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MARK SWITZER

Pastoral Counselor

When you ask yourself who am I, what is the first thing that comes to mind? There are many answers to this question, but are they your identity? This can be one of the most difficult questions to answer, but I believe that once this is established, life can truly begin to make sense.

I am the classic story of the prodigal son who was raised in church and Christian school, but still thought he knew better. My journey was engulfed with many addictions, multiple arrests, depression, divorce, and the loss of many friends to overdose. This was the toughest time of my life, and it became even harder when I was not able to see my stepdaughter for almost three years. The fact is, I was curious about what this world had to offer, and I quickly became caught up in its distractions. Although I was temporarily lost, I could always feel God’s presence leading me back from the broken road.  Matthew 5 says, “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are- no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.”

Although I didn’t understand why, God knew exactly what he was doing, and in my weakness I was made stronger though him. In an utter state of depression, I made a decision to reinvent myself though the freedom I could find in the Love of Jesus. This is the hope and the love that I was born to tell others about. God took my chaotic life, and turned it into a beautiful masterpiece. By letting God take control, I have become an accomplished artist, author, and have even been published few times. I had a feeling that God was calling me to more, so I went back to school, and obtained a Bachelor degree in Psychology for Christian Counseling from Liberty University. God has since asked me to use my struggles to show others that there is a better way. Also during this time I found a wonderful church where one matters, where I served as a youth group leader and I was also on the first time guest team. After serving I felt God calling me for even more, so I got baptized, and rededicated my life to the Lord.

I am so excited to go wherever God leads me, and to be an efficient tool for his kingdom.  My mission and goal is to show others that life’s puzzle doesn’t have to be so difficult. The missing piece of your identity can be found in Jesus Christ.

Memberships & Affiliations

The Board of Examiners for Georgia Christian Counselors and Therapists (GBOE): Board Certified Pastoral Counselor (BCPC) #03214540