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Thank you for visiting us today. Your decision to search for assistance is the first step that could help unlock the answers and life purpose for you, your family, and your relationships.


We endeavor to help repair and maintain the body, mind, and soul of the body of Christ through; the utilization of thoughtful prayer, by listening and obeying the Holy Spirit, teaching biblical principles, and conducting ourselves in an ethical manner while adhering to the strict rule of confidentiality.


  • We believe there is nothing impossible for God
  • We believe every person has a God-given purpose
  • We believe every person is responsible for his or her actions
  • We believe that the words you speak shape the world you live in
  • We believe that Love never fails

We pray that as you move forward in your quest for wholeness God will speak to you and show you His love in every step you take.


Pre-Counseling Form

Meet Our Counselors

Counseling has always been an integral part of the ministry here at Zoe Center. Our counselors are all dedicated to God and serving him, the ministry of counseling, are knowledgeable in their various areas of training and are committed to seeing you obtain personal spiritual growth; which will help you grow in your relationships and walk in your God-given purpose.

Jeremiah 29:11 



Minister Arnold Carter

Prepare and Enrich Counselor


Minister Carter received the Lord in 1977 and has faithfully followed him for 39 years. He has been an ordained minister for the last 18 years and a staff minister at Zoe Center for 27 years.


He obtained his certification for counseling and has remained active through the Pre-Marital and Marital Counseling Life Innovations Prepare/Enrich Marriage Training since 1997. Minister Carter has been on the Counseling Ministry Team of Zoe for 25 years.


Minister Carter has been married to Cynthia Carter for 43 years and has 5 daughters and 7 grandchildren.

: Tues 9 am – 5 pm, Wed 9 am – 10 am & 1 pm – 3 pm, Thurs 10 am – 4 pm 

*Pre-Marital/engaged couples required to complete an eight-week course. 



Jeff Hogan



Jeff and his wife have been married for 27 years and have raised two daughters. They have been members of Zoe Center for 12 years.


Jeff has a heart for struggling marriages & families. He has held various leadership positions in the ministry serving the body of Christ for 30 years. The knowledge he has gained over the years helped him develop the skills not only to help hurting families but also guide young men and women in their pursuit to serve God. He believes you must take personal responsibility and accountability for the words you speak and the actions you take.


“If you are ready and willing to make a new start, to change your life for the better, I am here to help.”

Availability: Thurs 6 pm – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 12 pm



Ralph and Cathy Lawson

Prepare and Enrich Facilitators & Trainers
Ordained Ministers



Ralph and Cathy Lawson have been Prepare and Enrich Facilitators since 2015. They have been marriage ministry leaders since 2007. Currently they are founders of Lawson Marriage Fellowship since 1993. The Lawsons have been dedicated members of Zoe Center since 1997. 


Their area of experience is in pre-marital and marriage relationships. Our vision for marriage ministry is to provide an oasis, a place where a husband and wife can have true communication.


“It is our desire to provide a place where couples can shed the weights of the day-to-day pressures that squeeze out God’s love for them.”


Availability*: Open– By appointment only.
*Pre-Marital/engaged couples required to complete an eight-week course. 



Elaine Lopez

Certified Faith-Based Clinical Counselor

Elaine Lopez and her husband David have been members of Zoe Center for over 15 years. She is a Certified Christian Counselor and Life Coach. She is a no nonsense type of counselor. Her areas of experience are relationships, marriage and grief. She believes that ultimately you are where you are because of the choices you have made for your life.


“If you are open to your mind being renewed by the Word of God and are willing to do the hard work you will experience the personal change you are seeking.”

Availability: Open



Shyrea Mills

Certified Faith-Based Clinical Counselor



Ms. Mills is an outstanding educator, counselor, leader and ordained minister. She has experience in all areas of counseling. Her heart to help the needy and hurting women have compelled her to be used by God anyway He chooses. She has studied Psychology and is a Certified Drug and Abuse Counselor.


Over the years, Ms. Mills has worked as an Executive Director, Compton Welfare Rights Organization, Executive Board member of Zoe Center, and has been an entrepreneur along with many other endeavors too numerous to mention here.


Her communication skills enable her to break down the difficult situation, make it understandable and find resolution.


Ms. Mills hearts cry is “I want to help people.”

Availability: Not available until January 2024



Jerry Comer





Jerry Comer has been a member of Zoe Center for 16 years.  He and his wife Karen have a blended family of 8 adult children.  Jerry has served in some form of leadership for over 27 years.  He has a passion to minister to men and young adults in their battle with sexual temptation. He also is experienced in general family counseling.


Jerry is certified through the American Association of Christian Counselors and received his leadership training through New Life Ministries that has a specific program geared toward sexual integrity. New Life Ministries has created it’s training program based on the counseling ministry of Dr. Charles Townsend and Steve Arterburn. Steve Arterburn is co-author of the best seller Every Man’s Battle.


Jerry mantra is ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’, Philippians 4:13.


If you are ready, let’s partner together with Christ and work through these struggles.


Prepare & Enrich Program


Welcome to Zoe Center’s page for pre-marital counseling. This page is intended for couples who have already DECIDED to get married and are wanting Bishop Ed Smith or any ZCF of Whittier minister to officiate their ceremony.


The Prepare and Enrich Program is an 8- week program we utilize that will help you discover and solidify your core values, help you understand the known major issues in marriage and how to overcome them, how to communicate effectively with your spouse and set you on a path that will help you create and achieve the marriage you desire.


Our counselors have been trained, certified and are well established in the concepts and tools of the program. At the end of the 8-weeks if you stay committed to the process, you will be well on your way to establishing not only the marriage you desire but how to apply what you have learned to improve other relationships.


We believe that getting married is more than a contract, it is a Godly covenant! Regardless of the size of your wedding be it a private exchange of vows with you and a few in Bishop Ed’s office or a small ceremony in the Fireside Room to a full-blown affair that fills the Sanctuary, yes even at an off-site venue it is important that you have the blessing of your spiritual father. Allowing the impartation of a blessing on your marriage sets you on a course toward success and helps you remember that God is for you not against you and will never leave you or forsake you!


Please note, there is a fee of $125 that includes assessment for each participant, in-depth analysis of each assessment, all necessary materials, and 8 weeks. of counseling sessions.


Please feel free to explore the Prepare and Enrich website to help you determine if this program is for you.

Prepare and Enrich Website



Complete the Pre-Counseling Form and select Prepare and Enrich Counselor.



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