John W. Auxier, PhD

Associate Dean of Trinity Western Seminary
Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Trinity Western Seminary



Dr. Auxier holds a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counselling from the University of Arizona, (with a specialization in Addictions), a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and M.A. in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Theological School.

He has over 25 years of graduate teaching experience at Trinity Western and 12 years as a pastor. His professional experience also includes psychiatric social work, addictions counselling, and private practice marriage & family therapy.

Current Professional Credentials include:

  • Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT)

  • Registered Marriage & Family Therapist (R-MFT) with the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT).

  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (L-MFT), Washington State.

How does the Bible inform your life and teaching?
As a mental health professional and ordained pastor, I seek to integrate faith with my teaching at Trinity Western University.

Why do you value a theological education?
Seminary can help ground a student for ministry in the teachings of God's Word, the great traditions of the Church for leadership development and personal faith transformation.

What are some of the diverse voices you incorporate into your teaching?
I make an effort to bring together insights from the scientific/behavioral science field and pastoral perspectives.

What do you hope your students get out of your classes?
A deeper understanding of God, self and others.

Why are you at ACTS Seminaries?
I work for Trinity Western University and our university loves to create strong and vibrant educational partnerships for the advancement of God's kingdom.


MDiv - Princeton Theological Seminary 

MA (Church History) - Trinity Evangelical Divinity School 

PhD (Rehabilitation Counseling-Addictions) - University of Arizona

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Integration of Theology and Psychology 
Addictions Recovery 
Technology and Faith 
Theology and Popular Culture 

Courses Taught:  
Pastoral Counselling Group Therapy 
Theories of Marriage & Family Therapy 
Theological Issues in Counselling 
Theology of Popular Culture 
Marriage Enrichment 
MFT Internship Supervision 
Introduction to Comic Studies

Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT) 
Licensed MFT, Washington State Board of Health Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) 
Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) 
Comics Studies Society (CSS)

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