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About markwhelchel

I am a pastor and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and I serve as the Director of Counseling for The Renewing Life Center. Without a doubt, I believe I have the best job in the world. I get to spend hours every day working with a great staff and walking alongside incredible clients who are doing courageous work in their lives, marriages, and families. I did my undergraduate work in ministry at Hope International University and then became a pastor at Central Christian Church in Las Vegas, where I served for 30 years. My time at Central gave me the opportunity to work with some amazingly gifted leaders and learn a great deal about leadership, building teams, and caring for others. I found a tremendous passion for working with individuals and couples in crisis which led me to doing graduate work in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, to my licensure as a MFT, and to my role at The Renewing Life Center. I am also an Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and I find great satisfaction in mentoring new Marriage and Family Therapists who are entering the field. I have been married to my wife Christie for 29 years and we have four great children.

Eight Decisions to Make This Day the Best

As the days warm up in Southern Nevada, I have once again started up one of my favorite pastimes of retreating to the patio in the early morning hours to read some truly great books. I recently read a wonderful … Continue reading

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Is Happiness a Worthy Goal for Your Life?

I have been planning to launch a therapy group for my clients and others who struggle with depression. Over 23 million Americans suffer from depression at any given time, and the World Health Organization has described depression as a growing … Continue reading

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“Know this; when Jesus invites us on an adventure, He shapes who we become with what happens along the way.” Bob Goff           Love Does p30

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New Years Resolutions?

The beginning of a new year causes many of us to think about making new years resolutions. Going beyond the typical ideas about creating a resolution for the new year … here are some thoughts about how I approach creating … Continue reading

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Quote of the week: “Earths crammed with heaven and every common bush afire with God. But only he who sees takes off his shoes the rest sit round it, and pluck blackberries.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning        Aura Leigh … Continue reading

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Getting Your Marriage Unstuck

But sustaining love is a longer journey, it requires greater effort, it demands something more of us. But it also has greater reward … and it makes for a far better and more meaningful life story. Continue reading

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