Peter A. Celum
Peter’s commitment to serving others through Christian Counseling & Conciliation is deeply personal and missional. As an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, he has committed his life to helping both victims and victimizers of various forms of abuse and relational wounds; to bring hope and help to the hurting. As a forgiven Christ-follower, he is passionate about the ministry of reconciliation and restoration and strives to be a living testimony of these ministries in his life, marriage, and family. Peter carries an unwavering commitment to compassionately respond to the needs of those seeking personal and relational health, healing, reconciliation, and restoration. He has over 35 years of experience as a pastoral counselor and over 15 years of experience as a Christian conciliator/mediator.
Peter’s education includes a B.A. in Social Studies & Religion from Grand Canyon University (1982) and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1987). He is a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry in Marriage & Family Counseling from Denver Seminary (ABD). Peter is a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor (#0336) with the Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counselors, and a Certified Christian Conciliator™ with the Institute for Christian Conciliation (ICC Peace). Peter is also a Certified Christian Mediator and certified in treatment of sexual addictions, both with the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), and a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
Previously he served as Executive Director at Lassen Family Services, Inc., Protestant Chaplain at High Desert State Prison (Susanville, CA) and as chaplain at the VA Hospital in Fresno, CA. He served churches in California and New Mexico for over 20 years as pastor of student, family, adult and education ministries, and served the CA Southern Baptist Convention as Church & Pastoral Care specialist (2005-2010). Peter served as an adjunct instructor with Peacemaker Ministries and as an adjunct professor (pastoral counseling) at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (now Gateway Seminary). Peter speaks at various marriage & family enrichment events, as well as conducts conciliation training, from local to national level, including conferences, workshops, and seminars. He also enjoys ministering in Modoc County as transitional pastor at Alturas Baptist Church. Peter and his wife, Emily, are blessed with three young adult children (Jonathan, Clay, and Mackenzie) and thoroughly enjoy all the outdoor recreation opportunities as Lassen County residents.