About Biblical Counselling UK

Our 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 churches and individuals involved in a biblical counselling ministry
  • Helping church leaders to identify people, both inside and outside their churches, who can provide a biblical counselling ministry

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.

Even so, there are other places we can turn and so we have put together some guidance which may be of help.

 “Can you help?”

Our Beliefs

Staff Team

Steve Midgley, Executive Director
Over the past 10 years Steve has been involved in teaching courses in biblical counselling at Oak Hill College and is currently the director of Biblical Counselling UK’s Certificate Course. 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.

Anna Goodwin-Hudson, Assistant Administrator
Anna has completed a number of biblical counselling courses with CCEF and BCUK, and now has the privilege of serving the BCUK students in an administrative capacity. She is based at a school in Kent, where her husband is the chaplain.

Sydnie Jordan, Senior Administrator
Sydnie has studied online with CCEF and has experience in church administration.

Rachel Maclure, Family Care Researcher
Rachel has enjoyed a variety of roles within the charity sector since graduating from York University with a Psychology Degree. She has developed skills in counselling through volunteering for a local pregnancy centre and studying on BCUK’s Certificate Course. She serves in her local church as a vicar’s wife.

Amanda Naves, Director of the Church-based Intern Scheme
Originally from Canada, Amanda studied at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and trained with CCEF before moving to the UK in 2016. She is involved in a number of ministry areas within her local church, including pastoral care.

Tarita Smallwood, Director of Finance and Development
After working in public practice she spent eight years as the Women’s Pastoral Worker at Christ Church Cambridge before switching to being their Finance and HR Manager. She continues this role alongside her work for Biblical Counselling UK.  She holds a Certificate in Biblical Counselling with CCEF, has studied on the Cornhill Training Course and is involved in pastoral care in her local church. She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW.

Helen Thorne, Director of Training and Resources
Helen is an experienced speaker, counsellor and author whose recent books include Hope in an Anxious World, Walking with Domestic Abuse Sufferers, Purity is Possible, Real Change and Real Change for Students. She has completed CCEF’s certificate courses and holds an MA in Applied Theology.

Board of Trustees

Mike Warren, Chair
Mike is Vicar of St Peter’s Tunbridge Wells. He has completed the BCUK Certificate Course and serves as the chair of trustees for BCUK.

Allan Beckett
Allan runs Carnelian, a Christian based executive search business. He is an elder at his FIEC church and is based near Canterbury. He has completed the BCUK Certificate Course.

Andrew Collins
Andrew works part-time as a consultant psychiatrist in Belfast as well as doing some part-time work providing biblical counselling. Andrew is an elder at his church in Portadown, Northern Ireland. He tutors on the BCUK Certificate Course in Belfast.

Katherine Cornes
Katherine and her husband have recently retired after many years in parish ministry and are now based in Eastbourne. She has completed the BCUK Certificate Course. 

Joanna Jackson
Joanna is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and serves as the Director of Counselling at the All Souls Counselling Service in central London. She has completed a number of biblical counselling courses through CCEF.

Sally Orwin Lee
Sally provides biblical counselling, discipling and mentoring in local churches across the North West. She is a Recitation Instructor and Consultation Facilitator for BCUK.

Robert Mallet
Bob is a solicitor (now retired) and currently works part time with The Good Book Company assisting in HR, legal and pastoral matters. He is based in London where he is a pastoral care worker at his church. Bob has completed the BCUK Certificate Course.

Fred Paton
Fred is a qualified accountant by background and has recently retired. He is based near Banstead where he serves as a deacon at his church. He has completed the BCUK Certificate Course.

Roxana Stanciu
Roxana is the Chief Operating Officer for CARE (Christian Action, Research and Education) and co-leader of the European Politics and Society Network which is part of the European Leadership Forum. She is based in London.

Christine Robinson
Christine is based in London and for many years was the manager of The Living Room, a community room and high street presence for her local church. She has completed the BCUK Certificate Course and serves as the board secretary.