Biblical Counseling Coalition Leadership

Board of Directors

David Powlison, Ph.D., Executive Director

David is the Executive Director of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He is also a faculty member at CCEF and the senior editor of the Journal of Biblical Counseling. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary. He has counseled for over thirty years and has written numerous articles on biblical counseling and on the relationship between faith and psychology. His books include Speaking Truth in LoveSeeing with New EyesPower Encounters: Reclaiming Spiritual Warfare; and The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context. David has taught across the United States and in Korea, India, Brazil, Europe, and Sri Lanka.

Deepak Reju, Ph.D., Pastor

Deepak serves as the Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Families at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. Deepak does individual and couples counseling, leads groups, develops the vision for the counseling ministry, and supervises the counseling team. He did his theological training at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Ph.D.). Deepak and his wife, Sarah, have been married since 2001 and have five children. He is the author of On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church and The Pastor and Counseling: The Basics of Shepherding Members in Need.

Garrett Higbee, Psy.D., Executive Director

Garrett is the Executive Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and one of the BCC’s founding board members. He also serves as Executive Director of Biblical Soul Care Ministries at Harvest Bible Chapel and is former president and co-founder of Twelve Stones Ministries located in Brown County, IN.  Dr. Higbee was trained as a clinical psychologist with a specialty in marriage and family counseling  but had a radical conversion in 1992, which led him to trust in Christ and His Word for all things related to life and counseling.  He has over twenty years of experience using the Scriptures to counsel couples, families, and youth and is dedicated to training those who lead and counsel others in biblical soul care. Garrett is a frequent conference speaker and a contributing author for several biblical counseling books.  Additionally, he has created several Biblical Soul Care® training resources focused on small group discipleship. He and his wife, Tammy, have three children and live near the Harvest Bible Chapel campus in Elgin, IL.

Jeremy Pierre, Ph.D., Professor of Biblical Counseling

Dr. Pierre serves as Dean of Students and directs the Ph.D. program in Biblical Counseling. He joined the School of Theology faculty in 2011 after serving eight years on the faculty of Boyce College as a professor of literature and culture. Dr. Pierre is co-author of The Pastor and Counseling (Crossway, 2015) and author of The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life: Counseling from a Theology of Human Experience (New Growth Press, forthcoming). He has contributed to various books, including Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling and Scripture and Counseling. His writing has been featured in Tabletalk Magazine, Baptist Press, and the Gospel Coalition. He currently serves as a pastor at Clifton Baptist Church and speaks at various engagements in the U.S. and overseas. He is also a council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. He and his wife, Sarah, raise their five children in Louisville, KY.

John Henderson, Ph.D., Executive Director

John has served as a counseling pastor in the local church over the past 15 years.  In addition, he helps oversee the Center for Church Equipping for the Association of Biblical Counselors. He has written a three-volume biblical counseling curriculum for the ABC and a marriage preparation book, Catching Foxes. His prayerful desire is to see the gospel of Jesus Christ redeem and transform the hearts and lives of people in real and practical ways. John and Ruth married in 2000 and have five children.

Randy Patten, M.Div.

Randy led the organization for sixteen years as the Executive Director when it was known as the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC). In prior ministries he served as a senior pastor for twelve years, followed by twelve years as a pastor to pastors and consultant to churches. He was a trainer and counselor at Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries in Lafayette, IN, for over twenty-four years. Randy and Cindy have been married for forty-four years and have two adult married children and six grandchildren and are longtime members of College Park Church, Indianapolis, IN. He is pleased to have been a founding board member of the BCC and a contributor to each of the three books produced by the organization. He and his wife have recently launched TEAM Focus Ministries

Steve Viars, D.Min., Senior Pastor

Steve has served as a pastor and biblical counselor for over twenty-five years at Faith Church and Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries in Lafayette, IN. He serves on several boards, including Vision of Hope, a faith-based residential treatment center for at-risk girls and the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, colleges, and seminaries in the United States and abroad. Steve serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Biblical Counseling Coalition. He and his wife, Kris, have three children: Bethany married to Rob, Karis married to Austin, Andrew, and one grandchild.

Council Board Members

Abe Meysenburg, Pastor

Abe serves as a pastor/elder with Soma, Tacoma in Tacoma, WA, as well as serving the larger Soma family of churches. He oversees all of the shepherding ministries of Soma Tacoma, and works to equip other leaders to shepherd, as well. Abe is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, and has been married to Jennifer for 15 years. They have four children, Abby, Julia, Luke, and Noah. 

