After successfully presenting our basic weekend course in Pastoral Counseling live at numerous churches across North America to hundreds of students since 2015, we're excited to launch our complete program consisting of three certification levels and offered online from the comfort of your own home! All lectures are live and allow students to interact in real time with both their instructor and fellow classmates. Each level is taught over the course of an intensive eight hour Saturday session. To ensure adequate attention to each individual, our online classes have a maximum of 25 students. Graduates of our program are even eligible for paid employment as a certified online pastoral counselor with the NACCA!


The following is a list of courses taught in the intermediate level program in Pastoral Counseling. Please download a copy of our academic catalog to read full course descriptions.

  • Marriage & Family Counseling I

  • Marriage & Family Counseling II

  • Counseling Children & Adolescents

  • Crisis & Trauma Counseling

  • Theories & Techniques of Group Counseling

  • Foundations of Multicultural Counseling


  • 8 Clock Hour Program (Live Lectures / Q&A)

  • Student Course Guide / Workbook

  • NACCA Board Certification Exam with ICPC credential

  • Attractive Certificate of Completion in a customized folder

  • One full year of professional-level membership in the NACCA

  • 1.0 Continuing Education Units (CEU) upon intermediate level completion

  • Graduation Bonus: Employment eligibility with the NACCA


    Lance Flood, Ph.D. is the President & CEO of Tennessee Valley Ministries. He is a graduate of Liberty University with a B.S. in Religion, M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, M.A. in Addictions and Recovery Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling. His doctoral dissertation was entitled, The Implementation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as an Integrated Model Within a Christian Counseling Environment. He also holds Graduate Certificates from Liberty in the areas of Executive Leadership and Pastoral Counseling. Dr. Flood is the President and founder of the North America Christian Counselors Association and has utilized his counseling expertise for such organizations as The 700 Club, Family Dynamics Institute, and as a chaplain for a large regional corporation. In addition to his practice, he has traveled extensively across North America helping to develop counseling teams through his unique program which is offered both on-site, as well as online via live, interactive video. He also possesses a background in music ministry, having released several albums and traveled with the renowned Christian vocal group, Acappella. He currently resides with his family outside of Clarksville, TN where he serves as Senior Pastor of Cross Creek Baptist Church.

    Deanna Flood, M.A. is the Vice President & COO of Tennessee Valley Ministries. In addition to an A.A. in Psychology from Central College (now Central Christian College), she is also a graduate of Liberty University, holding a B.S. in Psychology, M.A. in Crisis and Trauma Counseling, M.A. in Addictions & Recovery Counseling, and Graduate Certificates in both Pastoral Counseling and Christian Ministry. A professional member of the North America Christian Counselors Association, she is especially passionate about counseling issues which are related to women and children. In addition to her vital roles within Tennessee Valley Ministries, she has also served as a Clinical Intern for Decatur General West Behavioral Medicine Center where she was responsible for completing psychosocial assessments, developing treatment plans for various diagnoses, assisting with group therapy, case management, and discharge planning. Deanna is married to Lance, and God has blessed them over their years together with five children and six grandchildren. She is currently in the process of authoring a book which focuses on her experience as a mother coping with grief following the sudden death of their eldest child.


    Tennessee Valley Ministry Institute offers an effective fundraiser for all students who are seeking assistance with tuition for any of our programs. The fundraiser is very simple. We will design a customized web page on our site that you can share with family, friends, and social media connections where they can purchase one or more CD’s which features over 35 titles within the Christian a cappella genre. The cost is $15.00 each (plus shipping) and the titles you choose to carry in your online store is completely customizable for each student.

    This program is also effective because 60% ($9.00) of gross sales from every CD goes directly toward your tuition! We even ship all product directly to the customer from our warehouse. Therefore, all customers have to do is go to your page and place their order! You can view an example of how your campaign will look here. To enroll in the program, email to begin the process. It’s that simple!


    The following are a few testimonials from graduates who have completed our 8 hour, basic level course. Our new program consists of three certification levels!

    "I hold a master's degree in counseling and have always been interested in Christian counseling but questioned the validity of any training that was not offered by a regionally accredited university. I am extremely pleased with the soundness of this program and highly recommend it."  

