For me, it all began in 1986. I was a junior in college, and one evening I picked up a book sitting on a coffee table.
I ended up reading the entire book in one night: and it changed my life.
The book was The Blessing.
For the first time, I had found something that gave me hope and confidence that I could one day become a Godly husband and father.
It also inspired me to take action in my career as well. I decided that I wanted to spend my life encouraging those who might be going through difficult times in their lives, marriages, or families.
That brings us to today…as well as serving as Vice President of StrongFamilies, I also have had the incredible privilege of speaking and counseling in spiritual awareness and direction in a variety of ways:
I Co-Founded, along with my wife Stacey, the Family Ministry Institute.
I served as a professor at Barclay College in both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs and the Director of the Master of Arts in Family Ministries Master’s Program and an instructor at Kansas State University, Manhattan Christian College, Phoenix Seminary, and a guest lecturer at Pepperdine and Moody Bible Institute he understands the importance of academia.
I was privileged to have been a youth pastor, associate pastor, senior pastor, church planter, Director of Counseling Pastor, and a Marriage and Family Pastor, so I have a unique perspective on ministry, having been a pastor myself. I have also been a counselor for over 27 years, a speaker for 20 years, and by the grace of God have seen relationships repaired and individuals healed through my counseling ministry and seminars.
I have been a workshop and keynote speaker for the American Association for Christian Counselors directed by Dr. Tim Clinton, a co-speaker with Dr. John Trent and Kari Trent Stageberg on The Blessing Challenge and The Blessing Course, and have appeared with Jim Daly for Focus on the Family’s radio program as well as Chris Fabry’s radio program Chris Fabry Live, explaining and promoting the concepts of the coffee-conversations model.
Dr. Trent and I have also developed a Master’s Program in Marriage and Family Ministry for Light University Online working directly with Dr. Tim Clinton to fulfill this mission.
My heart is to see individuals and the church walk away from having a fear of man and turn toward a loving Father who desires to see people and churches live in the freedom and healing that a deep relationship with Christ provides.
I have a passion to help people find freedom and hope through a deeper relationship with Christ. I have been a professional counselor since 1989 and have always had a private counseling practice on the side, counseling hundreds of individuals, couples, and families. I have seen people set free from marital, parenting, and shame issues, multiple personality disorders, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, infertility, and sexual identity issues.
My wife, Stacey, and I have been married for 31 years and have three grown children: Isaac 30, Adele 28, who is married to Shane Brown with granddaughter Amelia Grace, and their youngest daughter, Audrey 24, married to Benjamin Skinner with grandson Judah James.
When I'm not hanging out with my family I enjoy golfing, taking drives with Stacey, and drinking coffee.
One of my favorite family memories is from a New Year’s Eve with our family in Branson when our family took an hour that night to do a family service. One of my son-in-laws led worship and we shared about our desires for the new year and prayed together.
I LOVE to play and watch golf.
The amazing Kansas State Wildcats Football. And the dominant Kansas University Basketball.
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"Dr. Wheeler, everyone is still sharing how blessed they were from the class and how truly life changing the lesson was for them. Thank You So Much and God Bless."
What an honor to have THE Dr. John Trent, my great friend, bless us by officiating our oldest daughter’s wedding. One of the many special times of living life and being blessed by John.BOOK NOW!