Adrian Martinez, M.A.B.C., M.Div., Senior Pastor

Adrian has been an elder at Grace Community Bible Church in Australia since 2009 and is the Senior Pastor responsible for Preaching & Biblical Counselling. Adrian graduated from Columbia Bible College (Dip in Church Ministries & B.A. in Biblical Studies) in British Columbia, Canada, and earned his Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary in California, USA. He has a Graduate Diploma of Commerce from RMIT in Melbourne, Australia, and has completed the Master of Arts in Biblical Counselling from The Master’s College and has begun doctorate work in Preaching & Counselling. Adrian is a level 2 certified Biblical Counsellor from the USA-based organization ACBC.

Amy Baker, Ph.D., Resource Director

Amy is the ministry resource director at Faith Ministries. She has been on the counseling staff at Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries for over twenty years. Amy is a member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. She has been married to her best friend, Jeff, since 2002.

Andrew Rogers, M.A.B.C., M.Div., Pastor of Soul Care

Andrew Rogers has been married to his lovely bride, Jenny, for 21 years. They have four children and live in Carmel, IN, where Andrew serves as the Pastor of Soul Care at College Park Church in Indianapolis, IN. Andrew earned his B.S. in Business Administration, Marketing from California State University, Fresno. He went on to earn his M.A. in Biblical Counseling at The Master’s College and his M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is ordained by the Evangelical Free Church of America and a Fellow and Board Member of the ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors). He has had the privilege of pastoring for 21 years as a youth pastor, counseling pastor, and senior pastor. He has served as an adjunct professor at The Master's College, Boyce College, and Crossroads Bible College, and occasionally teaches for the ACBC.

Andy Farmer, M.A.B.C., Pastor

Andy serves as a pastor and elder at Covenant Fellowship Church and is currently serving on the launch team of a new campus of the church starting in 2015. He also serves on the Executive Committee of Sovereign Grace Churches. Andy’s areas of focus include church planting, counseling and small groups. He received a B.A. degree in Political Science from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and an M.A. in biblical counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of Real Peace (Crossway) and the forthcoming Trapped (New Growth Press). Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Andy and his wife, Jill, live in West Chester, PA, and have four children, three of whom are married, and four grandchildren.

Betty-Anne Van Rees, M.A.B.C., Biblical Counselor

Betty-Anne graduated from The Master’s College  with a masters in biblical counseling. She serves the local church in discipleship roles that include teaching, mentoring, and counselling. Fueled by her passion to see the Canadian church convinced and equipped to care for souls through the living Word (both Incarnate and inspired), Betty-Anne is also the Facilitator of the BCC Canadian Network and Canadian launch team. Additionally, she serves part time in member care with Pioneers Canada. The roles closest to Betty-Anne’s heart are mom to Laura, Joshua and his wife Jenni, and grandma to Emma.

Bob Kellemen, Th.M., Ph.D., VP of Institutional Development and Chair of the Biblical Counseling Department

Bob is the Vice President for Institutional Development and Chair of the Biblical Counseling Department at Crossroads Bible College, and the Founder and CEO of RPM Ministries. For seventeen years he served as the founding Chairman of and Professor in the MA in Christian Counseling and Discipleship department at Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, MD. Bob was also the founding Executive Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition, where he served for six years. Bob has pastored three churches and equipped biblical counselors in each church. Bob and his wife, Shirley, have been married for thirty-five years; they have two adult children, Josh and Marie, one daughter-in-law, Andi, and two granddaughters, Naomi and Penelope. Dr. Kellemen is the author of thirteen books including Gospel-Centered Counseling and Gospel Conversations.

Brad Hambrick, Th.M., Pastor of Counseling

Brad is Pastor of Counseling at The Summit Church in Durham, NC. He also serves as an adjunct professor of biblical counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Brad has been married to his wife, Sallie, since 1999 and has two wonderful boys.

