National Advisory Board

Dr. Rosaria Butterfield

Pastor's Wife, Homeschool Mom, Speaker & Author
ENDORSEMENT: The gospel leaves no one behind. There is no pain, no sin, no sadness, and no desperation deeper or wider than the atoning love of God through Jesus Christ. Healing Hearts is a balm for the soul for women who have had an abortion, and I warmly and humbly stand with Healing Hearts, thanking God that through the blood of Jesus, all wounds are healed. — Dr. Rosaria Butterfield

Author of Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert (Crown and Covenant, 2012), Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ (Crown and Covenant, 2015) Rosaria Butterfield was once a tenured professor of English who identified as a lesbian and worked to advance the cause of LGBT equality. After her conversion to Christ in 1999, she came to see the sinfulness of having any identity apart from Him. Rosaria is married to Kent Butterfield, pastor of the First Reformed Presbyterian Church of Durham, and is a home-school mother, pastor's wife, author, and speaker. She is helping Christians to better understand their LGBT neighbors and loved ones so that we can lovingly look past labels of sexual identity and share the gospel effectively. In 2012 she published her conversion memoir, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey to Christian Faith. Her second book, Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ published in summer of 2015. She writes about sexuality, identity, Christian community, and seeks to encourage all in faithful Christian living and service.

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Dr. Rosaria Butterfield

Dr. Rosaria Butterfield

Pastor's Wife, Homeschool Mom, Speaker & Author

Dr. Heath Lambert

Executive Director, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors
ENDORSEMENT: "I am so thankful for the ministry of Healing Hearts. In the midst of a culture defined by darkness and death, they are a bright light pointing to life and light in the gospel of Jesus Christ." — Dr. Heath Lambert

Dr. Heath Lambert serves as Executive Director at the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. ACBC is the largest biblical counseling organization in the world with certified counselors and counseling training centers in 17 countries.

Heath also serves as Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and their undergraduate institution, Boyce College where he has taught classes on biblical counseling and Christian ministry since 2006. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Applied Studies and the chairman of the department of biblical counseling at Boyce College. He is a founding council board member of The Biblical Counseling Coalition and serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Family Ministry, and The Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

Heath is a frequent conference speaker and has written numerous scholarly articles for various academic journals. He is also the author or editor of several books including "The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams" (Crossway, 2011), "Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God’s Resources in Scripture" (B&H, 2012), and "Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace" (Zondervan, 2013).

Heath earned the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biblical and Theological Studies and Political Science from Gordon College in 2002; The Master of Divinity of Degree (M.Div.) in Christian Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2005; and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in biblical counseling from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2009.

He is married to Lauren and they have three children, Carson, Chloe, and Connor.

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Dr. Heath Lambert

Dr. Heath Lambert

Executive Director, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

Dr. Georgia Purdom

Director, Answers for Women (Answers in Genesis / Creation Museum)
ENDORSEMENT: "Being involved in Christian women's ministry, I have seen a great need for solid, biblically based teaching and counseling on issues that affect women deeply. I am thrilled that Healing Hearts International fulfills that need. It's a resource that I can confidently recommend because I know women will be led to find answers based in God's Word and the gospel of Jesus Christ, the only One that can bring true hope and healing to the brokenhearted." — Dr. Georgia Purdom

Dr. Georgia Purdom holds a PhD in molecular genetics from The Ohio State University. She joined Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum in 2006 where she serves as ministry content administrator, speaker, and writer. Dr. Purdom also directs AiG's women’s ministry, Answers for Women, which hosts an annual conference at the Creation Museum. She enjoys life in the country with her husband Chris and daughter Elizabeth.

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Dr. Georgia Purdom

Dr. Georgia Purdom

Director, Answers for Women (Answers in Genesis / Creation Museum)

Dr. Mark Shaw

Exec. Director, Vision of Hope; Founder, Truth in Love Ministries
ENDORSEMENT: "It is not often that I am able to whole-heartedly and without reservation recommend a ministry to others but Healing Hearts Ministries International is one of the few organizations that is theologically sound and accessible to anyone in the struggle. I appreciate this ministry because it reaches out to the hurting with biblical hope while offering the truth in love. The compassion of this organization for hurting and hardened souls is evident and I commend it to women in all walks of life." — Dr. Mark E. Shaw, D.Min.

Dr. Mark Shaw is Executive Director of Vision of Hope, a residential ministry for women at Faith Church, Lafayette, Indiana. He serves as the overseeing pastor, shepherding the staff, interns, and residents in that ministry. He teaches the truth and hope found in God's Word about addictions of all types, eating disorders, self-harm habits, and other enslaving issues. In 2007, he founded Truth in Love Ministries to make disciple-makers of others who share the same passion for speaking the truth in love for the building up of the Body of Christ. Author of 19 publications, he's sold more than 50,000 books. Christian readers appreciate his down to earth writing and speaking style of communicating biblical truths. Mark and his wife Mary have 4 children, and can often be found enjoying family time around a board game, on the tennis court, or out on a hiking trail.

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Dr. Mark Shaw

Dr. Mark Shaw

Exec. Director, Vision of Hope; Founder, Truth in Love Ministries

Pastoral Advisory Board

Jim Amandus

Highlands Community Church, Renton, WA

Pastor Jim serves as the Senior Pastor overseeing the ministries and pastoral staff of Highlands Community Church. Jim came to HCC in 1989. His passion is prayer, teaching, and discipling men to be fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Jim teaches pastors and missionaries in the US and internationally. He earned his Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary and his doctorate from Fuller Seminary. Jim loves serving the Lord with his wife, Lauri. The Lord has blessed them with four children and eight grandchildren.

