Professor of Counseling, Director of the Walsh Counseling Center, and Warren C. Hultgren Chair of Ministerial Counseling
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. Frank Catanzaro and Dale Johnson, 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 emergency services for over 18 years serving as a fire chaplain and volunteer firefighter as well as a police chaplain and reserve police officer. He also serves as a Board Member and the Response Coordinator of the Texas Line of Duty Death Task Force. Prior to coming to Southwestern he served in hospice, as an administrator and counselor at a children’s home, in inner-city missions, and as an Associate Pastor and in youth ministry.
He has authored several journal articles in a variety of fields and is the author of Biblical Crisis Counseling: Not If, But When, and editor and co-author of Counseling by the Book: Revised and Expanded Edition. He also contributed a chapter to the book, Counseling the Hard Cases.
Dr. Babler and his wife Marilee have been blessed with 11 children and 10 grandchildren.