About Us

Meet the Team

Laura Chica
Assistant Director, Instructor

Laura Chica has a pastor husband, four incredible adult children, one amazing teenager, two beloved sons-in-law, and a pack of labradoodles she calls her family. She is a popular and much-loved biblical counselor in Salem, Oregon and serves as the Director of Women’s Biblical Counseling at Salem Heights Church. Laura uses her great passion and love for women to walk with them as they learn how to take joy in the personal narrative story God is writing in their lives. She is a sought-after speaker for women’s events and also is an instructor in training biblical counselors.

Carl Chica
Director, Instructor

Carl Chica is a pastor at Salem Heights Church. He oversees the biblical counseling ministry and the Made to Minister training for biblical counseling and community education. He teaches in a variety of church and conference settings, serves as an adjunct instructor at Corban University and provides biblical counseling to individuals and families. Carl holds a master’s degree in Marriage, Family and Child counseling from California State University. He and his wife, Laura, have five children. They enjoy ministering together as counselors and training pastors in how to care for their congregations.

Emily Dempster
Training Center Coordinator, Instructor

Emily Dempster serves as a biblical counselor and the Made to Minister training coordinator at Salem Heights Church in Salem, Oregon. She has a deep passion to see women defined not by their circumstances but by who they were created to be. Compelled by her passion for God’s Word and discipleship in the local church she works hard at counseling and encouraging women and developing curriculum to be used in the discipleship process. She earned her Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University Theological Seminary. Married 20 years to Ryan, they have two busy teenagers.

Bethany Schultz
Ministry Assistant

Bethany is a busy mom of four: three rowdy boys and one sweet girl. She loves ministering to women, guiding them to a love, passion, and hope in Christ, through bible studies and the counseling ministry. She serves as one of the ministry assistants for the biblical counseling ministry and the Made to Minister Training Center. She’s been happily married for almost 19 years to a wonderful man who loves to serve alongside her at church and home.

Lianna Hayes
Ministry Assistant

Lianna is a ministry assistant for the biblical counseling ministry and an assistant to Carl & Laura Chica. She is involved in growth groups and various women’s ministry events at Salem Heights Church. Lianna loves seeing the truth of the Gospel change people’s lives and fill them with hope. She and her husband, Wendel, have been married since 2007 and have two children.

 

Aaron and Angi Greene
Instructors

Aaron and Angi Greene serve as biblical counselors at Salem Heights Church.  They minister to individuals and couples with the goal of bringing a Biblical perspective and gospel hope to the circumstances people face.  Aaron and Angi count it a great privilege to walk alongside people and encourage them in to find hope in Christ and true joy in walking with the Lord.  They have been married for 25 years and have 3 children.

 

 

Ron Alsum
Instructor

Ron has been married to his college sweetheart for 25 years. They are raising Isaiah (19), Eli (16), Sawyer (13) and 7-year old Finley. Ron serves as a biblical counselor at Salem Heights Church as well as an instructor of the Made to Minister counselor training. He has a passion for walking alongside men and couples, encouraging them in the gospel and challenging them to walk worthy of their high calling. Ron holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Corban University and has found great joy in the story that God is writing in his life.

Kendra Qual
Media Coordinator

Kendra is a Corban University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Counseling and Clinical Psychology. She is married to her husband, Wallace, who is active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard. Together they enjoy traveling and enjoying the great outdoors. Kendra serves as our media coordinator, helping to keep us connected and up to date through the latest technology.

Made to Minister is committed to the Old and New Testaments as the only authoritative rule of faith and practice. Both the faith and personal life of the biblical counselor and approach to biblical counseling theory and practice are established on the principles of Scripture.

These principles we affirm are:

  1. that the Bible is the only inspired, infallible and authoritative Word of God;
  2. that there is only one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
  3. the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His substitutionary and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father and His personal return in power and glory;
  4. that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential;
  5. that a person becomes justified by grace through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ;
  6. the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by who’s indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life;
  7. the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation;
  8. the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and His church.

Explaining the Difference Between Nouthetic and Biblical Counseling:

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/two-sides-of-the-counseling-coin/

Our Mission

We believe the primary context of counseling should be in community and that we, as believers are called to counsel. Therefore, we seek to come alongside the local church to equip them to respond in crisis by providing training through the Equipped to Counsel course, training events, and conferences. Our goal is to return counseling to the local church.

The History of Made to Minister

In 1994 the Elder’s at Salem Heights Church (SHC) saw a need to offer biblical counsel to church members in need. The original effort to fulfill this need resulted in the hiring of two professionally trained counselors. Each counselor hired had been trained in counseling theory and Bible. These two individuals were to offer counseling services 5-10 hours a week. As the ministry continued to offer biblical counseling to church members the ministry also grew in its outreach to the community.

By the early 2000’s the ministry had grown to a size that we were not always able to meet the need of the amount of counseling requests. Most often the solution was to make referrals to Christian Professionals in the community that provided counseling on a fee bases. As we continued to see the need for biblical counsel grow, we began a strategy to provide training in the local church in order to equip lay Biblical Counselors. Our first efforts began with the use of a variety of books and curriculum. The foundational study content was provided by Master’s College on pastoral and biblical counseling. This training allowed us to train and supervise lay Biblical counselors to meet the needs of SHC and the community.

As an established Biblical Counseling ministry, our next stage of development would pursue additional training for our lay counselors, an opportunity to interact with other professional and lay counselors, and the credibility and accountability of a National Certification. In 2013 the ministry at SHC began to seek certification from the Association of Biblical Counseling (ABC) for lay Biblical Counselors and began to train ministry staff with the training materials provided by ABC called “Equipped to Counsel.”

In 2015 SHC fulfilled the requirements to provide training and supervision to offer national certification as an ABC Regional Training Center. In 2018 we will train our 5th and 6th cohort. These cohorts include lay members serving in a variety of roles in the local church, professional counselors seeking Biblical training, and full time ministers and Pastor’s. In addition, we have provided training for members and ministry staff from about 19 congregations within the Willamette Valley.

We have applied the “Equipped to Counsel” curriculum as a ministry training tool and missionary care in Mexico, Guatemala, Haiti, and Russia. Our desire is to offer training to individuals, congregations, and leaders in
the ministry of the Word of God in the form of biblical counseling/discipleship.