Our Staff

Dr. Norman Wise

Executive Director

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I have dedicated my life to healing hearts and homes.  This passion for this has guided me to be active in the lives of thousands of people since 1972 when I first began caring for the inner emotional struggles of human souls.   I am trained in theology and gifted in giving guidance through counseling to both individuals and families. Coming out of a troubled and dysfunctional home myself, causes me to have real empathy for people either suffering from abuse from others or addicted to destructive life patterns.

The core of my counsel is found in developing a healthier life story based on the love of God found in Christ Jesus, which allows us to change the emotional states that are driving us into destructive actions.  The goal is to teach people how to live sane, stable, and spiritual lives.  If you are looking for counseling that comes from decades of experience, a caring pastoral heart, and with a practical edge then you may find that I could be an excellent fit for your needs.

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Information on Dr. Norman R. Wise

I. Education: I have a B.S in education and B.A. in Biblical theology from Geneva College. I have a Master’s of Divinity and a D.Min from Knox Theological seminary.

My doctorate focus and written dissertation was on “The Pastor and Pain” which examined in-depth methods on how we explain pain and suffering in our lives and the process that a pastor can take to provide caring counsel and practical help to emotionally and mentally suffering people.

II. My History
• Professed faith in Jesus Christ when I was 7 years old from reading John 3:16
• Was raised up to age of 11 in a home struggling with an alcoholic father.
• After the divorce that occurred when I was 11 was raised in a single parent home by my mother.
• Called to serve Jesus Christ when I was 17 years old when I was used to lead a head of a gang to profess faith in Christ.
• Was part of the “Jesus People” revival of the early 70s
• Began “lay counseling” of people using drugs and young people beginning in 1972
• Am called by God through Isaiah 61:1-3 and define my ministry as healing the broken hearted.
• Continued counseling people in the context of my teaching ministry through a variety of churches and ministries
• Served as the Executive Director of Communications and Counseling at Coral Ridge Ministries
• Served at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church as Minister of Discipleship focused on recovery and support groups.
• Worked with Randy Young and Dr. Bob Stuart to create Living Water Counseling in 1991.
• Rev. Young was called by God to begin another Living Water Counseling of Southern Oregon in 2004.
• Living Water Counseling began offering “Family Life Skill” Classes in 1992 working with Dr. Paul Hegstorm and Life Skills

International. http://www.lifeskillsintl.org/

• Became the Executive Director of Living Water in 2004 as well as continuing to serve as Senior Pastor of First Church West  (now Associate Pastor of Counseling)

II. The Ministry

• Living Water Christian Counseling provides personal counseling, coaching, and spiritual mentoring.
• We also have educational process groups to help people improve themselves and their families.
• We have two teaching centers, one in Tamarac and the other in Boca where we provide small groups and seminars.
• Since our founding in 1991 we have provided help to over 30,000 people
• Living Water Counseling normally sees about 20 people a year profess Christ as Lord and Savior.
• I co-host a talk show on Gracenetradio every week on Tuesday at 1:00 PM called “Ask the Counselor”
• I have authored several books

Life Journaling: A Process Of Finding Inner Harmony
Succeeding At Life
Learning to Love in 27 days
Sane Relationships.

These can be ordered through Amazon.

Philip Brady, MACP Student Intern

Counselor

Philip M. Brady, is a student intern in the MACP program at Trinity Graduate School, Trinity International University.

A prisoner of God, who having been healed himself through the efficacious, redemptive, precious blood of Jesus Christ, his Savior, is convicted by the Spirit of God, sent to serve with joy in the helping profession to provide healing for those who hurt:

to proclaim the Good News to the poor, proclaim liberty to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.(Luke 4:18).

Philip has worked in the psycho-social services of Children Youth and families, in the departments of dependency and delinquency in Florida for several years and holds certificates in the field. His experience includes working in: Anger, Anxiety, addictions, abuse, depression, grief, trauma, other psychological disorders, marriage and family, pre-marital counseling; working children on the spectrum and adolescents.

In Philip’s theoretical orientation, he strives to use a biblical integration approach with the science of psychology. He believes that this approach transcends all other approaches. The science of psychology with sound, solid contextual Biblical principles, is the most effective, therapeutic approach in working with humankind.

Philip holds a BA in Biblical Education, minor in Theology and Psychology from Florida Bible College; a BA in Psychology and Counseling from Trinity International University, and having completed all his course work in the field of counseling psychology, is presently at Living Water Christian Counseling Center,  completing his counseling internship in the MACP program at Trinity Graduate School, Trinity International University. He hopes to graduate in May of 2019.

Marc Syler, M.S. / Biblical Counselor

Counselor

Marc Syler was born in upstate New York, grew up in South Florida, and attained his Bachelor’s degree from Philadelphia Biblical University (now Carin University) and his Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Before being called to the pastorate, Marc also received theological training from Reformed Theological Seminary.  Pastor Marc is called to strengthen Christ’s Church primarily through the ministry of prayer and the Word of God.

He has more than 24 years of diverse experiences working with young people and adults in a variety of settings. He served as a clinical program director, therapist, substance abuse counselor, and was the owner/operator of a therapeutic riding barn.  For the past five years, Pastor Marc had the pleasure of serving as a youth pastor and senior pastor.  His education, experience, and gifting allows him to influence a diverse population and their many concerns as he has worked with all ages in groups and individually.

If you’re looking for help, Pastor Marc is able to effectively teach, coach, and counsel you toward increased conformity to Christ and his experience has firmly established a unique perspective on assisting people to apply the counsel of God to all of life.

Ann White, M.A., R.M.H.C.

Counselor

Ann White received both her MA in Counseling and her BA in Interpersonal and Group Communication from Trinity International University, Davie, FL and is registered with the State of Florida. Ms. White is compassionate, caring, a motivator and an encourager as an empathic listener. Her extensive experience includes 15 years of working with families and children and facilitating groups in Broward and Dade Counties. Ms. White’s passion, as a counselor, is to provide strategic tools to enable people to build healthy relationships through Godly principles, counseling and psycho-education.

Letty Cardozo, M.S., L.M.H.C.

Counselor

Letty

Letty is a Mental Health Counselor with a heartfelt passion to serve God by helping people recover from trauma, grief, anger, abuse, anxiety and depression. She strongly believes therapy can help people increase many positive qualities of self, such as joy, compassion, and love. She has proven experience with youth, families, marriages, and those who have experienced addictions.

Letty holds a BA in Psychology from Trinity International University and an MS in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic. She is trained in EMDR, and holds certifications as a National Wraparound facilitator, Prepare and Enrich, and Couples Communication Skills facilitator. Letty is fluent in Spanish and English.