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

Brad Bigney – Pastor of Grace Fellowship Evangelical Free Church (Florence, KY); ACBC certified; 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.

Elyse Fitzpatrick – Author of more than twenty books; ACBC and CCEF 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 – 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; instructor at Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN); conference speaker; author; married with three children and four grandchildren; B.S., Bible, Baptist Bible College (Clarks Summit, PA); M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary; D.Min., Biblical Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary.

Dr. Steve Viars

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

Your Conference Instructors

Dr. Brent Aucoin – Pastor of Seminary and Soul Care at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); President and Chair of the M.Div. Program at Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN); ACBC certified; instructor and counselor at FBCM; retreat and conference speaker; 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).

Dr. Brent Aucoin

Janet 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

Dr. Amy Baker – 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 (Lafayette, IN); conference speaker; author; married; B.A., Psychology, Hanover College; Ph.D., Organizational Psychology, Purdue University.

Dr. Amy Baker

Aaron Birk – Pastor of Global Missions and International Ministry at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC certified; instructor and counselor at FBCM; married with three children; B.S., Accounting and Management, Purdue University; M.Div., Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN).

Aaron Birk

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 seven grandchildren; B.S., M.S., Civil Engineering, Purdue University.

Joe Blake

Dr. Kevin Carson – Department Chair of Biblical Counseling at BBC/TS (Springfield, MO); Pastor of Sonrise Baptist Church; ACBC certified; Biblical Counseling Coalition council board member; counselor at Sonrise Biblical Counseling Ministry; instructor at Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN); conference speaker; author and blogger; 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.

Dr. Kevin Carson

Dr. Nicolas Ellen – 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.

Dr. Nicolas Ellen

Dr. Venessa 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.

Dr. Venessa Ellen

Dustin Folden – 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

Trey Garner – Pastor of Children’s Ministries at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC certified; counselor at FBCM; married with two children; B.F.A., Musical Theatre, Texas State University; M.F.A., Acting, Purdue University; M.Min., Grace Theological Seminary (Winona Lake, IN).

Trey Garner

Dr. Rob Green – Pastor of Counseling and Seminary Ministries at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); MABC Department Chair, Instructor at Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN); ACBC Fellow; instructor and counselor at FBCM; Biblical Counseling Coalition council board member; 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).

Dr. Rob Green

Josh Greiner – Pastor of Faith West Ministries at Faith Church (Lafayette, IN); ACBC certified; instructor and counselor at FBCM; adjunct professor at Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN); married with four children; B.A., Political Science, Purdue University; M.Div., Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN); Th.M., Biblical Counseling, Southern Seminary (Louisville, KY); Ph.D., (in progress) Biblical Counseling, Southern Seminary (Louisville, KY).

Josh Greiner

Dr. Garrett Higbee – Director of Pastoral Care, Great Commission Collective, President of Twelve Stones Ministries (Brown County, IN), seasoned counselor; Biblical Counseling Coalition founding board member; instructor at Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN); consultant; frequent conference speaker; author; married with three children; B.A., Psychology, Purdue University; Psy.D., Psychology, Virginia Consortium for Professional Psychology (Norfolk, VA).

Dr. Garrett Higbee

Dr. Charles Hodges – Executive Director of Vision of Hope (Lafayette, IN); Physician in Family Medicine (Indianapolis, 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; Biblical Counseling Coalition council board member; 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

Sam Hornbrook – Church Planting Missionary (Mexico City, Mexico); ACBC certified; founding pastor and counselor at New Life In Christ Church (Mexico City, Mexico); Biblical Counseling Coalition of Mexico member; conference speaker; married with 3 children and three grandchildren; B.R.E., in Missions Cornerstone University; completing M.A.B.C., Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN).

Sam Hornbrook

Rita Jamison – 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

Johnny Kjaer – 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 (Lafayette, IN).

Johnny Kjaer

Dr. Alexandre “Sacha” Mendes – Senior 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 expository preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC).

Dr. Sacha Mendes

Chris Moles – Pastor of The Chapel (Winfield, 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

Beverly Moore – 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).

Beverly Moore

Randy Patten – President of 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; conference speaker; 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

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, twelve grandchildren and one great grandchild; B.S.N., Georgia State University; R.N., Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.

Martha Peace

Newton Pena – 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

Dr. Jeremy Pierre – Lawrence & Charlotte Hoover Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling and Chair of the Department of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY); Pastor of Executive Leadership 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.

Dr. Jeremy Pierre

Lucas Sabatier M. Leite – Mentor of counseling students at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY); ACBC certified; married with two daughters; B.L., PUC-SP Law School (São Paulo, Brazil); M.Div., Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN); Th.M., Practical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY); Ph.D., candidate, Biblical Counseling at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY).

Lucas Sabatier M. Leite

Dr. Stuart Scott – Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s University (Santa Clarita, CA); adjunct professor at Southern Seminary and Faith Seminary; ACBC Fellow; membership director for ACBC; Executive Director of One-Eighty Counseling & Education; author; married with two children and two grandchildren; B.A., Columbia International University; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary; Th.M., Southern Seminary; DMin., Covenant Theological Seminary.

Stuart Scott

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

Jonathan Smith

Dr. Craig Svensson – Dean Emeritus and Professor of Medicinal Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy; Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology at the Indiana University School of Medicine; elected Fellow of several scientific societies; consultant to the National Institutes of health; small group leader and member of Faith Church; former board chair of Faith Bible Seminary (Lafayette, IN); interim preacher; author; married with two surviving children and five grandchildren; PharmD, University of Maryland (Baltimore, MD); PhD., in Pharmaceutical Sciences, University at Buffalo (Buffalo, NY); Postdoctoral Fellow in Pharmacokinetics, University at Buffalo (Buffalo, NY)

Dr. Craig Svensson

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.

Jocelyn Wallace

Greg Wetterlin – 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

Dr. Dan Wickert – 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.

Dr. Dan Wickert