John Babler earned his bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Dallas, studied one year at Princeton Theological Seminary, then received masters degrees from Southwestern Seminary and the University of Texas at Dallas as well as a Ph.D. from Southwestern.

Dr. Babler currently serves as Professor of Counseling and the Director of the Walsh Counseling Center at Southwestern and holds the Warren C. Hultgren Chair of Ministerial Counseling. He has taught at Southwestern since 1993. He teaches courses within the MABC and PhD programs to train Southern Baptist leaders for the ministry of biblical counseling in the church. In association with Drs. David Penley and Frank Catanzaro, Dr. Babler equips churches and individuals for the work of biblical counseling by conducting intensive training programs in biblical counseling on the Southwestern campus and at churches in the United States. He also has taught biblical counseling in churches in other countries. 

Dr. Babler’s past experiences in ministry inform his current practice and teaching. He has been active in the fire service for over 15 years both as a firefighter and chaplain. He retired as fire chief and currently serves as Vice President of the Texas Corps of Fire Chaplains and as a Board Member of the Texas Line of Duty Death Task Force. For many years he was involved in leadership roles in raceway ministry at Texas Motor Speedway including the founding and training of chaplains at TMS. Prior to coming to Southwestern he served in hospice, as an administrator at a children’s home, in inner-city missions, and as an Associate Pastor and in youth ministry.

As an author of several journal articles in a variety of fields, he has most recently contributed a chapter to the book, Counseling the Hard Cases edited by Stuart Scott and Heath Lambert. He is co-author of the book Counseling by the Book and His Disaster Relief Ministry Manual is a work focused on the equipping of first responders.

As the father of 11 and grandfather of 5, Dr. Babler has professional, ministerial, and real life qualifications for the work of the ministry that God has set before him.