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.
We have adopted the following doctrinal and confessional statements:
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. 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.
Ste Casey is currently serving as a pastor at Speke Baptist Church, Liverpool, which is seeking to reach out to the large council estate where he lives.
Ste has been studying counselling with CCEF since 2008, and has served as a pastoral intern with CCEF in Philadelphia, PA. Ste leads the Certificate Course in Liverpool.
Sydnie Jordan is the Senior Administrator of Biblical Counselling UK.
Sydnie has completed CCEF’s certificate programme in biblical counselling and studied on the Cornhill Training Course and is involved in pastoral care in her local church.
Louise MacMillan is involved with her husband in church planting in Edinburgh. She has completed all three CCEF certificates and works as a biblical counsellor in Edinburgh serving churches in the East of Scotland Gospel Partnership.
Louise co-leads the Certificate Course in Edinburgh and teaches at Edinburgh Theological Seminary.
Amanda Naves is the Director of our 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.
Andrew Nicholls was a doctor before working with UCCF in student ministry. After training at the Cornhill Training Course and Oak Hill College, he was involved in church planting in Kingston upon Thames and worked as a pastor at Dundonald Church in Raynes Park, London, where he had responsibility for biblical counselling.
After 15 years of church-based ministry, Andrew is now the Director of Pastoral Care at Oak Hill College where he teaches biblical counselling and leads the provision of pastoral care for students and their families.
Zena Schofield works part-time as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the NHS. She has completed Biblical Counselling UK’s Certificate Course and Intern Scheme, and is involved in biblical counselling in her local FIEC church.
Tarita Smallwood is the Director of Finance and Development for Biblical Counselling UK.
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.
Tarita 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 is the Director of Training and Resources at Biblical Counselling UK. She 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.