Light University Faculty
Archibald Hart, Ph.D.
Archibald Hart is well-known for his ministry to churches through psychological training, education, and consultation. A former dean of the School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, he is board certified in psychopharmacology and was honored by the American Association of Christian Counselors with their “Caregivers Award” in 1997.
Beth Fletcher Brokaw, Ph.D.
Beth is a Christian psychologist, writer, speaker and adjunct professor at Biola University teaching on integration of psychology and faith. She is a wife and mother of a 17 year old daughter and a 13 year old son. Beth battled cancer for 17 years and shares her journey at retreats to encourage others. Beth passed away in 2013.
Brian Carlton, CFP, LIC
Brian Carlton is acquainted with aging issues including gerontology, geriatrics, Medicare, Medicaid, the psychology of aging and the aging process from his work as a former Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. He has practiced comprehensive financial planning and more recently formed Huff, Stuart & Carlton, a wealth management company.
Catherine Hart Weber, Ph.D.
Catherine Hart Weber is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has been adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and Denver Seminary. She is the author of numerous articles as well as the upcoming Flourish: Cultivating Spiritual Emotional Well Being. Breakthrough Science and Spiritual Wisdom.
Chap Clark, Ph.D.
Chap is associate professor of youth, family, and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and team leader and pastor of Emmanuel Church in Burbank, CA. He is a popular speaker and author.
Dan Allender, Ph.D.
President and Professor of Counseling, Mars Hill Graduate School at Western Seminary; Senior Editor, Mars Hill Review; Founder and Director, Wounded Heart Ministries; private counseling practice; Ordained Presbyterian minister; award-winning author, speaker, and seminar presenter; Bainbridge Island, WA. B.A., Ohio Wesleyan; M.S., Barry College; M.Div., Westminster Seminary; Ph.D., Michigan State University.
Daniel Amen, M.D.
Daniel is director and founder of The Amen Clinic for Behavioral Medicine. His private practice specializes in child, adolescent, and adult behavioral medicine and nuclear brain imaging. He has authored 15 books, including Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the Six Types of Attention Deficit Disorder and Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, as well as many professional publications.
Daniel S. Sweeney, Ph.D.
Daniel Sweeney is a professor in the graduate department of counseling at George Fox University in Portland, OR. He is also the director of the Northwest Center for Play Therapy Studies at George Fox and board member of the Association for Play Therapy. He presents on play and sandtray therapy, and has authored several books, including Counseling Children Through the World of Play and the Handbook of Group Play Therapy.
David Murphy, Ph.D., CPA, CFP
David Murphy is currently Professor and Chair of the departments of accounting and economic crime at Lynchburg College in Virginia
and directs the personal financial planning track in the College’s prestigious MBA program. He has published numerous papers in academic journals in and has consulted to governments in South America, Central Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
David Stoop, Ph.D.
David Stoop is a clinical psychologist and founder and director of the Center for Family Therapy in Newport Beach, CA. David is a member of the AACC Executive Board.
Dwight Bain, M.A.
Dwight is a nationally certified counselor, professional counselor, executive coach, and certified family law mediator in Orlando, FL.
Eric Scalise, Ph.D.
Eric Scalise is the former Vice President for Professional Development with the American Association of Christian Counselors, as well as a current consultant and their Senior Editor. He is also the President of LIV Enterprises & Consulting, LLC, and a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with more than 36 years of clinical and professional experience in the mental health field.
Gary Chapman, Ph.D.
B.A. in Anthropology from Wheaton College in Illinois; M.A. in Anthropology from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC; M.R.E. in Education Administration and a Ph.D. in Adult Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He has done additional graduate work at Duke University and the University of North Carolina on the history and philosophy of education.
Gary Oliver, Ph.D.
Gary Oliver is a university and seminary professor, psychologist, author, and is Executive Director of the Center for Relationship Enrichment and Professor of Psychology and Practical Theology at John Brown University. He has authored or co-authored over 20 books including two books with his late wife, Carrie – Mad About Us: Moving from Anger to Intimacy With Your Spouse and Raising Sons…and Loving It!
Gary Sibcy, Ph.D.
Gary Sibcy is Professor of Counseling in the School of Behavioral Sciences and Center for Counselor Education and Supervision at Liberty University. He is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (LCP), has been in private clinical practice for more than 20 years, and currently works at the Piedmont Psychiatric Center
Georgia Shaffer, M.A.
Georgia Shaffer is an author, licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania, certified life coach, and professional speaker. She is the author of the
award-winning book, A Gift of Mourning Glories: Restoring Your Life after Loss, and the producer of the syndicated radio feature, The Mourning Glory Minute. Georgia is also the founder and executive director of Mourning Glory Ministries.
Greg Smalley, Psy.D.
