The Counselor

Gene Hilburn is the director of our counseling ministry. Gene joined the staff of First Baptist in 1982 as a counselor and Family Life director, following his graduation from Southwestern Baptist University. His first graduate degree is an M.Ed. in counseling from the University of Central Oklahoma. At SWBTS Gene Hilburn earned a second graduate degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. He is both a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and an LPC supervisor. He is also a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and a LMFT Supervisor. Gene is also a certified Anger Management counselor.

Gene has been counseling since 1979. As a professional he is required to complete continuing education each year. He is active on the boards of Christian Counselors of Texas, Light and Glory Ministry, and the Permian Basin Crisis Center. He is a member of these professional organizations: Christian Counselors of Texas, American Association of Christian Counselors, Christian Association for Psychological Studies, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

Vision Statement

It is our desire to relieve suffering and promote healthy relationships by integrating professional counseling techniques with the complete truth of the Scriptures. We welcome all who are seeking this kind of assistance and are not limited by creed, race, or socio-economic status.


The counseling ministry of FBC is credentialed, licensed, professional and Christ-centered. There is no charge for FBC members.

The counselor’s balanced approach of cognitive behavioral therapy and the Bible promotes lasting change and healing. The Biblical approach in Family and Marriage counseling also has proven to be effective. In professional terms, the modalities used are cognitive behavioral therapy and family systems.

Clients are seen by appointment only. To set up an appointment, call 432.683.0645.

We see individuals, couples and families for the following:
      • Individual problems
      • Depression
      • Anxiety
      • Anger
      • Relationships
      • Marriage
      • Family
      • Self-Worth
      • Assertiveness
      • Divorce
      • Sexual, Emotional and Physical Abuse
      • Spiritual Issues
      • Parenting
      • Sexual Identity Crisis

Enrichment opportunities include:
      • Engagement Enrichment for couples planning to get married
      • Marriage Enrichment events for couples who want to make good marriages better


In our checkout library we offer books and DVDs on almost every aspect of Individual, Marriage, Parenting and Spiritual Growth.



Gene E. Hilburn, MEd, MRE,LPC-S,LMFT-S
Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Michelle Bebout, M.S.
Licensed Marriage and FamilyTherapist Associate
Supervised by Gene E. Hilburn, M.Ed,MRE,LPC-S,LMFT-S

BJ Dickson
Licensed Professional Counselor, Practicum Student
Supervised by Gene E. Hilburn, M.Ed,MRE,LPC-S,LMFT-S

Kristine Blankendaal
Licensed Professional Counselor, Practicum Student
Supervised by Gene E. Hilburn, M.Ed,MRE,LPC-S,LMFT-S