To demonstrate the effectiveness of our intensive course model, the following is a collection of testimonials provided by some students who successfully completed our one day program!

"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

"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 the course to be even more practical and informational than the one that I took during seminary!"  

Elbern Latorilla; Toronto, ON

"This seminar provided many awesome details and real life stories. I received an incredible amount of insight, particularly in the area of legal and ethical issues."  

Teresa Brideau, Boston, MA

"Great program with great content that is biblically-based and extremely helpful. Lance is a great teacher who is both humorous and engaging."  

Alison Engstrand, Boston, MA

"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

"This program was effective in simplifying difficult concepts. The facilitator was funny, engaging, and willing to answer all of our questions."  

Geralyn Jones; New London, CT

"The material was presented in an understandable and informative manner. Dr. Flood is a very energetic presenter."  

Don Lucas; New London, CT

"This was an extremely well-balanced and informative course of instruction. I would highly recommend this course to all of my Christian associates who feel called to counsel."  

Greg Niles; Boston, MA

"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

"It was a blessing to have attended this course in counseling. Dr. Flood is a gifted teacher and taught with enthusiasm and wisdom. Thank you so much for the opportunity to increase my knowledge in this field."  

Dareck DeShields; Tampa, FL

"Lance is a great resource to any church pastoral board and I couldn't recommend the course enough! Truly engaging content and important conversations."  

Victoria Barry; Boston, MA

"Awesome class filled with practical theological and psychological information presented with humor, emotion, and simplicity."  

Candi Stewart; New London, CT

"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

"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 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 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

"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

"This course is a must have for every pastor! The insight and information received is invaluable to proper counseling techniques."  

Oral Walters; Coral Springs, FL

"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

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

David Chase; Miami, FL

"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 community."  

Sandy Lee; Tampa, FL

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

Gary Battles; Huntsville, AL

"I was educated and blessed by Dr. Flood and the course material. There was an incredible amount of useful information provided in a short period of time. I would definitely recommend this course on Pastoral Counseling for anyone who counsels or wishes to do so."  

Terry Taylor; Decatur, 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

"I really enjoyed the class. Lance was very engaging and truly understood the material he was presenting. His knowledge was so awesome. He kept the whole class engaged and also made it really fun to learn!"  

Shanda Lewis; Aurora, CO

"By far one of the best ways to spend a weekend! The course material was extremely relevant for those who serve in the ministry, as well as the instructor being both engaging and informative. We will definitely be taking more courses through Tennessee Valley Ministry Institute!"  

Tianna Watkins; Gadsden, AL

"I'm so happy I took my next step with the pastoral counseling certificate program. It was worth it! The content was digestible, practical, and beneficial for the work I do daily. The instructor was engaging, extremely knowledgeable, and willing to share information that would prepare you for this ministry. Next step - advanced certificate!"  

Natasha White; Miami, FL