“…the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

2 Corinthians 1:3-4


The Cove is focused on helping individuals seek Christ-centered solutions to life’s struggles through our Christian counseling services. Our pastoral and lay counselors have been trained to help individuals bring help and healing through God’s truth, using  a Biblically-based, solution-focused counseling approach. Trained lay counselors facilitate counseling through a triadic approach that involves the Holy Spirit, counselee, and the counselor, towards spiritual maturity and psycho-social-emotional health.

Our pastoral and lay counselors provide counseling services for adolescents and adults.

Counseling services are provided at no cost and is available to the community.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for counseling, please call 904-287-0996 or click on the button below to fill out an online request.

Counseling Ministry Model

The Cove Counseling Ministry offers Biblical Christian counseling from pastoral and lay counselors who are trained and credentialed through American Association of Christian Counselors. Our lay counselors are held accountable and answer to the Pastor of The Cove Ministry.

Note: Lay counselors offer counseling and discipleship under the umbrella of The Cove Ministry at Fruit Cove Baptist Church. Some of our lay counselors may have professional education or experience, however while serving at The Cove, they do not offer the same professional services as they would outside of The Cove.

Goal of Counseling

We are dedicated to fulfilling God’s direction to comfort those in affliction(2 Corinthains 1:3-4). It is the goal of the Cove Counseling Ministry to provide an environment for individuals to seek help with spiritual and mental health issues. You can expect that our lay counselors will help guide you through the counseling process founded on a  Christocentric counseling worldview. Our counselors are dedicated to showing you the truth of God’s word and imitate Christ’s unconditional love when helping individuals. Our goal is to speak the truth in love.

We are here to help and guide you through the issues you face. While you may find a friend in your counselor, we are here to be more than simply a sounding board. We want to help you apply God’s solutions to your problems.

Expectation of Counseling

We know that life often causes pain that needs to be met with a warm smile and a calming place. We believe our counseling ministry can help you or provide you with resources, no matter the issue you are facing. You will enjoy a meaningful conversation, be presented with biblical solutions and go home with clear next steps. Each subsequent session will remain focused on helping you and applying God’s solutions accurately.

If the counselor believes that he or she is unable to adequately help an individual with a severe mental health issue, the counselor will refer the individual to a licensed professional counselor who may be better able to assist the individual.


We pride ourselves on being as confidential as possible. Our counselors have all agreed to keep the utmost confidentiality when working with you by signing both The Cove confidentiality agreement and adhere to the American Association of Christian Counselors Code of Ethics

Confidentiality is an essential element of the counseling relationship. Individual’s information will be carefully guarded and kept strictly confidential unless the individual gives prior authorization to share the information. In the case of a minor, the parent can give authorization to release information. The exceptions to this would be:

  • If a person discloses intent to harm himself/herself or someone else.
  • If a sexual advance is made or the counselee asks the counselor to violate any element of the American Association of Christian Counselors Code of Ethics.
  • If information is disclosed to the counselor that there is evidence or reasonable suspicion of abuse against a minor child, elder person, or dependent adult.
  • If a subpoena or other court order is received directing the disclosure of information.
  • If you are consulting with the director of The Cove or other Cove lay counselors.

It is the intention of our counselors to maintain confidentiality and seek every effort to resolve problems as privately as possible.

Support and Recovery

The Cove seeks to offer various support and recovery group ministries to help individuals struggling with life issues. The goal of our Support & Recovery ministry is to provide a supportive and safe environment where individuals can find healing in a group environment. Our  groups include those specific to divorce, grief, unplanned pregnancy, and life issues. 

This group provides emotional, practical, and spiritual support for single, young pregnant women who find themselves in an unexpected pregnancy.


Another ministry focus of The Cove is to be a resource for providing various enrichment and education initiatives for church members and the community. The Cove will offer marital, parenting, addiction, and other various topics impacting the church and the community. It is our hope that The Cove can provide Christ-centered guidance and resources to empower change through the Holy Spirit.


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Fruit Cove Baptist Church Annex Building

 210 N Ridgecrest Lane  32259
(904) 287-0996

Ministry Leadership

Doug Kowieski, Cove Ministry Director


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