Founder

Jim Keller

Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” I believe that good counseling not only gives us a better awareness of ourselves but also helps us to discover the areas in which we need to grow so we can live fully actualized lives.
Jim Keller
CAS, M.Ed., LMHC

Biography

Jim was on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ for 28 years before he founded Charis Counseling Center in 1999. Jim and his wife Renee were speakers with FamilyLife’s “Weekend to Remember” for 19 years focusing on the topics of marriage, parenting, and remarriage. He is the author of The Upside Down Marriage, which addresses all aspects of married life in a unique and practical manner.

Jim has two graduate degrees from Springfield College in marriage and family therapy and is a licensed mental health counselor in the state of Florida. His focus is marriage and family therapy and he also offers a wide spectrum of individual counseling. He has served as a teaching pastor at Summit Church for the past decade. Jim and Renee have been married for 45 years and have two children and five grandchildren.

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Contact

Email: jkeller@chariscounselingcenter.com

Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and some Saturdays: Baldwin Park location

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What Clients Say

We have seen Jim Keller for 13 years and he has walked us through some of our highest highs and lowest lows. The office is calming and clean and all of the staff is absolutely amazing.
Tim & Elisabeth G.

Latest Blogs

Friendship
By: Jim Keller September 27, 2016
Prayer
By: Jim Keller February 29, 2016
Don’t Be So Quick to Laugh
By: Jim Keller October 25, 2015

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