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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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

  • Child Abuse Hotline: 888.767.2445
  • Adult Protective Services: 877.SOS.ADULT (877.767.2385)

Suicide and Personal Crises

  • Behavioral Health Crisis Line: 602.254.HELP (602.254.4357)
  • EMPACT/Suicide Crisis Hotline: 480.784.1500
  • National Hopeline Network: 800.SUICIDE
  • Maricopa County-Wide Behavioral Health Crisis Line: 602.222.9444 or 800.631.1314


  • Scottsdale Police Department: 480.312.5000
  • Paradise Valley Police Department: 480.948.7410
  • Phoenix Police Department Crime Stop: 602.262.6151

Domestic Violence

Recovery Hot Lines

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (24 hours): 602.264.1341
  • Cocaine Anonymous (24 hours): 800.620.3984 or 602.279.3838
  • Narcotics Anonymous (24 hours): 480.897.4636

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
  • Abuse Information
  • Elder Resource and Referral Line: 800.686.1431

You may find that the following organizations will be of help to you. Please click on each one for more information.

Mental Health SupportSexual Addiction Resources SiteChristian Association of Psychological StudiesAmerican Association of Christian CounselorsDrug and Alcohol Addiction


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 five 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

The next Lay Counseling Training class will begin in October 2021.

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 is 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 Terry Sparks at 480.824.7277 or

What is Stephen Ministry?
It is a team of lay people, called Stephen Ministers, who will come alongside you during a life crisis. Stephen Ministers 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 you, a friend, a neighbor, or a relative – 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 Ministry at 480.824.7239.

Stephen Minister Training, Fall 2020
Through the Stephen Ministry, God will bring forth new life and renewed faith in both the care receiver and the Stephen Minister. Is God calling you in this way? If so, download and complete the application and drop it off at the Counseling Office or email to Once the application is received, a screening interview with David Walther and a Stephen Ministry Leader, will be scheduled. Trainees will receive 50 hours of distinctively Christian care training. Stephen Ministers, supported and encouraged by the congregation and fellow Stephen Ministers, are able to walk beside a care receiver, pray for them and help them work through life’s difficulties. The next training class starts October 2020 and will continue until March 2021. Classes will be held on Sunday afternoons from 2:30-5pm. There is a $100 materials charge for the class.

Stephen Ministry Training Application

Counseling Staff

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

David Walther 2David Walther, Pastor of Counseling
David is a Licensed Professional Counselor with an M.A. in counseling psychology and Christian studies and a M.Div. with an emphasis in Biblical communication. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in AZ, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. David has been on staff at Scottsdale Bible 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.

Terry SparksTerry Sparks, Administrative Coordinator
Terry has a B.A from California State University at Long Beach.  After a career in the marketplace, she tried early retirement but did not like it and felt the Lord leading her into ministry as a choir member, a Stephen Minister, a Lay Counselor and then to becoming the Administrative Coordinator for the Counseling Ministry.  She has been a Christian since 1988 and has been attending Scottsdale Bible Church since 2010.  She has been married for 34 years to Loyd Sparks.  They have 4 daughters, 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild – and a dog named Toby.  They enjoy their activities at church, visiting with their family and traveling.


Denae Yankowich, Administrative Assistant
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.