Steve Arterburn is the founder and chairman of New Life Ministries and host of the #1 nationally syndicated Christian counseling talk show New Life Live! heard and watched by over 2 million people each week on over 150 stations nationwide, on SiriusXM Satellite radio and on NRBTV. Steve is also the host of New Life TV, a web-based channel dedicated to transforming lives through God’s truth. Steve is the founder of the Women of Faith conferences attended by over 5 million people. He also serves as a teaching pastor in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Steve is a nationally and internationally known public speaker and has been featured in national media venues such as Oprah, Inside Edition, Good Morning America, CNN Live, The New York Times, USA Today, US News & World Report, ABC World News Tonight, and ironically in GQ and Rolling Stone magazines. Steve has spoken at major events for the National Center for Fathering, American Association of Christian Counselors, Promise Keepers Canada, Life Well Conferences in Australia and The Salvation Army to name a few.
Steve is a best-selling author of books such as Every Man’s Battle, Healing Is A Choice and his latest books, The 7-Minute Marriage Solution, The Book of Life Recovery, Is This The One? and recently co-authored Worthy of Her Trust with Jason Martinkus. With over 8 million books in print he has been writing about God’s transformational truth since 1984. He has been nominated for numerous writing awards and has won three Gold Medallions for writing excellence. Along with Dr. Dave Stoop, he edited and produced the #1 selling Life Recovery Bible. For a more comprehensive list of his books, visit our store site.
His speaking topics address issues common to leaders, adult men and women, including Every Man’s Battle, Lose it For Life, The 7-Minute Marriage Solution, Every Heart Restored, and Healing is a Choice. Steve’s ministry endeavors focus on identifying and compassionately responding to the needs of those seeking healing and restoration through God’s truth.
Steve has degrees from Baylor University and The University of North Texas as well as two honorary doctorate degrees and is currently completing his doctoral studies in Christian counseling.
Steve resides with his family in Fishers, Indiana.
Alice Benton, Psy. D. is clinical psychologist with a passion for integrating the Christian faith in therapy. As the Director of Mental Health at Clinica Romero in Los Angeles, she is highly skilled at identifying diagnoses, developing treatment plans, and providing crisis intervention.
Dr. Benton is bilingual (Spanish and English) and has served bi-lingual communities for over 15 years in various capacities. In 2009 her focus narrowed to providing Individual, Couples, Family, and Group therapy and Crisis intervention. Dr. Benton has been running group therapy based on material written by the New Life team for the past four years including Healing is a Choice, Boundaries, How We Love, and most recently Take Your Life Back.
Dr. Benton has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles, teaching Couples Counseling and Family Counseling courses in Spanish, with a focus on faith integration in therapy over the past four years.
Dr. Benton received her undergraduate degree from the University of St. Thomas and her Doctorate degree from Argosy University in her native state of MN. However she credits the New Life team as her best teachers and mentors in the field.
When not working, Alice enjoys doing art projects, reading books, and playing hide and go seek with her young son and daughter. Her favorite hobbies include hiking, kayaking, and playing ping pong and hacky sack with her husband.
Chris Williams is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in both Brea and Newport Beach, CA. He received his M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hope International University where he also served as Director of Spiritual Formation for 5 years and is currently an adjunct professor. He has over 9 years of experience serving individuals, couples and families struggling with mental health disorders, addiction, trauma and relational challenges. He also works with treatment industry leaders and teams as a consultant and coach. He has become a highly sought after specialist in the treatment of complex trauma and multiple addictive issues. He strongly believes in a holistic approach to understanding the biological, psychological, relational and spiritual factors that impact people and their functioning.
Chris has also been integral in the design and development of spiritual formation programs for churches and Christian organizations. He has designed and developed Christian recovery programs, family programs and trauma recovery programs for addiction treatment centers and continues to consult with treatment centers and organizations to create healthier environments and effective outcomes.
He loves playing basketball, golfing and playing with his two young boys. Chris’ most important and rewarding role in his life is husband to his wife and father to his two boys. He loves spending time with his family and lives in Orange County, CA.
Dr. Dave Stoop is a Gold Medallion winning author who has written over thirty books, including, Forgiving the Unforgivable, You Are What You Think, Rethink How You Think, and Just Us, A Devotional for Couples. He has co-edited The Life Recovery Bible with Steve Arterburn, and also with Steve, co-authored The Life Recovery Journey, Twelve Laws of Life Recovery, and Twelve Gifts of Life Recovery. Dave and Steve have recently launched The Life Recovery Institute, offering training for pastors, counselors, coaches and lay people involved in recovery ministries. For a comprehensive list of Dr. Stoop’s books, please visit our store site.
Dr. Stoop served as a pastor for 12 years while completing his clinical studies. He has taught in a number of Youth With a Mission schools in many different countries, and along with his wife, Jan, conducts weekend marriage workshops. In his spare time, he and one of his sons have restored a 1964 MGB, and he enjoys driving it around town.
Dr. Stoop and his wife Jan live in Newport Beach; they have three sons and six grandchildren.
Jill Hubbard PhD. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Costa Mesa, California, and has been involved with New Life Ministries since its inception. Her background includes extensive work in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings.
Dr. Hubbard lends both a professional and woman’s perspective to the New Life Live! radio program. She is sought after for her work with eating disorders, women’s issues, perfectionism, ongoing depression, issues of self, emerging from abuse, attachment and relational issues, and personal growth. Dr. Hubbard is a native Californian and a graduate of Westmont College, Biola University, and the California Graduate Institute. Jill resides with her family in Southern California.
