Professor of Psychology
B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton; M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., Georgia State University, Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Virkler has been training Christian counselors at the graduate level since 1974; 15 years at the Psychological Studies Institute in Atlanta, five years at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and at PBA since 1996. He was actively engaged in Christian counseling for 15 years and started three Christian counseling centers during that time.
He has written five books, including Hermeneutics: Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation” reprinted more than 18 times and available in six languages, as well as Speaking the Truth in Love: A Christian Approach to Assertiveness, Broken Promises: Healing and Preventing Affairs in Christian Marriages, Choosing a New Pastor, and A Christian’s Guide to Critical Thinking.
Dr. Virkler has written more than 30 articles. Many of them have been published in one of the three main journals that integrate psychology and theology, “The Journal of Psychology and Theology,” “The Journal of Psychology and Christianity” and “Marriage and Family: A Christian Journal.” He has served on the editorial review board of each of those journals. He also has contributed multiple articles to Baker’s original “Encyclopedia of Psychology” and to the “Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology and Counseling, (2nd Edition).”
In addition to teaching, he serves as an informal consultant to several Christian counseling centers, agencies and Christian schools in the West Palm Beach area.
He is married and has two sons, both of whom have graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University. One son teaches in Florida and the other is a student at Wake Forest Medical School