You’ll meet these people on the GriefShare videos in the coming weeks. They are experts on grief recovery topics, sharing insights they have learned through years of counseling, teaching, and pastoring, and through their personal experiences of grief.
Sabrina D. Black, author and speaker, is the CEO and clinical director of Abundant Life Counseling Center. She is a limited licensed professional counselor, certified addictions counselor, and certified biblical counselor. She experienced the death of multiple close relatives and the miscarriage of her baby. www.abundantlifecounseling.webs.com
Judy Blore was the director of BASIS, a ministry of Handi*Vangelism, for over twenty-two years, providing help for bereaved parents and their families in southeastern Pennsylvania. Judy experienced the death of her mother.
Dave Branon is an editor, a contributor to Our Daily Bread, and the author of many devotional articles and books. His book Beyond the Valley details his journey after the death of his seventeen-year-old daughter Melissa.
The late Dr. Bill Bright was the founder and president of Campus Crusade for Christ. For over fifty years he dedicated his life to helping people find new life and hope through a relationship with Christ.
David Bueno Martin is a bilingual counselor and supervisor at Martin Counseling in Katy, Texas. He also speaks at workshops and seminars. David experienced the loss of a child. www.martincounseling.com
Cindy Bultema is a speaker and Bible teacher. She shares her personal testimony in the DVD presentation He Loves Me. Cindy has experienced addiction and the death of her fiancé. www.cindybultema.com
Michael Card is a Bible teacher, musician, and author. He has recorded over thirty albums and authored/coauthored over twenty-four books, including A Sacred Sorrow. His best friend died. www.michaelcard.com
Carol Cornish is a counselor and teacher. She is the author of The Undistracted Widow: Living for God after Losing Your Husband. Carol is a regular speaker at seminars, workshops, and retreats. Her husband died of cancer.
Dr. Larry Crabb is a psychologist, conference and seminar speaker, Bible teacher, and author. He is the founder of New Way Ministries. His books include Shattered Dreams, Finding God, and The Safest Place on Earth. He experienced the death of his brother in a plane crash. www.newwayministries.org
Zoricelis Davila is a bilingual counselor and speaker. She has authored several Spanish books, including ¡No sé lo que me pasa! [I Don’t Know What Is Wrong with Me!]. Her dad died of cancer.
Dr. Robert DeVries is professor emeritus of church education at Calvin Theological Seminary. His first wife of twenty-eight years died of cancer. Now remarried to Dr. Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge, they work together to help people in grief and are coauthors of many books, including The Empty Chair: Handling Grief on Holidays and Special Occasions and From We to Me.
Joni Eareckson Tada is an author, artist, broadcaster, and the founder and president of Joni and Friends Ministries. Her books and ministry reflect her experience of God’s love and grace since becoming a quadriplegic in a diving accident years ago. She has written over fifty books, including Heaven and When God Weeps. www.joniandfriends.org
Sandy Elder is a biblical counselor with a master’s degree in religion from Westminster Theological Seminary. She presently counsels at New Life Presbyterian Church in Dresher, Pennsylvania, and has counseled five years with the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation in Laverock, Pennsylvania. She experienced the death of her parents.
Dr. Michael R. Emlet is a counselor at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Before joining CCEF, he worked as a family physician for twelve years. He has authored Angry Children (a booklet) and CrossTalk: Where Life & Scripture Meet. www.ccef.org
Elyse Fitzpatrick is a counselor and the director of Women Helping Women Ministries. She has authored/coauthored many books, including A Steadfast Heart: Experiencing God’s Comfort in Life’s Storms and Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety. www.elysefitzpatrick.com
Julie Ganschow is a counselor and teacher at Reigning Grace Counseling Center in Kansas City, Missouri. She has authored several books, including Seeing Depression Through the Eyes of Grace. She maintains a daily blog on counseling issues. Julie experienced the loss of her mother. www.biblicalcounselingforwomen.org
Ruth Graham is a speaker and Bible teacher. She is the founder and president of Ruth Graham Ministries. Her books include In Every Pew Sits a Broken Heart and Fear Not Tomorrow, God Is Already There. Her mother passed away. www.ruthgrahamministries.org
Anne Graham Lotz is a speaker and the president of AnGeL Ministries. She hosts revivals and conferences across the United States. Her books include Why? Trusting God When You Don’t Understand, Heaven: My Father’s House, and The Vision of His Glory. Her brother-in-law and mother died. www.annegrahamlotz.com
Brad Hambrick is the pastor of counseling at The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina. His books include God’s Attributes: Rest for Life’s Struggles. His grandfather passed away. www.bradhambrick.com
Hank Hanegraaff is the president and chairman of the board of the Christian Research Institute and hosts the daily radio program the Bible Answer Man. He has authored over twenty books, including AfterLife: What You Really Want to Know About Heaven and the Hereafter. His father died. www.hankhanegraaff.com
Dr. Jack Hayford is the founding pastor of The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California. He has authored/coauthored over 100 books and has written over 600 songs. He is the founder and chancellor of The King’s University in Los Angeles. Dr. Hayford experienced the loss of his sister and his parents. www.jackhayford.org
The late Dr. E. V. Hill was the pastor at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles for over forty years. Dr. Hill experienced the death of his wife.
Dr. Avak Albert Howsepian is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco-Fresno, Medical Education Program, and a staff psychiatrist in the VA Mental Health Clinic.