Carl Hargrove, Pastor

Carl returns to Grace Church after serving on staff from 1990-1993. From 1994 to 2014, he pastored two churches in the Los Angeles area. He has a passion for foreign missions and travels internationally each year supporting leaders and volunteers in various countries. Carl serves on several Missions Boards. He is certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and a board member of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship Association of Southern California (BCDASoCal). Carl is a graduate of The University of Cincinnati and The Master's Seminary (M.Div., Th.M., D.Min. in progress). Carl leads Grace Advance, which provides pastoral leadership for developing churches. He is the Director of Placement for The Master's Seminary and works to develop the relationship between Grace Advance and placement. He pastors the Doulos fellowship group. He and his wife, Joanna, have five children.

Charles Hodges, Counselor

Charles is a family physician who practices medicine in Indianapolis. He is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine, Liberty University, and Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary with degrees in medicine, counseling, and religion. He is board certified in Family medicine and Geriatrics and is a licensed marital family therapist. Dr. Hodges teaches and counsels at the Faith Biblical Counseling Ministry and teaches on medical subjects in biblical counseling around the country and abroad. He and his wife, Helen, have been married 41 years and have 4 children and 12 grandchildren. Golf and running are both things he enjoys.

Charles Ware, D.D., President

Charles is President of Crossroads Bible College, a conservative evangelical institution dedicated to training Christian leaders to reach a multiethnic urban world for Christ. He earned his B.R.E from Baptist Bible College and M.Div. from Capital Bible Seminary and an Honorary Doctorate from Baptist Bible Seminary. Dr. Ware is on the Board for ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism), ABHE (Association for Biblical Higher Education), Anchors Away, and The Biblical Counseling Coalition. Dr. Ware has authored, co-authored, and edited several books, among these are: One Race One Blood, Reuniting the Family of God, and Just Don’t Marry One, Dr. Ware and Sharon celebrated 41 years of marriage in 2014. They have six children, two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Dwayne Bond, Ph.D., Senior Pastor

Dwayne serves as the Lead Pastor/Founding Pastor of Wellspring Church in Charlotte, NC. Dwayne graduated from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary with an M.A. in Religion and from Capital Bible Seminary with an M.A. in Christian Counseling and Discipleship. He graduated in May 2014 with a Ph.D. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. He and his wife, Leslie, have two boys, Jarami and Kamin, and one girl, Imani. Dwayne enjoys traveling, health, fitness, basketball, gardening, and reading.

Ellen Castillo, Executive Director

Ellen is the Executive Director of Word of Hope Ministries, Inc., a Biblical Counseling and Training Center on the Central Coast of California. She has been an IABC certified Biblical Counselor for about a decade. She is passionate about intergenerational ministry and focuses much of her ministry towards youth and young adults. Ellen offers counselor training as well as a unique “Biblical Mentor” training course for women. She enjoys speaking at conferences and women’s groups on topics related to mentoring and counseling women and teens. Ellen and her husband, Ray, have raised 6 children and enjoy being grandparents.

Ernie Baker, D.Min., Professor of Biblical Counseling

Ernie joined The Master’s College in 2005 as a faculty member in the College’s Biblical Counseling Department. He received his M.Div. from Capital Bible Seminary and his D.Min. from Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. Baker has been in ministry since 1980 with experience of thirty-five years as a pastor and in training and equipping pastors and laymen in the skills of discipleship counseling and conciliation. He is a Certified Conciliator with Peacemaker Ministries teaching a number of conflict resolution courses and doing conciliation. He is also a Fellow with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and a Council Board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. At The Master’s College and Seminary, Dr. Baker is responsible for teaching a wide range of the biblical counseling courses in both the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and is the lead professor of the undergrad program. He is married to Rose and they have three sons and three daughters (five of whom are married and seven grandchildren). Ernie is the author of: Help! I’m in a Conflict (Shepherd Press); contributing author to Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling (Harvest House) and Scripture and Counseling (Zondervan); Men Counseling Men (Harvest House); What Really Happened in the Garden? (Kregel), and numerous journal and magazine articles.

Greg Cook, D.Min., Pastor of Soul Care

Greg has been an associate pastor at Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth, TX, since 1995 and the founder and director of Soul Care since 2004. He has a D.Min. from Westminster Theological Seminary in Pastoral Counseling, an M.A. in Counseling from Amberton University, and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Greg and his wife, Nancy, have three girls: Ashley, Stephanie, and Anna.

