Wayne Perry is an ordained minister with more than 33 years’ experience as a pastor. In addition to his service in civilian churches, he served as a chaplain in the United States Air Force, eventually retiring in the rank of lieutenant colonel. This mix of civilian and military ministry experience gave him a unique breadth of exposure to church groups literally around the world.
Wayne earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Campbell University, a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Emory University. While in Washington, D.C., he spent a year of internship at St. Elizabeth’s Psychiatric Hospital. He completed other internships in both mental health and physical health hospitals.
Wayne is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and an Approved Supervisor in that same organization. He is also a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, as well as a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteer. He is widely published, both in professional books and journals, and in more popular literature. For about 5 years he wrote a weekly article for a local newspaper. His previous book, Basic Counseling Techniques: A Beginning Therapist’s Toolkit, is in use as a text at several universities. He maintains a busy marriage and family therapy practice in a pastoral counseling center in his home town. Along with other clients, he works with many clergy and their families.
Wayne and his wife Donna have three grown children. Their primary joy comes from being with their children and grandchildren, as well as with their “fur kids” – their cats and dog. Though Wayne no longer preaches every Sunday, they are active in their local congregation, singing in the choir and teaching adult education classes.