    Gayla Holmes; Norwich, CT

    "I majored in Psychology and Sociology in college. I was trained as a social worker and attended many continuing education seminars. I later spent eighteen years working with students in the school system. This weekend I learned more information than all of the other training combined. I was given information in a way that I can utilize to help a broad range of clients and am so grateful for the opportunity."  

    Jane Peterson; Decatur, AL

    "The class is intensive and well equipped to prepare any person in this field of work. Although I have a PhD in Christian Counseling, after taking the course, I realized I had learned new and important information beneficial to any serious counselor."  

    Leonardo Guerrero; Fuquay-Varina, NC

    "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 this weekend course to be more practical and informational than all of the ones that I took during seminary!"  

    Elbern Latorilla; Toronto, ON

    "Dr. Flood is a wonderful speaker! As a licensed professional counselor, I found that he has a unique ability to convey difficult and dense subject matter in a clear way. His use of humor and personal anecdotes made the time fly by."  

    Ronda Thorington; Hartford, CT

    "Incredible program! I loved the biblical references on how to effectively provide pastoral counseling. I also appreciated the real life examples that pointed out the need for following legal and ethical guidelines and the severity of consequences that can occur when they are not."  

    Steven Engstrand, Boston, MA

    "The pastoral counseling program 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

    "I feel blessed to enroll in this program as it has reminded me of why I want to do this work. The methodology taught is broad and helpful. I am grateful to now have the knowledge of combining biblical principles with these new skills to help people overcome a variety of struggles."  

    Stephanie Johnson-Bay; Atlanta, GA

    "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; Philadelphia, PA

    "I really can't say enough about this program. Our instructor disseminated the information in a way that made it easy to understand! He also shared personal experiences that had me laughing in stitches at times and choking up with emotion at others. If you feel led to counsel others, this is absolutely the course to take!"  

    Randy Turner; Chattanooga, TN

    "The course provided valuable information and was presented in a way it was easily understood. Feedback was encouraged and welcomed. This course helped our volunteers and 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

    "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

    "I thoroughly enjoyed the training we received and found the content presented with extreme clarity despite the level of difficulty and the challenging nature of the information."  

    LaTisha Jones; Atlanta, GA

    "Tennessee Valley Ministry Institute is a jam packed intensive day that presents 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

    "This program is a tremendous opportunity for pastors, counselors, teachers and anyone who comes into contact with individuals needing help to work out their problems. It gives tremendous insight and tips to help evaluate and assist those in need. I highly recommend anyone called to counsel complete this invaluable training."  

    David Chase; Miami, FL

    "This course offers a variety of tools and techniques to assist the new counselor and enhance the skills and knowledge of experienced counselors. The course was interactive in that it allowed students to glean from both the instructor as well as other pastors and leaders in the class."  

    Carol Stevenson; Atlanta, GA

    "This program was an absolute blessing and an incredible opportunity for me. Not only did I learn a ton and receive a certificate but, now I am sure that what I thought God was calling me to is actually true. I am so grateful for all of the information and would highly recommend this training for anyone wanting to investigate further into Pastoral Counseling and the impact you can make within your church and community."  

    Sandy Lee; Tampa, FL

    "The one day counseling basic certificate program was absolutely amazing! Dr. Flood was exceptional and the presentation was detailed and life changing! I strongly encourage those in leadership roles to take advantage of this seminar."  

    Gary Battles; Huntsville, AL

    "The Pastoral Counseling Certificate Program was an on-time resource in my life. It has helped me to recognize in depth the importance of reaching people right where they are, but having enough empathy to not leave them there. This learning resource will light a fire under you to utilize God's Word in more effective ways to help yourself and others build better relationships all for the glory of God."  

    Tracy Roddy; Northglenn, CO

    "Dr. Flood is an excellent resource and the course was very helpful. I appreciated the practical application. If you are pursuing a ministry in biblical counseling, this course is for you!"  

    Brett Humphrey; Gilbert, AZ

    "I found this training to be a phenomenal opportunity to help grow our various ministries as well as help support the mental health environment from within the church."  

    LaThomas Willis; Detroit, MI