Grace Reformed Christian Counseling Service
Why a Counseling Service?
In service to our Lord Jesus Christ, we as a church family want to serve those in our community who might be in need of a helping hand. Though other area churches may have greater financial resources, we want to use the gifts we were given by our Lord for the good of those around us - hence the existence of this counseling service.
Why a Christian Counseling Service?
The God Who created the heavens and the earth with a mere word, and Who made man in His own image, also provided us with a book that is foundational for all counsel needed for this life and to prepare us for eternity. That book is the holy Bible, a book like no other. So our premise in counseling is simple - the only reliable counsel that can be given to those in need must be based on the book God Himself gave us for this purpose. While we access other resources in counseling, we strive to use only those that have a Biblical worldview and methodology. We also recognize and address the reality that the physical and spiritual aspects of man impact each other.
Why a Reformed Christian Counseling Service?
The Protestant Reformation, a mighty movement of God in the early sixteenth century, ushered in an era in which, after centuries of relative spiritual darkness, people began to return to the Scriptures (God's Word) as the standard for their beliefs and lifestyle. We are not ashamed to learn from the best Christian thinkers and writers whom God raised up in succeeding generations for the purpose of building up believers everywhere. So to borrow from the language of the Reformation, we look to God's grace alone, by faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone, according to Scripture alone, for the glory of God alone in our counseling practice. Having said this, we want to be clear that everyone is welcome to our counseling service whether you are a Christian or not. Please recognize, however, that the counseling you will receive will be distinctively Christian.
Why a Free or Donation-Only Service?
Jesus once said, "Freely ye have received, freely give." Downtown Harrison is our home. We want to serve you, our neighbors, by means of this service. Life is challenging enough without having to pay fees for counseling. So our service is free. We do gratefully receive donations if you feel so inclined.
What Are Your Qualifications for Counseling?
We would begin by saying that no one is qualified to counsel others - truly good and Godly counsel is a gift of God that needs to be given by Him each day and in each new situation. This is why we begin and end each counseling session with prayer.
Pastor David Lipsy is the lead counselor with his wife Ruth and Karen Peterson assisting. Karen also serves as our receptionist and secretary.
Pastor recently began his fifth year shepherding Grace Reformed Christian Church in Harrison. Previously, he studied for four years at Rutgers College of Pharmacy in New Brunswick, NJ before receiving a B.A. in education from Lakeland College in Wisconsin and state certification as a teacher. He taught at elementary, middle, and high school levels in a Christian school for fourteen years, being the principal for most of that time. He received an M.Div. degree from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI and was ordained to gospel ministry in 1999 as pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation of Pompton Plains, NJ where he served for nine years. During that time, he and his wife Ruth completed several courses at the Christian Counseling & Education Foundation in Glenside, PA. Pastor completed both the introductory and advanced certificate programs in Biblical Counseling there. He is now presently completing a Doctorate degree in Christian Counseling through Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He and Ruth have been married over thirty years and are blessed with eight children and seven grandchildren.
Karen Peterson taught high school for over twenty years, has experience in crisis pregnancy counseling, and has worked in a family service center that helps abused women and families in crisis. Though her masters degree is in clinical psychology, she has adopted a thoroughly Biblical counseling outlook.
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