Heath Lambert, Ph.D., Executive Director

Heath serves as the Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). He also serves as the Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and at their undergraduate institution, Boyce College. He has been teaching at Southern since 2006. He is the author The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams (Crossway, 2011), and Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace (Zondervan, 2013), and co-editor of Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God’s Resources in Scripture (B&H, 2012). Heath is thrilled to be married to Lauren, and loves life with their three children Carson, Chloe, and Conner.

Howard Eyrich, D.Min., Pastor of Counseling Ministries

Howard serves as Pastor of Counseling Ministries at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, AL. He is also the Director of the D.Min. program in Biblical Counseling at Birmingham Theological Seminary. He has been privileged to teach at three seminaries and two colleges, and he started a biblical counseling department in two of those schools. In addition, he has worked in four churches directing the counseling ministries. He has had the joy of seeing three booklets and five books published with one remaining in print for more than twenty-five years. Howard writes a weekly blog on marriage and family issues. He serves on the board of the Owen Center (a biblical counseling ministry in Auburn, AL) and the board of AABC. He is also involved in teaching/training in Romania on an annual basis. Howard and Pamela Jayne have been married for almost fifty years and have two adult children. Howard’s hobbies are hunting, shooting, model railroading, and building projects.

Jack Delk, M.Div., Pastor for Counseling North Campus

Jack is Pastor for Counseling at the North Campus of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN. He graduated with his M.Div. from Bethel Seminary in 2002. Jack and his wife, Mary, have two grown sons, Josh and Jacob, and 2 grandsons.

Jeff Forrey, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor

Jeff has been a counselor and trainer for the Center for Biblical Counseling & Education (St. Louis, MO) and Biblical Counseling Center (Arlington Heights, IL). He has taught biblical counseling for Evangelical Theological College, Trinity College of the Bible & Theological Seminary, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Reformed Theological Seminary.  Jeff is a graduate of Delaware Valley College (B.A., biology), Westminster Theological Seminary (M.A.R., counseling/theology), the University of Alabama (M.S.P.H., health behavior), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Ph.D., educational studies). He and his wife, Debbie, have two children. Jeff also teaches and provides counseling for Newburgh Christian School.

Jeremy Lelek, Ph.D., President

Jeremy is the President of both the Association of Biblical Counselors and Metroplex Counseling (a local center for biblical soul care in Dallas/Fort Worth). He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas having earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. He earned his Ph.D. at Regent University. He is an adjunct professor at Redeemer Seminary and lectures frequently in area churches training believers with ABC’s Equipped to Counsel curriculum. Jeremy is married to Lynne, and they have four children. He and his wife are active members of Fort Worth Presbyterian Church (PCA).

Jim Newheiser, D.Min., Executive Director

Jim is the Director of the Christian Counseling program and Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. He served in pastoral ministry for over thirty years in Southern California and Saudi Arabia. He has served as the director of The Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (IBCD) since 2006.  He is a Fellow and a board member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). Jim has been practicing biblical counseling since 1982.

Joe Lee, B.S., Biblical Counseling Ministry Leader

Joe received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Info Systems from Virginia Tech. He served as Pastor of Counseling at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where he developed the strategy for care and trained and supervised the counseling teams. Before coming on staff at Covenant Life, Joe worked as a systems engineer/software engineer. Joe and his wife, Esther, have five children.

Jonathan Holmes, M.A., Counseling Pastor

Jonathan serves as the Counseling Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, OH, as well as the Campus Pastor at their Green Campus. Jonathan graduated from The Master’s College with degrees in Biblical Counseling and History and his M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of The Company We Keep. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three daughters, Ava, Riley, and Ruby. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys traveling, reading, and politics.

Joshua Mack, D. Min., Pastor

Joshua is the pastor of Living Hope Church in Pretoria, South Africa. He also teaches at the African Bible Training Centre and serves as the executive director of 1Hope4Africa. He has co-authored several books such as Courage: Fighting Fear with Fear and A Fight to the Death: Taking Aim at the Sin Within and is the author of Compassion: Seeing with Jesus’ Eyes. He received his M.A. in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s College, M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary, and D.Min. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is especially thankful for his wife, Marda, and his nine children.

