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An Ancient Faith, Reaching a New Generation,  Lived in Holy Community

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ABOUT US | Emmaus Abbey and Centre for Christian Counseling

   “Equipping Men and Women in Christian Counseling, Clinical Discipleship, Caring for People, and Connecting Them to Christ.”

Dr. Travis has over 30 years of professional experience in Individual, Couple, Emotional and Marriage & Family counseling. He was a senior clinician in the military chaplaincy and practiced as a therapist on activie duty and as a Christian pastoral counselor.  He served in Army as a Chaplain in the Behavioral Mental Health field and provided Chaplaincy and healthcare services to military men and women and their families.   He has seen both sides of the fields of counseling.

The Emmaus Abbey Church & Centre for Christian Counseling™ is celebrating our 7th year of Christian counseling and educationally equipping men and women for works of service in Christian Counseling!  We give God all the glory, honor, and praise for this milestone. Thank you to our students, alumni, and supporters for helping us grow as Christ-Centered equipers, servant leaders, and co-laborers in caring for souls in God's kingdom.  Our mission is to equip Christian counselors worldwide, for works of service in local churches and communities, through distance education. 

The Counseling Ministry here at Emmaus Abbey Church Knoxville is a Christ-Centered ministry founded on Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 4:11-16, 2 Cor. 1:3-7, and 2Tim 2:2. The four offices of the church apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastors/teachers, are given for the purpose of "equipping" of the saints for the work of service."  We are all to minister to one another in love, our ministry being to lead others to knowledge of the Son of God and to the possession of the fullness of Jesus Christ.

Emmaus Centre for Christian Counseling (EC™) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, marketplace ministry, and educational institution. We specialize in spiritual and psychological care.  The civilian counseling ministry was established, by Dr. Brett Travis, in 2012. The counseling was so successful it grew into a fulltime church ministry which is now Emmaus Abbey Church.  Our goal at Emmaus Centre for Christian Counseling is teaching, preaching, educating counselors, out-reach, discipleship and reaching toward helping those who are underserved, unemployed, and under-employed receive faith-based counseling, life coaching, and spiritual care.

“The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 37:38 NKJV)

Learn more by exploring our distant learning campus here at Emmaus, visiting our main site, and/or contacting us.

  • Do you have a desire to help people who are hurting?
  • Do family and friends seek you out for encouragement, advice, and spiritual guidance?
  • Are you a pastor, minister, or lay person who wants to be better equipped to counsel?
  • Is God calling you to become a Christian counselor or life coach?
  • Do you wish to serve the Lord through ministry rather than the state through secular counseling?
  • Do you want to receive training and professional credentials in Christian counseling or life coaching?
  • Will the services you provide be best suited for a customized independent study program?
  • Is your schedule or preference best suited to distance learning?

If you are answered ‘YES’ to any of these questions, you are in the right place!

Our main purpose is to equip individuals, who are gifted and called to a ministry of Caring for People, earn nationally and internationally recognized certification, license, ACI accredited Bachelor and Master degrees, and board certifications in specialized areas.  We will help you:




EARN NATIONAL CREDENTIALS: Certifications, License, and Degrees


We can help you reach your goal of becoming a credentialed Christian counselor and establish or develop your ministry practice, and become more impactful!

Let’s start a conversation.