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About Steve

Steve Bristol, MDiv, LMSW

Steve Bristol
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Steve is passionate about providing support and compassionate counseling and care to individuals, couples, and families facing life-challenging crises or illness with a heart of sincere concern.


He assists his clients in overcoming life challenges, developing healthy life skills, resolving conflict, and accessing needed resources as they seek to fulfill their personal, family, and vocational goals. He is experienced in a breadth of crises and family needs through years of church-based pastoral care and counseling.

Steve has trauma therapy experience in working with children and adolescents ages 5-17 who have experienced multiple traumatic events in their lives. He is primarily using TF-CBT (a type of cognitive behavioral therapy), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).


He also has experience with Trauma-Informed Parenting (TIP) counseling to support parents and caregivers of traumatized children/adolescents.

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Clinical Counseling and Therapy Skills


  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Complex Trauma Issues

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Individual, Couples, and Family Counseling

  • Group Therapy

  • Church & Ministry Staff Counseling

Internships and Volunteer Work

Social Work Trauma Therapy Intern

Wedgwood Christian Services
Grand Rapids, MI

September 2018 - May 2019

Refugee Foster Care Intern

Bethany Christian Services
Grand Rapids, MI

August 2017 - May 2018

Child Mentor

Kids Hope USA

Hudsonville, MI

2015 - 2016

Care Mentor / Small Group Leader

Ada Bible Church

Grand Rapids, MI

2011-2012, 2018-2019

Returning Citizen (Prison) Mentor

Living Water Ministries Network

Grand Rapids, MI



Boys Baseball: Western Little League
Girls Basketball: YMCA, Hoop City

Career Experience

Residential Clinician/Consultant

Wedgwood Christian Services

Grand Rapids, MI

September 2019 – August 2020

Provided clinical services and therapy for at-risk youth to help them overcome their traumatic experiences and life challenges.


Grace Hospice
Grand Rapids, MI

May 2016 - Present

Governing Board Member

Zeeland Classis,
Reformed Church of America (R.C.A.)
2014 - 2017


Senior Pastor

Covenant Community Church (R.C.A.)

Hudsonville, MI

2012 - 2016

Lead Pastor

Remembrance Church (R.C.A.)
Walker, MI

2007 - 2011

Associate Pastor of Adult Ministries

Crossroads Church
(Evangelical Covenant)
Cottage Grove, MN

2001 - 2007

Assistant Pastor of Adult Ministries

Hope Presbyterian Church (EPC)
Memphis, TN

1997 - 2001

  • Men's Issues

  • Addiction Recovery

  • Grief Support

  • Hospice Care

  • Conflict Mediation

  • Community Advocacy

  • Organizational Leadership / Administration

  • Team Building


Master of Social Work with TF-CBT / Trauma Across the Lifespan Specializations

Western Michigan University
Grand Rapids, MI

June 2019


Master of Divinity

Reformed Theological Seminary

Orlando, FL


Bachelor of Science,
Mechanical Engineering

North Dakota State University

Fargo, ND


Credentials and License

LMSW Clinical Social Work in State of Michigan
Working toward Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC)


Member of Phi Alpha
(national social work honors organization)

International Service Projects

Participated and provided leadership for service trips to:

  • Ecuador, South America with Compassion International, Spring 2009

  • Mexico, Winter 2006
    Led a short-term team to Playa del Carmen to help build a community center.

  • Mexico, Spring 2001
    Led a short-term trip for men to Rio Bravo to help build a school for deaf children.

  • Austria, June 1997
    Led a short-term team to Austria to serve Muslim refugees from Eastern Europe and NorthAfrica.

  • Los Angeles, CA, Summer 1991
    Led a team of students to serve international college students at UCLA.

  • Manila, Philippines, Summer 1989
    and Hong Kong/Macau, Summer 1988
    Provided leadership for college and community outreach and training for church leaders and college students.

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