Institute Fellows

Learn from experts in their field who love to share their skills!

John Townsend has assembled a deep bench strength of his many friends, whose lectures and trainings will add great value, content and skills to Institute students. All are experts in their field, and many are bestselling authors. Here is a current listing:

Jon Acuff

Jon Acuff

Jon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of six books and was named an INC top 100 leadership speaker. His work is taught by the NFL Player's Association and each year he talks to some of the biggest brands in the world including Microsoft, Nissan, Comedy Central, and FedEx. (www.Acuff.me)


Daniel Amen

Daniel Amen, M.D.

Psychiatrist, brain disorder specialist, founder of the Amen Clinics, bestselling author, Change Your Brain, Change Your Mind (amenclinics.com)


Steve Arterburn

Steve Arterburn, M.Ed.

Founder and chairman, New Life Ministries and New Life syndicated radio program, founder of Women of Faith, bestselling author, including Every Man’s Battle (newlife.com)


John Baker

John Baker

Co-founder of Celebrate Recovery with Rick Warren, on pastoral staff at Saddleback Church, popular author, including Life’s Healing Choices (celebraterecovery.com)


George Barna

George Barna

Founder of the Barna Reseach Group, leadership expert and bestselling author of many books, including “Master Leaders." (barna.org)


Karen Bergstrom

Karen Bergstrom

Karen Bergstrom, Ph.D. optimizes her over thirty years of experience as an executive in nonprofit agencies and enjoys her role as a leadership coach and co-leading Safe Families for Children.


Ken Blanchard

Ken Blanchard

Management expert, founder and spiritual director of the Blanchard Companies, Founder of Lead Like Jesus, speaker, bestselling author, including One Minute Manager (kenblanchard.com)


Greg Brenneman

Greg Brenneman

Chairman of CCMP, a private equity firm; past President of Continental Airlines, past CEO of Burger King; past CEO of Quizno’s; past CEO of Price Waterhouse Cooper Consulting (ccmpcapital.com)


Dave Browne

Dave Browne

Board Chair, Athletes in Action, former CEO LensCrafters and Family Christian Bookstores


Jim Burns

Jim Burns

Jim Burns is President of HomeWord and speaks to thousands of people around the world; he has over 1.5 million resources in print in over 25 languages including Faith Conversations for Families (homeword.com)


Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman, Ph.D

Psychologist, marriage and family expert, founder of the Gary Chapman Chair at Moody Bible Institute, author of many books, including the NYT bestseller The Five Love Languages (5lovelanguages.com)


Henry Cloud

Henry Cloud, Ph.D.

Leadership expert, business consultant, psychologist and bestselling author, including Boundaries for Leaders (drcloud.com)


Jim Daly

Jim Daly

President and CEO of Focus on the Family, and popular author, including the book Finding Home (focusonthefamily.com)


Austin Christi Davenport

Austin and Christi Davenport

A Dallas-based couple that spends their after-work hours as speakers, stage actors, and advocates for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Dennis Del Valle

Dennis Del Valle, M.A.

Executive Coach, Therapist, Townsend Leadership Program Director


Roy Englebrecht

Roy Englebrecht

Sports Entrepreneur. In a long-term career, Roy has owned minor league baseball, hockey, and football teams. He has sold his fight promotions company 4 times. (https://socafights.com/)


Eric Geiger

Eric Geiger

is Senior Pastor of Mariners Church in Irvine, California. He has served as senior vice-president for LifeWay Christian  and authored the bestselling church leadership book, Simple Church.


John and Julie Gottman

John and Julie Gottman, Ph.D.

Relationship researchers, clinicians and bestselling authors, including The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work (gottman.com)


George and Tondra Gregory

George and Tondra Gregory

George and Tondra Gregory, have worked with many current and retired couples throughout the National Football League and started a marriage ministry called Journey for Life (www.journeyforlifenow.org). George is also the chaplain for the Los Angeles Chargers.


Howard Halderman

Howard Halderman

CEO of the Halderman Companies, one of the largest family-owned professional farm management and real estate organizations in the United States (halderman.com)


Richard Halderman

Richard Halderman

CEO of Teays River Investments, a food and agribusiness company with over 1,200 employees (teaysinvestments.com)


Ray Hilbert

Ray Hilbert

CEO and Co-Founder of Truth at Work, an association which helps Christian business leaders build strong organizations, popular author, including The Janitor (christianroundtablegroups.com)


Lowell Hoffman

Lowell Hoffman, Ph.D.

Psychologist, psychoanalyst, co-director of Society for Exploration of Psychoanalytic Therapies and Theology, and Brookhaven Institute (septt.org)


Marie Hoffman

Marie Hoffman, Ph.D.