President, Today’s Family Counseling Center; author and seminar leader; M.A., Denver Seminary; M.A., Psy.D., Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology.
H. Norman Wright, M.A., MRE, LMFT
H. Norman Wright is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist and the former director of the Graduate Department of Marriage, Family and Child Counseling at Biola University. He is the author of over seventy books including Experiencing Grief, The New Guide to Crisis and Trauma Counseling, Recovering From the Losses of Life, Quiet Times for Couples, and Before You Say I Do.
Jeff Jernigan, B.S., PC, CCP, CQM, CPA
Jeff Jernigan anchors the Men’s Division of the Life Purpose Coaching Centers International ministry founded by Dr. Katie Brazelton. A speaker and teacher in demand, Jeff has addressed audiences ranging from small groups to packed stadiums. He is the author of nine books including The Power of a Loving Man: 13 Keys to Setting Your Heart Free.
Jenifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.
Jennifer is director of Professional Relations for the American Association of Christian Counselors. She has worked in the field of Christian counseling since 1994 specializing in issues of grief, crisis, and trauma. She currently serves as Coordinator for AACC’s National Crisis Response Team and is a Trained Trainer through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
John Trent, Ph.D.
John Trent is president of Encouraging Words and StrongFamilies.com, a ministry committed to strengthening marriages and family relationships
worldwide. John teaches and is invited to speak at conferences across the country. In addition to speaking, he has authored and co-authored more than a dozen award-winning and best-selling books.
Judi Quilici-Timmcke, Ph.D.
Judi Quilici-Timmcke is a technical consultant for the dietary
supplement industry. She performs exhaustive reviews on dietary
supplements, writes third party scientific reports, formulates products,
gives scientific and educational presentations and investigates
opportunities for new and unique ingredients. She has been appointed
scientist for the AMC Cancer Center supporting their nutrition research.
Katie Brazelton, M.Div., Ph.D., B.A.
Katie is a Life Coach and the bestselling author of the popular Pathway to Purpose for Women book series (Zondervan). She is also the founder of Life Purpose Coaching Centers, International®, which trains Christian men and women internationally to become Life Purpose Coaches and two-day-intensive Life Plan Facilitators.
Ken Nichols, Psy.D., BCCC
Ken Nichols is the founder and president of ALIVE Ministries, an author, and a conference speaker. Dr. Nichols also serves as Associate Director of the Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counselors for the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Larry Crabb, Ph.D.
Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, conference and seminar speaker, Bible teacher, popular author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries. He currently is Scholar in Residence at Colorado Christian University in Colorado and serves as Spiritual Director for the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Lea Carawan, M.A.
Lea Carawan is an executive coach, speaker and consultant. As a lead consultant at Carawan Global, Lea provides clients with results oriented strategic action plans to better leverage change initiatives and strengthen employees’ ability to accept and implement the desired changes.
Lee Schimmoeller, DBA
Lee Schimmoeller worked in the engineering industry for 20 years as a design engineer, mechanical engineering master, and manufacturing engineering manager. He has taught at several colleges and universities and is currently a professor at Lynchburg College in Virginia.
Les Parrott III, Ph.D., B.A.
Ph.D., B.A., Olivet Nazarene University; M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Fuller Graduate School of Psychology; Licensed Psychologist; Associate Professor of Psychology & Co-Director of the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University.
Leslie Parrott, Ed.D.
Leslie Parrott, Ed.D., Co-Director, Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University; private practice in marriage and family therapy; Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; best-selling author, national speaker, seminar leader, and Co-Editor of the NIV Marriage Devotional Bible; Seattle, WA.
Linda E. Homeyer, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Linda E. Homeyer is a Professor in the Professional Counseling Program of the Department of Educational Administration and Psychological Services at Texas State University.
Linda Mintle, Ph.D.
Linda Mintle is a licensed clinical social worker, specializing in marriage and family therapy, eating disorders and infertility. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including A Daughter’s Journey Home, Kids Killing Kids, Getting Unstuck, Divorce Proofing Your Marriage, Lose it for Life and Overweight Kids.
Lynda Clements, NESTA Certified
Lynda began her career as a TV journalist, which was then followed by a successful career in the health and fitness industry. During that time many doors were opened to her including starting her own line of workout DVD’s, modeling, and acting as spokeswoman for numerous fitness companies and health products. She is currently is the health and fitness director at the Clements Clinic in Plano, Texas.
Marian Eberly, Ph.D.
Marian Eberly is Vice President of Program Development at Remuda Ranch. She is the clinical advisor to Remuda’s patient care team and is responsible for the development of new programs.
Mark Crawford, Ph.D.
Psychologist and President, Lyles, Crawford, and Petronella Clinical
Consulting; Licensed Psychologist; author and speaker; Atlanta, GA.
