As a counselor and former pastor, I have shepherded and counseled many people suffering from challenges and battling temptations in their lives and relationships. In 1997 I began sensing a need to go beyond my theological training to formal counselor training at the Master's University in California where I received my MABC in biblical counseling. This satisfied a heart passion to connect people's problems to the person of God through the one-on-one ministry of the scriptures. The results of changed lives over the years give glory to God, not me. Without Christ, I am nothing.
As a Fellow Sufferer, I have experienced a mysterious and ongoing malnourishment syndrome. This has left me at times completely fatigued and, at times, emotionally distraught. This has been used to help me sympathize and identify with others suffering at deeper levels. This has also helped me give practical and biblical direction to fellow suffers in areas like how to meditate affectively, avoiding despair in perplexity, and five questions in fear - temptation. Christ and His comfort are more real to me and those I counsel because of how he teaches us to suffer and not give up. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)
As a Fellow Sufferer Who Sins I needed counsel early on in life after college to help me deal with my anxiety and sinful temptations and escapes. I was helped by a wise and biblical counselor, Dr. Ron Allchin, and given effective methods that directed me to God and His Word. In this way, my suffering and sin have led me to Christ and the ministry of counseling.
As a Husband and Father, I have learned how to deal with many differences and depraved moments in family life. I have learned to avoid two extremes and pitfalls: 1. avoiding seeing my contribution to the problems in the home and 2. blaming myself for everything wrong in the home. So first, when there is a family problem I seek to humbly consider what God and the Word want me to improve and seek forgiveness and change (even if other family members' issues seem worse - Matthew 7:5; Matthew 5:27-28). Second, I don't just endure if treated poorly or disrespectfully, I seek to address it out of a dependency upon God and His word to guide (see Matthew 18:15-18; 2 Timothy 2:24-26 - see Seven Question Before Addressing an Offense for more). I believe these two practices in family life are essential in improving marital unity and parental effectiveness.
As a Developer, I enjoy seeing people develop - not only personally but as counselors and counselor ministries. I find that I am energized by God when able to inspire and equip others in crisis or called to the ministry of intensive discipleship ministry (i.e. counseling).
As a Person, I enjoy reading, writing, playing sports and piano, singing and worship. My wife and I have four children ranging from 23 years old down to 11 years old. They are one of the treasures of my life. I grew up in the Chicago area and moved to South Carolina in 2003. The greatest loss I have suffered up to this point is the death of my mother to cancer - she was only 40. But this has given new meaning to the picture of those who have died in Christ that the Bible says await us and are actually cheering us on to run our race well (see Heb 12; 1 Thes 4 ). The greatest joy I have experienced is watching my children walk in the faith that my wife and I seek to example - though imperfectly at times.
Throughout the years God has repeatedly rescued me and drawn me to himself for direction and motivation. This is why I pray that wherever you are and whatever is going on, you will let biblical counseling attempt to help. I am confident that the years of counselor training and experiences that we have at LCBCC will help you find biblical solutions that satisfy you deeply and transform you and your circumstances. It will take dependent effort and discipline - but it will be worth it in the end.
Nothing without Christ,
Tim Bryant, Executive Director of the Lowcountry Biblical Counseling Center
6435 Fain St, # A | North Charleston, SC 29406