The late Barbara Johnson was a humorous writer and speaker. Having lost two sons and her husband, she was involved in grief ministry. Her many books include Laughter from Heaven, Splashes of Joy in the Cesspools of Life, and God’s Most Precious Jewels Are Crystallized Tears.
Dr. Robert W. Kellemen is a licensed clinical professional counselor. He is the founder and CEO of RPM Ministries. He has authored several books, including God’s Healing for Life’s Losses. As a young man in seminary, Dr. Kellemen experienced the death of his father. www.rpmministries.org
Dr. Crawford Loritts is an author and the senior pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia. He is a frequent speaker for evangelistic outreaches around the world, colleges, professional sports teams, and Christian conferences. His newborn daughter died.
Susan Lutz served as a counselor at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation in Glenside, Pennsylvania, for over fifteen years. She now counsels at her church, New Life Presbyterian Church of Dresher. She authored the booklet Thankfulness: Even When It Hurts. Her parents passed away.
Dr. Erwin Lutzer is the senior pastor of the Moody Church in Chicago, Illinois. He has written over twenty books, including One Minute After You Die, and is the featured speaker on three radio programs heard on Christian stations nationwide. He experienced the loss of his granddaughter, who was stillborn.
Dr. Elias Moitinho is the director of clinical training and an associate professor of counseling at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He has years of experience serving as a pastor, counselor, professor, and the director of a Christian counseling center. His dad died of cancer.
Janet Paschal is a Christian singer and songwriter. She has received Grammy nominations, is a conference speaker, and has been a guest on Christian radio and television talk shows. She has authored The Good Road and Treasures of the Snow. Janet experienced the loss of her grandfather. www.janetpaschal.com
Lorraine Peterson, author of Restore My Soul, has been a teacher in the United States and in American schools in Ecuador and Mexico. Lorraine currently resides in Mexico, where she ministers to young people and those who have experienced the death of a loved one. Her mother and stepmother both died in car accidents.
Dr. David Powlison is a faculty member at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation in Glenside, Pennsylvania. He has been counseling for over thirty years and has authored books, articles, and booklets, including Healing after Abortion and Facing Death with Hope: Living for What Lasts. www.ccef.org
Lois Rabey is a speaker and writer. She has authored several books, including When Your Soul Aches and Moments for Those Who Have Lost a Loved One. Lois lost her husband in a hot-air balloon ride accident.
Dr. Robert C. Roberts is a distinguished professor of ethics at Baylor University and received his Ph.D. from Yale University in philosophical theology. He is the author of several articles and books, including Spiritual Emotions.
Joyce Rogers, widow of Dr. Adrian Rogers, is a speaker and Bible teacher. She is the author of several books, including Grace for the Widow and Lean Hard on Jesus. www.rejoycewithjoycerogers.com
Phil Sasser is the senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church in Apex, North Carolina, and director of church governance of Sovereign Grace Ministries. He teaches regularly at the Sovereign Grace Ministries Pastors College in Louisville, Kentucky, and has been in ministry for over three decades. His father passed away.
Dr. Joseph Stowell is the president of Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and previously served as the president of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago for eighteen years. Dr. Stowell is an internationally recognized speaker and the author of Eternity, The Upside of Down: Finding Hope When It Hurts, and other books.
Dr. Siang-Yang Tan is a professor of psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has authored many publications, including Rest and Coping with Depression with John Ortberg. He is the senior pastor of First Evangelical Church Glendale in California. He experienced the death of his father.
Dr. Paul David Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries and has authored many books, including Forever and A Shelter in the Time of Storm. He is a professor of pastoral life and care at Redeemer Seminary, Dallas, Texas. Dr. Tripp experienced the death of his father. www.paultripp.com
Dr. Stephen Viars is the pastor and a biblical counselor at Faith Baptist Church and Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries in Lafayette, Indiana. He authored Putting Your Past in Its Place: Moving Forward to Freedom and Forgiveness. He experienced the sudden death of his father.
Dr. Edward T. Welch is a counselor at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation in Glenside, Pennsylvania. His books include Depression: Looking Up from the Stubborn Darkness and When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety. His parents passed away. www.ccef.org
James White is the pastor at Christ Our King Community Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. He currently serves as the executive vice president of organizational relations for the YMCA of the Triangle and as a board member for Carver Bible College. James experienced the loss of his parents.
H. Norman Wright is a grief therapist and certified trauma specialist. He is the author of over seventy books, including Experiencing Grief and Recovering from Losses in Life. He experienced the death of his wife and son. www.hnormanwright.com
Ravi Zacharias, president of the Atlanta-based Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, was born in India and immigrated to Canada in 1966. He has written many books, has lectured in more than fifty countries, and hosts weekly radio programs. www.rzim.org
The late Zig Ziglar, author of Confessions of a Grieving Christian and other books, was a motivational speaker. In Confessions, he relays the story of his journey through grief after the loss of his daughter. He was chairman of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, whose mission is to equip people to more fully utilize their physical, mental, and spiritual resources.
Dr. Susan Zonnebelt-Smeenge is a licensed clinical psychologist. Her first husband died eighteen years after he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Now remarried to Dr. Robert DeVries, they work together to help people in grief and are coauthors of many books, including Getting to the Other Side of Grief and Traveling through Grief.