New Life Ministries Founder – Steve Arterburn

PUBLISHING:  Stephen Arterburn’s first book Hooked On Life was published in 1984. He has become a New York Times Bestselling and Award-Winning author with more than 15 million books in print, receiving four ECPA Gold Medallion, “Book of the Year” awards for quality and impact. The Every Man’s Battle series won two of those awards and has sold over 4 million copies. Stephen’s publications have also been awarded one Bronze, two Gold and two Platinum ECPA sales awards. His most recent Gold Medallion win was 2020 in the Youth Non-fiction category where his book Kirby McCook and the Jesus Chronicles was chosen Book of the Year. Steve’s Radio program, New Life Live!, won National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Radio Program of the Year in 2023.

In addition to his books, Steve is the developer and editor of ten Specialty and Study Bibles, three of which were nominated for the Bible of the Year Gold Medallion Award. The Spiritual Renewal Bible, published in 1999, won the Bible of the Year Gold Medallion. The Life Recovery Bible has sold over 4 million copies and is given away by Prison Fellowship and is the pew Bible for the Salvation Army. It is the 2nd all-time-best-selling Study Bible at Tyndale, only exceeded by the . For over a decade it has remained on the Top Ten Best Selling Bibles list. Steve also produced Every Man’s Bible which is currently the best-selling men’s study Bible. Sales of this Bible have increased every year since it was published in 2004. Currently Tyndale has contracted with Steve and Misty Arterburn, his wife and writing partner, on three other Bible projects that will be released in 2023. The first two releases are The One Year Bible for Women and The One Year Bible for Men.

Of the 140 books and Bibles produced by Arterburn, his most notable publications are: Toxic Faith (Nelson 1991), The Spiritual Renewal Bible (Tyndale 1998), The Life Recovery Bible (Tyndale 1992), Every Man’s Battle (Waterbrook 2000), Every Man’s Bible (Tyndale 2004), Transformation (Tyndale 2006), Healing Is A Choice (Nelson 2007), Lose It For Life (Nelson 2007), Healing Stones (Nelson 2008), Walking Into Walls (Worthy 2011), The Seven Minute Marriage Solution (2013), Worthy of Her Trust (Waterbrook 2014), Take Your Life Back (Tyndale 2016), Kirby McCook and the Jesus Chronicles (Tyndale 2019), and The Soul of a Hero (Tyndale 2021).

SPEAKING:  In addition to his writing, Arterburn is an international speaker who has spoken in Australia, Ireland, Korea, Brazil, and Canada. In 2000, he was inducted into the National Speaker’s Association Hall of Fame in Washington D.C. A large portion of his speaking time is allocated to raising money for Women’s Resource and Pregnancy Centers. In 2016 he was featured in the farewell tour of Women of Faith, which he founded in 1996 and was attended by over 5 million women in packed out arenas.

MINISTRY:  Stephen Arterburn is a respected innovator dedicated to helping transform lives with God’s truth all over the world. In 1988, he founded New Life Treatment Centers, a venture-capital funded organization providing Christian psychiatric and addiction treatment in secular psychiatric hospitals. Because of the impact, growth, and profitability of this organization, Stephen was awarded the Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young, Merrill Lynch, and Inc. Magazine. He quickly grew that extremely profitable organization to $100 million in revenues before it was purchased by Thomas Nelson Publishers. At that time, he spun off “New Life Ministries” into the current, not-for-profit ministry producing the #1 syndicated Christian Counseling Radio Program, “New Life Live!”. Many people in remote locations say it is the only wise counsel available to them.

New Life has maintained its focus on three principles since 1988: True Truth, Redemptive Relationships and Total Transformation. New Life has a network of 1,000 Christian counselors and therapists around the country who help the thousands of people who call 800-NEW-LIFE. What used to be done in hospitals and treatment centers happens now in weekend and online intensives involving both therapists and speakers. Every Man’s Battle, Restore, Emotional Freedom and Intimacy In Marriage are some of the intensive events conducted by New Life.

MEDIA:  Stephen Arterburn’s marketing and media mindfulness has landed him and his work with appearances on Oprah (3 times), Good Morning America, and ABC World News Tonight.  Surprisingly he has been featured in GQRolling StoneUSA TodayThe New York Timesand most recently, on the cover of Recovery Magazine.

Steve has degrees from Baylor University and The University of North Texas as well as two honorary doctorate degrees including one from The California Graduate School of Theology. Steve resides with his family in Carmel, Indiana.

New Life Live! Co-Hosts

Dr. Alice Benton

Dr. Alice Benton, co-host of New Life Live!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.

She resides in Huntington Beach with her family.

