Dr. Nicolas Ellen - Senior Pastor
Dr. Nicolas Ellen is the Senior Pastor of Community of Faith Bible Church in Houston, Texas, and a Professor of Biblical Counseling at the College of Biblical Studies. He has served in full time ministry as a Christian Education Director, Associate Pastor, Assistant Pastor, and Senior Pastor for the past 19 years in the Houston, Texas area. He has also developed a biblical counseling training center called Expository Counseling Center, LLC.
Dr. Ellen received his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas, his M.A. in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas, his M.A. in Biblical Counseling from The Masters College, Santa Clarita, California and a Doctorate of Ministry in Biblical Counseling from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is currently a PHD student in Biblical Counseling at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Ellen is a certified Biblical Counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and travels nationwide with the organization teaching biblical counseling principles. In addition, He is also a Senior Member of the Biblical Counseling Framework Association. Dr. Ellen also teaches on a morning show called "Up With The Son" where he teaches various topics from God’s Word.
Pastor Ellen has authored books such as Coming to Know and Walk with God, So You Want to Get Married, Happy Even After, Pursuing Godliness Through the Disciplines of the Christian Faith, With All Your Heart? Identifying and Dealing With Idolatrous Lust, Understanding and Developing a Biblical View of Life, Biblical Framework Counseling Basic Training Course, Marriage and Family Basic Training Course, The Dynamics of Biblical Counseling, Common Issues We Face in Life, Biblical Counseling Practicum, and Every Christian a Counselor.
He and his wife, Venessa, have two children and four grandchildren.
Dr. Venessa Ellen - First Lady | Director of Women’s Ministry
A native of Beaumont, Texas, Venessa Ellen surrendered her life to Christ and to His call to serve His Kingdom in the 90’s.
Dr. Ellen holds a M.A. in Biblical Counseling from The Master's College, a M.A. in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Church Administration and Women’s Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, out of Fort Worth, Texas. She serves as the Professor of Women’s Ministry and Program Coordinator at the College of Biblical Studies where she teaches, counsels, trains and mentors women.
For more than 19 years, Dr. Ellen has communicated her burden for the women of God in conferences, seminars, bible studies and retreats. Venessa has utilized her gifts and talents in the areas of teaching, counseling, training and mentoring women. More specifically, she has taught, counseled and trained women in the areas of praying, worshipping, fasting, confessing and repenting of sin, renewing the mind, studying applying the Bible to their personal lives, managing their time, resolving conflict biblically, relating to one another as God has designed, and honoring, respecting and submitting to God given authorities.
Dr. Ellen loves to read Christian fiction, ride horseback, fly kites, sleep and spend quiet time walking on the beach with her husband, who is also her best friend and pastor, Nicolas. She and her husband reside in Texas, and are the proud parents of two very lovely daughters, Venezia and Lindsey, and have four handsome grandsons, Jeremiah, Cameron, Elijah and Andrew.