About Biblical Counselling UK

Vision

Biblical Counselling UK is seeking to serve Christ by fostering and supporting church members, pastors and teachers who are passionate about the transforming work of Christ that is accomplished through personal ministry of the Word.

We are committed to Christ-centred change, enabled by the Spirit, through the ministry of the Word, in the local church.

Our vision is to serve the local church through:

  • Education in the principles and practices of biblical counselling
  • Identifying and developing resources for both formal and informal biblical counselling
  • Equipping Christians in personal ministry of the Word
  • Supporting a network of individuals involved in a biblical counselling ministry
  • Connecting churches with trained biblical counsellors*

*While our vision includes the ambition to work toward a network of trained and experienced biblical counsellors involved with local churches, we know this is still a long way off. Such a network doesn’t currently exist and so we regret that we aren’t able to offer advice on personal problems or to provide recommendations of biblical counsellors. If you are seeking help in this sort of way, we recommend you begin by speaking with the pastoral staff at a local church who may well have local counsellors that they can recommend.

Beliefs

We have adopted the following doctrinal and confessional statements:

The UCCF Doctrinal Basis

The Biblical Counseling Coalition Doctrinal Statement

The Biblical Counseling Coalition Confessional Statement

 

Executive Committee

Steve Midgley is the Executive Director of Biblical Counselling UK.  Steve teaches courses in biblical counselling at Oak Hill College and is the director of the Certificate Course provided by Biblical Counselling UK in association with CCEF and supported by Oak Hill.  He is a board member of CCEF and on the council of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. He is senior minister of Christ Church, Cambridge and trained as a psychiatrist before being ordained.

David Armstrong lives in Edinburgh and works part-time as an electronic engineer and biblical counsellor. In 2013 he set up New Growth Christian Counselling, which partners with Scottish churches to provide biblical counselling. For over a decade he worked as an engineer before taking time out to be an apprentice at Charlotte Baptist Chapel when he completed Cornhilll Scotland and CCEF’s distance education programme.

Andrew Collins is an elder at Killicomaine Evangelical Church, Portadown, Northern Ireland and works part-time as a consultant psychiatrist in Psychiatric Intensive Care and part-time in biblical counselling. Andrew also provides teaching and training on pastoral and mental health issues for churches and conferences.

Joanna Jackson  is a chartered Counselling Psychologist and works as the Director of Counselling at the All Souls Counselling Service in London. She has also trained in Bible teaching and Biblical counselling. Her doctoral research focused on the ethical issues associated with integrating psychology and spirituality.

Sydnie Jordan is a women’s worker at St George’s Church, Dagenham.  She has completed CCEF’s certificate programme in biblical counselling and studied on the Cornhill Training Course.

Ruth Marshall has a Masters degree in Biblical Counselling from Westminster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, and has completed a counselling internship at CCEF. Before training as a biblical counsellor, she was a GP in the North West of England and worked for a time as a pastoral assistant at her local church, having trained with Northern Cornhill. Now back in Nottingham, she is excited to see how the Lord will develop biblical counselling in that area.

Andrew Nicholls was a doctor before working with UCCF in student ministry and after training at Cornhill and Oak Hill planted two churches in Kingston upon Thames for 11 years. Having studied online and had a sabbatical at CCEF, Andrew works now as a pastor at Dundonald Church in Raynes Park, London, where he has responsibility for biblical counselling.

Sally Orwin Lee has worked for many years as an organisational consultant and coach in small businesses and charities, and with church leadership teams.  Having completed all three CCEF on-line certificates in biblical counselling, she is now counselling, discipling, and providing training in the context of the local churches in the North West Gospel Partnership.  Sally also teaches on the NWP Ministry Training Course. Follow Sally on Twitter @SalOrwinLee

 

Board of Reference

David Powlison, Executive Director of CCEF
Dan Strange, Vice Principal (Academic) Oak Hill Theological College
Paul Rees, Senior Minister, Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh
Hugh Palmer, Rector, All Souls Langham Place