SERVING ALONGSIDE MINISTRY
Our Ministry Journey
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
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.