My Christian walk began in my early adult life, and my journey as a minister started in 1975. I received my Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Counseling and Christian Leadership from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development from California State University, East Bay. I completed my first theological and ministerial training at the Southern California School of Ministry and the pastoral program at RHEMA Bible Training College in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I am currently a doctoral student at Grand Canyon University and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
I was born and raised in Southern California, where my husband and I met and married 38 years ago. I am a proud mother of five adult children and seven grandchildren. I have been a licensed minister for over 38 years, and was later ordained as an Associate Pastor. I have served in many capacities within the local church, and for the past five years I have served women as a pastoral counselor. Addressing the hurts, unique experiences, and multifaceted needs of each woman is essential for their future and purpose in life.
My approach to counseling has evolved from, and includes, not only education and formal training, but also personal experiences that reflect today’s life challenges and complex problems. Helping people achieve a healthy state of well-being and a strong self-image is a primary goal; this should translate into better relationships with God, family members and others. Using biblical principles and God’s direction is an irreplaceable approach to discovering solutions to problems that can result in inner peace and positive outcomes.
Margaret Franklin, MA