Conference Speakers

We're excited to introduce this year's speakers for the Biblical Counseling Training Conference! Each of our speakers has a wealth of expertise in a field related to biblical counseling, training, and ministry. Read more in their bios below.

Featured Speakers

Senior Pastor of Grace Fellowship Evangelical Free Church (Florence, KY); ACBC certified; instructor and counselor in biblical counseling at Grace Fellowship Church; author; conference speaker; married with five children; B.S., Bible Teaching, Columbia Bible College; M.Div., Columbia International University.

Brad Bigney

Brad Bigney has served as the Senior Pastor of Grace Fellowship Church since 1996.

Author of more than twenty books; ACBC certified; frequent retreat and conference speaker; director of Women Helping Women Ministries; married with three children and six grandchildren; M.A., Biblical Counseling, Trinity Theological Seminary; certificate in biblical counseling from the Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship.

Elyse Fitzpatrick

Elyse Fitzpatrick is the author of more than 20 books and is a frequent conference and retreat speaker.

Dr. Steve Viars has served as a pastor and counselor at Faith since 1987. 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.

Senior Pastor of Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC Fellow and board member; Biblical Counseling Coalition and Vision Of Hope board member; instructor and counselor at FBCM; conference speaker; author; married with three children and three grandchildren; B.S., Bible, Baptist Bible College (Clarks Summit, PA); M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary; D.Min., Biblical Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary.

Steve Viars

Dr. Steve Viars has served as a pastor and counselor at Faith since 1987.

Your Conference Instructors

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).

Brent Aucoin

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

Janet Aucoin

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.

Dr. Amy Baker

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.

Joe Blake

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.

Kevin Carson

Senior 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.

Nicolas Ellen

Professor and Department Chair 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.

Vanessa Ellen

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 (Lafayette, IN).

Dustin Folden

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).

Rob Green

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

Josh Greiner

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.

John Henderson

President of Twelve Stones Ministries (Brown County, IN); leads Soul Care Consulting; Seasoned counselor; Biblical Counseling Coalition board member; consultant; frequent conference speaker; author; married with three children; B.A., Psychology, Purdue University; Psy.D., Psychology, Virginia Consortium for Professional Psychology (Norfolk, VA).

Garrett Higbee

Executive Director of Vision of Hope (Lafayette, IN); Physician in Family Medicine (Brownsburg, IN); member of Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC Fellow; counselor and instructor at FBCM; author; conference speaker; adjunct professor Baptist Bible College & Seminary, Springfield; Visiting Professor, RTS Charlotte; 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.

Dr. Charles Hodges

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.

Sam Hornbrook

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

Rita Jamison

Pastor of Counseling and Equipping at Bethel Church (Northwest Indiana); VP of Strategic Development at Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN); Founder/CEO RPM Ministries; three pastoral ministries; author of sixteen books; B.S., Pastoral Ministry, Baptist Bible College; Th.M., Theology and Biblical Counseling, Grace Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Counselor Education, Kent State University.

Bob Kellemen

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.

Johnny Kjaer

Associate Pastor of Igreja Batista Maranata (Maranatha Baptist Church); ACBC certified; board of director of BCC and ABCB (Brazilian Association of Biblical Counselors); conference speaker; author; married with three children; B.A., Economics, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; B.A., Theology, Word of Life Seminary (Brazil); M.A.B.C., The Master’s College (Santa Clarita, CA); M.Div., Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN); D.Min (in progress) in expository preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC).

Sacha Mendes

Pastor Luis has served as a counseling pastor for more than a decade. He was the Director of the Hispanic Ministry at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minnesota (United States), until recently joining the leadership of Iglesia Bautista Internacional (IBI) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Luis is a member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors in the United States (ACBC) and also a Certified Life Coach with the American Association of Christian Counselors and works part-time with various organizations and individuals, including Hispanic players of different professional baseball organizations in the United States, among others.

You can find him on Twitter: @luisdvilma

Luis Mendez

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 (Lafayette, IN).

Chris Moles

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

Bev Moore

Director of Development of Faith Ministries (Lafayette, IN); Executive Director of Faith Legacy Foundation; past 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 children and eight grandchildren; B.F.A., University of North Carolina (UNCSA); M.A., Purdue University; C.F.R.M., The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Arvid Olson

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. 

Randy Patten

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.

Martha Peace

Pastor for 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; PCMM, Santiago, Dominican Republic; M.T.S., Reformed Baptist Seminary, South Carolina; M.Div. Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN).

Newton Pena

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.

Jeremy Pierre

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

Jonathan Smith

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.

Jocelyn Wallace

Pastor of Restoration Men’s Ministry at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC certified; counselor at FBCM; married; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University; M.Div. Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN).

Greg Wetterlin

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 Health 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.

Dan Wickert