Making Magnificent Marriages

Making Magnificent Marriages


Dr. Jared Pingleton

Mediocre, mundane, and monotonous marriages are miserable. But no marriage or relationship starts off that way. Normally, most couples fall deeply in love and launch into a wonderfully romantic, naively blissful, and fairytale-like dream of living happily ever after. In the storybooks, the handsome prince in shining armor valiantly rescues the beautiful fair maiden from her distress and sweeps her off her feet into his strong arms. Then they gallop off into the sunset astride his white steed toward the faraway castle.

Yet somewhere along the way, for most couples, the honeymoon eventually comes to an unceremonious and unfulfilling end. The armor rusts (providing he can still squeeze into it!), the horse comes up lame, the utility bills for the castle are astronomical, and the beautiful maiden? Well, let’s just say that time and gravity inevitably exert an unfortunate and unintended effect upon her physical appearance. Needs get neglected, dreams are dashed, hearts become hardened, and thus love seems lost.



Dr. Jared Pingleton is trained and credentialed both as a minister and as a clinical psychologist and has dedicated his professional career to bringing help, hope and healing to hurting people and relationships. In clinical practice since 1977, his professional specialty is the integration of biblical truth with the principles of clinical psychology, addressing a wide variety of relationship and mental health topics from a distinctly Christian perspective. Jared serves as the Vice President of Professional Development for the nearly 50,000 member American Association of Christian Counselors. In this leadership role he provides oversight and execution of all AACC professional development for the membership in an effort to help educate, equip, empower and encourage fellow Christian mental health and ministry professionals. He also oversees the AACC’s Christian counselor referral network, their professional Credentialing Board, various partnerships with other ministry organizations, the development of continuing education curriculum and programs, and provides general mentoring as well as clinical, legal and ethical consultation to the membership. His wealth of clinical experience blended with common sense practical application of Biblical relationship principles has resulted in the publication of numerous articles published in professional journals and co-authorship of the following other books: “Be Strong and Surrender” (along with Dr. Paul Meier and Rev. Phil Dvorak, 2016), “Praying With Jesus” (along with several other authors including Josh McDowell, Mark Batterson, Dr. Jack Hayford, Stormie Omartian, Ronnie Floyd, and Sammy Rodriguez, 2015), and “Christian Perspectives on Human Development” (edited by Drs. Leroy Aden, David Benner and J. Harold Ellens, 1992). Dr. Pingleton earned his doctorate and master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University, a master’s in Counseling from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a bachelor’s from Evangel University, where he majored in Psychology, Sociology, and Biblical Studies. He did additional graduate work at the Assemblies of God, Talbot and Fuller Theological Seminar-ies. To contact Jared or to book a speaking engagement, you may reach him at: or 800-526-8673.


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