We are blessed to have the Scottsdale Bible Counseling Ministry to minister to our community. The counseling ministry consists of many trained Christian lay people who provide one-to-one care to our church family and community in times of need. We are a confidential, no-fee facility.

The mission of our Counseling Ministry is to glorify God and help others remove barriers that prevent a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We provide Lay Counseling, Stephen Ministry, and a variety of support groups. This outreach of God’s love is for any individual who is hurting, both in the congregation and in the community.

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Stephen Ministry

  • Do you need encouragement?
  • Do you need someone to pray with you?
  • Are you going through a crisis and need someone to be there for you?
  • Do you need someone to talk to who will just listen?

Stephen Ministers are a team of lay people who will come alongside you during a life crisis. They provide one-on-one, Christ-centered care to people in need. They will walk with you through grief, divorce, unemployment, hospitalization, loneliness, financial stress, terminal illness, a spiritual crisis or other life difficulties.

Stephen Ministers have been trained to support and encourage anyone who needs comfort and care – for as long as needed. You can be assured that your identity, the caring relationship and the conversations you have with your Stephen Minister will remain confidential.

If you have questions or feel that you might benefit from having the support of a Stephen Minister, please contact the Counseling Office at 480.824.7239.

Stephen Minister Training, Fall 2021
Stephen Ministry training seeks to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” Stephen Ministers, supported and encouraged by the congregation and fellow Stephen Ministers, walk beside a care receiver, pray for them and help them work through life’s difficulties. Is God calling you to serve His people in this way? Stephen Minister trainees will receive 50 hours of distinctively Christian care training. There is currently a training course that began on Oct. 3 and will continue until March 2022. Classes are held on Sunday afternoons from 2:30-5pm. There is a $100 materials charge for the class. If you are interested in joining the training class, please contact the Counseling Office directly at 480.824.7327.

The Counseling Ministry provides help and comfort through numerous support groups which are facilitated by lay leaders, most of whom have had personal experience with that particular group issue.

Support groups for women include those who are working on difficult issues in their relationships, those who are struggling with body image or eating disorder tendencies, and those who have been in abusive relationships.

There is a group for parents or spouses who have a loved one suffering from problems with drugs, alcohol or gambling. Other groups support men and women who have experienced the death of a loved one or have experienced separation or divorce.

Men who are struggling with pornography and other sexual issues meet weekly.

For men and women suffering from substance abuse problems, there is a Life Recovery Bible study group.

For more information about all counseling services and support groups, please contact the Counseling Ministry Monday through Thursday at 480.824.7239.

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We do not consider our Counseling Ministry to be a crisis center, but rather, a short-term biblical counseling ministry. If this is an emergency, please dial 911 or Mercy/Maricopa County Warm Line at 602.347.1100, Behavioral Health Crisis Line at 602.222.9444 or Empact at 480.784.1500.

In order to get connected with a Stephen Minister or Lay Counselor, please complete the online questionnaire and forms below. You will receive a phone call from the Counseling Ministry staff within 5 business days to discuss your desire for Counseling Ministry services.

Our services (for those 18 years old and older) include:

  • Stephen Ministers
  • Lay counselors
  • Marriage counseling with professional counselors who volunteer their time
  • Support groups
  • Referrals for professional counseling in the community


Open the forms below and complete on-line.  Please note that BOTH FORMS must be submitted for your request to be considered.

Counseling Ministry Intake Form Office Policy and Privacy Notice Agreement

For more information about all counseling services, please contact the Counseling Ministry Monday through Thursday at 480.824.7239.

The words “Domestic Violence” are often difficult words to hear or even to say, however domestic violence exists in our world and often in our own backyard.

People are entitled to love, respect and dignity, and no one deserves to be mistreated or abused. As a church, we are addressing the reality of abuse and violence, and provide a safe place for people to reach out.