Dr. John Townsend is a New York Times bestselling author, business consultant, leadership coach and psychologist. He has written or co-written 27 books, selling 10 million copies, including the Boundaries series; Leadership Beyond Reason; and his newest book, The Entitlement Cure. Please visit our store site for more titles from Dr. Townsend.
For more than twenty years Dr. Townsend has engaged with leaders, organizations and individuals around the globe, offering them life-changing solutions to their problems. He is a co-host of the nationally-syndicated talk show “New Life Live!” which is heard by over 2 million people each week on over 150 stations nationwide.
John is founder of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling, which offers graduate degrees and credentialing in Organizational Leadership, Executive Coaching, and Counseling.
Dr. Townsend works with leaders and organizations by providing team and executive coaching, corporate consulting, and by giving conference presentations. He coaches families and family businesses.
John formed the Townsend Leadership Program, which develops leaders nationwide, conducted by a team of Directors who have been personally trained by John.
Dr. Townsend is active on the board of Mustard Seed Ranch, a residential program for abused children. A resident of Newport Beach, California, Dr. Townsend and his wife Barbi have two sons. One of John’s passions is playing in a band, which performs at southern California lounges and venues!
Dr. Henry Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert, psychologist, and best-selling author. He draws on his extensive experience in business, leadership consulting, and clinical psychology, to impart practical and effective advice for improving leadership skills and business performance.
Dr. Cloud is a New York Times bestselling author, and his over 45 books have sold over 11 million copies. His leadership book, Integrity, was dubbed by the New York Times as “the best book in the bunch.” In 2011, Necessary Endings was called “the most important book you read all year.” His book “Boundaries For Leaders” was named by CEO Reads in the top five leadership books of its year. Dr. Cloud’s work has been featured and reviewed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Publisher’s Weekly, Los Angeles Times, and many other publications. Success Magazine named Dr. Cloud in the top 25 of 2014’s most influential leaders in personal growth and development. He is a frequent contributor to CNN, Fox News Channel, and other national media outlets.
In his leadership consulting practice, Dr. Cloud works with Fortune 500 companies and smaller private businesses alike. He has an extensive executive coaching background, and experience as leadership consultant, devoting the majority of his time working with CEO’s, leadership teams and executives to improve performance, leadership skills, and culture.
His experience includes three decades as a consultant, and as an entrepreneur he started and grew a successful chain of treatment centers in over 40 cities across the western United States. His experience running a business of this magnitude lends credibility to his expertise on leadership matters in the companies with which he works.
As a speaker, Dr. Cloud has shared the stage with many business and global leaders and experts, such as Tony Blair, Jack Welch, Condoleezza Rice, Desmond Tutu, Malala Yousafzai, and others.
Dr. Cloud is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, with a B.S. in psychology. He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Biola University, and his clinical internship at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. His philanthropic interests lie in homelessness in the inner city, as well as missions in the developing world. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tori, and their two daughters, Olivia and Lucy. He enjoys golf, scuba diving, boating and fishing.
Milan Yerkovich is a Pastoral Counselor and an ordained minister. He has a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies and a California Teaching Credential in physical education, health and biology. He has worked with marriages and families for over 30 years. He was a high school teacher and coach, a pastor of a local church for 13 years and was in sales and marketing with a large medical device company. He works primarily with couples doing marriage therapy and enjoys working with teens. He is a Bible teacher and lecturer in the areas of theology, marriage, family and parenting.
As a Pastoral Counselor, he worked for the Center for Individual and Family Therapy as a marriage counselor for three years and now is the full time director of Relationship180, a non-profit organization that is devoted to counseling and mentoring individuals and families toward healthy relationships. Milan and his wife, Kay have written How We Love, and the sequel, How We Love Our Kids. They are parents of four children and have four grandchildren. Milan is a martial arts instructor. He also enjoys swimming, biking and fly-fishing.
Dr. Sheri Keffer received her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy and her Master of Arts Theology, both from Fuller Theological Seminary. She currently specializes in individual, couples and family therapy at her private practice in Newport Beach, CA.
With over 17 years experience as a marriage and family therapist, Dr. Keffer believes in looking at issues from a psychological, biological and spiritual perspective. She commonly uses brain based assessments and treatments as she works with those dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, stress, and general life transitions. Sheri enjoys integrating faith and spiritual issues when she facilitates groups at the New Life weekend workshops.
Sheri is excited to be a co-host of the New Life Live! television and nationally syndicated radio team, where her engaging warmth and ability to immediately connect, helps to put callers at ease.
In addition to being a relationship therapist, Dr. Keffer is a long-term member of the National Speakers Association and has presented at national conferences, churches, business, schools, inpatient/outpatient treatment centers and to general audiences speaking on the topics of brain health, ADD, anxiety, depression, and spiritual and relationship intimacy. In addition to her practice in Newport Beach, Dr Keffer has worked in treating trauma and PTSD at Amen Clinics in Newport Beach and is a co-author, with Dr. Daniel Amen and Mike Moreno, of the DVD Relationship Coaching Course used on the PBS Special: The Brain in Love.
Sheri enjoys the beach, reading, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and big game fishing. She and her husband, Kyle, reside in Orange County, California.