George J. Mendes, M.Div., D.Min.Pastoral Counselor
“Nobody knows the trouble I’ve been through, nobody knows my sorrow.” Many of us can identify with this lyric from the old spiritual hymn – our life challenges and problems often feel that they are unique to who we are and how we are experiencing them. While our relationship with our problems is always a deeply personal one, the Bible teaches that there is “nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9); we are all fragile people in a broken world. Yet, God is eager to enter into the midst of our complicated lives as we “obtain guidance” (Proverbs 1:5) that is grounded in His wisdom and will lead us in “the way we should go” (Psalm 32:8).
George believes counseling is a collaborative process where both counselor and client work together in identifying issues and establishing therapy goals to facilitate personal growth and healing. Offering counseling and guidance from a biblical perspective, George’s counseling strengths and interests include: general and personal relationship challenges/issues; couples and family counseling, military family and life issues, and “seasons of life” concerns such as mid-life and grief.
George has a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth, Texas) and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, Calif.). He is working on a Master of Arts in Counseling from LeTourneau University (Longview, Texas). Although George is a counseling student intern, he draws upon over 23 years of pastoral ministry experience that includes counseling with individuals, couples, and families.
George is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. He and his wife Sheila have three children.
Office Phone: (904) 269-0886