Ross Gunn III

Counselor / Therapist at Skyview Counseling, LLC

EDUCATION

WESTERN SEMINARY, Portland, OR. Master Degree: Counseling.

TALBOT SEMINARY, La Mirada, CA. Master Degree in Student Ministries.

AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY, Azusa, CA. Bachelor Degree in Bible & Psychology.​

COUNSELING EXPERIENCE


• Professionally Counseling Men, Women, Couples, Families, Students and Premarital / Pre-Engagement Couples since 1998.
• Type of Counseling: A variation of Cognitive Behavior Therapy called "Heart Therapy". Theory: Out of the Heart comes our thoughts, feelings and choices. Our choices influence our behaviors and our behaviors impact our relationships.
• Specialty: Counseling Men struggling with Sexual Addiction (Stages 1 > 4).
• Co-Leading a men's sexual addiction group called FMO (For Men Only) for 80 men at New Heights Church. During the 5 ½ years working with these men I wrote the diagnostic Intake material, the seven week CPR material for men entering the program and the material for the Advance course. I also led the stage #4 accountability group.
• Received Masters Degree in Counseling at Western Seminary.
• While working on my Masters in Counseling I interned and counseled at a number of churches and counseling offices including: Good Shepherd Church, New Heights Church, Warner Pacific College, the Salvation Army Men’s Rehabilitation Center and Imago Dei Community in Portland OR.
• Took Premarital and Marital counseling classes while attending Talbot Seminary, under Professor Norm Wright.
• Double Majored in Psychology and Bible at Azusa Pacific University.
• Extensive experience counseling individuals, families, sponsors, students, premarital and marital counseling for almost 25 years of ministry.
• Trained to administer and evaluate the Taylor and Johnson Temperament Analysis Test (TJTA).

• Trained to administer and evaluate the "Prepare and Enrich" premarital counseling material.

• Member of the ACA (American Counseling Association); SASH (Society of the Advancement of Sexual Health), ASERVIC (Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling) and the American Professional Agency.
• Seeking to stay informed of the latest techniques and information concerning counseling by reading texts, journals and attending relevant counseling seminars.

License​ - The State of Hawaii requires Ross Gunn III to inform you that he currently is NOT a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Although Ross meets many of the state’s criteria, Ross is currently in the process of working towards getting licensed in Hawaii.

Some of the implications of NOT being a Licensed Mental Health Counselor is that he is currently not allowed to diagnose mental illness or bill for his services through most insurance companies. If a client is interested in using their insurance they should contact their insurance company for their guidelines and advice.

 

CHURCH MINISTRIES

Have served as a College Pastor and Pastor of Student Ministries for almost 25 years. During that time I counseled students, parents, premarital couples, families and men with a variety of issues. The churches that I served at were…

• Rolling Hills Community Church, Tualatin, OR. College Pastor.
• Grace Community Church, Reno NV. College Pastor.
• First Evangelical Free Church of Reno, Reno NV. Pastor of Student Ministries.
• Fremont Community Church, Fremont CA. Pastor of Student Ministries.
• Community Church of Vista, Vista, CA. Pastor of Student Ministries.
• Calvary Church of Santa Ana, Santa Ana, CA. Student Ministries Intern.
• Church of the Brethren, Santa Ana, CA. Pastor of Student Ministries.
• East Whittier Friends Church, Whittier, CA. Student Leader, Campus Ministries.
• Received Christ - 1967.


PERSONAL

• Ross has lived most of his early life in Southern California. He has also lived in Washington, Oregon, Nevada and now on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Ross has also traveled the world and has been to Europe, the Middle East, Oceania and parts of the Orient.
• Ross has faithfully loved his Bride for over 35 years. They have two wonderful, gifted and Godly children.
• Received Christ in November of 1967 in the back of a VW bus.
• Spiritual Gifts are Pastor/Teacher and Exhortation.
• Enjoys most sports - especially body surfing, volleyball, football and flying stunt kites.
• Ross has a heart for men. He desires to see them grow and develop into strong men of God. Men whose lives reflect Christ in integrity and truth. He desires to see men love and cherish their Bride and their children while impacting their world for Christ.

Statement of Faith

 

I, Ross Gunn III, believe ...

 

The Bible is the Word of God

1) That it is God’s special revelation to man. It is God communicating His message of the Good News of the Gospel to a lost world.
2) That it is "God breathed" and is without error. It is inspired - meaning that God superintended human authors so that, using their own individual personalities, they composed and recorded without error in the words of the original autographs His revelation to man.

(1 Jn 5:9-13; II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:20-21; Heb. 4:12)

In One God

1) Who is holy, infinite and personal, creator of all things, who, as the Trinity, exists as One God eternally in three persons -- the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
2) He is the all powerful, all knowing and always present sustainer of the universe. His just and loving purposes are always accomplished.

