When human beings give their heartfelt allegiance to and worship that which is not God, they progressively cease to reflect the image of God. One of the primary laws of human life is that you become like what you worship; what’s more, you reflect what you worship not only to the object itself but also outward to the world around. Those who worship money increasingly define themselves in terms of it and increasingly treat other people as creditors, debtors, partners, or customers rather than as human beings. Those who worship power define themselves in terms of it and treat other people as either collaborators, competitors, or pawns. These and many other forms of idolatry combine in a thousand ways, all of them damaging to the image-bearing quality of the people concerned and of those whose lives they touch.
— N.T. Wright

The Uniqueness of Biblical Counseling

Biblical counseling is rooted in the understanding that we live in God's world and that He, who created us for Himself, knows best how life should go. The Bible offers us a different lens through which to see all of life and a different story to help us to make sense of our lives and the world in which we live. Through Biblical Counseling, we seek to connect Scripture to life, to retell one's story as part of a grander, more glorious story, and to encounter the God who knows us most deeply and changes us most beautifully. Together, we move toward Jesus, the Most Beautiful One, who is The Way, The Truth and The Life.

Biblical counseling is also rooted in Scripture and in God's grand redemption story of rescue and renewal. While many modern psychologies and methodologies are a means of God's grace, they often fail to adequately address the heart and typically fail to provide a life-giving, gospel lens. Biblical counselors are committed to thinking critically when evaluating and employing any means of help and reinterpreting them through the lens of the gospel in order to address the heart and promote deeper, lasting change.

About David

David has always had a passion to know and love God and people and to compassionately care for souls. David’s educational journey began by completing his B.S. in Psychology through University of California Davis, then pursing studies in Marriage and Family Therapy at Sacramento State University, and earning his Masters of Divinity through Fuller Theological Seminary. But it was David’s studies in Biblical Counseling through Westminster Theological Seminary and Christian Counseling Education Foundation that defined his counseling ministry and practice. David’s education and extensive experience in pastoral care as an ordained pastor have helped him to better understand the human struggle through a biblical lens. David continues to strive to better understand who God is and how He rescues us, who we are and why we do what we do, and how God pursues us in His love and changes us by His grace.

David has been married to his wife, Joanne, since 1997 and they live with their two children, Caleb and Abigail, in the San Gabriel Valley where they are active members of Pacific Crossroads Church plant The Way (Presbyterian Church of America).
 

"I'm always striving to better understand who God is and how He rescues us, who we are and why we do what we do, and how God pursues us in His love and always changes us by his grace."  - David Pak

"I'm always striving to better understand who God is and how He rescues us, who we are and why we do what we do, and how God pursues us in His love and always changes us by his grace." - David Pak

About The Way Biblical Counseling Ministry

The Way Biblical Counseling Ministry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit ministry which exists to support biblical counseling in the Los Angeles area; the ministry was established and is now governed by the Lord and a community who believe in its value.

Board of Directors:
Darin Kita, President
Warren Leung, Secretary
Janelle Hu, Treasurer
David Pak, Executive Director
Jacqueline Granger, Director