Counseling is an indispensable practice in the life of every well-functioning local church because counseling others is the privilege and duty of the church’s ministers and members (Rom. 15:14; Col. 1:28). But helping others intentionally pursue Christ requires knowledge of God’s word, submission to God’s word, and skill in ministering God’s word to others. As a church that has been graciously strengthened by God to counsel its own members, Grace Bible Church is delighted, through Biblical Counseling of the East Valley, to help pastors and their churches gain further equipping to counsel according to Scripture.
We are convinced of Scripture’s authority and sufficiency to instruct people in the various, often complicated issues of life. A diligent and humble pursuit of God’s wisdom in Scripture will make us understand “every good path” (Pro. 2:1-9). This conviction is the foundation of our counseling philosophy and practice. We want our training to increase others’ confidence in this conviction so that God would be more greatly glorified in local churches as they regularly minister His sufficient word.
Your servant for His sake,
Pastor/Elder of Grace Bible Church
Director of Biblical Counseling of the East Valley
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). He was the original director of Biblical Counseling of the East Valley. In addition, he has served as a volunteer chaplain with City of Tempe Police Department since 2006. Tom was a pastor/elder at Grace Bible Church from March 2003 until April 2022. In April of 2022, he transitioned his pastor/elder role to Gilbert Bible Church which Grace Bible Church planted.
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. His training includes a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling degree from The Master’s University (2016), certification from the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (2018), and a Master of Divinity degree from The Expositors Seminary (2020). He has been serving as a pastor/elder of Grace Bible Church since April 2021 and has been on staff since 2015. He lives in Phoenix with his wife, Emily, and their five children.
Trey has been an ACBC certified biblical counselor since 2012. He has been serving BCEV since the ministry’s birth and has been 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. He is currently overseeing the Senior’s ministry, 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!
Andy has been an ACBC Certified Biblical Counselor since 2021. He was born and raised in Arizona and now lives in Gilbert with his wife, Erica and their three children, Audrey, Ellie, and Gabriel. After attending Grace Bible Church in Tempe for 12+ years, Andy and his family joined the Gilbert Bible Church plant in Gilbert during the summer of 2022. Andy works in the business field as the General Manager of an industrial packaging supply distributor in Phoenix, Arizona. He serves at Gilbert Bible Church teaching 3rd through 5th grade, hosting fellowship groups, and providing biblical counseling.
Recent & Upcoming Events
“The things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” — Philippians 4:9 ______________________ Paul modeled his discipleship after the Lord Jesus who taught in word as well as in deed....
Have you heard? We are starting our biblical counseling training on March 18th with the Phase 1 — Fundamentals course. We’ve expanded this course and improved our registration process. You can register for the course here and find out more details below. Registration....
Upcoming Observation Class 2022 BCEV will be offering a 10-hour video counseling observation class on April 30 & May 14. This training is part of Phase 1 Fundamentals Training. This observation class will satisfy the observation requirement for ACBC...