Psychologist, psychoanalyst, founding director SEPTT and Brookhaven Institute, author Toward Mutual Recognition, When the Roll Is Called (septt.org)


Steve Hotchkiss

Dr. Steve Hotchkiss

Owner of Hulen Hills Animal Hospital; Townsend Leadership Program Director (hulenhills.com)


Mark Householder

Mark Householder

President of Athletes in Action, leading over 1,000 staff members in 65 countries who serve athletes and coaches, athletesinaction.org


Nancy Houston

Nancy Houston

Christian Therapist, Townsend Leadership Program Director


Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt

author, podcaster (This is Your Life), blogger, speaker, and the former chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson. He wrote Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, a New York Times Best Seller.  (michaelhyatt.com).


Timothy R. Jennings

Timothy R. Jennings, M.D., DFAPA

Psychiatrist, speaker, author of The God-Shaped Brain, President and Founder of Come and Reason Ministries (comeandreason.com)


Sue Johnson

Sue Johnson, Ph.D.

Developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, researcher, professor of clinical psychology, author of Hold Me Tight, The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (drsuejohnson.com)


Josh Kwan

Josh Kwan

Josh Kwan is the President of The Gathering, a learning community of philanthropists motivated by their Christian faith. Previously, he was the Co-Founder and Partner at Praxis, a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship.


William Kirwan

William Kirwan, Ph.D., D.Min.

Master clinician, teacher and author of Biblical Concepts for Christian Counseling, Board Member for Bruce Narramore Foundation


Kevin Leman

Kevin Leman, Ph.D.

Psychologist, best-selling author, including The Birth Order Book (drleman.com)


Dave Lindsey

Dave Lindsey

Founder and CEO, Defender Direct, a $500m security and home automation company and founder of Companies With a Mission (homedefenders.com)


Michael Lyles

Michael Lyles, M.D.

Award winning psychiatrist, columnist, teacher and mental health advocate, (LylesandCrawford.com)


Gabe Lyons

Gabe Lyons

Co-author of Good Faith (2016), unChristian (2007), and The Next Christians (2010) as a manifesto for how Christians can faithfully lead in a changing culture. Founder of Q, a learning community of Christian leaders where they are equipped to engage our cultural moment.


Paul Meier

Paul Meier, M.D.

Psychiatrist, founder of the Meier Clinics, bestselling author, including Blue Genes (paulmeier.com)


Donald Miller

Donald Miller

an author, public speaker, and business owner. He is the CEO of StoryBrand, a company that helps businesses clarify their messages. He wrote Blue Like Jazz, a New York Times Best Seller.


Johnnie Moore

Johnnie Moore

CEO of the Kairos Company, who provide branding, strategy and public relations counsel to leaders and organizations (thekcompany.co)


Elisa Morgan

Elisa Morgan

Elisa Morgan, President Emerita MOPS International, Co-Host Discover the Word, Speaker, Author, (elisamorgan.com)


David Morris

David Morris, Ph.D.

Vice President and Publisher, Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing


Elaine Morris

Elaine Morris

Executive Coach, Townsend Leadership Program Director (elainemorris.com)


Gary J. Oliver

Gary J. Oliver, Ph.D.

Psychologist, Executive Director of The Center for Healthy Relationships, bestselling author, including Mad About Us: Moving from Anger to Intimacy with Your Spouse (liferelationships.com)


John Ortberg

John Ortberg

Senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, leadership expert, former pastor at Willow Creek Church, and author of several books, including If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat (johnortberg.com)


Nancy Ortberg

Nancy Ortberg

Business consultant, founding partner of TeamWorx2, speaker, popular author, including Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands (tbc.city)


Les and Leslie Parrott

Les and Leslie Parrott, Ph.D.

Psychologists, bestselling authors, including Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts (lesandleslie.com)


Steve Perry

Steve Perry

Co-Founder and Chairman, Sacred Harvest Foundation, a ministry targeting Kingdom development worldwide (sacredharvest.org)


Pete Scazzero

Pete Scazzero

Pastor, founder of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, and bestselling author, The Emotionally Healthy Leader, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, The Emotionally Healthy Church (emotionallyhealthy.org)


Fred Smith

Fred Smith

Founder and CEO, The Gathering, a community of Christian givers (thegathering.com)


David Stoop

David Stoop, Ph.D.

Psychologist, founder of The Center for Family Therapy, popular author, including Forgiving the Unforgivable (drstoop.com)


Joshua Straub

Joshua Straub, Ph.D. and Christi Straub

Authors, speakers, marriage & family strategists at LifeWay, co-founders of Famous at Home--helping leaders build emotional intelligence and 22:6 Parenting (drjoshandchristi.com; famousathome.com)


Curt Thompson

Curt Thompson, M.D.

Psychiatrist, author, Anatomy of the Soul, founder of Being Known, LLC


Zeke Turner

Zeke Turner

CEO of Mainstreet Investments and popular leadership speaker (mainstreetinvestment.com)


Wayne Williams

Wayne Williams

CEO, Telect, a company specializing in connectivity, and a futurist thought leader (telect.com)


John Wright

John Wright

Executive coach, consultant, author, founder of third largest Direct Marketing Agency, as a Private Equity partner, he has helped grow and sell five companies (johnwrightunlimited.com)


Paul Young

Paul Young

Writer, Author of the New York Times bestselling book “The Shack” (wmpaulyoung.com)

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