It all began to take shape in 1994. A
group interested in assisting those doing Christian Counseling began to put serious thought to a need they had seen for years. It was felt there needed to be an organization that gave Pastors and Christian Counselors
the opportunity for certification.
There was always the avenue of state certification, but the interested group
knew that many pastors did not wish to align with the state. Yet there needed
to be an organization that would examine pastors and Christian counselors, in the same way as did the state.
Plans were made, people contacted, and advertisements placed in various magazines
and periodicals. The International Association of Christian Counselors and Therapists
was born in early 1995. The parent organization of A.A.C.T. was established as
an official association in Monroe, Louisiana.
The founder of I.A.C.C.T. was President from its inception in 1995, until his
resignation in 2000, when Dr. Gary Barkman took the reigns of the association. During
the years preceding Dr. Barkman’s presidency, executive directors were appointed to manage the association.
During late 1999, the management of I.A.C.C.T. again fell to the founder who
was unable to properly direct the association due to other interests requiring his time.
Dr. Gary Barkman was approached to be the new President of I.A.C.C.T., and took office in July of 2000.
Initially, Dr. Barkman managed the I.A.C.C.T. from his church in Oklahoma,
although the association was still residing in Monroe, Louisiana. When Dr. Barkman
resigned as pastor, and moved to Wichita Falls to establish an independent ministry, it was felt by Dr. Barkman that the association
should be moved. It was during this move that the name was changed to more reflect
the American nature of the association. In May of 2001, the American Association
of Christian Therapists was incorporated in the state of Texas to carry on the impressive legacy of its parent association.
The rest of the story can be seen within the pages of our catalogs and these
web pages. If you are a Pastoral or Christian Counselor/Therapist, now is the
time to become a part of this quality organization. Call for a catalog, or print
the application and reference forms from these pages. Don’t stand by and
watch us grow…COME GROW WITH US.