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Welcome to the
Care & Counseling Center

Serving the needs of our community with quality and affordable care.


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The Counseling Center at Burke Community Church (BCC) provides biblically centered, psychologically informed professional counseling and related services to foster healthy life and deeper relationships with Christ and each other for persons within BCC and the local community.

We provide comprehensive services to restore and heal emotional, mental, and spiritual health of persons in the community through biblically based counseling that is integrated with effective insights from psychology and social science. Our services empower persons with a healthy understanding of self and equip persons for a deeper relationship with Christ and others. The Counseling Center operates in strong collaboration with the Care Center to deliver integrated services and complimentary efforts to meet needs of persons within our community. 

Our Counseling Team

Care & Community Pastor

Bob Thornton

A native Texan, Bob joined the BCC staff shortly after retiring from his final assignment at the Pentagon in 2011 after a 23-year Army career. He holds two master’s degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary (Christian Leadership and Professional Counseling).  Bob integrates tools and insights from Scripture and psychology to empower persons for a healthy life that is enriched by a deeper relationship with God, self, and others.  He has a special passion to equip persons for healthy, vitalized marriage relationships. 

Director of Counseling

Bethany Hardy

Bethany is a licensed professional counselor and board-certified supervisor in Virginia and in New Hampshire. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families for both individual and group counseling. Bethany has experience working with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, grief, severe mental illnesses, substance use, abuse, domestic violence, co-dependency, parenting and family issues and issues related to faith.

Counseling Intern

Amy Zacaroli

Amy is pursuing her Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C. She has a special passion for working with children who have experienced trauma and she is developing skills in play therapy and sandtray therapy. As an intern, she also sees adolescents and adults suffering from anxiety and depression, as well as identity issues. She also is certified in RelateStrong marriage counseling. She will graduate in May 2022 and pursue LPC licensure.


The Care Center at Burke Community Church serves as both the nerve center for outreach into our local community, and as a resource for poor and hurting among us. Through the Center, we seek to engage and connect the love and resources of the vibrant and dynamic body of Burke Community Church with the needs of less privileged communities in Northern Virginia. 

Our emphasis is to meet people where they are by mobilizing volunteers to serve in the communities God has led us to through His plan for transforming lives and drawing souls to Him.  For ways to serve in the Care Center, please visit our Local Outreach webpage.  

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Our Care Team

Outreach Pastor

Alec Zacaroli

Alec has a passion for the lost and disenfranchised in our world.  Prior to becoming a pastor, Alec practiced law for 20 years and worked as a reporter prior to that. In 2003, he and his wife Amy founded 25:40, a ministry for risk-children in rural South Africa, where he lived as a child. Alec received a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, a JD from the American University, and a BA from the George Washington University. He and Amy have four amazing children, Nick, Sophie, Hannah and Rebecca.

Community Outreach Director

Debra Armstrong-Cezar

Debra Armstrong Cezar has been a part of the Burke Community Church community for over ten years.  She has a Bachelor’s in Criminal Psychology and a minor in Christian Counseling.  Debra brings a passion for helping those in need and providing services that will help people come out of homelessness and learn life skills to break the cycle of poverty.  Married with two children, she enjoys gardening and crafting projects.

Community Outreach Assistant

Paul Kim

Paul Kim is the Community Outreach Assistant and Short Terms Coordinator at Burke Community Church.  Prior to stepping into this role, Paul was an interpreter working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Paul attended Texas A&M University Kingsville where he was pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.


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Care & Counseling Center

9900 Old Keene Mill Rd. Door #4
Burke, VA 22015
T. 703-250-2450