Becky Brown

Becky Brown, co-host of New Life Live!Becky Brown is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who has been with New Life Ministries for over 20 years. She began work with New Life Clinics in private practice and was part of the Counselor network from its beginning. Becky has worked at the New Life Workshops since 2003. She often says she is New Life’s biggest fan- due to having had a front row seat to how God has worked in the lives of so many people over the years!

Becky is the co-author of Understanding and Loving a Person with Bipolar Disorder, 100 Days to Freedom from Fear and Anxiety and 100 Days to Freedom from Anger. Becky is a co-producer and writer for Life Recovery Today TV. Throughout her career at New Life, Becky has held many roles and considers it a privilege to now serve as the President of New Life Ministries.

Becky and her husband Bruce live in Ohio and enjoy spending time with their adult kids and grandchildren – usually on a boat on the lake.

Chris Williams

Chris Williams, co-host of New Life Live!Chris Williams is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Founder/Owner of Renovari Counseling in Placentia, 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. He has over 15 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 recently launched a consulting and coaching firm, True Increase, to help optimize relational, emotional and mental health in leadership and workplaces.

He loves fly fishing, golfing and playing with his two boys. Chris’ most important and rewarding role in his life is husband to his wife, Ember and father to their two boys, Tyler and Alex. He loves spending time with his family and lives in Orange County, CA.

Dr. Jacqui Mack-Harris

Dr. Jacqueline Mack-Harris, co-host of New Life Live!Jacqueline Mack-Harris, PsyD, LMFT works as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at The Center for Individual and Family Therapy (CIFT) and Reset Counseling Services. She is a graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she obtained her PsyD in Marital and family Therapy.

She earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2014 from Hope International University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix, in Human Services Management. Jacqueline is a United States Air Force veteran. She has 23 years of experience working as a Licensed Vocational Nurse.

Jacqueline has a strong desire to help couples, families, adolescent and adult individuals find hope, and healing as they work through anxiety, depression, PTSD, attachment issues, ADD/ADHD and challenges associated with military life including deployment and reintegration. She is also interested in working with pastors, pastors’ wives, and others in ministry who struggle with relationships, spiritual growth and finding balance.

Dr. Jill Hubbard

Dr. Jill Hubbard, co-host of New Life Live!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. Jim Burns

Dr. Jill Hubbard, co-host of New Life Live!Jim Burns is the President of HomeWord. He speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has close to 2 million resources in print in 20 languages. Jim primarily writes and speaks on the values of HomeWord, which are: Strong Marriages, Confident Parents, Empowered Kids, and Healthy Leaders. Some of his most popular books are: Confident Parenting, The Purity Code, Creating an Intimate Marriage, Closer, and Doing Life With Your Adult Children. Jim and his wife, Cathy, live in Southern California and have three grown daughters, Christy, Rebecca, and Heidi; two sons-in-law, Steve and Matt; and three grandchildren, James, Charlotte and Huxley.

JJ West

JJ West, co-host of New Life Live!JJ West is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Originally from Central Florida, he received his Masters and Specialist degrees in Counselor Education from the University of Florida. Before becoming a therapist, he worked for several years with college students both with a Christian Organization and on church staffs. He is married and has two children. He enjoys outdoor adventures with his family, traveling to other cultures, good movies, and Florida State University sports.

JJ is also the presenter at the Every Man’s Battle Intensive and co-host of the Every Man’s Battle Podcast.

Marc Cameron

Marc Cameron, co-host, New Life Live!Marc Cameron is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist based in Mission Viejo, California. In his private practice, Marc guides individuals and couples through various life challenges, including addiction recovery, betrayal trauma, affair recovery, anxiety and mood disorders, blended family dynamics, and parenting challenges. He has clinical experience working with families of adopted and foster youth, as well as teens with complex conditions such as ADHD, oppositional defiance, Asperger’s, bipolar disorder, and reactive attachment disorder.

Marc firmly believes that developing secure attachments is the key to creating strong and fulfilling connections within families and couples. Through his work, Marc helps couples enhance their communication skills, foster trust, and deepen their emotional bond. Alongside his private practice, Marc and his wife partner at ‘How We Love’ with Milan and Kay Yerkovich, furthering their mission of helping individuals and couples earn secure attachments.

Originally from London, England, Marc pursued his Master’s in Counseling Psychology at Trinity International University in Florida, after earning a Business degree from Huntington University in Indiana. Beyond his professional endeavors, Marc is an avid soccer enthusiast and enjoys playing on local recreation leagues. He resides in Corona, California, with his wife and their blended family, cherishing moments with their young adult son and daughter.

Dr. Sheri Keffer

Dr. Sheri Keffer, co-host, New Life Live!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 20 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. Dr. Sheri Keffer is the author of Intimate Deception – Healing the Wounds of Sexual Betrayal.

Sheri enjoys the beach, reading, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and big game fishing. She and her husband, Kyle, reside in Orange County, California.

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