Dr. Melveena D. Edwards is a Certified Pastoral Member of the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling and has been an International Representative since July 2003.
“God speaks to His people through the yielding counselor Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” Proverbs 11:14
Dr. Melveena Diane Edwards, a native of Ohio, is a humble spirit-filled servant of Jesus Christ with a call and passion for serving others through education and counseling, professional nursing. Dr. Edwards asserts in the belief in “caring for people God’s way,” (Clinton, Hart, & Ohlschlager, 2005, p. i). She also believes in reaching the core root of the counselees’ problems navigated through the “Word of God,” and guiding them to safety using godly principles for those: emotionally wounded, hurting, and experiencing tumultuous, and turbulent storms of life. Dr. Edwards is an advocatory leader and affirms in the philosophy of effective leadership exhibiting positive influence, and commitment.
Through God’s direction Dr. Edwards is the founder, president, CEO, and Chief Executive Director of the Lighthouse Christian Counseling and Outreached Center, Inc. (LCCOC) founded on February 1, 2001 and is a California Religious nonprofit corporation. LCCOC is a multifaceted ministry that includes Consultants for Christian Education Programs (CCEP), Lighthouse Academy for Christian Counseling & Seminary (LACC) an NCCA Certified Academic Institution (CAI), providing academic training for certification in Christian counseling and licensure. LCCOC has focused core divisions and entities providing: Christian/clinical counseling practice, chaplaincy services, Christian education, faith-based community outreach programs, and partnerships encompassing local, national, and global outreach.
During life’s journey Dr. Edwards has experienced triumphs from many pressures, sufferings, trails, and tribulations that have turned into divine empowerment through Biblical counsel and especially after learning her inborn temperament from the Arno Profile System many years ago. Dr. Edwards declares after her awareness of learning “who God created her to be,” it has become liberating. Dr. Edwards states that assuredly “God speaks to His people through the yielding counselor.”
In A.D. 55 the Apostle Paul alluded to a state of oppression in II Corinthians 1:8. Today we are living in a cusp of a hectic, rapidly changing world that demonstrates staggering statistics illustrating a steady rise in mental despair and disparities. Some of these rising stats include suicidal/homicidal ideations, grief, depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ―especially known to branches of the military, low self-esteem, and an array of emotions such as helplessness, hopelessness, and anger diabolically influenced to seize the mind of the believer. Once the mind is confiscated, destruction of the body and spirit can follow.
What a golden opportunity to be used by God through the voice, vehicle, or medium of Christian counseling and in the role of a SACC International Representative (IR). Through Creation Therapy and the ordained instrument the―Arno Profile System (APS) this creates an excellent Christian counseling model in which God speaks to His people through the counselor or IR proclaiming liberty to the captive. Creation Therapy precipitates a life-changing experience for people to learn efficiently how God created each of us, and further helps us to understand human behavior. Hence, individuals become liberated for kingdom living―liberated through dynamic (Dunamis) power―gaining understanding of their inborn temperament, rather than resorting in the yoke of bondage, and who have been under the control of strongholds. In the Greek translation ochuroma depicts “a stronghold,” (solidified/fortified) “fortress” (akin to ochuroo), “to make firm, of those things in which mere human confidence is imposed” (Vine, 1999, p. 365). It is that force or burden that takes unfair advantage. Heretofore, we cannot under estimate the embodied damage of strongholds that can catapult people’s lives into a spiraling state of devastation. There are fortresses of oppression, diverse damaged emotions, diabolical pressures, varying degrees of chicanery, universal sufferings, and more that can place individuals into lifelong bondage derived from the enemy.
BUT GOD will speak to His people through the yielding leader, counselor, or IR, and turn the issue of strongholds or problems into empowerment through the vehicle of Christian counseling. Through effective leadership and training elements of the IR, the Creation Therapy/APS process can be life changing. The counselee can experience a paradigm shift and is set-free from bondage. Apostle Paul asserted: STAND fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage (Galatians 5:1 KJV). There is a process for one’s purpose in life, which can set free the compelled, duty-bound, and brokenhearted that will propel individuals to walk therefore in their divine purpose, call, and destiny. This process of divine empowerment will reverse unfavorable situations, despair, crises, trails, storms of life, anxiety, inter/intra-personal conflicts, and stress.
Through effective leadership as an IR there are positive outcomes in case scenarios. Becoming an IR or “voice” can be a privilege for the acquiescent Christian counselor in teaching and training others on the Creation Therapy process. This process will enable the counselor to assist the counselee with restoration in health and wellness, assist the counselee to eradicate faulty thinking by understanding his or her inborn temperament, and assist the captive counselee to be set free through godly principles.
Dr. Edwards desires to encourage and inspire those with the call to Christian counseling by becoming an IR, which will heighten the horizon of global ministries through Creation Therapy training, supervising, and sharing with others the knowledge of who God created us to be, and allow God to speak to His people through Biblical guidance. Through the IR leadership one can be a catalyst to spiritual growth and ministerial development, which in turn will be for the advancement, and up-building of God’s Kingdom.
Dr. Edwards states that: “giving glory and honor to God is first and of upmost importance. God has strengthened the Lighthouse Christian Counseling and Outreached Center, Inc.―LCCOC to be that advocate in fulfilling the call to Christian counseling. The Lighthouse Academy for Christian Counseling & Seminary―LACC, a private postsecondary and vocational Christian education and training, and Certified Academic Institution, advocates others to embrace the IR and CAI mission. The consultants for educational programs/referrals services play a key position to collaboration, cohesion, networking, and faith-based community outreach and partnerships in preparing others for a successful ministry; and winning souls for Jesus Christ.” Dr. Edwards considers her memberships an honor and is proud to be affiliated with the SACC, and NCCA. She believes that the IR and CAI status is the chief link to the ministry, training, and educational success. She further exclaims that: “I desire to personally thank Dr. Richard and Dr. Phyllis Arno, Rev. Steve and Erin Baran, and all associate staff for the long-standing leadership, prayers, the impartation of wisdom, and knowledge in the area Christian counseling, Creation Therapy, and development of the APS.”
Dr. Edwards says she conducts Creation Therapy classes based upon enrollment. She encourages students to pursue NCCA licensure and earn degrees from associate to doctorate degrees, to become effective ministers and counselors.
Above all Dr. Edwards loves the Lord, her main ministry aim and mission is to win souls for Christ, and the advancement/up building of God’s Kingdom: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” III John 2
Clinton, T., Hart, A., & Ohlschlager, G. (2005). Caring For People God’s Way―Personal and Emotional Issues, Addictions, Grief, and Trauma. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc. AACC.
Vine, W. E. (1999). Vines Concise Dictionary of Bible Words. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Dr. Edwards is an SACC Certified Pastoral Member and is a Certified Temperament Counselor with the National Christian Counselors Association (NCCA) and holds Professional Clinical Membership and is Board Certified in Death and Grief Therapy, is a Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor, and holds Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor-Advanced Certification (July 2003). Affiliation with the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC): AACC Certification in Biblical Counseling, AACC-International Board of Christian Counselors-Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor (IBCC-BCPCC); a Christian counselor who serves as a state licensed mental health professional, and serves among the vanguard of professional Christian counselors who exemplify the standards of ethical excellence in practice (July 2007).
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