Craig L. W. Boden
Licensed Professional Counselor

Craig is a graduate of Auburn University and has a Master of Divinity Degree from Birmingham Theological Seminary, M.A.C.N and Ed.S. Degrees in Agency Counseling from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.  

He is a retired minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, having served as Pastor of West Hills Presbyterian Church, Harriman, Tennessee and as Assistant Pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church Homewood, Alabama.  

Craig and Susan were married in 1971 and have two children and three grandchildren.

Our Faith                   our passion           Our History

Statement of Faith


…in the Trinity.  There is one God who exists eternally in three Persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one in power and glory.  

…in the full divinity and the full humanity of Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God.  He is the fullest and final revelation of God to mankind.

…that the Bible is the written Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts.  The Bible is our infallible and divine authority in all matters of faith and life.

…that all people are sinners and are unable to save themselves or even cooperate with God in efforts to earn their salvation.

…that salvation is by God’s action alone, who saves His people by drawing them to Jesus by His Holy Spirit.  He convinces them of their sin and enlightens them so that they repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as He is offered in the gospel.

…that Jesus Christ, as the eternal Son of God, became man, lived, died and rose again to atone for the sins of those who trust Him alone for their salvation. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and mankind.

…that God’s Holy Spirit gives Christians the daily strength and wisdom they need to walk according to His will and to grow in holiness.

…that Jesus Christ shall return personally, visibly, and bodily to judge all mankind and to receive His people unto Himself.


Our Passion


Jesus, “seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.”

Matthew 9:36

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.  He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when the heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”   

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Our History

Life Matters Christian Counseling & Enrichment began in August 1999 in Rainbow City, Alabama.  Through encouragement from friends in Gadsden, Susan, and Craig began praying about the possibility of opening a Christian Counseling Center to serve Northeast Alabama and the Lord began to open doors.  This possibility was realized when we secured an office on Rainbow Drive.  Craig continued on staff of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Homewood and commuted to Rainbow City two days a week.  The Lord confirmed this call and Life Matters began to grow and more time was committed to Life Matters.  Craig continued to serve on staff of the church in Birmingham until he retired in October 2012.

Dr. H. Norman Wright, a close friend and mentor to Craig, suggested that he attend training to be certified in the area of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).  That was in Dec. 2000.  Ten months later he received his first call to respond to a critical incident, the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001.  This work launched Life Matters beyond the area of Etowah County and Northeast Alabama to other states.  In 2005 the CISM work was extended internationally through Global Disaster Response.  In 2007 Crisis Care Network (Now R 3 Continuum) extended an invitation for a “Train the Trainer” workshop for certification to train mental health professionals in Psychological First Aid.  Also in 2007 Craig completed training with Kenyon International.  

From 2003 through December 2009 Life Matters maintained a satellite office in Anniston at Freeman & Company Bariatric Center with Dr. Bryan Freeman and his staff.  This work opened doors for further training and understanding of the many hardships and health issues people face suffering from obesity and food addiction.

From 2006 to 2019 Laura Browder, LPC, served with Life Matters part-time.  We were richly blessed to have Laura with us for these wonderful years.

From 2008 to 2019 Susan Boden served as Life Matters Office Manager.  Without her knowledge and tenacity Life Matters would not be what it is today.  

From 2006 – June 2019 Life Matters was located on Sutton Bridge Road in Rainbow City.  

From June 2019 – March 2020 Life Matters saw clients at Rainbow Presbyterian Church. However, due to the pandemic of the Corona Virus, the facility is closed prompting the next move for Life Matters.  

THE LATEST CHANGE FOR Life Matters:  Craig plans to retire December 2021.  He will continue to do crisis response as opportunities arise.


Life Matters Closes December 2021

   The goal of LIFE MATTERS has been to provide biblical counseling for our client’s life matters.  We are indeed grateful to all clients who have been a wonderful blessing to us through the years.