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"The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases..."    

Welcome. I am so thankful that you have chosen to visit the Agape website. My prayer is that you will take time to read this home page, investigate the site as you wish, and then prayerfully consider coming in for a free consultation to see if counseling here will provide you with the kind of help you need.
 
The Beginning: We were created for joyful, shame-free communion with God and with each other. And that was how life started out for our first ancestors.
The Fall: But from the beginning, we have been making decisions to do it our own w
ay instead of God's way, and the first evidence of this was the shame Adam and Eve discovered upon sin and death entering into their lives. Their uncommon joy also came to an end. The effects of sin and death are passed down generationally. And our sins and the sins of others impact us deeply.

Life is hard this side of heaven. We humans, though wonderfully created in the image of God, are sinners in need of the grace, mercy and new life offered by Jesus. We have related issues too - marital strife, intimacy struggles, depression, wounds from the past, and addictions, are just some of the challenges we face. Identifying the root issues can be difficult, especially with all the confusing messages we receive from our culture and companies spending billions of dollars to influence our thinking.
 
Word and Spirit: Christian Counseling is so helpful because of the power and wisdom of God's Word and Spirit to provide real, long-term solutions and actual healing to those in need. At Agape, counseling sessions begin and end with prayer in reliance on God to provide wisdom and discernment for the session and to bless you as you go out.
 
Hope: The greatest gift of Christian counseling is Jesus Christ. He is Savior of all who will believe in Him, trusting in Him alone for the forgiveness of their sins and the restoration of their souls. Jesus is also the One who cleanses us from all the filth and stains left by those who have hurt us. Real meaning and real hope is found in Jesus and it is to Him we look as we begin the restoration process in whatever issue we may confront. Ultimately, the highest end of Christian counseling is to assist you in establishing a deep and growing satisfaction in all that Christ is for you, in order that you would get the joy, and God would get the glory, forever. Please see the What is Christian Counseling? page for more information on Agape's beliefs about Christian counseling.
 
Agape
: How do you pronounce Agape and what does it mean? agápē comes from the common Greek language used during Jesus' earthly ministry and is translated in texts like the New Commandment of Jesus found in John 13:34-35 as "love." However, this does not capture its full meaning. Jesus uses this Greek word to denote the kind of love He loved us with: an otherworldly, unconditional love by which we would love one another and so show the world we are His disciples. I wanted that kind of love built into the very name of the counseling practice I started so that it would be foundational to everything we are about.

Qualifications: My experience and education include counseling in Agape since 2007; being mentored by a Christian Marriage and Family Therapist for two years, being mentored by my Pastor for Counseling for two years; three years as the ordained pastor of a church where I counseled couples and individuals with various issues; serving as a licensed attorney since 1998 (with some experience in family law); and four years as a medical specialist in the Army where I first learned of my gift and joy in caring for others during clinical rotations and in the field.

I hold the degrees of Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Mary's University of Minnesota; Master of Divinity, cum laude, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (where I received the pastoral counseling award and was mentored for two years by the counseling department's co-founder); Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota (where I served as co-chair of the Christian Legal Society, led a small group and took family law); and the Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota, Duluth (where I served as President of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a "student pastor" role, for two years). I have been leading small groups and helping people grow in their faith since 1993. I have completed mediation training certified by the Minnesota Supreme Court in the areas of civil and family law matters, and volunteer with Community Mediation Services. Finally, I continue to further my education and have completed post-graduate coursework in Christian Sex Therapy (there is only one school in America, located in Atlanta - fortunately it is GREAT!). I continue to receive mentoring from incredibly gifted Christian counselors who are among the best in their fields.

Memberships: Association of Biblical Counselors (www.christiancounseling.com) and the American Association of Christian Counselors (www.AACC.net).