Judy Dabler, M.A., Founder

Judy works nationally and internationally as a Christian conciliator, trainer, educator, conference speaker, counselor, and consultant. Judy is the founder of Creative Conciliation, an organization designed to advance the field of Christian conciliation. In 2007, Judy founded and continues to serve as an affiliate of Live at Peace Ministries, a reconciliation ministry specializing in assisting couples, families, churches, and organizations in conflict and crisis. Judy holds an M.A. in Theological Studies and an M.A. in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary. Judy has ten years of experience teaching counseling-related courses at the seminary level, and has completed forty-two hours of doctoral-level courses in education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Judy is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Christian Conciliator.

Julie Ganschow, Biblical Counselor and Founder

Julie began biblical counseling and discipleship when she directed the women's ministry in her church over twenty years ago. This began years of extensive training that led to certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC). It is her joy to lead an exceptional team of counselors at Reigning Grace Counseling Center, as well as teach and supervise counselors in training. She is the author of numerous books and materials on biblical counseling issues and is a frequent conference and retreat speaker. She also founded Biblical Counseling for Women Biblical Counseling for Women and writes a daily blog on counseling issues. She is a Council Board Member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and a leader for the BCC Women's Conference Call. She and her husband, Larry, make their home in Kansas City, MO, and have three adult children and one granddaughter.

Ken Long, D.Min., Executive Pastor

Ken is the Executive Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Florence, KY. He is an ordained pastor with the Evangelical Free Church of America and received his formal training at Columbia Biblical Seminary, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree. Before joining Grace in 2006, he served with two churches in Kansas and Indiana. Ken is certified as a counselor through ACBC. For recreation, he enjoys traveling with his family, walking, hiking, and sailing. Ken is married to Beth, and they have a son Ken Mark.

Kevin Carson, D.Min., Pastor

Kevin serves as pastor of Sonrise Baptist Church in Ozark, MO, and also serves as professor and department chair of Biblical Counseling at Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary in Springfield, MO. Kevin earned his M.Div. from Baptist Bible Graduate School, Springfield, MO, and his D.Min. from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is ACBC certified and travels with ACBC as a teacher/trainer. Kevin also serves as an adjunct faculty member at several institutions. Kevin and his wife, Kelly, have four children. 

Kevin Hurt, D.Min., Senior Pastor

Kevin and his wife, Pam, and their children have lived in Rabun County for the past twenty-five years. After Pastor Kevin graduated from the Evangelical Institute in Greenville, SC, God called him to Clayton, GA, to pastor a small group of about five families who were meeting each week for a home Bible study. God grew that little group into what we now know as Grace Bible Church. Pastor Kevin has from the inception of Grace Bible Church been committed to the exposition of God’s Word through verse by verse teaching of the Scripture. It is his heart’s desire to make the Scripture clearly understood and applicable in today’s uncertain and confused world. Pastor Kevin has an earned Doctorate from the Master’s School of Divinity. In addition to his pastoral work he serves as the I.A.B.C. (International Association of Biblical Counselors) Executive V.P. 

Lee Lewis, M.A., Pastor

Lee is the Pastor of Biblical Soul Care for Harvest Bible Chapel in Muskoka, Ontario, Canada.  He also serves in a directing/consulting role for a network of church plants in Ontario.  Lee previously served as a pastor at The Village Church for nearly 10 years and is a member of the Association of Biblical Counselors. Lee is married to Andrea, and they have four children; Luke, Abel, Leah, and Miriam.

Lilly Park, Ph.D. Candidate, Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling

Lilly is Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling at Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis, IN. She serves on the biblical counseling staff at her church and is the Book Review Editor for The Journal of Family Ministry and Discipleship. She completed her M.A. in Biblical Counseling at The Master’s College and her M.Div. at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where she is completing her Ph.D. in Family Ministry. She is also a certified counselor with the ACBC. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a consultant in one of the largest consulting firms. 

Mark Shaw, D.Min., Founder and Director

Mark is the Executive Director of Vision of Hope and a Pastor on staff at Faith Church in Lafayette, IN. He is also the founder of Truth in Love Ministries, is certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), and with the International Association of Biblical Counselors (IABC). He earned his D.Min. in Biblical Counseling from Birmingham Theological Seminary. Dr. Shaw has authored nineteen publications including The Heart of AddictionStrength in Numbers: The Team Approach to Biblical Counseling, and Addiction-Proof Parenting. He and his wife, Mary, are blessed with four children.

