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Our students and graduates tell it best


I just completed my Doctorate of Christian Counseling through Christian Leadership University. I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing this experience was for me in terms of healing, personal growth, and growing as close to God as I have ever been.

I’ve learned to discern the voice of God through dialoguing and dreams. To think, all of these years He may have been trying to speak to me and I didn’t know how to listen to Him. Hearing God and allowing Him to be the Wonderful Counselor He truly is has totally changed my life. Thank you to the Virklers and to Christian Leadership University for your amazing ministry. May God richly bless you.

Cheryl McKay

Regent University Graduate and Published Author

The Doctorate at CLU was the most important education I have ever had and will ever get. I received my B.A. in education and my M.A. in counseling from The University of Phoenix. My Doctorate with CLU is the most precious part of my educational journey. Glory be to God! My Doctorate from Walden University will allow me to be a certified instructor in the State of Arizona but nothing can ever take the place of my Doctorate from CLU. I will buy your books for my clients.

Shaloma Gray

I am currently a staff psychiatric social worker at an inpatient unit for adolescents. I have a small private practice as well as a teen group at my local church. I have received a Bachelor of Science in Business and double majored in Psychology, as well as achieving Master’s level training in Counseling.

I have worked in two psychiatric units as well as a teen homeless shelter, and provided home-based family counseling in the inner city. I have supervised numerous clinicians and developed programming for these positions. In my current position at the hospital, I work all day alongside the most reputable psychiatrist in our region.

Knowing what I learned in my secular training is definitely useful. However the knowledge and skills taught through the counseling courses at Christian Leadership University are what have been EFFECTIVE. I see more positive longstanding results in the private practice patients utilizing the information taught and cultivated by Communion With God, Counseled By God, Prayers That Heal the Heart, and Christian Dream Interpretation than any of the counseling theories that you are forced to study in Master’s Level Counseling Curriculum. Secular counseling techniques mainly ‘band aid’ people’s struggles and symptoms. However, inner healing heals the wounds in a person’s heart.

I can say that the training received in the Counseling Curriculum at CLU has been absolutely priceless for the many counselees I have worked with. Instead of getting caught in endless talks about ‘the problem’ you learn to minister to people on a heart-to-heart level and not a head-to-head level. At my secular position, the administration not only respected my accomplishment, but they allowed me to start a Christian faith-based support group for the adolescent patients right in the hospital.

As for financially, in my private practice, I have been able to increase my income dramatically. I get many word-of-mouth referrals, pastor referrals and advertisings referrals for clients who are in need of inner healing type ministry. Without question, the knowledge, skills, and abilities that I acquired through the curriculum at CLU have made my private practice counseling as successful as it is. The difference is changed lives. People I minister to really get touched and changed, they continue to return for more sessions, and they refer people themselves. This has resulted in increased income for me and my family. God has multiplied my counseling ministry with the tools learned at CLU.

Salvatore Cerniglia MS, CRC

Psychiatric Social Worker, Ellis Hospital Adolescent Treatment Center

Dr. Mark, thank you for your obedience and dedication to God’s will to bring this powerful and life-changing message of freedom, healing and a genuine relationship with God to us. Through the books in the course Prayers That Heal the Heart, God, our loving and caring Father, found a way in starting His healing ministry to me. I wanted a Ph.D. and now I get what I really needed: A life united with Christ!


South Africa

I heartily recommend Prayers That Heal the Heart. It is the most biblical book I have read on counseling and spiritual warfare, in terms of emotional healing. While there are other good books out there that God has used, red flags have always gone up in my mind by their use of methods borrowed by modern psychology. This book isn’t like that, and it is thoroughly practical with its exercises and worksheets. It can definitely be used by the Lord to change your life and break the enemy’s power in your life.

Brian Shilhavy

Completing my Doctorate in Christian Counseling at CLU has been such a wonderful learning experience. The growth that has taken place in both my ministry and in the marketplace cannot be measured. I now have the tools necessary to bring about positive change not only to my life, but to the many lives God has entrusted me with. I highly recommend CLU  to anyone who wants to have a more fulfilling relationship with God as well as broadening their horizons in their quest for knowledge and upward mobility. I am eternally grateful to Dr. Virkler for communing with God to bring forth such an enlightening and life changing curriculum. I look forward to completing another CLU  Doctorate in Christian Leadership while continuing on this divine journey.

Elder Angela Henry, DCC, MHS

New York