Christian Counseling must be "Christ-centered, biblically-based, and Spirit-filled to the glory of God and for the blessing and healing of His people. Christian counseling should also be characterized by agape or Christlike love that is the fruit of the Holy Spirit." By God's grace, it is my prayer that Agape Christian Counselors will always reflect these ideals.

Agape Christian Counselors provides confidential Christian counseling and Christian marriage counseling services in the new West End of St. Louis Park, near eastern Minnetonka, to Minneapolis, St. Paul & the Twin Cities, Minnesota, in the following areas:
  • Marriage Counseling - it is never too late and there is always reason to hope. I am continually amazed at how the Holy Spirit can take two people, who cannot remember that they love each other anymore, and through the counseling process emerge as Christ-centered friends and lovers. Our goal is never to just "save the marriage." It is to end up with a joyful one. At first, I am sometimes the only one in the room with that hope, but that's o.k. All it takes is honesty, openness and willingness!
  • Premarital Counseling - a relatively small investment now can avoid numerous pitfalls and provides so much joy in starting out with God at the center of your marriage. This is the person you are going to spend the rest of your life with. Isn't it worth taking some time to truly get to know him/her and learning about, and overcoming, significant issues before you make this lifetime commitment? Most premarital counseling is only three sessions long and does not even cover sexual issues at all, much less on an in depth level. And that's just one significant issue that is not covered.
  • Trained Facilitator for the Prepare/Enrich Program. A helpful premarital / marital assessment tool used in conjunction with counseling.
  • Family Counseling - when possible, it can be so helpful to involve others in the healing process. And, family can include those closest to you who are not related to you.
  • Individual Counseling - when you feel you just need private, confidential time to heal.
  • Group Sessions. Supporting wives of adulterers and sex addicts, male porn addicts and / or sex addicts, and other issues as enough people show interest.
  • Sexual Wholeness Counseling / Christian Sex Therapy. More than simply "how to" counseling, we examine God's desire for married couples to have joy in their intimate relationship and all the factors that may be working against your joy in intimacy. As we discover the biblical, physical, spiritual, traumatic, biological, etc., factors, you get the joy of glorifying God as you enjoy walking the pathway to greater joy in intimacy.
  • Counseling in areas such as:
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Addiction & Alcoholism
    • Pornography and/or Sex Addiction - Feeling Unable to Escape
    • Help with Sexuality Issues in a Safe, Grace-filled Environment
    • Spiritual Issues (while all issues are spiritual, sometimes you may want to focus on issues like spiritual abuse, an inability to experience God's love, or simply being stuck in your relationship with God)
    • Trauma and Abuse
    • Transition Issues
  • Singles Counseling
  • Seminars and Conferences on marriage, Christ-like sexual wholeness, sexual addiction, and other topics, at the facility of your choice. Also, Agape's facilities can accommodate conferences, seminars, and group sessions.
  • Referrals (I am not too proud to admit when I am unable to effectively assist you, and am always ready to offer a referral to a medical professional or other counselor for a particular need you may have)
Please take advantage of a free initial consultation. You may call (612) 321-8569,  [(612) 3218 JOY], or email agape[at]agapecounselors.com to set up your free initial consultation.* This will give us a chance to meet each other and see if this is a good fit before moving forward with counseling. I look forward to the opportunity to meet you and to listen to your needs. It would be my joy to to come alongside you and help you accomplish your goals with God's gracious help.
 
Soli Deo Gloria, David Hovis, Founder (along with my support team below!)

                       

Open Monday - Saturday, by appointment only
(hours are roughly M-F 9-6, Sat. 9-2:00)

Agape Christian Counselors, LLC Parkdale Plaza


1660 Highway 100 South,
Suite 500
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416
Located in the West End on the SE Corner of Gamble Drive a
nd Utica Avenue S

NOTE: Please use the directions and large map from the Appointments and Directions page if you have any questions.                                                                        
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(612) 3218 JOY** | (612) 321-8569 
fax:        (612) 486 - 9330
            

              agape[at]agapecounselors.com**
 
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