We offer a special confidential hotline for victims and survivors of domestic violence as well as friends, family, neighbors, and other concerned individuals who are calling on behalf of a victim or are looking for ways to assist.

If you or someone you know is in a crisis or needs assistance, please call the SBC Advocacy 24/7 Helpline at 480.824.7290.

For immediate emergencies dial 911.

Child and Elderly Abuse

Suicide and Personal Crises


Domestic Violence

Recovery Hot Lines

Other Recovery Contacts

Other Resources

  • Focus on the Family: 800.A.FAMILY (800.232.6459); Counseling Department Direct Line, 719.531.3400
  • Community Information and Referral: 211 or 800.352.3792 (a United Way Agency)
  • National Runaway Hotline (if you have run away or are considering running away): 800.RUNAWAY
  • Covenant House Teen Hotline: 800.999.9999
  • Elder Resource and Referral Line: 800.686.1431

What is Lay Counseling?

Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.  Galatians 6:2

The Scottsdale Bible Lay Counseling Program equips volunteers to provide distinctively Christian counseling at a lay level.  Lay Counselors, using basic counseling skills such as active listening, empathic responding and questioning skills, meet with their assigned counselee on a weekly basis for 10 weeks. Lay Counseling takes place at the Scottsdale Bible Counseling Office.

Lay Counselors are committed to:

  • Bible-based compassionate care
  • A goal-focused approach
  • Confidentiality
  • A maximum of 10 meetings with a counselee
  • Supervision by a Professional Counselor or Social Worker
  • Continued education opportunities and skill-building

Lay Counselor training provides:

  • 60 hours of initial training over six months
  • Interaction with peers to practice the new skills
  • Extensive training in ethics and confidentiality

To become a Lay Counselor, the commitment requires:

  • Weekly class attendance, generally on Sunday afternoons
  • $160, which includes books and training materials
  • A screening process that includes an application, interview, and background check

Who should apply?

You may apply if you:

  • Have had friends tell you that you are a good listener or encourager
  • Have spiritual gifts that are helpful in Lay Counseling, such as mercy or encouragement
  • Have had at least two years experience at providing 1:1 aid within a helping profession or ministry.

Qualifications for Lay Counselor Trainees:

  • Believe in Christ, and accept the Scottsdale Bible Church Statement of Faith
  • Live a life characterized by the attitude of Christ (Philippians 2:1-7), the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-26), and righteous behavior (Psalm 15)
  • Maintain Biblical sexual purity and be above reproach in morality

To apply:

  • Please print the Lay Counseling Application Form
  • Mail or deliver the completed form to the SBC Counseling Office, 10304 N Hayden Rd, Suite 130, Scottsdale, AZ  85258

For more information, please contact the Counseling Office at 480.824.7239.

Counseling Staff

These professionals are employed staff of Scottsdale Bible Church and are here to serve you through our counseling ministry.

David Walther, Pastor of Counseling
David is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and Christian Studies and an M.Div. with an emphasis in Biblical communication. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in AZ, a Nationally Certified Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor and a Board Certified Telemental Health Provider. David has been on staff at SBC since 2000. He provides marriage and individual counseling. David loves the adventure of following Christ with his wife, Sharon and their children, Simeon and Naomi.



Denae Yankowich, Counseling Coordinator
Denae is originally from Calgary, Alberta, and loves the Arizona sun. She has a B.A. from Cal State University, Fullerton, and an M.A. from Azusa Pacific University. She joined Scottsdale Bible Church in 2005 and joined the Counseling Ministry in 2014 as a Stephen Minister and then a Lay Counselor. She loves to hike, read historical fiction, and travel with her husband, Paul.



Megan Meyers, Counseling Coordinator
Megan began attending SBC in 2016 after moving to Arizona. She has a B.A. from College of the Ozarks in Branson, Missouri and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Counseling from Phoenix Seminary. She joined the counseling ministry as a Lay Counselor in 2020. She loves travelling, musicals, and giraffes.