Steve Hunter

Hope for the Heart Chair of Biblical Counseling, Professor of Psychology & Counseling, Interim Director of B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling
Steve Hunter 214.818.1371


  • 2004 D.Min. (Pastoral Ministries), Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary
    Dissertation: “Examining the Counseling and Religious Values of Master’s Level Counseling Students: A National Study”
  • 1995 Ed.D. (Counseling; Minor: Psychology), Texas A&M University-Commerce
    Dissertation: “From Stress Seminar to a Foundation of Care for Missionaries in Central and Eastern Europe”
  • 1992 M.S. (Counseling; Minor: Psychology), Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • 1989 M.Div. (Theology), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • 1986 B.S. (Psychology; Minor: Business Administration), Texas A&M University

Employment History

  • 2013-Present Hope for the Heart Chair of Biblical Counseling, Criswell College
  • 2014-2017 Executive Director of Christian Counseling Associates
  • 2008-2013 Executive Director of Counseling Ministries, Hope for the Heart
  • 2006-2008 Dean of Students, Criswell College
  • 2003-2006 Licensed Christian Counselor and Supervisor, Pathways Christian Counseling Center, First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas
  • 1995-2003 Southern Baptist Missionary, International Mission Board
  • 1990-1995 Pastor, First Baptist Church, Gober, Texas
  • 1986-1989 Youth Minister, Hilltop Baptist Church, Burleson, Texas


  • “Beyond the breaking point: Examining the pieces of counselor burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondhand depression,” American Counseling Association VISTAS, 2016.
  • More than a Sermon: The Roles, Responsibilities and Requirements of God’s Chosen Servant.  A 400-page interactive study emphasizing pastoral ministries and Christian counseling, Richmond: Virginia, International Mission Board, 2002.  This work has been published in English, Croatian, and Russian.  It is also available on CD-ROM for pastors who are unable to attend traditional Christian colleges and seminaries.
  • Make Believers: Ending the Pretending to Live “Happily Ever After,” Grand Prairie: Texas, Hannibal Books, January, 2006.
  • Homeland Insecurity: America’s Top Threats to Peace and Security at Home, seeking publication.
  • “Family and Religious Values of Masters Level Counseling Students: A National Study,” Counseling and Religious Values, October, 1996.
  • “2 Fast and 2 Furious: A 3-Step Cure for Kicking the Habit of Hurry,” Pastor’s Line, March, 2004.
  • “The Pain of Coming Home: Is there Life after Missions?” Evangelical Missions Quarterly, April, 2005.
  • Book Reviews, Criswell Theological Review.

Speaking Engagements

  • Christian Counselors of Texas State Conference 2012, 2016
  • Christian Counselors of Texas, DFW South Chapter 2016
  • ACSI Regional Event 2007
  • Exodus International 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • India Pastoral Training and Marriage and Family Conference 2011
  • International Speaker at Annual Group Meetings for the International Mission Board in Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Siberia, Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania 1995-2003.

Conference Topics

  • Holiday Depression: Managing the Holidays so They Won’t Manage You
  • Guns and Roses and Machetes Too! Exploring the Dynamics, Destruction, and Diminution of Intimate Partner Abuse
  • Busy Signals: Examining Stress, Exhaustion and Burnout
  • Blues Clues: Signs and Interventions for Discouragement and Depression
  • Rage Reviews: Examining Anger, Resentment and Rage
  • Fight the Good Fight: Dealing with Conflict in the Church and in the Home
  • Love One Another: Improving Your Interpersonal Relationships and Skills
  • Set Your Spirit Free: Stress Management from a Biblical Perspective
  • Porn to be Wild: Breaking Free from the Trap of Pornography and Sexual Sin
  • Rediscovering Intimacy in Christian Marriage
  • Marriage: To Have and to Hold
  • Homosexuality: A Case of Mistaken Identity
  • Guilt Trip: Taking a U-Turn from Shame to Grace

Licenses, Certifications, and Professional Organizations

  • Licensed and ordained to the ministry, May 1986, Hilltop Baptist Church, Burleson, Texas
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Texas
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Supervisor, State of Texas
  • National Certified Counselor, National Board of Certified Counselors, Greensboro, NC
  • International Professional Biblical Counselor, Association of Christian Counselors
  • Member of American Association of Christian Counselors
  • Chi Sigma Iota- Past president, International Honor Society of Counselors and Counseling Education
  • Who’s Who Among Teachers, 2006-2007
  • Past President, North Dallas Chapter of Christian Counselors of Texas 2011
  • State President Elect of Christian Counselors of Texas, 2013-2014
  • Member of Executive Board Christian Counselors of Texas, 2011 to present
  • State President of Chrstian Counselors of Texas, 2014-Present