Light Faculty

Board Members

Ron Hawkins

Ron Hawkins

Lynchburg, VA

D.Min., Ed.D. Chair of the AACC Exective Board 

Dr. Tim Clinton

Dr. Tim Clinton

Forest, VA

President, Light University and American Association of Christian Counselors.

Gary Oliver

Gary Oliver

Siloam Springs, Arkansas

Th.M., Ph.D. Executive Director of the Center for Healthy Relationships at John Brown University.

Sharon May, Ph.D.

Sharon May, Ph.D.

Carlsbad, CA

President of Safe Haven Relationship Center 

Ben Allison, ESQ.

Ben Allison, ESQ.

Forest, VA

CEO, American Association of Christian Counselors

Over 300+ World Class Faculty

Dr. Linda Mintle

Dr. Linda Mintle

Glendale, CA

Author, Speaker, Professor, Media Personality and Licensed Therapist
Host of the Dr. Linda Mintle Radio Show, Faith Radio

Siang-Yang Tan

Siang-Yang Tan

Glendale, CA

Siang-Yang Tan (PhD, McGill University) is professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary and senior pastor of First Evangelical Church Glendale in California.

John Townsend

John Townsend


American Christian self help author, business consultant, and psychologist. 

Ron Hawkins, Ed.D., D.Min

Ron Hawkins, Ed.D., D.Min

Lynchburg, VA

Licensed Professional Counselor; Member of Executive Board for the American Association of Christian Counselors; Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Liberty University; Professor of Counseling and Practical Theology in the Center for Counselor Education and Family Studies. Pastor; Author, Speaker

Gary Oliver

Gary Oliver

Siloam Springs, AR

Professor and Executive Director, John Brown University Center for Relationship Enrichment; Executive Board Member, AACC; Author; Speaker

Micheal Lyles

Micheal Lyles

Atlanta, GA

Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology 

Dr James Dobson

Dr James Dobson

Colorado Springs, CO

Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics; University of Southern California School of Medicine; Division of Child Development and Medical genetics Staff, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles; Ph.D. , Child Development, University of Southern California.

Dr. Tim Clinton

Dr. Tim Clinton

Forest, VA

President, Light University and American Association of Christian Counselors.

Full Light University Faculty List

Keith Ethridge, M.Div.–Acting Director, Veterans Affairs National Chaplain Center; Member, Military Chaplains Association.

Archibald Hart, Ph.D. –Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. Licensed Psychologist; Certified Biofeedback Practitioner; Board Certified Diplomate Fellow in Psychopharmacology; International Director, AACC; Best-selling Author; Speaker; Seminar Leader.

Barbara Rosberg, B.F.A. – Media Personality; Author; Speaker.

Barbara Shaffer, Ph.D. – Psychologist; Author; Speaker.

Basyle J. (Boz) Tchividjian, J.D. – Professor of Law, Liberty University; Founder & executive director of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment); Former Assistant State Attorney, Seventh Judicial Circuit; Former Chief Prosecutor, Sexual Crimes Division; Attorney and Advisory Board Member, I-Care Child Advocacy Center; Author; Speaker.

Beth Fletcher Brokaw, Ph.D. – Psychologist; Adjunct Professor, Biola University; Author; Speaker, until her passing in 2013.

Brooks Lines, M.A. – Counselor, North Atlanta Center for Christian Counseling.

Captain Jim Nelms – State Coordinator, Georgia Crisis Response Team; Leader, Henry/Clayton CISM Team; Faculty Member, CISM Instructor at International Critical Incident Stress Foundation

Catherine Hart Weber, Ph.D. – Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist; founder of the Flourish Center for Life and Relationships; Author; Speaker; Seminar Leader.

Chap Clark, Ph.D. – Associate Provost for Strategic Projects and Professor and Chair of Youth, Family, and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary; Teaching Team of Harbor Christian Center in Gig Harbor, Washington; President of ParenTeen and Harbor Hope Services; Author; Speaker

Chaplain Charles C. Baldwin, M.Div. – Major General, U.S. Air Force, Retired; Former United States Air Force Chief of Chaplains; Member of the Armed Forces Chaplains Board.

Chaplain Thomas E. Webb, Th.M. – President, Webb & Associates Chaplaincy Consulting; Former Navy Chaplain; CISM Team Member, Camp Pendleton, CA; Speaker.

Chris Thurman, Ph.D. – Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Author; Speaker

Christopher McCluskey, M.S.W. – President of the Professional Christian Coaching Institute; Certified Life Coach; Certified Sex Therapist; Radio Personality; Author; Speaker

Claudia Arp, B.S. – Co-founder and Co-director, Marriage Alive International; Best-selling Author; Speaker.

