the needs of children and have provided foster care to several children in California, Nevada, and Utah. They have three children, one of whom was adopted through the Utah foster care system.


  • We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men, and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith and life.

  • We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  • We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate.

  • We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct, and empower the believer for godly living and service.

  • We believe that man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is therefore lost and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.

  • We believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ by faith are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God.

  • We believe that the Lord's Supper and Water Baptism are ordinances to be observed by the Church during this present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.

  • We believe that the true Church is composed of all such persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the head.

  • We believe that only those who are thus members of the true and invisible Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church.

  • We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church, and that every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs.

  • We believe in the personal, and pre-millennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this "Blessed Hope" has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.

  • We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, of the unbeliever to judgment and ever lasting conscious punishment.

Staff Biographies

Benjamin Pierce will complete his master’s of divinity with an emphasis in biblical counseling at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in December 2018. He is concurrently pursuing biblical counseling certification through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and has also received prior training through the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. Benjamin’s counseling specialities include men’s issues in marriage and family leadership, addiction, pornography, depression, domestic violence and abuse, and spiritual transformation. He is passionate about Christ-centered counseling and battling the pain in people’s lives with the healing power of God’s Word. Benjamin is married to Berlynn and they enjoy hiking with their two children, camping in Utah’s backcountry, gardening, attending plays and musicals, and discovering historical treasures in nearby national parks.   

Karissa Watts studied biblical counseling with the late Jerry Meade (LCSW), former director of counseling and founder of Lifeline Christian Counseling Center. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in intercultural religious studies from Trinity Western University and is avidly pursuing biblical counseling certification through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Prior to her role as a lay biblical counselor, Karissa’s experience includes abstinence education/counseling with Pregnancy Resource Center of Salt Lake City as well as foster parenting with Rise Services. She also serves as missions co-director at Lifeline Community and a leader in women’s discipleship. Karissa has a heart of compassion that seeks to bring hope and healing to hurt and heartache. She enjoys hiking and trail-running with her husband, Matt, traveling anywhere and everywhere possible, and trying new restaurants.

Statement of Faith

Crystal Santos (ACMHC) is our director of counseling. She earned her master’s degree in professional counseling from Liberty University. Her areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, women’s issues, personal identity, same-sex attraction, families, children, teens, parenting, grief/loss, and spiritual growth and development. She is experienced in individual, marital, premarital, and family therapy and is a certified PREPARE/ENRICH premarital and marital counseling facilitator. She strives to help people understand the root of their problems as they travel down the road toward solutions. Crystal believes her role is not just a vocation but a calling from God, and she loves taking a back seat to watching Him powerfully work in people’s lives. She enjoys singing, running, cooking, traveling, being outdoors, talking over coffee, and spending time with her husband, Jonathan, and their two children.

Lifeline Christian Counseling Center offers counseling services for all age groups and problems. God's Word has an answer for every challenge that life has to offer. Specialties include depression, anxiety, anger, addictions of all kinds, marriage and family issues.

Daytime, evening, and weekend appointments are available.

Our fees are set by the assigned counselor according to a sliding scale format determined by the client's financial and insurance situation. Insurance claims may be filed for out-of-network mental health benefits if the client has applicable insurance coverage. The client is responsible for any co-payments, deductibles, and non-allowed charges. It is the client's responsibility to know what their insurance policy covers and make sure the deductible is met, but assistance in this is available through our billing office. Payment is due at the end of each session when services are rendered. The issue of fee and reimbursement will be discussed and determined by the client and counselor during the initial session.