Lay Counseling

Chad Pippin

Our Vision

To help all those who are broken and hurting find truth and healthy relationships through the power of Jesus Christ.
We do not provide long term counseling. We typically see individuals for six to eight sessions. If you feel this time frame is not adequate for your needs, we can refer you to a licensed Christian counselor. If this is an emergency or a matter of life and death, please call 911 immediately. If you need to speak with a pastor, call (209) 577-1604 and ask to speak with the Pastor on Duty.

What We Are

Big Valley Grace’s Lay Counseling Ministry is designed to provide encouragement, insight, and biblical guidance during times of crisis, change, and personal or family difficulties. Our lay counselors will listen and help clarify, offering hope, encouragement, prayer, and sound biblical advice. Our goal is to help the counselee resolve the challenges he/she facing.

What We Are Not

Lay counseling is not mental health care and should not be substituted for professional therapy or counseling. We do not perform psychiatric evaluations, nor do we prescribe medication. Our lay counselors are well trained to address many situations and life challenges, but there are some counseling situations that are beyond our training. When this is the case, professional counseling will be recommended. We are not licensed therapists; we are trained biblical lay and pastoral counselors.

What type of Lay Counseling are you seeking?

Individual Lay Counseling -Packets are available at the church office  HERE (open M-Th, 9am-12pm//1pm-5pm)

Marriage Lay CounselingMarriage Counseling Letter of Introduction
Pre-printed packets are available at the church office (open M-Th, 9am-12pm//1pm-5pm). There is a $5 fee for this application. Please return the completed packet with cash or a check made out to BVG Lay Counseling Ministries.

Pre-Marital Mentoring – Visit the Pre-Marital Mentoring ministry page for more information

Lay Counseling Training Program

Lay Counselor Training App

Scott Miller

Pastor of Counseling

[email protected]