Clifford Penner, M.A., Ph.D. – Clinical Psychologist; Internationally-recognized Sexual Therapist; Educator; Author; Speaker

Connie Neal, M.S.. – Author; Women’s Conference Speaker

Cynthia Ulrich Tobias, M.Ed. – Founder, Manager and CEO of AppLe St. (Applied Learning Styles); Established expert in various learning practices

Dan Allender, Ph.D. –Professor of Counseling, The Allender Center at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology; Founder and Director, Wounded Heart Ministries; Ordained Presbyterian minister; Author; Speaker

Daniel Amen, M.D. – Director and Founder of The Amen Clinic for Behavioral Medicine; Nuclear Brain Imaging Specialist; Board-certified in General Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry; Best-selling Author; Regular appearances on his own national PBS specials.

Daniel S. Sweeney, Ph.D. – Professor, Graduate Department of Counseling, George Fox University, Portland, OR; Director of the Northwest Center for Play Therapy Studies, George Fox University; Board Member, Association for Play Therapy; Author; Speaker

Dave Carder, M.A. – Pastor, Counseling Ministries at First Evangelical Free Church, Fullerton, CA. Author; Speaker

David Arp, MSSW – Co-founder and Co-director, Marriage Alive International; Author; Speaker; TV/Radio Personality.

David Hall, Psy.D. – CEO and Clinical Director of Haven Family Psychiatry; Academic Director of the Narrative Institute; Author; Speaker

David Jenkins, Psy.D. – Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Professor of Counseling and the Director of the M.A. in Addiction Counseling program,  Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies, Liberty University; Board Member, Society for Christian Psychology; Author; Speaker

David Murphy, Ph.D. – Professor, Chair, Accounting Department, Lynchburg College; Certified Public Accountant; Certified Financial Planner; Certified Fraud Specialist; Speaker

David Stoop, Ph.D. – Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Founder and Director, Center for Family Therapy in Newport Beach, CA; Executive Board Member, AACC; Author, Speaker, Co-host, “New Life Live!” radio program

Debbie Laaser, M.A.. – Sexual Addiction Counselor; Author; Speaker

Debra Taylor, M.A. – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Certified Sex Therapist; Author; Speaker

Dennis Rainey, M.A., D.D. – President, CEO, and Co-founder of Family Life, a division of Campus Crusade for Christ International; Best-selling Author; Speaker

Diane Langberg, Ph.D. – Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Founder and Director, Diane Langberg & Associates;  Author; Speaker

Donald Harvey, Ph.D. – Associate Professor of Psychology, Trevecca Nazarene University; Licensed Professional Counselor.

Donna Rice Hughes, B.A. – President, Enough Is Enough; Advocate for internet safety for children and families; Author; Speaker

Douglas Rosenau, Ed.D. – Licensed Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist; Certified Sex Therapist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Sexology; Co-founder of Sexual Wholeness, Inc.; Professor for the Institute for Sexual Wholeness, Psychological Studies Institute in Atlanta, Georgia; Adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Richmont Graduate University.

Dwight Bain, M.A. – Nationally Certified Counselor, Professional Counselor, Executive/Life Coach; Certified Family Law Mediator; ; Founder and Executive Director, The LifeWorks Group; Author; Speaker

Ed Hindson, D.Phil., D.Min., Th.D. – Professor and Dean, School of Religion, and Assistant to the Chancellor, Liberty University; Author; Speaker

Ed Maynard, Ph.D. – Lighthouse Counseling Service, Charlotte, NC; Co-author, Healing for the City: Counseling in the Urban Setting; Speaker

Eric Scalise, Ph.D. – Licensed Professional Counselor; Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist; President, LIV Enterprises & Consulting, LLC; Former Vice-President for Professional Development, AACC; Former Dept. Chair for Counseling Programs at Regent University, VA; Author; Speaker

Erica S.N. Tan, Psy.D. – Licensed Clinical Psychologist, The North Portland Growth Place, Portland, OR; Author; Speaker

Erin Smalley, B.S.N, M.A. – Registered Nurse; Marriage Strategic Spokesperson, Focus on the Family; Best-selling Author; Speaker

Everett Worthington, Jr.,Ph.D. –  Clinical Psychologist and Professor  of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University; Director, A Campaign for Forgiveness Research; Founding editor, Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal; Author; Speaker

Florence Littauer – Best-selling Author; Speaker

Freda V. Crews, D.Min., Ph.D. – Licensed Professional Counselor; Host, Time for Hope TV program; Speaker

