Plenary Speakers

Dr. Al Weir

Dr. Al Weir is board certified in Internal Medicine, with certifications in hematology and oncology. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, and was a Fellow in Hematology and Oncology at the University of Alabama Birmingham. After leaving academic medicine, Dr. Al Weir served in private practice at the West Clinic in Memphis, TN from 1991-2005 before joining the CMDA staff as Vice President of Campus and Community Ministries where he served for 3 years from 2005-2008.He is presently Professor of Medicine at University of Tennessee Heath Science Center and Program Director for their Hematology/Oncology fellowship program. He is currently president-elect of the national Christian Medical & Dental Associations. In addition to his specialties, Dr. Weir’s major area of interest is the practical aspect of living out the Christian life as a doctor. He is the author of three books: When Your Doctor Has Bad News, Practice by the Book, and Whispers.

Dr. Roger Poupart

Dr. Roger Poupart is currently serving his 12th year as senior pastor of Wayside Chapel in San Antonio. After earning his BA in Psychology from University of Texas, Roger returned to Dallas where he served as a Dallas Police Officer while earning his ThM in Pastoral Leadership from DTS. He later completed his doctorate at DTS while pastoring churches in Kaufman, TX and Des Moines, IA. Roger has served first responders in the areas of Crisis Counseling, Critical Incident Involvement, and Chaplaincy with the Dallas Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Urbandale and Des Moines, Iowa Police Departments, as well as currently serving as a Chaplain and Board Member for the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department. Most recently he led the chaplaincy efforts for the July 7, 2016 Dallas Police Shootings and the November 5, 2017 Sutherland Springs Baptist Church shootings. Roger and his wife Kim have been married 29 years and have three children.

Workshop #1 - When You Ask God Why: Theology of Suffering

Dr. Larry Waters

Dr. Larry Waters is a professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary. Before joining the faculty of DTS, Dr. Waters and his wife, Mary, served as missionaries in the Philippines from 1973 to 1999. His worldwide ministry continues, primarily in the Philippines. Larry has authored six articles on the Book of Job, has published his dissertation, and has been involved in authoring or contributing to four books based on Job. His latest book is co-authored with the late Dr. Roy Zuck entitled Why O God? Suffering and Disability in the Bible and the Church. Dr. Waters and his wife enjoy spending time with their two daughters, sons-in-law and their five grandchildren.

Workshop #2 - When the Inevitable Comes: Death and Dying

Dr. Tom Hutson

Dr. Hutson is the director of the Genitourinary Oncology Program and Co-Chair of the Urologic Cancer Research and Treatment Center in the Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Baylor University Medical Center; and is a Professor of Medicine at Texas A&M College of Medicine. Dr. Hutson is recognized internationally as a leader in the field of Urologic Cancers and has authored over 500 scholarly works. He is regularly invited to speak at medical venues around the world; and is the clinical lead investigator on several international research trials.

Dr. Linda Marten

Dr. Marten received her BA from the University of Iowa and her MA from the University of Northern Iowa. She moved to Dallas at the time integration of psychology and theology was the new cutting-edge issue and helped begin the Dallas Christian Counseling Services. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of North Texas while building her own private practice in the Richardson area. Dr. Marten is an associate professor at Dallas Theological Seminary and, after 17 years, still enjoying teaching. She brings to her classes both an enthusiasm for the counseling profession and skills that have been honed through her 40 years of client interactions. Though she works with many different life challenges, her specialty is trauma and dissociation.

Workshop #3 - When Mommy is Sick: Caring for Kids with Suffering Parents

Dr. Andi Thacker

Andi Thacker is an assistant professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at DTS, Dr. Thacker maintains a small private practice. Dr. Thacker completed her training with a master’s degree in counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from the University of North Texas. Dr. Thacker specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their parents. She speaks frequently to parents about development, interpersonal neurobiology, attachment, and parenting techniques. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Approved Supervisor. Additionally, Dr. Thacker holds certifications as a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, a Child-Centered Play Therapist Supervisor, and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She has been married to Chad since 2003 and they have three children, Emerson, Will, and Webb.

Workshop #4 - When Help is Needed: Trauma, Grief, and Recovery Panel

Dr. Mark Fulmer

Dr. Mark Fulmer graduated from Baylor University with a degree in chemistry. He attended UT Southwestern Medical School, and then completed a diagnostic radiology residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Fulmer joined the radiology group at Baylor Dallas upon completion of his residency, and served as the President of American Radiology Associates (ARA) from 1996-2014. He also served as a Medical Staff Officer from 2013-2015, with one year as President of the Medical Staff at Baylor University Medical Center. While continuing to work full time for ARA, Dr. Fulmer also serves as the Director of Adult Sunday Morning Communities at Park Cities Presbyterian Church. Mark has been married to Lisa for 37 years, has 3 daughters, 8 grandchildren and 4 grand dogs. He loves to rock climb and occasionally sing.

Chaplain Michael Washington

Michael Washington is the Supportive Palliative Care and Bereavement Services Chaplain at Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas, Texas. One of his primary functions in this unique role is to provide spiritual, emotional, and grief support to patients and their loves ones at the end of life. Michael is also a church planter and the leading pastor at Impact Church. He received a Master’s of Arts in Christian Education at Dallas Theological Seminary and a Master’s in Business Administration at Amberton University. He has a loving wife and four children, one in which serves in the US Arms Services.

Dr. Michelle Woody

Dr. Woody often describes herself as an East Coast person who was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has always had a curiosity that has led her to places far and near that she never dreamed were possible. After obtaining a MBA, she worked on Wall Street for nearly 15 years. Her 2nd career was spent serving in Bible Study Fellowship where she led 3 different classes as a Teaching Leader. Although a widow now, her family moved 11 times in 23 years of marriage. She has many favorite scriptures including: Romans 8:31: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” and Psalm 118:6: “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” She enjoys her 3rd career as a professor on the Washington, DC campus. As a therapist, her focus is Trauma, and family counseling; however, her passion is working with at-risk teens and women who are re-building their lives from domestic violence, the sex industry, or incarceration. In her spare time, she enjoys cheering for her alma maters: UCLA & USC, along with spas, movies, and vacations with her 3 adult children, Jason, Lindsey and Kelsey, and her furry grand-daughter, Jordan. All in all, her life has been a journey filled with ups and downs. However, through it all, The Lord has been faithful!

Workshop #5 - When the Church Is Needed

Pastor Steve Fischer

Steve Fischer serves as Pastor of Biblical Counseling at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, TX. Steve provides confidential, Scripture-based counseling to individuals, couples, and families. In addition to his role as pastor-counselor, Steve is responsible for leading and developing SoulCare, Stonebriar’s extensive lay counseling program to train individuals in the fundamentals of being biblical encouragers.  Steve earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse and a Master of Science degree in physiology from George Williams College in Chicago, Illinois. After working in the marketplace as a physiologist for more than 15 years, Steve operated a private Christian counseling practice in Plano for five years prior to joining the Stonebriar Community Church staff.  

Pastor Chris Lesiuk

Chris Lesiuk is originally from Virginia Beach, VA. After joining the military at age 19, he served for 13 years in the United States Air Force. It was during that time that Chris came to know Jesus Christ as his personal Lord & Savior. Upon discharge from the Air Force in 2005, Chris and his family moved to Mesquite, TX, so he could attend Dallas Theological Seminary. He graduated in 2010 and currently serves as Community & Discipleship Pastor at Centerpoint Church in Mesquite, TX. Chris and his wife, Kristy, have been married for 21 years and have three daughters. They currently live in Forney, TX. 

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