Equipping Biblical Counselors Internationally

Dr. Alexandre Sacha Mendes is a Faith Bible Seminary M.Div. grad (2010) who recently earned his D.Min. in Expository Preaching from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor Sacha’s D.Min. project focused on equipping Brazilian pastors to preach Christ from the Proverbs.

Dr. Mendes was part of FBS’ first M.Div. cohort (2007-2010). Upon graduation from FBS, Sacha was hired as an Associate Pastor at Maranatha Baptist Church in São José dos Campos, Brazil. On February 24, 2019, Pastor Mendes was installed as Sr. Pastor at this church where he has served for nearly a decade. 

“Sacha” as he likes to be called, recently joined Curtis Solomon, the Executive Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition, in a video interview as part of the BCC’s 15:14 interview series. Sacha is the first international member of the Board of Directors for the Biblical Counseling Coalition. He lives in San Jose Dos Compos, Brazil, where he serves as one of the pastors of Maranatha Baptist Church. Additionally, Sacha leads the Brazilian Association of Biblical Counselors.

Watch the video interview and learn more about how God is using Dr. Mendes in equipping biblical counselors internationally. 


Bob KellemenBob Kellemen
Bob Kellemen, Th.M., Ph.D.: Dr. Kellemen is VP of Strategic Development and Academic Dean at Faith Bible Seminary in Lafayette, Indiana. Bob is also the Founder and CEO of RPM Ministries through which he speaks, writes, and consults on biblical counseling and Christian living. Dr. Kellemen served as the founding Executive Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. For seventeen years, Bob was the founding Chairman of and Professor in the MA in Christian Counseling and Discipleship department at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, MD. Bob has pastored four churches and equipped biblical counselors in each church. Bob and his wife, Shirley, have been married for thirty-eight years; they have two adult children, Josh and Marie, one daughter-in-law, Andi, and three granddaughters. Dr. Kellemen is the author of eighteen books including Equipping Counselors for Your Church, Gospel-Centered Counseling, and Gospel Conversations.