Dr. Gary Oliver

Executive Director, The Center for Healthy Relationships
Professor of Psychology and Practical Theology

Ph.D., University of Nebraska
M.A., University of Nebraska
Th.M., Fuller Theological Seminary
M.Div., Talbot Theological Seminary
B.A., Biola University


Dr. Gary J. Oliver is a father, university and seminary professor, psychologist, author, Executive Director of the Center for Healthy Relationships and Professor of Psychology and Practical Theology at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Dr. Oliver received his B.A. from Biola University, M.Div. from Talbot Theological Seminary, Th.M. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  He is a licensed clinical psychologist in Arkansas and Colorado.  Dr. Oliver is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).  He has earned the Certified Family Life Educator (C.F.L.E.) diploma by The National Council on Family Relations. 

Dr. Oliver has over 30 years experience in individual, premarital, marital and family counseling.  For several years he worked as senior psychologist with a group of family practice physicians and for over 12 years he was Clinical Director of a large non-profit counseling center in Littleton, Colorado.  For the past 25 years he has had an extensive nationwide teaching ministry.  He has founded, developed and directed several counseling centers.  He served on the Executive Board and the national speaking team of Promise Keepers and is on the Executive Board of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

In addition to his clinical experience, Dr. Oliver has over ten years experience serving on the staff of churches in California, Nebraska and Colorado.  He is also the founder of and professor in the D. Min. in Marriage and Family Counseling Program at Denver Seminary.  For the past several years Dr. Oliver has been included in Who’s Who in America.

He has authored or co-authored over 20 books including Mad About Us: Moving from Anger to Intimacy with Your Spouse, published by Bethany House and Raising Sons…and Loving It!, published by Zondervan.   He is also the co-author of ten books with H. Norman Wright including Fears, Doubts, Blues and Pouts published by Victor Books and A Woman's Forbidden Emotion published by Regal Books, as well as over 150 articles in national magazines and journals.  For several years Dr. Oliver served as editor of Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal and contributes a regular column in Home Life magazine. 

Dr. Oliver travels both nationally and internationally providing his Emotional and Relational Intelligence (ERQ™) workshops, Growth-Focused™ Marriage Enrichment Seminars as well as seminars and workshops on a variety of relationship-related topics.  He resides in Siloam Springs, Arkansas with his wife, Linda.

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