As director of a growing and God-blessed ministry, counseling and training are at the heart of all we do. I want you to know you will not find people who care for you with empathy and compassion more than we do. I personally suffered and struggled with sixteen years of clinical depression, twenty-one years of struggles with fears, phobias, and anxiety and seven years of wrong financial priorities. God has enabled me to find His freedom in each area of struggle – and you can, also! I am on a mission to help others find new hope and freedom from their struggles in a totally different and unique way–that is proven to work and has worked with thousands of people since 1992. Also, we have been offering revolutionary training that is setting many people free since 2005.
Biblical counseling is a combination of friendship and teaching, guided by God’s principles and His Holy Spirit. It is empowered by His love, with the objective of facilitating another person’s spiritual, emotional, and relational healing and growth. This type of unique counseling also teaches about the accepting nature of God and His methods of helping us resulting in quicker and lasting freedom and change. The accepting nature of God is a major component in our method of counseling and is experienced in the heart as the counselor and counselee pray together for God’s answers to be revealed as never before.
The focus of my life is to reach as many people as possible with the Truth that frees (John 8:32, 36) no matter the problem, conflict, heartache or struggle. Psalms 147:3 states, “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” Counseling and evangelism are similar but different in that they both talk about Chirst and how He shapes and changes lives. However, they are different in that counseling is one-on-one with weekly guidance, feedback, monitoring and accountability. Evangelism is generally to masses. People have and do travel locally such as Oliver Springs, Oak Ridge, Clinton, Powell, Claxton, Andersonville-Anderson County, Harriman, Farragut, Knoxville, East Tennessess, etc. For a more complete list, please go to top of page and click on “Contact Us” and scroll to bottom of page and click on “Click Here” under “We Have Served Many Areas All Around Tennessee.”
My wife and I have been married since 1983 and have two married children and six grandchildren. Family and life experiences have taught me valuable lessons, Biblical truths and principles, which I am able to bring to the counseling, education and training ministry. These lessons have enabled me to learn, grow, research and develop new and more effective ways of helping others. We are like a teaching hospital (such as Vanderbilt hospital or University of Tennessee) in that we focus on research, education, training and application to help others through Christian counseling and education. Additionally, I am a counseling adviser for Bethany Divinity College and Seminary in Dothan, Alabama since 2008. God is enabling us to have the unique role of helping others from 55 cities, 28 states and 9 foreign countries in counseling, education, and/or training.
I am honored to be awarded the Temperament Therapy award in 2011. This award is given annually to those with pioneering work in Temperament Therapy. This type of revolutionary therapy enables others to overcome conflicts and struggles quicker in an easier way than traditional therapy. You can experience amazing results now with this type of Christian counseling.
I am blessed to have a background in management (restaurant management), sales and marketing for over 7 years. While serving as a Youth Pastor for almost 5 years, this experience enabled me to begin two ministries in three different schools to reach young people with God’s message of salvation and freedom. These combined twelve years has given me even more knowledge and training in order to successfully begin the Abundant Life Christian Counselling Services and Training Center in 1992. I am honored to be here to assist you! Please call me now to discuss your current situation or need. We are eagerly awaiting your call!
George Washington stated, “No one can rightly govern without God and the Bible.” I believe this is also true of counseling. In Christian Counseling we focus on helping individuals allow God’s healing touch in their emotional wounds and learn to live and find purpose through the Scripture.
I believe I was placed here to be a Christian Counselor. God has used my unique emotional wounds to reveal to me His healing and freedom. I found purpose in the Scripture. Psalm 41:1-3 describes God’s healing on my life and Genesis 50:20 states how God is using me to minister in this cruel and unfair world.
God made it possible to get a college degree. I was not even thinking about it until I received a certificate for free tuition in the mail. In 2000, I started part-time as counselor after obtaining BA in Religion with concentration in Christian Counseling as a Certified Temperament Therapist and Commissioned Minister. In 2011, I complete a MA in Clinical Christian Counseling as a Licensed Pastoral Counselor and Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor with two advanced certifications: Crisis and Abuse Counseling, and Child and Adolescent Therapy. I continue to serve as Office Manager of Abundant Life. I have also spoken at ladies prayer breakfasts, taught parenting classes at Choices Resource Center, and conducted Bible Studies.
Before the Lord saved me, I had been wondering what He had in store for my life and started on a quest to find out what His will for me was going to be. I have since learned that God is more interested in me knowing His will than I am. Thankfully, Jesus Christ dwells in me by the Holy Spirit of God to enable me to desire to do, and gives me the power to do, His will.
During those days I found myself with a blown engine and a blow-out with my Dad (alcoholic) about it so I decided to hitch-hike into town. As I walked along, I thought to myself, I should go to my aunt Beverly’s house, she’s a Christian, she has to take me in. And she did! We talked about finding God’s will and she said something very wise to me about how to find out…”Read the Bible!” She said to start in the gospels, Matthew chapter 2, and I quickly discovered why. I read through the gospels each night after work that week, so I had some of the Word of God in me.
A few days later she gave me a ride to my brothers birthday party, but on the way we stopped at an old cole miner preacher friend of hers so she could visit his wife. As they chatted in the kitchen, that left the preacher (Brother Bud) and me in the living room together. It wasn’t long before Brother Bud asked my if I was saved. That’s when I noticed that the living room lamp on the table next to me was growing hotter by the second and I broke into a cold sweat. Then I hemmed a little, then I hawed and said: “Well yeah, I think I am, I hope I am…” and before I knew it he grabbed my hand, pulled me from the chair towards the dining room shouting all the way “Beverly, Beverly, come on, this boy needs prayer!” The four of us held hands there and he says now pray after me, Dear Jesus, I’m sorry…and that’s all I could say through the tears and repenting was saved from all my sins! Shortly after my salvation I met my wife Debbie at VBS and 8 children later (4 birth & 4 adopted) I can confidently say that God has been so faithful to us all these years.
Thankfully, our eldest daughter is doing fine now, and has gone on to become an RN, but I felt God’s calling me to counsel after her attempted suicide. It was more like an impression in my soul that kept returning over the next few years. I didn’t think about how Good might bring that to pass and just tucked it away in my heart. Eventually my job brought us from New Mexico to Tennessee and I found myself in a class on understanding temperament at Abundant Life Christian Counseling Center. Through the ministry of Dr and Mrs Nation, Jesus has brought much freedom and healing to my soul. For the first time this adult child of an alcoholic realized that my Heavenly Father is not like my earthly father was, and I am now enjoying a very close relationship with Him. If God be for me then who can be against me?
About six months later I enrolled in the pastoral counseling program and began studies to prepare me for a counseling ministry. It was only a few classes down the road that the Lord confirmed his calling for me. In one of his video lectures the professor shared how he had struggled with whether he was truly called to be a counselor himself. As he wrestled with the Lord about this, God spoke to him and asked him if he had a passion in his heart to counsel people. The professor replied “Lord, you know I do” then God asked him if he himself had placed that passion in his heart. The professor said no, and that’s how he knew it was God…and that’s how I knew it was God!
Though through the exact path God will now lead me, I am not certain, but this I do know, that I carry a heavy burden for children in need of Jesus’ healing. I also have a burden for the men and women in all branches of our military who may be carrying wounds and trauma as a result of their service to our country. I have entered into deep intercessory prayer for these two groups over the years and would love to help them find healing and freedom through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Please give us an opportunity to minister to you, pray for you and share principles and Truths that bring freedom and release. Call today and we will be honored to assist you!
The Abundant Life Team