"As a pastor, I found the pastoral counseling course to be incredibly helpful for my ministry. It gives pastors the tools to identify and meet the particular needs of those we minister to, all the while connecting them to their greatest need: Jesus Christ."   ~ JD Thorne (Decatur, AL)

"The training I received was quite intensive. However, the training manual as a resource is extremely helpful. I also appreciated the Q&A period that was offered after each session to help clarify many points. I actually found the course to be even more practical and informational than the one that I took during seminary!"   ~ Elbern Latorilla (Toronto, ON)

"The pastoral counseling seminar was extremely valuable for me as a chaplain. I believe that the seminar is helpful for anyone who is inclined to hear people's stories and meet them where they are in their growth process. It also gave me insight into my own story. The information from the seminar is a great tool to have."   ~ Kim Darnell (Nashville, TN)

"I work as the children's director for our church. This course was exactly what I was looking for to better serve our children and families. I see a multitude of hurts and issues, and this helps give me a bigger and better understanding of how I can serve more effectively."   ~ Melanie Norman (Knoxville, TN)

"So much great information packed into a fun session! Wonderful reminder that God's word is powerful, we all need Jesus, and we live in a broken world. We all have problems. Perfect balance of biblical truth with the acknowledgement that mental illness exists."   ~ Jessica Herman (Bristol, VA)

"The information given will definitely enhance my counseling skills. I received an abundance of knowledge that is relevant in helping me as a Pastor to deal with many pressing and essential issues. The instructor's ability to answer questions that pertain to current situations was superb."   ~ Matthew Thomas (Pittsburgh, PA)

"The course provided valuable information and was presented in a way it was easily understood. Feedback was encouraged and welcomed. This course helped the volunteers/staff who are meeting with people offering assistance with life questions to understand the need for setting boundaries as well as gave examples of how to best incorporate the material learned into their sessions. Excellent!"   ~ Donna Puckett (Birmingham, AL)

"This was a great program for me as a lay counselor for my church. It reaffirmed information we have already received while giving me new insight on many aspects of pastoral counseling. Thank you for providing this training to our church!"   ~ Suzanne Christian (Des Moines, IA)

"As a professional counselor, the information presented was in line with the same training I received in my graduate studies, plus so much more. This training gave a brief overview into the real life situations that occur as a helping professional while maintaining a biblical worldview in my practice."   ~ Cassandra Thomas (Escondido, CA)

"Tennessee Valley Ministry Institute is a jam packed intensive weekend presenting numerous counseling techniques and will provide you with much needed information. Through this institute, I gained necessary skills that will help me counsel people of all ages and all backgrounds. Thank you for the opportunity to sit in this course!"   ~ Thomas McDonald (Trinidad, CO)