Thank you for visiting us today. Your decision to search for assistance is the first step that could help unlock the answers and life purpose for you, your family, and your relationships.
We endeavor to help repair and maintain the body, mind and soul of the body of Christ through; the utilization of thoughtful prayer, by listening and obeying the Holy Spirit, teaching biblical principals, and conducting ourselves in an ethical manner while adhering to the strict rule of confidentiality.
We believe there is nothing impossible for God
We believe every person has a God given purpose
We believe every person is responsible for his or her actions
We believe that the words you speak shape the world you live in
We believe that Love never fails
We pray that as you move forward in your quest for wholeness God will speak to you and show you His love in every step you take.
Meet Our Counselors
Counseling has always been an integral part of the ministry here at Zoe Christian Fellowship of Whittier. Our counselors are all dedicated to God and serving him, the ministry of counseling, are knowledgeable in their various areas of training and are committed to seeing you obtain personal spiritual growth; which will help you grow in your relationships and walk in your God given purpose.
Minister Arnold Carter
Prepare and Enrich Counselor
Minister Carter received the Lord in 1977 and has faithfully followed him for 39 years. He has been an ordained minister for the last 18 years and a staff minister at Zoe Christian Fellowship of Whittier for 27 years.
He obtained his certification for counseling and has remained active through the Pre-Marital and Marital Counseling Life Innovations Prepare/Enrich Marriage Training since 1997. Minister Carter has been on the Counseling Ministry Team of Zoe for 25 years.
Minister Carter has been married to Cynthia Carter for 43 years and has 5 daughters and 7 grandchildren.
Availability: Tues 9am – 5pm, Wed 9am – 10am & 1pm – 3pm, Thurs 10am – 4pm
*Pre-Marital/engaged couples required to complete an eight-week course.
Jeff and his wife have been married for 27 years and have raised two daughters. They have been members of Zoe Christian Fellowship of Whittier for 12 years.
Jeff has a heart for struggling marriages & families. He has held various leadership positions in the ministry serving the body of Christ for 30 years. The knowledge he has gained over the years helped him develop the skills not only to help hurting families but also guide young men and women in their pursuit to serve God. He believes you must take personal responsibility and accountability for the words you speak and the actions you take.
“If you are ready and willing to make a new start, to change your life for the better, I am here to help.”
Availability: Thurs 6pm – 8pm, Sat 10am – 12pm
Ralph and Cathy Lawson
Prepare and Enrich Counselors
Ralph and Cathy Lawson have been Prepare and Enrich Facilitators since 2015. They have been marriage ministry leaders since 2007. Currently they are founders of Lawson Marriage Fellowship since 1993. The Lawsons have been dedicated members of Zoe Christian Fellowship of Whittier since 1997.
Their area of experience is in pre-marital and marriage relationships. Our vision for marriage ministry is to provide an oasis, a place where a husband and wife can have true communication.
“It is our desire to provide a place where couples can shed the weights of the day-to-day pressures that squeeze out God’s love for them.”
Availability*: Open– By appointment only.
*Pre-Marital/engaged couples required to complete an eight-week course.
Ms. Levias has dedicated her whole life to building lives by bringing value to those she touches. She is currently certified as a Parenting Instructor and Life Coach. She also hosts her own radio show called Today’s Woman’s Ministry.
Her experience in counseling spans from personal development, parenting issues to domestic violence, molestation and the aftermath. God has had her on this path of ministry since the age of 28.
“I am ready, willing and able to assist you with your challenges in life.”
Availability: Mon 10am – 5pm, Tue, Wed, Thurs 8am – 10am, Fri 12pm – 5pm & Sat 2pm – 5pm
Elaine Lopez and her husband David have been members of Zoe Christian Fellowship of Whittier for over 15 years. She is a Certified Christian Counselor and Life Coach. She is a no nonsense type of counselor. Her areas of experience are relationships, marriage and grief. She believes that ultimately you are where you are because of the choices you have made for your life.
“If you are open to your mind being renewed by the Word of God and are willing to do the hard work you will experience the personal change you are seeking.”
Ms. Mills is an outstanding educator, counselor, leader and ordained minister. She has experience in all areas of counseling. Her heart to help the needy and hurting women have compelled her to be used by God anyway He chooses. She has studied Psychology and is a Certified Drug and Abuse Counselor.
Over the years, Ms. Mills has worked as an Executive Director, Compton Welfare Rights Organization, Executive Board member of Zoe Christian Fellowship of Whittier, and has been an entrepreneur along with many other endeavors too numerous to mention here.
Her communication skills enable her to break down the difficult situation, make it understandable and find resolution.
Ms. Mills hearts cry is “I want to help people.”
Availability: Mon & Tues 11am – 7pm, Fri 10am – 4pm
Jerry Comer has been a member of Zoe Christian Fellowship of Whittier for 16 years. He and his wife Karen have a blended family of 8 adult children. Jerry has served in some form of leadership for over 27 years. He has a passion to minister to men and young adults in their battle with sexual temptation. He also is experienced in general family counseling.
Jerry is certified through the American Association of Christian Counselors and received his leadership training through New Life Ministries that has a specific program geared toward sexual integrity. New Life Ministries has created it’s training program based on the counseling ministry of Dr. Charles Townsend and Steve Arterburn. Steve Arterburn is co-author of the best seller Every Man’s Battle.
Jerry mantra is ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’, Philippians 4:13.
“If you are ready, let’s partner together with Christ and work through these struggles.”
Prepare & Enrich Program
Welcome to Zoe Christian Fellowship of Whittier page for pre-marital counseling. This page is intended for couples who have already DECIDED to get married and are wanting Bishop Ed Smith or any ZCF of Whittier minister to officiate their ceremony.
The Prepare and Enrich Program is an 8- week program we utilize that will help you discover and solidify your core values, help you understand the known major issues in marriage and how to overcome them, how to communicate effectively with your spouse and set you on a path that will help you create and achieve the marriage you desire.
Our counselors have been trained, certified and are well established in the concepts and tools of the program. At the end of the 8-weeks if you stay committed to the process, you will be well on your way to establishing not only the marriage you desire but how to apply what you have learned to improve other relationships.
We believe that getting married is more than a contract, it is a Godly covenant! Regardless of the size of your wedding be it a private exchange of vows with you and a few in Bishop Ed’s office or a small ceremony in the Fireside Room to a full-blown affair that fills the Sanctuary, yes even at an off-site venue it is important that you have the blessing of your spiritual father. Allowing the impartation of a blessing on your marriage sets you on a course toward success and helps you remember that God is for you not against you and will never leave you or forsake you!
Please feel free to explore the Prepare and Enrich website to help you determine if this program is for you.
Next steps: Complete the Pre-Counseling form and select Prepare and Enrich Counselor.
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