Ron Messner, LCSW

ACCFS Spiritual Director & Clinical Social Worker

Clinical Specialties: Marital and family counseling; situations where mental health and spiritual issues become entwined; adjustment disorders
Populations Served: Primarily adults (adolescents on a case-by-case basis) Other Services: Consultations to clergy and mental health professionals

Ron is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the State of Illinois. He received a master’s in social work from the University of Indiana in 1979.

He worked in outpatient mental health services in Indiana for two years before moving to Morton, Illinois to work at Apostolic Christian Timber Ridge; a large facility for individuals with developmental disabilities. Since 1994, Ron has served as administrator of ACTR retiring in 2021. From 1982 to 2000, Ron maintained a small independent private counseling practice. He merged his private practice with ACCFS in 2000. Currently, Ron serves as the ACCFS Spiritual Director and is also a part-time therapist.

His counseling experience is primarily with adults. His special interests are in marriage and relationship issues, adjustment problems, and helping people understand how mental health issues relate to their spirituality and faith. In addition, he has worked with people dealing with depression, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive scrupulosity.

He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Ron and his wife, Pam, live in Morton, have three adult children and four grandchildren, and are active members of the Apostolic Christian Church of Washington, IL where Ron also serves as the elder.