Biblical Counseling Training Conference

Featured Speakers

Brad Bigney
Elyse Fitzpatrick
Steve Viars

Brad Bigney has served as the Senior Pastor of Grace Fellowship Church since 1996. He is is an ACBC-certified counselor and is involved in the counseling ministry of his church, as well as teaching in other conferences and training centers across the nation.He’s the author of Gospel Treason – Betraying the Gospel with Hidden Idols.

Elyse Fitzpatrick is the author of more than 20 books. She is a frequent conference and retreat speaker. She is an ACBC-certified counselor and is director of Women Helping Women Ministries. Among her books are Because He Loves Me, Found in Him, Counsel from the Cross, Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Question, and Give Them Grace. 

Dr. Steve Viars has served as a pastor and counselor at Faith since 1996. He is an international speaker and a board member of both the Biblical Counseling Coalition and Vision of Hope. He is the author of Putting Your Past in Its Place and was a managing editor of Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling.

Your Conference Instructors

Brent Aucoin

Pastor of Seminary and Soul Care at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC certified; instructor and counselor at FBCM; married with two children; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Oklahoma State University; M.S., Engineering, Purdue University; M.Div., Central Seminary; Th.M., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., Baptist Bible Seminary (Clarks Summit, PA)

Janet Aucoin

Director of Women's Ministries at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); wife of Pastor Brent Aucoin; married with two children; teacher in Faith Community Institute; retreat and conference speaker; B.S. Human Resources, University of South Florida

Amy Baker, Ph.D.

Ministry Resource Director at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC certified; Biblical Counseling Coalition council board member; instructor and counselor at FBCM; adjunct professor at Faith Bible Seminary; conference speaker; author; married; B.A., Psychology, Hanover College; Ph.D., Organizational Psychology, Purdue University

Joseph Blake

Owner of Iron Men Properties – a real estate development company; professional engineer and LEED AP; ACBC certified; instructor and counselor at FBCM; chairman of deacons at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); married with five children and six grandchildren; B.S., M.S., Civil Engineering, Purdue University

Phil Byars

Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church (Bristol, IN); ACBC certified; counselor at FBC; married with three children and 7 grandchildren; B.A., Pastoral Ministries, Denver Baptist Bible College (Denver, CO)

Kevin Carson, D.Min.

Department Chair of Biblical Counseling at BBC/TS (Springfield, MO); Pastor of Sonrise Baptist Church; ACBC certified; council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition; counselor at Sonrise Biblical Counseling Ministry; conference speaker; married with four children; B.A., Pastoral Theology, Baptist Bible College (Springfield), M. Div., Baptist Bible Graduate School (Springfield); D. Min., Biblical Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary

Nicolas Ellen, D.Min.

Professor of Counseling at the College of Biblical Studies (Houston, TX); Senior Pastor of Community of Faith Bible Church; President of Expository Counseling Center; frequent conference speaker; part-time missionary for Oversees Instruction in Counseling Organization; ACBC Fellow; author of many workbooks and books; married with two daughters and four grandchildren; B.B.A., University of Houston; M.A.C.E., Dallas Theological Seminary; M.A.B.C., The Master’s University; D. Min., Biblical Counseling, Southern Baptist Seminary; currently finishing a PH.D., Biblical Counseling, Southwestern Theological Seminary

Vanessa Ellen, Ph.D.

Professor and coordinator of Women’s Ministry at the College of Biblical Studies (Houston, TX); church administrator at Community of Faith Bible Church; Vice President of Expository Counseling Center, part-time missionary for Oversees Instruction in Counseling Organization; married two daughters and four grandchildren; M.A.C.E., Southwestern Theological Seminary; M.A.B.C. The Master’s University; PH.D., Church Administration/Women’s Ministry, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dustin Folden, M.Div.

Pastor of Discipleship and Extension Ministries at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC certified; instructor and counselor at FBCM; married with two children; B.S., Electrical Engineering, Purdue University; M.Div., Faith Bible Seminary

Rob Green, Ph.D.

Pastor of Counseling and Seminary Ministries at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC Fellow; instructor and counselor at FBCM; conference speaker; author; married with three children; B.S., Engineering Physics, The Ohio State University; M.Div., Baptist Bible Seminary (Clarks Summit, PA); Ph.D., Baptist Bible Seminary (Clarks Summit, PA)

Josh Greiner

Pastor of Community Ministries at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC certified; instructor and counselor at FBCM; married with two children; B.A., Political Science, Purdue University; M.Div., Faith Bible Seminary

John Henderson, Ph.D

Associate Pastor at Del Ray Baptist Church (Alexandria, VA); Biblical Counseling Coalition and Association of Biblical Counselors board member; author; married with five children. Received a Master’s in Psychology and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas

Garrett Higbee, Ph.D.

Executive Director of Harvest Bible Chapel’s Biblical Soul Care Ministries in Chicago; Biblical Counseling Coalition board member; co-founder and current chair of Twelve Stones Ministries; author; visiting seminary professor; frequent conference speaker; married with three children; B.A., Psychology, Purdue University; Psy.D., Psychology, Virginia Consortium for Professional Psychology (Norfolk, VA)

Charlie Hodges, M.D.

