Dr. Mark E. Shaw is the Founder of The Addiction Connection. He and his wife, Mary, have four children and celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this year. He serves as the Director of Counseling at Grace Fellowship Church in the northern Kentucky / Cincinnati area. He is a certified biblical counselor with ACBC and IABC, and has been a certified Masters Level Addiction Professional (MLAP) since 1999.
He enjoys writing and is the author of over 20 published works including: The Heart of Addiction: A Biblical Perspective, Hope and Help for Chronic Illness, Relapse: Biblical Prevention Strategies, Divine Intervention: Hope and Help for Families of Addicts, Cross Talking: A Daily Gospel for Transforming Addicts, How Not to Raise an Addict: Biblical Prevention Strategies, and Understanding Temptation: The War Within Your Heart
Dr. John Street is professor and department chair for the graduate programs in Biblical Counseling at The Master’s University & Seminary in Santa Clarita, California. In addition to his ministry at TMUS, he serves as an elder and lay pastor at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California.
John is a second-generation pastor, giving more than 40 years to pastoral ministry. He was the founding pastor of Clearcreek Chapel in Springboro, Ohio, where he also built a strong counseling program and training center with a special emphasis in training pastors. He currently serves as the president of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).
John's most recent book is Passions of the Heart: Biblical Counsel for Stubborn Sexual Sins. He co-authored The Biblical Counseling Guide for Women with his wife Janie and was general editor for Men Counseling Men: A Biblical Guide to Major Issues Men Face.
John is married to Janie, his wife of 41 years, and they have been blessed with four children and six grandchildren.
Julie Lowe is a faculty member at CCEF. She holds an MA in counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary (now Missio Seminary). She is a licensed professional counselor with over fifteen years of counseling experience. She has extensive experience with women’s issues, sexual abuse, body image issues, parenting and child maltreatment issues, and regularly speaks at events on these topics.
Julie is also a registered play therapist and has developed a play therapy office at CCEF to better serve families, teens and children. She is a trained facilitator for Stewards of Children, a non-profit organization that provides training on child sexual abuse. Julie has trained a therapy dog that she works with both professionally and on a volunteer basis. She has authored a recently released book, Child Proof: Parenting by Faith, not Formula.
Julie and her husband, Greg, have six children and serve as foster and adoptive parents.
Jim serves as a professor of biblical counseling at BJU seminary after having served as dean of students of BJU for 29 years. He teaches biblical counseling and discipleship courses. He has a DMin degree in biblical counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and holds advanced certification (ABC3) with the Association of Biblical Counselors. Jim is a Commissioned Addictions Biblical Counselor (CABC) with The Addiction Connection.
Jim has authored numerous books including Basics for Believers, Changed into His Image, Essential Virtues, When Trouble Comes, God is More Than Enough and Quieting a Noisy Soul—a multi-media personal study program addressing guilt, anger, anxiety and despair.
Jim also serves as the executive director of Freedom That Lasts®—a Bible-centered ministry to those struggling with addictions and hurtful life circumstances—and as the director of Faith Counseling Institute, both of which are based at Faith Baptist Church in Taylors, S.C. Jim and his wife Pat have three married daughters and eleven grandchildren.
Steve Pettit became the fifth president of BJU in May of 2014. An alumnus of BJU, Pettit previously served on the Board of Trustees. He earned a BS in business administration from The Citadel in 1978 and an MA in pastoral studies from BJU Seminary in 1980.
Following his BJU graduation, both he and his wife, Terry, saw their calling in pastoral ministry and evangelism. For five years, Pettit served as youth pastor for First Baptist Church in Bridgeport, Michigan, before entering full-time evangelism.
In the following 29 years, the Pettits traveled year-round in evangelism, conducting more than 800 campaigns, crusades and camps throughout the United States and preaching in 21 countries.
Dr. Sam Horn is the executive vice president for enrollment and ministerial advancement at BJU, and Dean of the Seminary and the School of Religion. Prior to serving at BJU, Sam was president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary and gained extensive pastoral experience at churches in Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Frequently a speaker at conferences, churches and schools around the world, Sam’s years of local church ministry and life-on-life ministry with young adults have prepared him to tackle the tough issues today’s churches are facing.
He earned a BA, MA and PhD from BJU and a DMin from The Master’s Seminary.
In June 2020, Dr. Horn will become the President of the Master’s University and Seminary.
Dr. Greg Mazak has actively served in Christian ministry for over 25 years as a youth pastor, pastor, camp and conference speaker, and professor. Becoming a Christian while completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Ohio State University, he then earned the MDiv. and PhD. (New Testament) degrees from BJU, as well as an MEd. in Counseling from Clemson University.
Dr. Mazak has spoken at churches, schools, conferences and camps throughout the United States. A member of BJU’s faculty since 1986, Dr. Mazak has taught numerous classes related to biblical counseling, psychology and church ministry at Bob Jones University. In addition to teaching, he also oversees both the undergraduate and graduate degrees in biblical counseling. Dr. Mazak is burdened that his students have a biblical view of every aspect of life, including counseling. He is fully committed to the sufficiency of Scripture and the ability of the Holy Spirit to radically change believers as they progress in their sanctification.
Dr. Mazak is currently the pastor-teacher of Trinity Bible Church (Greer, SC), where he and his wife Nancy have actively served as members since 1986. Those few times when he is not enjoying his ministries at BJU and TBC, or spending time with his wife or 3 daughters, you will most likely find him working in his yard or riding his motorcycle in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains just north of Greenville.
Dr. Steve Cruice has more than 20 years of counseling experience serving as a missionary, pastor, assistant pastor, school administrator, counselor and college professor. He has conducted a number of workshops on counseling issues in local churches and at BJU.
A member of the Bob Jones University faculty since 2006, Dr. Cruice teaches biblical counseling on the undergraduate and graduate levels. His courses emphasize Christ-centered biblical counseling and the key doctrines of the sufficiency of Scripture and progressive sanctification. He has a passion for God, His Word and helping people handle the problems of life in a way that glorifies Christ.
Dr. Cruice is very active in his local church. He started and teaches a biblical counseling training class for the laymen in his church. He serves as a deacon and a gatewatcher. He is involved in counseling others in his local church. He and his wife are also actively involved in the community as foster parents. In addition, he leads a biblical counseling ministry to the Spartanburg Detention Center.