Care & Counseling

If you are in need of brief counsel during this time, please contact (760) 781-2108 and leave your name and number. Someone in our Care & Counseling ministry will call you back for a short counseling/prayer session. Thank You.

CARE: Compassion, Awareness, Redemption & Empathy

Our mission is to offer CARE to the family of God and to our community.

When we are broken and broken-hearted, we need the compassion of a loving God (Psalm 116:5), the awareness of our deepest need (Rom. 3:23), an understanding of the redemptive heart of God (Col. 1:13-14), and someone to partner with us who will demonstrate empathy (2 Tim. 3:16).


Summer Heart Healers Class

CLICK HERE for more details about our Summer Heart Healers Class (there is no cost to attend).


Counseling Ministries Available at EFCC

Another key component of Care & Counseling is our counseling ministry.

Crisis Counseling
Chip Whitman, EFCC’s Pastor of Care & Counseling

Biblical Counseling
Kathy Moratto, Director of Biblical Counseling, including Set Free Christ-centered Recovery

Lay Counseling
A trained team of lay counselors are available to assist in finding biblical approaches to resolving emotional, behavioral or relational issues. Lay counselors are supervised by Kathy Moratto.

Living Free in Christ
Key Leader: Sharon Chapman, Director of Freedom in Christ Ministries
This ministry area offers a biblical approach to encourage spiritual and emotional growth through classes and counsel. Classes include Truths That TransformDiscipleship Journey and the Grace Course.

Marriage Mentors
Key Leaders: Cherryl Early, (760) 781-2108
Provides couple-to-couple companioning through the challenges of married life on a weekly basis, helping couples to grow in Christian maturity. Marriage retreats and other seminars are offered through the year as well.

Premarital Counseling
Key Leaders: Will & Linda McLennan – offering extensive eight-week sessions to prepare those considering marriage. All classes require a pastoral interview before entering the class. Cost: $80 per couple, plus an additional $35 for one online test. EMAIL US for more details.

Remarriage Counseling
Key Leaders: Mark & Cheryl Gray – offering extensive 10-week sessions to those preparing for second marriages at EFCC. All classes require a pastoral interview before entering the class. Cost: $80 per couple, plus an additional $35 for one online test.

To make an appointment
 with any of the above counselors, please contact Cherryl Early at (760) 781-2108 or contact us via e-mail.

RESOLVE – Relational Wisdom 360 and Biblical Peacemaking
Key Leader: Judy Steidl – The mission of the RESOLVE Ministry Fellowship is to provide biblical resources for increased relational wisdom, compassionate conflict resolution, and biblical mediation, while uniting to serve God as peacemakers throughout the region.


Support Groups & Classes at EFCC

One of our key ministries to EFCC attendees, members and the local community is to provide care through Support Groups. EFCC offers the following support groups, which are currently not meeting, though some groups may be meeting online. When in session, all support groups meet on the EFCC campus. Feel free to contact the group leader for more information.

Chronic Illness Support Group
Key contacts: Lynne Bechard, (858) 229-6026
Offers encouragement, support and medical information to anyone facing health challenges. Usually meets the second Tuesday evening of the month at EFCC (except December).

Crossroads
Key contact: Fred & Gayle Folbrecht
This ministry is designed to assist those who are unemployed and seeking help. Meetings are by appointment only.

Family Grace Group
Key contact: Judy Mapston, (858) 603-4085
For family members with loved ones affected by mental health issues. Some areas addressed are depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, and OCD. Meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at EFCC when in session.

Fearless Love
Key contact: Cherryl Early, (760) 781-2108
A monthly support group for family members of homosexuals, providing a safe place to share the challenges and issues you’re experiencing, along with the effects on family members. Meets on the second Saturday morning of each month at EFCC (when in session, but this group is currently not meeting).

Grief Support (& GriefShare)
Key contact: Pastor Chip Whitman, (760) 781-2108
*Please note: All GriefShare and Grief Support programs will resume in January 2021.
Several one-day seminars and multi-week workshops are usually offered during the year to provide education and assistance in coping with the loss of a loved one. Also, an eight-week seminar and support group with Pastor Chip Whitman also is offered when Grief Share is in session.*

Heart Healers & Divorce Care
Key contact: Michael McGinnis, (619) 981-3222
Note: This group is currently meeting online on Wednesday nights for the summer — CLICK HERE for info. Offering support, encouragement and education for anyone suffering the separation or termination of a relationship or marriage. Contact us for more details.

Living Grace Group
Key contact: Beth Dominque, (760) 291-7659
If you’re experiencing depression, anxiety, panic, and negative, racing thoughts, this class is for you. Discover simple ways to improve daily life, maintain mental and mood stability, and renew faith and community. There is a $25 fee per person. Class is currently not in session, but usually meets on Monday nights at EFCC,

Set Free Christ-centered Recovery Ministries
Key contact: Kathy Moratto, (760) 781-2108
Set Free on-campus meetings have resumed. CLICK HERE for more info.
Set Free meets on Friday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at EFCC (when in session). Set Free offers the following support groups:

• Men’s anger group
• Men’s chemical dependency
• Women’s chemical dependency
• Men’s sexual addiction
• Women’s codependency
• Women’s codependency (for women struggling with sexual woundedness)


Contact Us
(760) 781-2108 | Click to e-mail us

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