Our Staff and Board

Dr. Norman Wise

Executive Director

PastorNormI 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.


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.

Our Board

 

Pastor Tye Riter – Secretary

Tye Riter is the Executive Pastor of Reveal Fellowship in Lake Worth, FL and has been in ministry for over 25 years.  He was an Associate Professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University and has served on the board of several non-profit organizations. He is married to his wife, Lori, who has a Masters degree in counseling from Trinity and they have four adopted kids. Tye has a passion for God’s Word and His people and desires to help everyone grow deeper in their relationship with God.

 

 

Glen Urquhart – Board Member 

Glen Urquhart was a Presidential Appointee for Reagan, Bush and Clinton, and during that time he traveled extensively. He has been blessed to build and run several businesses. Recently he has tried and flunked retirement — twice.

Glen was mentored by his friend Dr. Larry Crabb and frequently blames and misquotes him — but always with the best of intentions. Glen has 24 years of recovery from pornography and works with men on recovery through the “expulsive power of a new affection” for Christ, by discovering the gender-based capacity to reveal God and be truly satisfied. He and his wife have been active in Celebrate Recovery and Life Skills.  His wife Angela and he enjoy supporting ministries as God calls them through their small family foundation. They have 5 children, 15 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

 

 Stefani Kauffman – Board Member – Marketing/ Advertising

Stefani Kauffman has a degree in Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College and has worked in marketing management and consulting the past 18 years. Assisting with events for her church in PA, Stefani has planned and helped with many fundraising and other special events over the years in job, consulting and voluntary roles. She is involved with her FL church in multiple ministry areas and served as a Youth Group leader for over ten years. She has a passion for helping people and appreciates being part of the Board for Living Water. In addition to the fundraising efforts, Stefani is taking a more active role with the Social Media for Living Water going forward.

 

 

 Mark Ayers – Board Member

A true home-grown South Florida native Mark was born in Hialeah and grew up in First Baptist Church of West Hollywood (now Hollywood Community Church) where he graduated from Hollywood Christian School.  After high school Mark attended Florida Atlantic University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology.  Over the years Mark has been active in ministry work, playing drums for Oasis Church (originally First Church of Pembroke Pines), Christ Fellowship Downtown Campus and currently Beth T’Filah.  Mark works as an IT Project Manager at Ultimate Software.

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.

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.

Philip Brady, MACP

Counselor

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.

Diana Bakia, MA CMHC

Counselor

Diana (Deanna) loves the Lord and His people. She is a caring, respectful and trustworthy counselor who works with trauma, grief, loss, anxiety, depression and relationships. Diana has travelled to and lived in four continents and over 40 countries. She is multi-culturally competent and a knowledgeable professional who employs a variety of evidenced based techniques, and Biblical truth to instill hope and foster healing in children, adults and families. Diana’s passion is to see people become whole and eventually establish healthy relationships by enhancing their self-awareness, building their strengths and viewing their weaknesses as opportunities to grow. She has strong crisis intervention skills. Diana holds a BA in Theology from the University of Cumbria in the UK and a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago where she also licensed as a professional counselor. She has worked both in outpatient and inpatient clinics-centers in Chicago and Northern Indiana.