Gary Chapman, M.R.E., Ph.D. – Senior Associate Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC; Best-selling Author of the Five Love Languages; Speaker

Gary Moon, Ph.D. – Executive Director of the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and the Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation at Westmont College; Director of  the Renovaré International Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation; Author; Speaker

Gary Oliver, Th.M., Ph.D. – Professor and Executive Director, John Brown University Center for Relationship Enrichment; Executive Board Member, AACC; Author; Speaker

Gary Sibcy, Ph.D. – Director, Ph.D. Program in Counseling and Research and Evaluation Center at the Center for Counselor Education and Family Studies at Liberty University; Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Piedmont Psychiatric Center; Co-authored several books with Dr. Tim Clinton, including Attachments and Why You Do the Things You Do.

Gary Smalley, M.Div., Ed.D. – Former President and Founder, Smalley Relationship Center; A best-selling author, TV and Radio guest, and speaker before his passing in 2016

George Ohlschlager, M.S.W., J.D. – Executive Consultant to the AACC; Member, AACC Ethics Committee; Author; Speaker

Georgia Shaffer, M.A. – Psychologist; Professional Life Coach; Producer, syndicated radio feature, The Mourning Glory Minute; Founder and Executive Director, Mourning Glory Ministries; Author; Speaker

Glen Havens, M.D. – Director, Ark Psychiatric Services, Atlanta, GA; Speaker

Glenn Wagner, Ph.D. – Former Board Member and Vice-President of Promise Keepers; Author; Speaker

Greg Smalley, Psy.D. – Psychologist; Vice President of Marriage and Family Formation, Focus on the Family; Author; Speaker

Gregg Jantz, Ph.D. – Licensed Mental Health Counselor; Certified Chemical Dependency Professional; Certified Eating Disorder Specialist; Founder of The Center: A Place of HOPE; Author; Speaker

Norman Wright, M.A., M.R.E.– Licensed Marriage, Family & Child Therapist; Former Director of the Graduate Department of Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, Biola University; Research Professor of Christian Education, Talbot School of Theology; Author; Speaker

Mark Shadoan, M.S.W., Ed.D.– Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Clinical Director, Light Counseling, Lynchburg, VA; Author, AACC’s Christian Counselor’s Treatment Planner

Jan Stoop, Ph.D. – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Author; Speaker

Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A. – Executive Director, Institute for Compassionate Care; National Coordinator, AACC Crisis Response Team; Certified CISM Trainer, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation; Executive Director, Board of Christian Crisis & Trauma Response; Author; Speaker

Jill Briscoe – Bible Teacher; Executive Editor, Just Between Us magazine; Board Member, World Relief; Board Member, Christianity Today; Author; Speaker

John Baker, M.B.A. – Founder, Celebrate Recovery; Author; Speaker

John Ortberg, Ph.D. – Senior Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church; Member Board of Trustees, Fuller Theological Seminary; Author; Speaker

John Trent, Ph.D. – Gary Chapman Chair of Marriage and Family , Moody Bible Institute; President, Encouraging Words and StrongFamilies.com; Educator; Author; Corporate Consultant; Speaker

Joni Eareckson Tada – President, Joni and Friends; Founder, Joni and Friends Disability Center; Member, Disability Advisory Committee, U.S. State Department; Columnist; Author; Award-winning Artist; Media Personality

Jorge Prado – Family counselor and Spanish Ministry Director, Calvary Church, Charlotte, NC.

Joshua Straub, Ph.D. –Marriage and Family Strategist for LifeWay Christian Resources; President and Cofounder of The Connextion Group; ; Author; Speaker

Joyce Penner, M.R.N. – Clinical Nurse Specialist; Internationally recognized Sex Therapist; Educator; Author; Speaker

Judi Quilici Timmcke, Ph.D. – Clinical Nutritionist; Technical Consultant; Educator; President, Q-Tech Services, Inc.; Former Vice-President of Research and Development, Weider Nutrition International; Author; Speaker

Julie Clinton, M.Ad., M.B.A. – President, Extraordinary Women; Author, Extraordinary Women: Discovering God’s Dream for Your Life and Live God’s Dream Devotional; Speaker

June Hunt, M.A. – Founder and CEO, Hope For The Heart; Director, Biblical Counseling Library, Radio Personality; Musician; Author; Speaker

Kari Wolfe Anderson, Ph.D., C.P.C. – President and Chief Clinical Director of Pathway Program for Eating, Green Mountain at Fox Run; Founder and Owner of myBalancedLife Integrative Counseling.