Matthieu Caron, D.C., M.Div. (Candidate), Pastor

Matthieu has been pastor of Église évanglique baptiste de Shawinigan-Sud since 2004. He and his wife, Valérie, are the parents of two young children, Edouard and Olivia. He has a doctorate in chiropractic from the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. He also obtained three graduate studies certificates in Biblical Counseling from CCEF in Pennsylvania. He is currently completing a master’s degree in Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary. Matthieu is a biblical counseling professor for the theological seminary SEMBEQ in Montreal and for the Bible institute PROFAC located in Mont-Carmel, Qc. He’s a biblical counselor throughout the Province of Quebec helping Christians with issues such as anxiety, depression, marital problems, addictions, or victims of abuse.

Michael Leister, Pastor

Michael serves as pastor-elder at NordRhön Bible Church in Hünfeld/Germany and as professor for Biblical Counseling at EBTC European Bible Training Center in Berlin, Rheinland and Zürich. He is a board member of NBS Network for Biblical Soul care and of KfG Konferenz für Gemeindegründung in Germany, a network of about 400 independent Bible-believing churches. He attended a Torchbearer Bible School in Canada and studied Biblical Counseling under Wayne Mack in South Africa as well as at the Masters College in Santa Clarita, CA.

Mike Emlet, M.Div., M.D., Counselor and Faculty Member

Mike practiced as a family physician for 12 years before joining CCEF as a counselor and faculty member. Mike holds an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania as well as an M.Div. degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. He has authored the mini-books: Asperger Syndrome; Help for the Caregiver; OCD; and Angry Children, and authored CrossTalk: Where Life and Scripture Meet.

Mike Wilkerson, B.A., Founder

Mike pastored for ten years in Seattle where he led a Redemption Groups ministry. He is the author of Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry and the founder of The Redemption Group Network which helps churches build ministries that shine the love of Christ into the darkest corners of people’s lives. Mike and his wife, Trisha, have six children.

Pat Quinn, M.A.T., Counseling Pastor

Pat is the Director of Counseling Ministries at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI, where he applies his love for the gospel to counseling, training counselors, serving as an elder, worship leading, and teaching. He has degrees from Michigan State University and Calvin College and received counseling training from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation. Pat has been married to Judie since 1976. She is a teacher at Lansing Christian High School where Pat taught Bible for thirty years. Pat and Judie have two grown children and two grandchildren. Pat is a council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and a part of the blogging team.

Paul Tautges, D.Min., Senior Pastor

Paul became the Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Mayfield Heights, OH, in August 2015. He previously served for 22 years as a pastor in Sheboygan, WI. He also serves as an adjunct professor of biblical counseling here in the states and overseas. Paul has authored eight books including Counseling One Another, Brass Heavens, and Comfort the Grieving. He is also the editor of the LifeLine Mini-Book series from Shepherd Press. Paul is an ACBC Fellow. He and his wife, Karen, are the parents of ten children. Paul blogs regularly at Counseling One Another.

Rob Green, Ph.D., Pastor of Counseling and Seminary Ministries

Rob serves as the Pastor of Counseling and Seminary Ministries at Faith Church in Lafayette, IN. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children. Rob is a fellow with the ACBC and earned a Ph.D. in New Testament from Baptist Bible Seminary.

Robert Cheong, Ph.D., Pastor of Care and Counseling

Robert is the Pastor of Care at Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, KY. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and an M.Div. and Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has the global responsibilities for equipping ministry leaders at each of Sojourn’s four campuses so they can shepherd God’s people with the gospel through community. He is author of God Redeeming His Bride: A Handbook for Church Discipline. He enjoys life with Karen, his wife of over 31 years, along with their three grown children, son-in-law, and 2 grandsons.

Robert Jones, D.Min., Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling

Robert is a biblical counseling professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, having served previously for nineteen years as a lead pastor. He is also the pastor of biblical counseling at Open Door Church in Raleigh, NC, and a visiting professor at several seminaries. Robert graduated from The King’s College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div.), and Westminster Theological Seminary (D.Min., Pastoral Counseling). He is a certified Christian conciliator and a church reconciliation trainer with Peacemaker Ministries, a certified counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, and the author of Pursuing PeaceUprooting Anger, and numerous booklets, articles, and chapters. Robert and Lauren, his wife of thirty years, have two adult sons.

