The School of Education and Behavioral Studies
Counselor Education (GR)
Full Name: Henry Virkler
Professor of Counseling
B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton; M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., Georgia State University, Licensed Psychologist.
Dr. Virkler has been training Christian counselors at the graduate level since 1974;
15 years at the Psychological Studies Institute in Atlanta, five years at Liberty
University in Lynchburg, Va., and at PBA since 1996. He was actively engaged in Christian
counseling for 15 years and started three Christian counseling centers during that
He has written five books, including "Hermeneutics: Principles and Processes of Biblical
Interpretation," reprinted more than 18 times and available in six languages, as well
as "Speaking the Truth in Love: A Christian Approach to Assertiveness," "Broken Promises:
Healing and Preventing Affairs in Christian Marriages," "Choosing a New Pastor" and
"A Christian's Guide to Critical Thinking."
Dr. Virkler has written more than 30 articles. Many of them have been published in
one of the three main journals that integrate psychology and theology, "The Journal
of Psychology and Theology," "The Journal of Psychology and Christianity" and "Marriage
and Family: A Christian Journal." He has served on the editorial review board of each
of those journals. He also has contributed multiple articles to Baker's original "Encyclopedia
of Psychology" and to the "Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling, (2nd Edition)."
In addition to teaching, he serves as an informal consultant to several Christian
counseling centers, agencies and Christian schools in the West Palm Beach area.
He is married and has two sons, both of whom have graduated from PBA. One son is
teaching in Florida and the other is a student at Wake Forest Medical School.
Read more about Dr. Henry Virkler in the 2005-2006 President's Report.