Philippine Association of Christian Counselors, PACC for short, was formed out of the vision of a group of Filipino counselors of creating an association of Christian counselors for mutual encouragement and enrichment. In 1998 Dr. David Benner came to Alliance Graduate School (formerly Alliance Biblical Seminary) for a summer module, the group sought his advice on how to put together a Christian counselors’ association. Dr. Fred Gingrich, chairperson of the AGS Counseling Program, then gave his full support of the idea and thus the first brainstorming meeting was held on February 20, 1999 at AGS. At that time Nineteen (19) counselors representing Asian Theological Seminary (ATS), Alliance Graduate School (AGS), 700 Club, Door of Hope & DZAS participated in the gatherings. Two meetings later it was decided that a committee be formed to handle logistics.
PACC is a founding member of the Asian Christian Counseling Association (ACCA).
PACC is a professional organization of Christian counselors dedicated to help people achieve emotional, psychological, relational, and spiritual wholeness while maintaining the highest ethical standards in counseling practice.
Strengthening people helpers to care
Our Core Values
Biblical Foundations of the Code
We acknowledge that God the Father is the sovereign Creator of all.
Jesus Christ is the Wonderful Counselor and the Author of our profession, and is our Model for Christian counseling practice and ministry (Isaiah 61:1-3).
The Holy Spirit is our Comforter and Partner in the therapeutic process (John 14:16; John 15:26; John 14:26).
Human beings are created in the image and likeness of God. Because of sin, pathological needs resulted, sinful choices are made causing problems and needing reconciliation with God, with human beings and with him/herself (Romans 3:23; Psalm 37:7; John 16:33; Romans 2:9).
It is the counselor’s task to help, encourage, comfort clients and each other in love (Acts 15:32; Romans 12:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:18; 2 Timothy 4:2; Hebrew 3:13; Hebrew 10:25; 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17; 1 Corinthians 14:3; 2 Corinthians 1:4; Revelations 3:19; Luke 17:3; Hebrew 12:5).
The goal of counseling is to restore the fallen human being to becoming what God intends him/her to be (Galatians 5:1; Galatians 6:1; Matthew 5:18; Matthew 18:15).
Counseling is to be done in excellence (Mark 7:37).
The PACC Code of Ethics has been adapted through the hard work of AGST Ed.D. in Counseling students under the supervision of Dr. & Mrs. Fred & Heather Gingrich.
Officially Registered with SEC
On January 11, 2000 a Board of Directors therefore was organized with Dr. Randy M. Dellosa of Life Change Recovery Center as PACC’s first Chairman. The group then being composed of seven (7) members; Cesar Cong as Vice-chairman, Dr. Al Cabrera, Sonia M. Berana, Linda Bubod, Phebe Pendon and Jane Lee were Directors. Consequently on July 19, 2000 PACC was officially registered with the Securities & Exchange Commission. In succeeding years, Ptr. Leo Armas as chairman, and later Mr. Toch Arellano was chairman (2004-2005). Other PACC directors soon followed and Sam Galvez, Joy Laverinto, and Libertine Lee were elected. The officers for 2008-2009 were: Chairman – Cesar Cong, Vice-Chairman – Jocelyn Laverinto, Secretary – Jane Lee, Treasurer – Doris Lim, PRO – Ali Gui, Oonah Castillo, Liaison Officers – Nathan Ramos, Ronaldo Avante, Member – Sonia Beraña.