The Pearl Ministry seeks to assist the pastoral staff of PVBC by being available to minister to individual adult members of PVBC (ages 18 and up) in need of comfort, support, encouragement and prayer. Our current team consists of one male and six females, two of whom are professional licensed therapists. The ages of our lay caregivers/lay counselors range from the mid 20’s to the 70’s, single and married. Lay-Caregivers will use the Scriptures, personal life experiences and biblically-based trainings received through The Pearl Ministry to meet the needs of those seeking help.

If you find that you are currently struggling and are looking for some Biblical wisdom from others who understand difficult circumstances, need a good listener to hear about a problem, or you are seeking a sounding board for a personal issue, please contact The Pearl Ministry! Someone is ready to meet with you to listen, share, and pray with you.

In order to set up a confidential appointment with a CARING AND COMPASSIONATE Lay Caregiver, you may contact The Pearl Ministry at 410-378-4476, ext. 876 and leave a message for the Administrator, Marlene K Backert, MA; LCPC, NCC, BCPCC. You may also send an email to . These methods of communication will be checked approximately every 24 hours. (We cannot provide 24/7 or after-hours crisis intervention).

The Pearl Ministry is not a professional counseling service, and is not intended to provide professional mental health services. It is Biblical and spiritual in nature. There is no charge and no payment is expected. If you have further questions, please contact The Pearl Ministry at the phone number or email address listed above.


Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ”.

Galatians 6:2