Author Ernie Baker explains our job is not to focus on finding the “right” one, but to focus on wisdom. God’s plan is unfolding and our part is to trust Him when making decisions.
Ernie has the privilege of serving as Pastor of Counseling at First Baptist of Jacksonville, FL where he helps oversee pastoral care and the Grace Center for Biblical Counseling.
He received his M.Div. from Capital Bible Seminary, and his D.Min. in Pastoral Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. Baker has been in ministry since 1980. Twenty-five of these years were spent in pastoral ministry which included training and equipping pastors and laymen in the skills of discipleship counseling and conciliation before serving as Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s University and Seminary. He is thankful to return to pastoral ministry now.
He is a Certified Conciliator with The Institute for Christian Conciliation and teaches a number of conflict resolution courses along with doing conciliation. He is also a Fellow with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, a Council Board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. At The Master’s University and Seminary, he oversees the on-line Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Counseling degree and serves as an adjunct professor in the graduate degrees at the University and seminary. It has been his privilege to teach biblical counseling and conciliation in numerous foreign countries.
He and Rose have three sons and three daughters (five of whom are married, and eight grandchildren). Ernie is the author of: Marry Wisely, Marry Well; a blueprint for personal preparation (Shepherd Press); Help! I’m in a Conflict (Shepherd Press); contributing author to Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling (Harvest House); Scripture and Counseling, God’s Word for Life in a Broken World (Zondervan); Men Counseling Men (Harvest House); Biblical Counseling and the Church, God’s Help Through God’s People (Zondervan); What Happened in the Garden, the Reality and Ramifications of the Fall (Kregel) and numerous journal and magazine articles. Along with enjoying relationship with the Lord and his family, Ernie enjoys gardening, hunting and studying the American Civil War. His favorite verse is Romans 11:36.
Asking the Hard Questions
Building a Firm Foundation
A critical ingredient to building a foundation for marriage is a similar level of passion for Christ. Pastor Ernie Baker offers questions to ask to indicate the level of trust in a relationship.
Building a Relationship
God makes it clear in Scripture how highly He values marriage and raising godly children. Author Ernie Baker explains that the one-flesh intimacy in marriage can’t be found anywhere else.