Kathie Erwin, Ed.D., LMHC, NCC, NCGC – Associate Professor, School of Psychology and Counseling, Regent University

Kathleen Hart – Author; Chaplain, Fuller Theological Seminary; Speaker

Katie Brazelton, M.Div., Ph.D. – Life Coach; Founder, Life Purpose Coaching Centers International; Author; Speaker

Kay Arthur – Co-founder, Precept Ministries; Author; Media Personality; Speaker

Kenneth L. Farmer, Jr., M.D. – Major General, U.S. Army, Retired; Owner and CEO at Ken Farmer Advisors, LLC; Former Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, TriWest Healthcare Alliance; Former Commander, U.S. Army Medical Corps, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and North Atlantic Regional Medical Command; American Board of Family Practice Certified; Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians

Kenneth Nichols, Psy.D. – Founder and President, ALIVE Ministries; Executive Director, Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counselors; Psychologist; Former Dean of Behavioral Science, Southern California Seminary; Author; Speaker

Kevin Ellers, D.Min. – Territorial Disaster Services Coordinator, Salvation Army, U.S.A. Central Territory; President, Institute for Compassionate Care; Faculty member, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation; Author; Speaker

Laurie Hall – Media Personality; Author; Speaker

Leigh Bishop, M.D., M.A. – Staff Psychiatrist, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine; Naval Reserve Officer with the U.S. Navy Medical Corps

Leroy Scott, Jr., M.S., M.Div. – Licensed Mental Health Counselor; Relationship Coach; Minister; Speaker

Leslie Parrott, Ed.D. – Co-Director, Center for Relationship Development, Seattle Pacific University; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Co-Editor of the NIV Marriage Devotional Bible; Best-selling Author; Speaker

Leslie Vernick, M.S.W. – Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Author; Speaker

Linda E. Homeyer, Ph.D. – Licensed Professional Counselor; Registered Play Therapist; Professor, Professional Counseling Program, Department of Educational Administration and Psychological Services, Texas State University

Linda Mintle, M.S.W.,  Ph.D. – Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Eating Disorders and Infertility Specialist; Chair of Behavioral Health, Associate Professor, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Liberty University; Author; Speaker

Lisa McMinn, Ph.D. – Writer in Residence, George Fox University; Author; Speaker

Marian Eberly, R.N., M.S.W. – Licensed Clinical Social Worker; Behavioral Health Consultant;; Speaker

Mark Crawford, Ph.D. – President, Lyles, Crawford, and Petronella Clinical Consulting; Licensed Psychologist; Author; Speaker

Mark Crear, Ph.D. – Two-time Olympic Medalist; Motivational Speaker; Consultant; Chair, Black African American Christian Counselors, AACC; Author; Speaker

Mark Laaser, M.Div., Ph.D. – Founder and Executive Director, Faithful and True; Former Board Member, National Council on Sexual Addiction/Compulsivity; Author; Speaker

Mark Yarhouse, Psy.D. – Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist; Endowed Chair and Professor of Psychology at Regent University; Author; Speaker

Marnie Ferree, M.A. – Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist;  Founder of Bethesda Workshops; Sexual Recovery Specialist; Author; Speaker

Mary Ann Mayo, M.A. – Licensed Marriage Family and Child Counselor; Author; Speaker

Mary Hunt, B.A. – Financial expert; Author; Columnist; Media Personality; Debt-proof Seminar leader

Michael Lyles, M.D. – Founding Partner, Lyles & Crawford Clinical Consulting in Atlanta, GA;  Speaker

Michael Sytsma, Ph.D. – Licensed Professional Counselor; Sexual Addiction Specialist; Speaker

Michael Todd Wilson, M.S. – Licensed Professional Counselor, Life Coach, the Intimacy Counseling Center in Atlanta, GA; Member, American Board of Christian Sex Therapists

Michelle McKinney Hammond – Author; Speaker; Singer; TV Show Co-host

Neil Anderson, D.Min., Ed.D. – President Emeritus of Freedom in Christ Ministries; Author of The Bondage Breaker and more than 20 other books; Speaker

Neil Clark Warren, M.Div., Ph.D. – Psychologist; Founder, Associated Psychological Services; Former Professor and Dean, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology; Founder, eHarmony; Author; Speaker

Paris Finner-Williams, Ph.D., J.D., Esq. – Licensed Psychologist; Attorney; Forensic Examiner Diplomate; Certified Rehabilitation Counselor; Certified Trauma Services Specialist; Founder and Director, Finner-Williams & Associates; Author; Speaker

Ralph Earle, M.Div., Ph.D. – Diplomate, American Board of Professional Psychology; Clinical Supervisor, AAMFT and AASECT; Associate, Psychological Counseling Services

