To transform people’s lives in every aspect to be more like Christ by providing them with biblically-based materials, learning opportunities, and encouragement.
Faith-Centered Mentoring and More is a division of the Coalition of Counseling Centers Inc. (CCC), a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1980 to provide low-cost counseling and learning opportunities for men, women, youth, couples, families, and organizations.
We provide assistance to individuals, churches, and parachurch organizations on all aspects of Christ-centered mentoring, including consulting/technical assistance, skill-based training, assessment, research/evaluation, and publications related to Christ-centered mentoring. The “More” includes resources to help people not only survive, but thrive in all areas of their lives.
All followers of Christ, we’re made up of a core staff with expertise in mentoring, counseling, program design, product development, training, technical assistance, research, and evaluation. This core is supplemented by a network of consultants and advisors with additional backgrounds in theology, church administration, coaching, eLearning, and Web technology.
Dr. G.Brian Jones is a licensed christian psychologist specializing in relationships, men's spiritual and emotional development, conflict resolution, and character assessment and development. He's the CEO and CFO of CCC and senior author of two books from scripture press: Men Have Feelings, Too! and A Fight to the Better End. He and his deceased wife, Dr. Linda Phillips-Jones, conducted numerous Christian retreats and seminars on such topics as pastor burnout, stress management, communication skills, conflict resolution, and forgiveness.
Dr. Linda Phillips-Jones, was a licensed psychologist, a mentoring consultant, author, and researcher. Her dissertation in 1977 was the first on the modern process and skills of mentoring. She's the author of Mentors and Proteges, The New Mentors and Proteges, The Mentoring Program Design Package, and other publications. Linda passed away in December of 2006.
Brian and CCC’s business operations are managed by Laurie Schell, Cherie Stevens Jones, and Mike Askew. In the field, he is assisted by these trainers/consultants:
Kim Follis, M.A., received his graduate degree from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Kim served for nine years as Dean of Student Development at Ambrose University College focusing on the mentoring of student leaders and also student athletes through his role as hockey coach. Now as a university fundraising professional, Kim writes and speaks on the significance of mentoring in higher education. For the past 10 years, Kim has helped assess candidates for ministry in The Church of the Nazarene.
Sharon Heron, Ph.D., has worked in the field of mentoring and education for eight years as lecturer, mentor, trainer, and consultant. Her doctoral thesis focused on mentoring in the nonprofit sector and paid particular attention to issues of definition and evaluation, winning an award for excellence in research, presented at an international mentoring conference in Denver, 2008. Sharon also holds an honors degree in English Language and Literature and a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education from The Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she also attained her doctoral degree. She is a guest lecturer in local colleges and at Queen’s University and speaks at international and local conferences on a variety of topics including mentoring. She instigated a variety of mentoring programs in education and for nonprofit organizations and wrote a number of articles in this field. Recently, Sharon started her own resource development, consulting, and speaking business, Connexions Plus, in which she serves as Director and Principal Consultant.
Les Hirst, Ph.D., has worked in the field of mentoring for 30 years, serving as a mentor, trainer, consultant, program designer, and administrator. His doctoral program at Trinity International University enables him to focus on non-formal educational strategies that facilitate training in many environments. In Latin America, Les is currently developing a training program which employs mentoring as the principal educational strategy for vocational training. Les has authored articles on mentoring and consulted with organizations in the nonprofit and NGO sectors. Les had the privilege of working with Dr. Linda Phillips-Jones during her last year before her untimely death.
Don Payne, PH.D., has worked in the field of mentoring for 16 years, serving as a mentor, trainer, consultant, and mentoring program administrator. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Manchester, England. He currently oversees a graduate school mentoring program that regularly involves over 300 mentees and 450 mentors. Don has authored numerous articles on mentoring as well as provided consulting and training with organization in corporate, nonprofit, and military sectors across the United States, including Bureau of Land Management, Daimler Trucks of No. America, Eglin Air Force Base, Griffith Company, NCI Building Systems, Schering Plough Corporation, Triumph Group, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and Zachery Nuclear Engineering. In the International field, Dr. Payne has conducted training seminars and workshops in South Korea, Ecuador, and Great Britain.
Liz Selzer, Ph.D., is the President and CEO of The Mentor Leadership Team, while training and consulting for CCC/The Mentoring Group and Faith Centered Mentoring. She is energized by the mentoring initiatives with which she has worked for more than 10 years. During this period she witnessed how mentoring is increasingly becoming a pivotal strategy for every organization and individual seeking a mentoring-rich environment. She conducted training and consulting for the implementation of mentoring in organizations such as NASA, ConocoPhillips, Compassion International, Eglin Air force Base, and Newalta (in Calgary, Alberta, Canada). She is the author of 3G Mentoring: Relational Strategy for Working with Generational Distinctions, Global Diversity, and Gender Differences. She also authored a number of articles, and speaks frequently on the importance of mentoring especially as one of an array of other leadership development methods. Dr. Selzer oversaw leadership development programming and training for the 30,000 leaders of a non-profit organization. She also teaches leadership at Denver Seminary and Colorado Christian University. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband Steve and their three children: Michael, Sammi, and Joe.
Victor Silva-Palacios, Ph.D., worked at Atascadero State Hospital as a clinical-forensic psychologist for the multicultural and admissions units, managing a wide range of penal code commitments ranging from chronically mentally ill persons to patients faking mental illness to avoid legal consequences. In both contexts, Dr. Silva-Palacios provided mentoring and consulting services to pre- and post-doctoral interns and psychologists and served on various committees, such as bioethics, internship, and peer review. Twice elected vice-chair of the hospital psychology department, Dr. Silva-Palacios supported and mentored his colleagues in the areas of forensics, ethics, and clinical responsibilities. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wright Institute, Los Angeles, in 1985. Currently, he is in private practice in San Luis Obispo, is a member of both the California and Central Coast Psychological Associations, and serves on the board of directors for Family Care Network. He maintains an active speaking schedule for the English- and Spanish-speaking communities, teaching and mentoring families, couples, and professionals on relationship issues, personal development, and forensic psychology.
Dee Nyamieh Walker, Ph.D., a native of Liberia, West Africa, has served as mentoring consultant, trainer, and mentor in Africa and the USA for over 10 years. He earned his doctorate in education from Trinity International University, Illinois. Dee has worked on cross-cultural issues in mentoring globally, and is passionate about helping learning organizations develop culturally appropriate mentoring programs for executives and emerging leaders. Dee currently manages the leadership development program for over 3000 members in a global nonprofit organization.