B.A., University of Tennessee, M.S., Ph.D., Saint Louis University.
Mark Crear, Ph.D.
Mark Crear is a two-time Olympian with business and academic accreditation that backs up his engaging and powerful message. He has been around the world presenting motivational keynotes and peak performance workshops to various corporations and organizations at all levels across a variety of industries.
Mark Laaser, Ph.D.
Ph.D., B.A., Augustana College; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Iowa; Co-founder & Executive Director of OASISS, a division of the Christian Alliance for Sexual Recovery, Inc. (CASR); Board Member, National Council on Sexual Addiction/Compulsivity; Board Member, Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute.
Paris Finner-Williams, Ph.D., J.D.
Paris Finner-Williams is the founder and C.E.O. of the Detroit-based Finner Williams and Associates Psychological Services. She holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Detroit, a Master of Education from Wayne State University, a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctorate from the Detroit College of Law, which is now a department at the Michigan State University.
Rachael Crabb, M.A.
Rachael Crabb is a motivational and inspirational speaker, author/writer and ministry consultant and has spoken for conferences, retreats, and banquets world wide for the last 20 years. She enjoys speaking to women about the impact of hospitality, authentic relationships, the blessings of womanhood and the power of relational prayer.
Richard Eley, Ph.D.
Richard Eley is one of today’s foremost leaders in personal and corporate coaching. He has helped small business owners, entrepreneurs, executives, financial planners, law enforcement officers, and managers to reach their dreams, clarify a vision, pursue passions, and accomplish a mission.
Rick Huff, MBA, CPA, CPS
Rick Huff is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Personal Financial Planning Division of the AICPA and is accredited as a Personal Financial Specialist through the AICPA. He was a contributing editor to the Financial Planning Section of the Journal of Accountancy and is co-author of the book The Deferred Compensation Plan.
Rolfe Carawan, M.Ed.
Rolfe Carawan is a sought-after keynote speaker in a variety of
industries ranging from Fortune 500s and high-tech companies to
universities and non-profits. Passionately committed to helping people
through the process of creating lasting change he, along with his wife
Lea, launched Carawan Global Communications & Consulting, expanding
his business to include coaching and consulting.
Ron Deal, M.MFT
Ron Deal is President of Successful Stepfamilies, a popular conference speaker, and author of numerous books including the best-selling book and DVD curriculum, The Smart Stepfamily. He appears regularly in the national media, is a member of the Stepfamily Expert Council for the National Stepfamily Resource Center, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor.
Ronald E. Hawkins, D.Min., Ed.D.
Ronald Hawkins serves on the Executive Board for the American Association of Christian Counselors and is a frequent presenter at AACC’s national conferences, Marriage and Family Conferences, and Christian Camps and Men’s Retreats. He is the co-author of Strengthening Martial Intimacy and The Quick Reference Guide to Biblical Counseling.
Sandra Dopf, B.S.
Sandra Dopf is a certified life coach, divorce coach, and family
mediator. She speaks nationally at conferences and authors on many
topics associated with divorce and the life that follows. Her first hope
and prayer is always that a marriage can be restored; but when that is
not a possibility, Sandra works to ensure the parting couple makes
healthy and fair decisions that encompass what is best for the entire
Sharon Morris May, Ph.D.
Sharon Morris May is the originator of the highly acclaimed Haven of Safety Marriage Relationship Intensives and Conferences at the Hart Institute in Pasadena, CA. Sharon is an internationally-known expert in emotionally focused therapy and the author of Safe Haven Marriage.
Siang-Yang Tan, Ph.D.
Siang-Yang Tan is Senior Pastor of the First Evangelical Church in Glendale/Arcadia, California, and is Professor of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Ph.D., B.A., McGill University.
Sylvia Hart Frejd, D.Min.
Sylvia Hart Frejd serves as the Director of Hartbeat Ministries which
her parents Dr. Archibald and Kathleen Hart are the co-founders. She
attended Azusa Pacific University, Liberty University and Summit Bible
College. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Worship Leading, a Master’s
Degree specializing in Christian Counseling, and a Doctorate of Ministry
in Christian Leadership.
Tim Clinton, Ed.D., LPC, LMFT
Tim Clinton is president of the nearly 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors and is Professor of Counseling and Executive Director of the Liberty University Center for Counseling and Family Studies. He is a popular speaker and author of several best-selling books.
Tom Whiteman, Ph.D.
Tom Whiteman is a licensed psychologist and founder and director of Life Counseling Services in Paoli, PA. He is also is director of Fresh Start Seminars and presents up to 50 programs a year on divorce recovery. Tom has written several books including, The Marriage Mender, Adult ADD, Victim of Love, and The Complete Stress Management Workbook.