SERVING ALONGSIDE MINISTRY
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Our Ministry Journey
Serving Alongside Ministry
In 1991, our family began a church-planting ministry in France that focused on women in distress and drug addicts. Five years later, we became pastors and had the joy of serving in two lovely French churches. In 2000, my wife and I took our five young sons and left the safety of our home country to answer the Great Commission’s call to a communist country in Southeast Asia. While there, we co-pastored an International fellowship, lead house church meetings and became the regional directors for our sending missions agency. At the same time, we also lead development projects and became country coordinators for an international non-governmental organization.
During these years as missionaries, Eric battled a deadly cancer and consequently struggled with depression and meningitis. Serving God on the mission field and in the midst of these challenges was very difficult, but He used this painful journey to shape our future ministry.
In 2008, our family moved to Colorado. There, we followed a two year training program in counseling after which we began offering comprehensive marriage counseling to pastors and missionaries stationed all over the globe.
In 2016, Rachel graduated from the B.L.A.S.T. mentoring program started by Shannon Ethridge and published her first book, Hurray for the Va-Jay-Jay, in 2018. In this book, Rachel reaffirms that God is the author of sexuality, not Satan. “There is true beauty in what God is thinking when it comes to sexuality. We must reinstate sexuality as being first spiritual, then emotional, then physical, and above all, beautiful!” Her goal through this book is to change the way women view their own bodies and sexuality.
We are both currently working a Doctorate of Ministry in Counseling from Vision International University in California and are members of the AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors).
COMMUNICATE BETTER TO
LOVE EACH OTHER BETTER
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Our ministry, Serving Alongside Ministry (SAM), helps singles and married couples alike. We strongly believe that God wants us to be healthy individuals, and have healthy marriages and families. As pastors and marriage and family therapists, we passionately believe the time has come to eradicate unhealthy relational and sexual paradigms. As we travel the world, we often do week long intensives with struggling couples and conferences in national and international churches where we talk openly, without taboos, about God, sex and the family. Our French background, experience as parents of five sons, missionary work in Asia, and years spent as pastors in France, all contribute to our unique perspective.
SAM provides individual, marriage and crisis counseling for ministry leaders such as pastors, missionaries and those in parachurch organizations in the United States and all over the world.
We offer a comprehensive range of services in many areas including: prevention, intensive couples therapy, pastoral care, spiritual and emotional healing, restoration, as well as spiritual mentoring and guidance.
To get a better idea of what we teach, here is a link to one of our healthy sexuality workshops: WATCH VIDEO.
God has the power to restore what today may seem impossible to save. Trust Him and believe that in Him hope can be reborn!
"We want to thank Eric & Rachel and all their supporters and intercessors for the wonderful hospitality and their literally life-changing counseling. We have been serving as missionaries for 23 years among unreached muslim people groups. We had reached a point of transition and crisis in our marriage. Their skilled and wise counseling as well as their understanding of a cross-cultural lifestyle were crucial in what we believe will be the life-changing transformation of our marriage. We are very grateful to our gracious Lord for bringing to us the right people at just the right time."
Private, week-long, intensive couples therapy which includes lodging from Sunday evening until Friday noon and meals.
Since the confinement, we have started offering online intensive couples therapy through daily video conferences. Couples set themselves aside, someone cares for their children, and they take real time off from work to devote 5 days to focus on restoring their marriage.
One on One E-Counseling
Appointments over Skype or FaceTime for those in ministry that do not have access to member care:
55 min. counseling session with Eric or Rachel
55 min. counseling session with Eric and Rachel
The more people we equip, the more marriage crises can be avoided. If you would like to invite us for a conference, we would need to know the format: how many days, how many interventions, what themes for what audience, etc. Pricing varies depending on the length of the conference, travel and other expenses.
and SE Asia
80+ Countries reached
“Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.”