Certificate Course Venues

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We offer 6 evening seminar venues around the UK, and daytime and evening online seminar options for those not in reach of a physical venue.

Bath

When?

Mondays 7-9pm
Next intake: September 2024

Location

Widcombe Baptist Church ↗
Pulteney Road, Bath BA2 4JR (close to Bath Spa station)

tutors

Clover Todman is a pastor at Widcombe Baptist Church, Bath

Katie Fitzgerald is a biblical counsellor working in partnership with local churches across the South West

Susannah Padiachy is Assistant Minister at Grace Church Bath

Belfast

When?

Thursdays 7-9pm
Next intake: September 2024

Location

Union Theological College ↗
108 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1JT

tutors

Andrew Collins is the Director of the Certificate Course. He has spent many years working as a consultant psychiatrist in Belfast alongside part-time work providing biblical counselling. He is married with five children and is elder at his church in Portadown, Northern Ireland.

Tim Huey works as a General Practitioner and has been involved in biblical counselling since 2013. He has studied with CCEF and provides training and teaching on mental health and pastoral care issues. He is married with four children and serves as an elder in Whiteabbey Presbyterian Church.

Edinburgh

When?

Thursdays 7-9pm
Next intake: September 2024

Four online seminars per term – fortnightly on a Thursday evening in term time from 7- 9pm. One in-person seminar per term – on a Saturday in Edinburgh from 12-4pm.

Location

(Saturday in-person seminar)
Cornerstone Free Church ↗
Old Schoolhouse, 140 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4PX

tutors

David Armstrong is an elder at Christ Church Queensferry in Edinburgh. He has completed extensive training with CCEF and also a biblical studies course at Cornhill Scotland. He counsels at New Growth Counselling.

Louise MacMillan is a counsellor with New Growth Counselling. She has completed all three CCEF certificates and also studied theology. She counsels, disciples and provides training for church groups on pastoral care. She also teaches Biblical Counselling at Edinburgh Theological Seminary.

Liverpool

When?

Wednesdays 7-9pm
Next intake: September 2024

Location

2 Blackburne Place ↗
Liverpool, L8 7PE

tutors

Ste and Jane Casey are currently serving at Speke Baptist Church, Liverpool, which is seeking to reach out to the large council estate where they live. Ste and Jane have been studying counselling with CCEF since 2008, and Ste has served as a pastoral intern with CCEF in Philadelphia, PA. They have three grown up and three school-age children.

London

When?

Tuesdays 7-9pm
Next intake: September 2024

Location

Oak Hill College ↗
Chase Side, Southgate, London N14 4PS

tutors

Steve Midgley is Executive Director of Biblical Counselling UK and on the boards of both CCEF and the Biblical Counseling Coalition. Formerly the vicar of Christ Church Cambridge, Steve continues to serve the church family there. Before ordination he trained as a psychiatrist.

Andrew Nicholls is Director of Pastoral Care at Oak Hill College. Formerly a medical doctor and then a pastor for 15 years, Andrew is married to Hilary and they have two teenage sons.

Sheffield

When?

Tuesdays 7-9pm
Next intake: September 2024

Location

Christ Church Walkley ↗
Memorial Hall, Forbes Road, Sheffield S6 2NW

tutors

Kenny Larsen is the Associate Pastor at Christ Church Walkley, Sheffield, with a focus on pastoral care and discipleship. He studied theology at Oak Hill College before undertaking more specialised training with Biblical Counselling UK and CCEF.

Sonia Crossley was training in psychiatry in Sheffield before she and Jim had their family. Encountering complex pastoral situations led her to pursue CCEF studies, an internship with BCUK and establishing a counselling ministry in her church. Jim’s switch from medicine to ministry means he is now vicar in a new church with different needs, and Sonia does more informal conversational ministry here and supports other budding biblical counsellors in the area.

Jonny Parker is Assistant Minister at St Andrew’s, Kendray in Barnsley. He is married to Ruth and they have two young boys.

Online Seminars

When?

Tuesdays 7-9pm or
Thursdays 9.30-11.30am

Next intake: September 2024

Location

Seminars take place on Zoom

tutors

Helen Thorne is Director of Training and Resources at BCUK. An experienced speaker, counsellor and author, she has completed CCEF’s certificate courses and holds an MA in Applied Theology.

Eleanor Godwin trained as a GP before leaving the NHS to concentrate on being a mum. She has completed the Certificate course and a 2-year BCUK Internship at St Giles Church in Derby, where she still volunteers as a Pastoral Worker part-time. She also works privately as a biblical counsellor in the East Midlands and serves as a mentor on the BCUK Intern Scheme.

Sophie Gower is a teacher and pastoral worker. She has a degree in theology and is an RI on the BCUK certificate course and a mentor on the BCUK Intern Scheme. She is part of the steering team for the Devon regional biblical counselling local interest group. She has taught in both church and secular contexts, in both the UK (with UCCF, and as a church-based women’s worker) and overseas (with IFES). She is married and is part of a local church family near her home in Devon.

Tim Berry currently lives in Liverpool with his wife Dorcas, where he serves as an Associate Pastor at Speke Baptist Church. Tim studied on-line with CCEF between 2015 and 2022.