"I consider it a great privilege to be invited into people’s stories, entering into lives in ways few are entrusted. My desire is to be used of God to impact people so they can live life to the fullest as God intended (John 10:10)."
Burdette Lahr, Jr.
Executive Director / Therapist
New Beginnings Therapy Services, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that desires to help people overcome emotional, relational, and spiritual struggles to find hope for abundant living. Through a learning and growing process, we aspire to help people enhance their relationship with God, their spouse, their family, themselves, and others. We strive to keep all our services consistent with the biblical principles, beliefs, and values of the Christian faith. These services focus on bringing healing to individuals, couples, and families with a variety of life stressors and issues.
New Beginnings is a non-denominational, independent center providing counsel to all people regardless of their faith background. Therapy services are provided by appointment during the day and evening.
Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other.
2 Corinthians 5:17-19 TM
Burdette is originally from Northumberland, PA where he was born the only boy and third in a family of four children. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior at an early age under the influence of his godly parents and church family. He always remembers having a desire to understand people, often observing families interact as a teenager. His concern for people led him to pursue education that would prepare him to help people emotionally, relationally, and spiritually.
Burdette is a 1988 graduate of Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, a 1993 graduate of Nazarene Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity), and a 2000 graduate of Friends University (Master of Science in Family Therapy). He has been involved in pastoral ministry since 1994, serving as Youth Pastor in Selinsgrove, PA and Youth & Family Pastor in Lee’s Summit, MO. From 2003 - 2012 he was the part-time Associate Pastor for Marriage & Family Ministries at the Stillmeadow Church of the Nazarene in York, PA. Motivated by a compassion for people, Burdette longs to help build and strengthen marriages and families, and disciple families into Christ-likeness.
Burdette married his wife, Nedra, in December 1996 and has enjoyed sharing in the richness of life with her. God blessed them with two boys, Nathan (born November 2000) and Timothy (born June 2003). The guiding principles of their life center around God and family. Burdette lives under the belief that his first ministry is to his own family. The Lahr’s desire to live in the fullness of life by participating in a variety of shared experiences, such as swimming, biking, vacations, spiritual development activities, kayaking and video games.
In the summer of 2001 Burdette and Nedra started the counseling ministry of New Beginnings Therapy Services, Inc. Burdette considers it a privilege to be invited into people’s stories, entering into lives in ways few are entrusted. His desire is to be used of God to impact people so they can live life to the fullest as God intended (John 10:10).
Nedra would first define herself as a follower or Christ, a wife, and a mother. She is a caring family member and friend. She is a counselor, and has been from her earliest days. Nedra began helping others in high school as a peer counselor. She graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Services Education and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies in 1996 after completing an internship in elementary guidance counseling. During her time at Penn State, she was a peer counselor, a student assistant for a basic counseling skills course, and involved in the leadership of a campus church ministry.
Nedra married her husband, Burdette, the winter of 1996. They both completed a Master of Science degree in Family Therapy from Friends University the spring of 2000. Nedra interned during her graduate program at Solace house, a center for grieving children and their families, a perfect fit. She is most drawn to the area of grief recovery and has worked for an area hospice since the fall of 2013 as a Bereavement Care Coordinator.
Nedra has been a staff therapist at New Beginnings Therapy Services, Inc., the practice that she and Burdette started the summer of 2001 in York, PA. Nedra's desire is first and foremost to show others the love of Christ and to walk with them through their journey of healing. She desires to help others to know Christ more fully, to find His grace and truth, and to heal from the pain and disappointment of the losses of life.
Nedra enjoys working with her husband, believing they are an asset to one another in this ministry, able to do more together than they could ever do apart. She enjoys life immensely with Burdette and their sons, Nathan (born November 2000) and Timothy (born June 2003) who are the jewels in her crown! She has homeschooled both her children and is very proud of the young men they have become. She enjoys writing, reading, amateur photography, creative projects, visiting with friends and family, traveling and encouraging others. As a family, the Lahrs enjoys kayaking, paddle boating, and exploring the wonders of God's creation together.