Richard Eley, Ph.D. – Certified Life Coach; Corporate Trainer; Speaker

Major General Robert F. Dees, M.S., U.S. Army, Retired – President of Resilience Consulting LLC; Associate Vice President for Military Outreach, Adjunct Professor, and Director of the Institute for Military Resilience at Liberty University; Graduate, U.S. Military Academy at West Point; Commanded airborne, air assault, and mechanized infantry forces from the platoon through division level; Former Executive Director, Defense Strategies, Microsoft Corporation

Rolfe Carawan, M.Ed. – Founder and President, Life Matters, Inc.; Leadership Team, Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation; Motivational Speaker; Consultant; Author

Ron Hawkins, Ed.D., D.Min. – Licensed Professional Counselor; Member of Executive Board for the American Association of Christian Counselors; Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Liberty University; Professor of Counseling and Practical Theology in the Center for Counselor Education and Family Studies. Pastor; Author, Speaker

Ron L. Deal, M.MFT. – Founder and President of Smart Stepfamilies; President of As For Me and My House Ministries (www.RonDeal.org) and Director of FamilyLife Blended™ for FamilyLife®; Extensive experience in training pastors, ministry leaders, and counselors; Author; Speaker

Ron Luce, M.A. – Founder and President, Teen Mania; Formerly appointed to the White House Advisory Commission on Drug-Free Communities; author; speaker

Russell Willingham – Executive Director, New Creation Ministries in Fresno, CA; Ordained Minister, Assemblies of God International Fellowship

Sandra Dopf Lee, B.S. – Certified Life Coach; Certified Family Mediator; Mediation Trainer; Founder, Emerge Victorious; Speaker

Sandra Wilson, Ph.D. – Marriage & Family Therapist; Adjunct Seminary Professor; Author; Speaker

Sara E. Trollinger, M.A. – Founder and President, House of Hope, a Christian, non-denominational residential program for troubled teenagers, Orlando, FL.; Author; Speaker

Sharon Hart May, Ph.D. – Founder of the highly acclaimed Haven of Safety Marriage Relationship Intensives and Conferences, Hart Institute in Pasadena, CA; Internationally-known expert in emotionally focused therapy; Author; Speaker

Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D. – Professor of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary; Senior pastor of First Evangelical Church Glendale in Glendale, California; distinguished Researcher; Author Speaker

Stanton Jones, Ph.D. – Former Provost, Professor of Psychology, Wheaton College; Author; Speaker

Stephen Arterburn, M.Ed. – Founder and Chairman of New Life Ministries; Host of the nationally syndicated “New Life Live!” daily radio program; Best-selling Author; Speaker

Stephen Greggo, Ph.D. – Chair, Pastoral Counseling and Psychology Department, Professor of Pastoral Counseling and Psychology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL; Speaker

Steve Russo, M.A. – Radio Host, Real Answers; Featured guest, ABC, CBS and NBC News broadcasts, including The O’Reilly Factor and Fox News; Host, Music TV 24/SEVEN; Author; Musician, Speaker

Thelma Wells, M.Min. – President, A Woman of God Ministries; Author; Speaker; Media Personality

Timothy Clinton, Ed.D. – President, AACC; Professor of Counseling and Executive Director, Liberty University Center for Counseling and Family Studies; Licensed Professional Counselor; Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist; Best-selling Author; National Speaker; Host, “Turn It Around” radio program; Seminar Leader

Tommy Nelson, M.A. – Pastor, Denton Bible Church, Denton, TX; Featured on Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, Josh McDowell, For Faith and Family, and various media outlets

Tom Whiteman, Ph.D. – Licensed Psychologist; Founder and Director of Life Management Inc; President of Fresh Start Seminars Inc.; Author; Speaker

Troy Snyder, M.S. – Nationally Certified Counselor; Licensed Professional Counselor, Paraclete Counseling Center in Alpharetta, GA

David Hager, M.D., FACOG– Board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist; Professor, Department of OB-GYN and Consultant in Infectious Disease, University of Kentucky School of Medicine; Director of Continuing Medical Education, Department of OB-GYN, Central Baptist Hospital; Director of the OB-GYN Residency Training Program (a University of Kentucky affiliated program)

Wesley K. Stafford, Ph.D. – President Emeritus, Compassion International; Board of Directors, National Religious Broadcasters

William Cutrer, M.D. – Obstetrician/Gynecologist; infertility specialist; ordained pastor; Associate Professor, Bioethics and Spiritual Formation and Gheens Chair, Family Ministry, Southern Baptist Seminary, Louisville, KY, until his passing in 2013.