Our mission is to support those standing at the intersection of faith and mental health. Intersect is an initiative offered by Access Services run by a team of staff equipped to train, consult and collaborate with human services providers and faith communities.


Faith Communities

Training – We provide training in a variety of areas such as a faith perspective on mental illness, trauma, addiction and suicide intervention.
Consultation – We can equip you or your team in how to best minister to people within your congregation and broader community experiencing mental illness.
Collaboration – We will support you in connecting with community resources able to help those in your congregation.

Human Services Providers

Training – We provide training in how to conduct spiritual need assessments and bring spirituality into an overall approach to integrated health.
Consultation – We can support you in how to best serve the spiritual needs of the people in your agency through person-centered support, spirituality groups and connection with local faith communities.
Collaboration – We can help you connect the people you serve to local faith communities that will help them in their recovery and community integration.


Meet Our Staff

Dave Eckert, MDiv, CPRP

Dave Eckert is the Director of Intersect, an initiative within Access Services that supports those at the intersection of faith and mental illness through consultation, training and the fostering of collaboration between faith communities and mental health providers. He has spent 19 years working for Access Services within various roles, including Director of a Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation program, and agency Chaplain. In addition, Dave has been in the role of Associate Pastor of Grace Community Church in Chalfont, PA for the last 13 years. Dave currently serves on the Boards of PAPRS (Pennsylvania Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services) and the Lakeside Educational Network. He lives with his wife and three children in Montgomery County, PA.


Mark Boorse

Mark is a husband and father of 2 grown children. Mark is currently the Director of Program Development and has served at Access Services in a variety of programs over the past 35 years. He has walked with people experiencing mental illness in both his family and his congregation. Over the course of 20 years, he has served as both a deacon and an elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Harleysville.





Jess Fenchel, Vice President of Adult Behavioral Health

Jess has enjoyed about two decades working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including schools, outpatient settings, college campus, group homes, and shelters.  Her educational experience includes an undergraduate degree from Messiah College, a graduate degree in counseling psychology from LaSalle University, course work in applied behavior analysis, and a certificate in global trauma.  She loves her current role as the Vice President of Adult Behavioral Health at Access Services and participates in multiple committees and workgroups both inside and outside Access Services.  Jess is passionate about playing a role in systemic change and has the opportunity to serve as a member of the MAX Board, as a part of the Advisory Board for the NHS Developmental Disability Treatment Team, and as the facilitator for the two HUB groups in Montgomery County.  Her work has highlighted the need for greater collaboration in and among systems, and she is thrilled to have opportunities to facilitate that impact.  She considers her best role as a wife to her husband, Tim, and mom to her three kids.


Community Needs Facebook Page

The Intersect Community Needs Facebook is a care portal for faith communities who are looking to meet local needs in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. This page posts needs specific to the individuals supported by Access Services and may include needs for time, material resources, and/or monetary donations. We encourage you to share this page with your family and friends. While we started this page to provide concrete service opportunities to local faith communities, we encourage any community members who are interested in giving back to join! Visit the Community Needs Facebook page

Questions? Contact intersectneeds@accessservices.org

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If you are interested in helping us develop faith-community relationships by raising awareness and providing resource assistance and support to congregations and organizations in your community, please call our Chaplain, Dave Eckert, at 215.540.2150, x1286 or email DEckert@accessservices.org.

Access Services is an Equal Opportunity Care Provider.