About the Founder

Light Counseling was co-founded in 1991 by Tim Clinton, President, American Association of Christian Counselors.

Tim and Julie Clinton Founder Christian Light Counseling

Tim and Julie Clinton

Tim Clinton, Ed.D, LPC, LMFT, is the President of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the largest and most diverse Christian counseling association in the world. Dr. Clinton also serves as the Executive Director of the James Dobson Family Institute and recurring co-host of “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk”, heard on nearly 1,300 radio outlets daily. Licensed as a Professional Counselor and as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Dr. Clinton is recognized as a world leader in mental health and relationship issues and spends much of his time working with Christian leaders and professional athletes. He has authored or edited nearly 30 books, including The Struggle is Real: How to Care for Mental and Relational Health Needs in the Church.

Dr. Clinton is founder of Light University—a global leader in certificate, diploma, and mental health continuing education. He served at Liberty University for over 30 years in numerous academic and leadership roles, including Professor of Counseling and Executive Director of the James C. Dobson Center for Child Development, Marriage and Family Studies. He is founder of the biennial AACC World Conference (which has consistently hosted nearly 7,000 leaders representing all 50 states and nearly 40 countries) at the magnificent Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

He has been married 39 years to his wife, Julie, and together they have two children, Megan and Zach. In his free time, you’ll find him outdoors or at a game with his family and friends.

What People are Saying About Tim…

Larry Crabb Endorse Christian Counseling

Larry Crabb

“No one I know better combines a visionary spirit that creates incredible ministry opportunities with a hunger for God that longs to experience His reality. Add a powerful speaking gift to the mix, and you have a much used servant of Christ and kingdom ambassador, Tim Clinton.”

Larry Crabb
NewWay Ministries

Steve Arterburn endorse Christian Light Counseling

“Tim Clinton has changed the face of Christian counseling in America. No one has done more to advance the course of hurting people getting the best help possible.”

Stephen Arterburn
Founder and Chairman New Life Ministries

Tim LaHaye endorse Tim Clinton Christian Counseling

Tim LaHaye

“Tim Clinton has done an incredible job of networking, educating, and encouraging Bible counselors throughout the world. As the president of the AACC he is the visionary for its many different resources. He is a gifted organizer and is committed to promoting Biblical principles for helping hurting people. Tim has a genuine love for Christ which spills over into his passion of helping those who serve hurting people.”

Tim LaHaye
Author, Minister

H.B. London Jr. Christian Endorse Lynchburg Counseling

H.B. London Jr.

Tim Clinton is gracious and talented. He is committed to the spiritual and emotional well-being of people everywhere. He has distinguished himself as one of our nation’s most effective Christian leaders. He has a unique knack of bringing the right people together at the right time. I value his friendship, and marvel at his ability to get things done.

H.B. London Jr.
Vice President, Church Clergy and Medical Outreach Focus on the Family