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Jim Amandus

Jim Amandus

Highlands Community Church, Renton, WA

Dr. Joseph Fuiten

Cedar Park Assembly of God, Redmond, WA

Joseph B. Fuiten holds a B.A. in Political Science from Willamette University. Joe earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Northwest Graduate School of the Ministry in 1995. He later joined the regular faculty of the Graduate School and also serves as an adjunct faculty member for Northwest College of the Assemblies of God. He has served as Senior Pastor of Cedar Park Assembly of God in Bothell, Washington since 1981. Since that time, he has established an organization of eight branch churches, Washington State's largest private school in five locations, and State licensed counseling center in several locations. Joe is married to the former Linda VandenBos. Together they have four children and ten grandchildren.

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Dr. Joseph Fuiten

Dr. Joseph Fuiten

Cedar Park Assembly of God, Redmond, WA

Dr. Kenneth L. Hutcherson

(In Memoriam) Antioch Bible Church, Kirkland, WA

Pastor Hutcherson sounds the clarion call to today's church in his books: "The Church, Before All Hell Breaks Loose", and "Enough Faith: You've Already Got What it Takes to Make a Difference", as well as his personal story, "Hope is Contagious." He is also is a former middle line-backer for the Seattle Seahawks, the Dallas Cowboys, and the San Diego Chargers. He helped start Antioch Bible Church in 1984 with 15 people in a Bible study and grew to over 80 people in the first year. The idea of being a full time pastor of a church was not something he was crazy about, but realized God loves His bride, so started an intentionally cross cultural ministry to train the people to affect the culture outside the four walls and Antioch Bible Church was born. After a long battle with cancer, Pastor Ken went home to be with the Lord on December 18, 2013. He will be missed but never forgotten.

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Dr. Kenneth L. Hutcherson

Dr. Kenneth L. Hutcherson

(In Memoriam) Antioch Bible Church, Kirkland, WA

Mike McDonald

Faith Church, Rio Rancho, NM

Pastor Mike began in full-time ministry working at Vienna Christian School, an international Christian school in Vienna, Austria. While in Europe, God began to give Mike a heart for the local church. They returned to the US so that Mike could get a seminary education at Phoenix Seminary. Their original plan was to return to Austria, but in the process God made it clear that they would be ministering stateside. Mike has worked as a Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor and is currently the Lead Pastor of Faith Church, an EFCA church in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Mike and his wife Becky have four elementary school aged children: identical twins Trenton and Jason, Davis and Kara.

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Mike McDonald

Mike McDonald

Faith Church, Rio Rancho, NM

Alex Ohlsen

Renton Christian Center, Renton, WA

Pastor Alex, along with his wife Pam, planted Renton Christian Center in 1982 and continue to lead as pastors today. Alex was born and raised in Southern California and moved to the Seattle area in 1982. After receiving Christ in 1976, he spent 5 years in California State colleges and 2 years in ministry training at God's Army Biblical Seminary in Fresno, California. During his tenure at Renton Christian Center, the body there has sent out missionaries to Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Guatemala, Israel, Peru and recently Germany. Alex has also served as the Coordinator of Leadership Enrichment and Development for the Northwest District of Foursquare Churches and as a Divisional Superintendent of the Foursquare Churches of South King County. Alex's latest outreach has been focused on the staff and students at Northwood Middle School, where he spends a few hours each month mentoring students and serving on the School Improvement Team. Along with church life, Alex and Pam have enjoyed raising three daughters, Jessica, Claire and Adrienne, welcoming two sons-in-law, Marcelo and Aven, and admiring their first grand-daughter, Penelope.

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Alex Ohlsen

Alex Ohlsen

Renton Christian Center, Renton, WA

Andrew Semenchuk

Slavic Gospel Association, San Diego, CA

Andrew Semenchuk has served as a pastor in the Ukraine and is a Senior Missionary of SGA (Slavic Gospel Association). Since 1934, SGA has been blessed to have a part in God’s plan for reaching the Slavic peoples with the glorious Good News of salvation. Their purpose: Serving Churches – Reaching Russia is to encourage biblically-based relationships between North American and Russian Christians for the strengthening of the saints and the furtherance of the Gospel. Pastor Andrew served for 12 years as the Director of the Russian Bible Institute in Buenos Aires, training lay leaders of Russian evangelical churches in Argentina. He also travels throughout Russia and former Soviet nations serving in various ministry areas through SGA.

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Andrew Semenchuk

Andrew Semenchuk

Slavic Gospel Association, San Diego, CA

Wayne Taylor

Calvary Fellowship, Mountlake Terrace, WA

Pastor Wayne Taylor founded Calvary Fellowship over 30 years ago in Seattle, Washington. Since 1977 he has helped to plant over 30 churches all over the world. He was the featured speaker on the radio program Consider Jesus for over 15 years, and is the author of five books: He Dwelt Among Us: A Daily Devotional Through the Gospel of John, The Civil War Within: Biblical “Facts of Life” in the Struggle for Spiritual Growth, Practical Christian Living, The Unsearchable Riches of Christ, and Tidings of Great Joy. Wayne lives in Richmond Beach with his wife Cathy and has four children: Jordan, Amy, Riley, and Nick.

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Wayne Taylor

Wayne Taylor

Calvary Fellowship, Mountlake Terrace, WA