Rod Mays, D.Min., Executive Pastor

Rod currently serves as the executive pastor of Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC, and adjunct professor of practical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte where he teaches counseling, pastoral theology, and campus ministry courses. He is the director of The Greenville Fellows Program, a faith and work initiative.  Rod has also served as a guest lecturer at Covenant Theological Seminary and Westminster Seminary, CA, and serves on the board of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF). For sixteen years he was the national coordinator for Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America. Rod has forty years of pastoral and counseling experience and is the co-author of Things That Cannot Be Shaken, Crossway Books. He enjoys playing tennis and traveling with his wife, Debbe. They have been married forty years and have one daughter and grandson.

Sacha Alexandre Mendes, M.A.B.C., M.Div., Youth and College Pastor

Sacha graduated in Economics from the University of Sao Paulo. He also has theology training from Word of Life Bible Seminary (Brazil), a Master of Biblical Counseling from The Master’s College, and a Master of Divinity from Faith Bible Seminary. He is currently pursuing a D.Min. in Expository Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a youth and college pastor at Maranatha Baptist Church in Sao Jose dos Campos. Sacha serves as a leader of the Brazilian Association of Biblical Counselors. He and his wife, Ana, have two sons, Pedro and Tito. 

Sam Williams, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Counseling

Sam went to school at the University of Arizona and then to San Diego for graduate school in clinical psychology. He went into private practice for ten years as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Lake Charles, LA. Sam has now taught for over a dozen years as Professor of Counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and in Brazil (as coordinator of SEBTS’ Global Theological Initiative). He and his wife, Mindy, and their children attend North Wake Church.

Shannon Kay McCoy, M.A.B.C., Biblical Counselor

Shannon is a biblical counselor at Valley Center Community Church in Southern California. She has a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, CA, and is ACBC certified. She is a retreat and conference speaker. She's the author of Help! I’m A Slave To Food and contributing author to Women Counseling Women. She is currently pursuing future candidacy for the Ph.D. program in Biblical Counseling at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She blogs at and

Steve Midgley, Executive Director

Steve is Executive Director of Biblical Counselling UK. The vision of Biblical Counseling UK is Christ-centred change, enabled by the Spirit, through the ministry of the Word, in the local church. Steve works as the Vicar of Christ Church, Cambridge, and trained as a psychiatrist before being ordained. Biblical Counselling UK runs an annual conference programme and in partnership with CCEF a two-year certificate course supported by Oak Hill Theological College in London, where Steve is a visiting lecturer in biblical counselling.

Stuart Scott, D.Min., Associate Professor

Stuart Scott teaches in the graduate program of biblical counseling at The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. He has over thirty-five years of experience in counseling and pastoral ministry. He is the membership director and a Fellow with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Stuart is an author as well and is married to his wife Zondra and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Sue Nicewander, M.A.B.C., Executive Director

Sue serves as executive director, biblical counselor, and discipleship development instructor with Biblical Counseling Ministries (BCM) in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Sue serves with five core churches in Central Wisconsin to offer one-on-one biblical counseling by pastoral referral, discipleship development training for local churches across the state, a free e-newsletter, and a recommended resource list for reliable literature. BCM is an ACBC training center offering discipleship development classes on site and also live streamed online. Christians may take BCM classes informally to enhance church work and relationship skills, or to pursue ACBC certification in biblical counseling. An experienced women’s ministry leader for over 30 years and biblical counselor for more than 20 years, Sue counsels, writes, consults, speaks and teaches as a counseling resource for small local churches. Her articles have been featured in the Journal of Biblical Counseling and The Baptist Bulletin. Day One has published her book Building a Church Counseling Ministry Without Killing the Pastor, co-authored with Pastors Jonathan Jenks and Stephen Steinmetz. Her booklet Help! I Feel Ashamed is offered through Shepherd Press. Sue has been married to Jim for 41 years. They have two married daughters and six grandchildren.

Wayne Vanderwier, D.Min., Executive Director

Wayne is the Executive Director of Overseas Instruction in Counseling, an international biblical counseling training ministry. The OIC’s strategic objective—assisting in the initial creation and continuing development of national biblical counseling training and certifying organizations—is accomplished through two delivery systems—Leadership Training through Modular Programs and Academic Training through Graduate Programs. Wayne has earned two D.Min. degrees in Biblical Counseling. He served in pastoral ministry from 1974 to 2006 and is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Susan, for 42 years. They have five adult children and thirteen grandchildren.