Our team of counselors at Biblical Counseling of Arizona serve at various churches in the Phoenix area in the Biblical counseling field. Each counselor offers services unique to their background, training, and experience.
Biblical Counseling of Arizona was founded with mission to assist our community, regardless of race, creed, religion or tradition, and to experience personal revival and direction through Biblical counseling.
Chuck Bishop founded and has led Royal Covers of Arizona, a construction company in Mesa since 1979. He is an elder at Redemption Church Gilbert where he has attended for over 25 years. He sits on the board of Mt. Nebo Prison Ministry. Leads weekly home group bible studyHe has three grown children, many grandchildren and has married to Kathi since 1982. He enjoys seeing people’s lives changed through Jesus Christ and the power of the word of God.
Kathi BishopVice President & Co-Founder
Kathi Bishop is the founder of Biblical Counseling of Arizona. She serves as a counselor at Redemption Church. She is a graduate of Arizona State University. She counseled at Crisis Pregnancy Center. Kathi is ACBC Certified since 2012 and is CCEF trained. She has a certificate as a AZ State Mediator and Peacemakers ministry. Kathi is a conference speaker and teacher of the Word. She has been married to Chuck since 1982. They have 3 children, many grandchildren and more to come!
Counselors & Staff
Sandra Bacon has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Counseling, a Foundations Certificate from CCEF and has completed additional coursework in Marriage and Family Counseling. She and David Bacon, married since 1989, have two adult children and are members of Missio Dei Communities in Tempe where they lead biblical studies on marriage and premarital counseling. Sandy has enjoyed leading workshops, retreats, and discipleship groups for women in her desire to see women grow personally and in their relationship to the Lord.
Blaine Barber graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a B.A. in Religion. He holds a Masters of
Divinity degree from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. Blaine has 27 years of
pastoral experience, 23 years in the U.S. and 4 years in Jerusalem, Israel. He and Kristine have been
married 41 years and they have been in the Middle East for the last 11 years of ministry. Not only
serving as a missionary Blaine had a dual role of pastoring and helping take care of the counseling needs
of their colleagues. Besides a Chaplaincy course and psychology courses in college and seminary, Blaine
is in the process of being certified by ACBC. He and Kris attend Light in the Desert Church on E. Baseline
Joe Leavell is a teacher, counselor, blogger, punster, and I have a pastor’s heart. I have been married to my beautiful long time best friend, Rebekah, since June 2001. We have 4 beautiful children, Philip, Caleb, Sophia and Nathan. Raised in a pastor’s family, became a believer at a young age and find much joy in a crazy life carved out from a loving pursuit of knowing Him. Credentials: Pastoral degree from International Baptist College (2003); M.S. in Biblical Counseling from Master’s University (2015); Level 2 certification (ACBC)
Kimball Parker Counselor
Kimball Parker completed dual majors of economics and math with a computer science emphasis for his Bachelor’s Degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University. He graduated from Thunderbird (Glendale, AZ) with a Masters of International Management. Kimball completed all CCEF certificates and holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is ACBC and IABC certified. He counsels marriages with his wife, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Parker Counselor
Elizabeth Parker holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, has completed all CCEF Certificates and has earned a Masters in Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. She is ACBC and IABC certified. Elizabeth has been married to Kimball since 1992. Together they counsel marriages.
CHILESA J. READY holds degrees in English and Political Science (BA) and a doctorate degree in law (J.D.). She is an IABC certified Biblical Counselor. Chilesa travels as a conference speaker training, equipping and inspiring audiences to live without limit! She also ministers with Prison Fellowship and is a part of the teaching staff at Hope Women’s Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Chilesa is Co-founder of MoveU4Ward, LLC and has authored two books: Living the Limitless Life and The Five Week Marriage Tune Up Devotional. Chilesa attends Kingdom in the Valley Christian Church and has been married to Marcus since 2000. She has three amazing children.
Larry was born and raised in Iowa and holds degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Iowa State University. He is a recently retired pastor who attended Phoenix Seminary and has 20+ years of pastoral, elder, and biblical counseling experience. He and his wife Trish have made Gilbert their home for the past 30 years, and they have two adult sons, Christian and Scott.
Janice has a Business degree from the University of Phoenix and is Level One certified with Association of Biblical Counselors. She counseled for 7 years at Redemption Church in Gilbert, Arizona and has attended there since November 2000. She is passionate to see God’s transforming work be done through His word in the willing hearts that He brings to counseling. Janice and her husband Joe have been married since March of 1990 and have two daughters and three grandchildren.
Born and raised in Taiwan, Echo is a graduate of ASU, ACBC Certified Biblical Counselor, writer of children’s stories, international conference speaker, and lecturer of Biblical Counseling. Echo is married to Jeff, they have three adult children and one grandchild. She serves at Faith Church of the Valley and makes endeavors to change the culture of the communities for the gospel through writing, counseling, teaching, volunteering, and public-speaking.
Tanner is the Treasurer for Biblical Counseling of Arizona. As VP for RoyalCovers of Arizona, his talents will be greatly appreciated at our non-profit counseling center. He is married to Jenna and has 4 children.
Contact a Member of Our Team
Please contact us with any questions that your have about our services. We are ready to talk to you!