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Counseling Group

Lay Biblical Counselling

About Lay Biblical Counselling

Grandview’s Lay Biblical Counselling Ministry exists to strengthen and support the pathway of Bible-based Christian discipleship. It offers counsellees a source of truth, delivered with grace, from Christian brothers and sisters. As a church we are called to love and support one another. Our Lay Biblical Counselling Ministry aims to equip and train men and women from our church so that they can offer support and Biblical counsel to those in our church who are going through difficult times.

Why Biblical Counselling?

We believe that the truth of the Bible is foundational to providing solutions for most personal and interpersonal challenges that people face, as well as for finding life meaning, purpose, worth and satisfaction. Therefore, this ministry is founded on Biblical beliefs and values which establish the basis for practice by our Biblical counsellors.

The Biblical Counselling service is provided only for those who attend Grandview Church and there is no cost. We require each person to go through an interview and intake process to establish what their need is to best support the individual. All counselling will be held in our church building in designated rooms or online depending on the counsellees preferences.

Get Started!

If you are interested in receiving counselling please contact Pastor Andrew to schedule an interview.


Each of our counsellors are certified with the Association of Biblical Counsellors (ABC). They are equipped to offer wise counsel, based on Biblical principles, to those who require it and desire it. The focus of this ministry is “speaking the truth in love”.

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Marg Ridpath

Marg and her husband Ian, have been attending Grandview Church for 2 years since moving from Ottawa to Waterloo. She has served in Care, Women and LifeGroups. Marg’s passion is to love, worship, disciple and counsel with the Truth of God’s Word and be transformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ. She is praying that the Lord will use His Word to heal and free those seeking His counsel as a counsellor of this ministry.

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Ian Ridpath

Ian and his wife Marg have been attending Grandview Church for 2 years where they have served in multiple ministries including Care, Men and LIfeGroups. They have four grown children and 12 grandchildren. Ian’s heart is to see all believers come to a deeper understanding and walk, as passionate disciples, of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Ian believes that Jesus is the ultimate healer of all that afflicts humankind. The Word of God, understood through the Holy Spirit, has the answers to all of life’s difficulties and a pursuit of Him is the best way to fulfil His desire that all be restored to the loving, intimate relationship that He originally had with His creation.

Kitty Piltman

Kitty is a servant of Jesus, wife, mother, grandmother, and sister in Christ. She has almost 17 years’ experience working in the field of mental health and addictions, and 10 years volunteering at the federal women’s prison, ministering God’s word and walking beside the broken hearted. Kitty, along with her husband, has been attending Grandview for 26 years.  Her passion is walking alongside other women and encouraging them to grow in a deeper love relationship with Jesus. Her joy is encouraging women to find their sense of self worth in none other but Jesus, to hunger for His word and find strength through His Holy Spirit to live a life worthy of His calling.

Margaret Osei

Margaret has been married to her husband Ernest for 32 years and has been blessed with 3 children; Derek and Beverley who are in post-secondary studies and Yvonne who lives and works in Toronto. Margaret has been attending Grandview for 15 years where she served in multiple ministries in Children and Care Ministries. Margaret is passionate about talking to people, and the Lord has used her in various ways to reach out to people in their time of hurting and suffering. Margaret believes that Christians are called to counsel. There are many among us and within the church and the Christian community who are hurting and will benefit from Biblical counselling.

Kevin Pearson

Kevin, along with his wife Bonnie of 41 years, is a father of two adult sons and grandfather to two grandsons. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Windsor and 40 years of work experience in business to business sales representation and is now happily retired. Kevin and Bonnie have been attending Grandview for over 35 years and have served in multiple ministries including one-on-one discipling and LifeGroups. God has given Kevin a love for His word and a love for people and a willingness to share in their lives.

Susanne Marchment

Susanne and her husband, Paul, have been attending Grandview for 22 years with their two boys, Richard and Andrew, and they quickly became involved in church life. Susanne believes God has called her to serve God’s hurting people who are going through difficult times. Susanne works full-time as an administrative assistant.

Got questions or want more

Contact Andrew DeGraaf

Pastor of Care

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