For decades, Dr. Jim Wilder has been delving into biblical scripture, spiritual formation, and brain science. These studies led to the development of a unique model of spiritual and psychological maturation.

This model was defined in the book “The Life Model: Living from the Heart Jesus Gave You” and has been practiced at The Shepherd’s House Counseling Center in Pasadena, California (now Life Model Works) and is currently being taught in churches, marriage seminars and recovery programs around the world.

Dr. Wilder was born to missionary parents in Colombia, South America where he lived until the age of 16. There he suffered the trauma of a stroke and partial paralysis at the age of two, but, began his education which includes home school, private school, correspondence school, public school, and boarding school.

He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Bemidji State University, an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology.

Dr. Wilder has been trained in and has worked in family, child, adolescent, sexual, vocational, bilingual, behavioral, and neuropsychological assessment and treatment. He has extensive experience providing group, inpatient, outpatient, trauma, biofeedback, and addiction counseling. Since 1977, he has worked in Christian counseling centers as an assistant director, director, clinical director, and director of training.

Since 1984, he has served as a consultant to other counseling centers, missions, and organizations.
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He and his wife Kitty have been married for over forty years, and have several children and grandchildren. When he is not writing his next book or teaching the Life Model, you might also find him camping, backpacking, scuba diving, writing, doing photography, electronics, playing guitar, or gardening.

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