Roger Seymour is a psychologist, clinical therapist, speaker and author. He writes and lectures worldwide on issues regarding Christian living. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science and Economics from California Polytechnic University, his Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Azusa Pacific University, and his Ph.D. in Psychology from California Graduate Institute. Along with his schedule of speaking engagements, he has an ongoing therapy practice. He has served as a board member for several Christian ministry and missionary organizations, and is an elder in his church. He is married to Dr. Catherine Seymour, also a psychologist. They live in southern California. But that’s just the beginning of the story. Roger’s unique message derives from his life journey, which has taken some strange twists and turns. Here’s how he describes it:
I became a Christian in 1973 — the last thing on earth I wanted to do. I was a most dismal and angry convert. I thought I had to give up my spirituality to become a Christian, because Christians were book-readers and rule-followers. (It took a long time, but I wound up being pleasantly surprised on that score.) It seemed at the time that I really had no choice. My mind was disintegrating from years of non-directive value-free psychotherapy, and experimentation in Far Eastern thought. I came to view the Eastern concepts as subjectively verifiable, but objectively nonsense. The Western scientific world view, on the other hand, was objectively verifiable — but subjectively fatal. When I encountered Christians during my undergraduate studies, my habit was to have them for breakfast! But their witness as they continued to love me was powerful. Then, I read Francis Schaeffer’s The God Who Is There, and his arguments gave me no logical escape from seeing Christianity as the actual, real, objectively and subjectively verifiable Truth. That conviction compelled me to the sinner’s prayer, and I have never looked back.
Regarding the role of the church in effecting individual change:
In the last analysis, it is the Body of Christ making the invisible God visible — as Jesus did when He was here in the flesh — that will be the most effective therapeutic agent.
That belief has informed Roger Seymour’s career and ministry over the last three decades.