Sam McMillan


Anita McMillan

Came as broken as a marriage can get. Left with a new love and better understanding and trust of the man of my dreams. My husband, my friend.
— Reunited in Love
Coming to HHP is a difficult choice - it calls for vulernability and commitment - but it is one that you will never regret. God is front and center in this ministry. At HHP there is no shame or condemnation, only love - and that’s how I know its from God.
— Found my swing

Ministry Associates & Staff

Sam McMillan Founder  Co-Director/Counselor

Anita McMillan Founder Co-Director/Counselor

Jennifer Hart Office Manager

Sarah Apgar Intake Coordinator

Richard Apgar Counseling Minister

Patty Wilson Counseling Minister  

David Wilson Counseling Minister

Matthew Miller Counseling Minister

Barb Nave Counseling Minister  

Shelley Haney Counseling Minister






Team Experience

All of us have had our own personal brokenness but through the redemptive grace and power of Christ, God uses these to bring deep healing and freedom to others.

Sam McMillan

Co-founder, Counselor

Sam is an ordained Foursquare minister. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke Divinity School. In June of 1995, he retired after 31 years of active, ordained pastoral ministry to devote his full energies to His High Places. He is a charter member of the AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors). Sam often says, "Facts of our past aren't what shape us. It's our perception of these facts and our responses to them that make the difference. Even though the facts cannot be changed, our perceptions can, and that makes all the difference in the world." Sam commonly ministers to those suffering from anxiety, depression, burnout, anger, pornography and various addictions. 

Anita McMillan

Co-Founder, Counselor

Anita is an ordained Foursquare minister. Her degree is from UNC-Chapel Hill, also having done Master’s work at Duke Divinity School. She is also a member of the AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors). Not only is she a gifted minister and administrator, but her hospitality creates an atmosphere where guests feel welcome and safe. Together in 1980, Sam and Anita founded HHP. They work well with couples and specialize in marriage counseling, divorce prevention and grief processing.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

Patty Wilson

Counseling Minister


Patty Wilson is a graduate of Virginia Tech University and ministers primarily from our Danville, Virginia location. She is a board approved, ordained minister and was personally trained by Sam and Anita McMillan. Since 2004, Patty administered over 6000 hours of Biblical Christian ministry to His High Places. She specializes in marriage, family, and women's issues. Guests often comment on her tender heart and attentive ears. 


Richard Apgar

Counseling Minister


Richard received his Bachelor of Science in Sociology at Appalachian State University. He later obtained a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling at Asbury Theological Seminary where he was trained in the theory and practice of professional counseling within a Christian worldview. Having acquired clinical skills in both individual and systematic therapeutic models, he ministers to the needs of individuals as well as couples desiring to better their marriage relationship. Richard was personally trained by Sam and Anita in 2005 and now serves full-time at His High Places. 

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." - Matthew 11:29 (NIV)

Barbara Nave

Counseling Minister

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Matthew Miller

Counseling Minister


Shelley Haney

Counseling Minister

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David Wilson

Counseling Minister


Barb is an ordained Pastor affiliated with the Evangelical Church Alliance and also a licensed Pastor with the Christian Missionary Alliance denomination.  She joined the HHP staff in 2016 as she transitioned from retiring from 23 ½ years in ministry at Sanibel Community Church.  She also served on the HHP Board 2011-2013.  Barb is passionate to see people break-free from the life that binds them up and see The LORD GOD become the center-focus of all that concerns them.  She brings to this staff a passionate heart, Spirit-led, and God-honoring ministry to hurting women.   Her depth of insight and dauntless pursuit of His Truth for her clients have created a venue to see The LORD do mighty things!


Matthew Miller is first and foremost a Christ follower who wants to share the message of Jesus' redeeming grace and forgiveness.  He has a Master's in Professional Counseling, which he attained from Liberty University in 2016.  That same year, he retired from the Army to spend his days working with couples who are on the brink of separation or divorce in his counseling practice, Cornelius Christian Counseling.  Matt has been part of His High Places for a couple of years, serving as a member of the Board of Directors.  He lives in Huntersville, NC with his wonderful wife, Jen, and thier two teenaged children.  Matt and Jen are also marriage ministers at their church and love to facilitate the 2 Becoming One curriculum to help couples grow in their walk with the Lord and with each other.


Shelley is a counselor who brings a unique perspective to His High Places. Shelley was personally trained by Sam and Anita, beginning in 2017, and is currently acquiring her Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling, through Liberty University. She is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Shelley has a medical background as a Surgical Technologist, serving in a local hospital for the past twelve years. Patient care and advocacy has been her passion. God has expanded that role into serving and teaching women about their identity in Christ, the essential need of spiritual growth, and providing resources for healing from any issues that may hinder their relationship with God. Shelley has peer counseled in several settings, including: Pregnancy Care Centers, facilitated Post-abortive healing, and leading women’s bible study groups. She brings personal testimony of healing, medical knowledge, clinical experience, and a passion to lead others to freedom, through God’s word, and other resources. Shelley specializes in divorce, infant loss, sexual abuse, and grief counseling.  (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, MSG)


David Wilson has been involved with His High Places ministry for over a decade. Prior to being on staff, David’s experiences ranged from directing and establishing YMCA facilities to owning, developing and managing businesses. He also served as a licensed associate pastor.  A graduate of VA Tech University and having an interesting range of experiences, he brings a unique perspective to the ministry. David is known for his humor, ability to gain solution oriented perspective and having a welcoming, encouraging spirit. His favorite HHP quote: “I didn’t know… what I didn’t know”. David works with male guests as well as couples.