Physician in Family Medicine in Indianapolis, IN; deacon at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC certified; counselor and instructor at FBCM; author; conference speaker; adjunct professor Baptist Bible College & Seminary, Springfield; married with four children and thirteen grandchildren; B.A., History, Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis; M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine; M.A., Counseling, Liberty University; M.A., Religion, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary

Sam Hornbrook

Church Planting Missionary in Mexico City, Mexico; ACBC certified; conference speaker; founding pastor and counselor at New Life In Christ Church (Mexico City); Biblical Counseling Coalition of Mexico member; married with 3 children and 1 grandchild; B.R.E., in Missions Cornerstone University

Rita Jamison

Retired teacher of special education; member of Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); married with two children, a foster daughter, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren; B.S., Elementary Education, Ball State University; M.S., Education, Purdue University; minors in remedial reading, learning disabilities, and mild mental handicaps

Johnny Kjaer, M.Div.

Pastor of Student Ministries and Skate Park Ministries at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); Junior High and High School ministries; married with three children; B.A., Church Ministries (Youth Emphasis), Maranatha Baptist Bible College; M. Div., Faith Bible Seminary

Luis Méndez

Elder and Pastor for Counseling at International Baptist Church (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic); conference speaker; married with three children; B.S., System Engineering and Computer Science; Vocational Elder Training at Bethlehem College and Seminary

Chris Moles

Senior Pastor of Grace Community Chapel (Eleanor, WV); ACBC certified; certified group facilitator in domestic violence intervention and prevention; faculty member with the West Virginia Coalition against domestic violence state wide intervention training program; married with two children; B.A., Bible, Cedarville College; M.A.B.C., Faith Bible Seminary

Beverly Moore

Purdue Bible Fellowship International Class Leader; ACBC certified; counselor at FBCM and Vision of Hope; member of Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); married with two sons; B.A., Theology, Newburgh Theological Seminary; M.A.B.C., Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN)

Arvid Olson

Director of Development of Faith Ministries (Lafayette, IN); Executive Director of Faith Legacy Foundation; Chair of the Chamber Council of Greater Lafayette Commerce; Transportation Chair of GLC’s Quality of Life Council; Faith Christian School and Indiana Passenger Rail Association board member; speaker; married with five grown children and six grandchildren; B.F.A., University of North Carolina (UNCSA); M.A., Purdue University; C.F.R.M., The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University

Randy Patten

President of the newly formed TEAM Focus Ministries; Director of Training Emeritus of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC); ACBC Fellow; former pastor and consultant to pastors and churches; instructor and counselor at Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries for 24 years; founding board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition; married with two children and six grandchildren; B.A., Cedarville University; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary.

Martha Peace

Counselor at Faith Biblical Counseling Ministry (Sharpsburg, GA); ACBC certified; adjunct faculty at The Master’s University; ladies’ conference speaker; author of several books; married with two children and twelve grandchildren; B.S.N., Georgia State University; R.N., Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing

Newton Peña

Pastor of Counseling and Hispanic Ministries of Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC certified; instructor and counselor at FBCM; conference speaker; married with one child; B.S., Electric Engineering; M.Div. program at Faith Bible Seminary

Jeremy Pierre, Ph.D

Dean of Students and Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY); Pastor at Clifton Baptist Church; conference speaker; author; married with five children; B.A., History and English, Cedarville University; M.A., English Literature, Cleveland State University; M.Div., Christian Ministry, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Biblical Counseling, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Stuart Scott, D.Min.

Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s University (Santa Clarita, CA); adjunct professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY); ACBC Fellow; membership director for ACBC; author; married with two children and two grandchildren; B.A., Columbia International University; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary; ThM., Sourthern Baptist Theological Seminary; D.Min., Covenant Theological Seminary

Mark Shaw, D.Min.

Executive Director of Vision of Hope Residential Treatment Center (Lafayette, IN); pastor at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC certified; IABC certified; AADAA certified; author of 19 publications; married with four children; B.A., Psychology, University of South Alabama; M.S., Educational Psychology, Florida State University; M.A., Biblical Studies, Birmingham Theological Seminary; D.Min., Biblical Counseling, Birmingham Theological Seminary

Bob Smith, M.D.

Retired physician; ACBC Fellow; member of the ACBC Academy; member of Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); author; conference speaker; co-founder of FBCM; married with four children, seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren; B.A., Chemistry, North Manchester College; M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine

Jonathan Smith

Director of Technology at Faith Ministries (Lafayette, IN); served as a deacon at Faith Church for twelve years; director of FBCM regional conferences; conference speaker; author; married with two children; B.S., IT Management, University of Phoenix

Wayne Vanderwier, D.Min.

Executive Director, Overseas Instruction in Counseling (DiscoverOIC.org); ACBC Fellow; council board member (International Ministry Team Leader) of the Biblical Counseling Coalition; conference speaker; married with five children, 16 grandchildren; B.S., Speech Pathology and Audiology, Western Michigan University; M.R.E., Grand Rapids Baptist Theological Seminary; D.Min., Biblical Counseling, Trinity Theological Seminary; D.Min., Biblical Counseling, Baptist Bible Seminary (Clarks Summit, PA)

Jocelyn Wallace

Formerly on staff with Vision of Hope Residential Treatment Center at Faith Church; member of Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC certified; conference speaker; 14 years of experience in social services working with women dealing with addictions, trauma, eating disorders, self-harm; married with two daughters; stay at home mother and homeschooler; B.A., Communication, Purdue University

Dan Wickert, M.D.

Board Certified Physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology; member of Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC certified; instructor and counselor at FBCM; conference speaker; currently working in Senior Administrative role as Vice President of Medical Affairs at Franciscan Alliance Lafayette; Vision of Hope and Faith Christian School board member; married with two children and one grandchild; B.S., Biology, Bradley University; M.D., University of Illinois