In 2017 the Biblical Counseling of the East Valley (BCEV) was created to help churches, pastors, and people in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
For my wife and I, as our passion for biblical counseling grew through the discipleship and friendship with another godly couple. Our passion for caring for others grew we desired greater training so that we would be better equipped to serve in our local church. Through ministries similar to this one we grew in our love for God, His Word, and His people.
My hope for the ministry of BCEV is that it would help churches grow in the worship of our Savior through proclaiming the sufficiency of Scripture and the gospel of Jesus Christ everything a man or woman needs for life and godliness.
BCEV does not want to replace the local body of Christ, but desires the local body of Christ to replace BCEV through training, certifying, and mentoring God’s people to counsel one another biblically under the oversight of their local church (Rom 15:14; Col 3:16; Heb 10:24-25; Heb 3:12-13; 1Thes 5:14; Eph 4:15; Gal 6:1-2).
BCEV strives to equip the local church through its purpose Equip, Discipleship, and Training.
May God have all the glory due to Him,
Tom Angstead, Director
Board of Directors
Tom was born in 1954 in San Francisco and moved with his family to Phoenix in 1960. He and his wife, Ann, married in 1976 and were graciously saved by God within weeks of each other in 1983. They have two married daughters, Krista Pratchard and Lisa McInturf, four grandsons and one granddaughter. Tom is a biblical counselor certified by Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC formerly NANC), a board member and instructor at Biblical Counseling of the East Valley, and a Chaplain with City of Tempe Police Department. He has been serving at Grace Bible Church since March of 2003 and is the chairman of the elder board.
Trey has been an ACBC Certified Biblical Counselor since 2012. Trey has been serving as board member of BCEV since the ministry’s birth. Trey gives oversight to curriculum development as well as a regular teacher of our training classes. Trey walks out his passion for prayer and pastoral care serving as a pastor at Centered Church Gilbert, AZ. Trey is currently overseeing Small Groups, the prayer team and compassionately counseling couples and individuals. Trey and his wife Charlotte have four married children and 14 grandchildren who bring them great joy – especially when they are all together!
Joe has been a Certified Biblical Counselor with ACBC since 2017. He was raised in a pastor’s family in the Northwest and has long had a heart for counseling and for pastoral ministry. He married his best friend, Rebekah, in June 2001 and enjoy the four beautiful children that God has given them. Joe holds a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Studies and holds a Masters in Biblical Counseling from Master University. He pastored in California for several years and now serves his church in AZ in various ministries. He also counsels with Biblical Counseling of Arizona. He occasionally finds the time to blog and often makes people groan with puns and nerdy dad jokes.
Omri was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. God saved him in February 2008. Four months later, he moved to Arizona to join Grace Bible Church. He completed the Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling program at The Master’s University in 2016 and has been a certified biblical counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors since 2018. In order to be further equipped for pastoral ministry, he pursued seminary training, completing the Master of Divinity program at The Expositors Seminary in 2020. Omri loves to study, counsel, preach, and teach God’s word. He lives in Phoenix, AZ with his wife, Emily, and their four children (Chloe, Obadiah, Jonah, and Ezekiel).