My early years were spent primarily as a missionary kid in Japan and then Kenya. I then spent my teen years and young adulthood in Canada. After my undergraduate and graduate training in psychology and counseling, and a doctoral degree in marriage and family therapy, I worked for several years at a Christian counseling agency with my wife Heather, also a counselor. We then taught for several years at a college in Canada and in 1997 moved to the Philippines to teach and direct an MA program in counseling at a seminary. We spent 8 years in Manila training Christian counselors and, with the support of the Narramore Christian Foundation, developed the only doctoral program in Christian counseling outside of the USA in the world. The goal of this program, offered through the Asia Graduate School of Theology, is to “train Asians in Asia.” In 2005 we moved to Denver, Colorado to teach in the MA counseling program and I am currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Counseling Division, offering the only seminary-based CACREP-accredited MA counseling program. My life and ministry experience in several countries, and my concern for the development of Christian counselors with global awareness, is my motivation for involvement with the Care and Counsel As Mission movement.
Sunday, 19 May 2013