(Gen. 1:1-2; Deut. 6:4; II Pet. 1:17; Heb. 1:3 - 8; Acts 5:3-4; Matt. 28:19)

In the Lord Jesus Christ

1) Who is 100% God and 100% Man. He is the God/Man. He is God’s one and only Son, the Lord God, Jesus the Christ.
2) He created the heavens and the earth, with His Father and the Holy Spirit.
3) He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary.
4) He died as the final sacrifice for our sins and rose physically and spiritually victorious from the dead.
5) He arose and ascended into Heaven where He intercedes for the saints.
6) He has given gifts to the church: apostles, prophets, evangelist, and pastor-teachers for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ.
7) He will personally return at the Second Coming for His Church.
8) He will judge the Living and the dead.

(John 1:1-3, 5:21-24; Matt.1:20-25; Heb. 9:11-15; I Cor. 15:3-11; Acts 1:9-11; I Thes. 4:13-18)

In the Holy Spirit

1) He convicts the world of sin so that they might see their need for Christ’s gift of salvation.
2) He is active in the lives of Christians.
3) He indwells, teaches, empowers, equips and enables God’s people.
4) He baptizes believers into the body of Christ.
5) He distributes individually the spiritual gifts for the common good.

(Gen. 1:2; 6:3; Ps. 51:11; Is. 61:1; Jn. 16:8-15; 14:26; Titus 3:5; I Cor. 12-14; Acts 1:8)

There is an enemy of God - Satan

1) He is a created being, a fallen angel, who now opposes the living God.
2) Because he is a created being, he is not all knowing, all-powerful or always present.
3) He is a liar, the accuser of the brethren, the tempter and the deceiver of men.
4) His final judgment is certain. He will be thrown into hell for eternity.

(Gen. 3:1-7, 13-15; Job 1:6 - 2:7; Ezek. 28: 11-19; Is. 14: 12-23; Matt. 4:1-11; Eph. 6: 10-13; James 4:7; I Pet. 5:8-9; Rev. 20:10.)

In Man & Woman

1) Man and woman were both created in God’s image and likeness in order to reflect God's heart and character in their lives and in their relationships.
2) Man and woman were both created as a trichotomy having a Spirit, Soul {mind, emotions, will} & Body. (Gen. 2:7; Luke 2:52; I Thess. 5:23; Heb. 4:12.)
3) Adam and Eve’s sin originally effected and corrupted the whole human race. Thus separating sinful man and mankind from the holy God.
4) But because of Christ dying on the cross for our sins, we now have the choice to either accept God’s gift by faith or reject it. As a result of this choice man will either live eternally with God in heaven or eternally apart from God in hell.
5) Although biologically different in many ways, God loves and values both men and women equally. Although men and women often have different roles and responsibilities God loves and values them both while holding them responsible for their gifts, talents and skills.
6) Because the LORD GOD deeply loves us, He will discipline us when we are in sin or are rebellious.
7) Man and woman's primary purpose is to love God with all of our heart, soul and strength and to love to ourselves (in a humble, healthy way) our Bride (or husband), our children and those around us.

(Gen. 1:26-27; 2:7; Matt. 25: 14-30; Lk. 10:27; Rom. 3:10-19; 5:12-14; Gal. 3:28; Eph. 2:1-3; 5:22-33; Heb.12:3-11; Rev. 20: 11-15)

In Salvation

1) Salvation involves two seemingly opposing elements: A) The Sovereign will of God; and B) The free will of man to respond to the grace of God by either accepting or rejecting Christ’s redeeming work on the cross. The Scriptures teach that God chose us "before the foundation of the world", while also teaching it is our responsibility to respond to His message in faith.
2) Salvation is by God’s grace and is received through faith in Jesus Christ.
3) Salvation is only through Christ’s atoning death on the cross. Not works.
4) By receiving Christ’s gift of salvation, we are acknowledging our sinful nature and our need for Christ’s atoning work on the cross.
5) True salvation will demonstrate it’s self in a changed life that will reflect the character of Christ and the fruit of the Spirit.

(Eph. 1:3-13; 2:8-9; Rom. 3:21-28, 5:1, 8:31-39; Titus 3:5-7; Jn. 10:27-29, 14:15; 15:1-17; 17:3; Gal. 5:16-26)

In The Church

1) The Church is the spiritual body of whom Christ is the Head.
2) The family of all who have been born again.
3) Whose mission is to reach the world with the Gospel, to win them to the Kingdom, to nurture new Christians, to help them walk in the Spirit, to disciple them in the essentials of the faith, to equip them for ministry and to send them back into the world to stand for Jesus.
4) Whose ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

(Eph. 1:22-23, 4:11-16; I Cor. 11:23-29, 12:13; Matt. 28:19-20)

In the Resurrection

1) There will be a total spiritual, soul and physical resurrection of the body.
2) Believers will be raised to eternal joy and unbelievers to eternal misery.
3) God is the Rewarder of Christians who have been faithful, obedient and loving.

(Jn. 5:28-29; I Thess. 4:13-17; Rev. 20:11-15)

In the Rapture of the Church and then the Return of Christ

1) The resurrected Lord Jesus Christ will return fully whole as spirit, soul and physical body, just as He ascended into heaven.
2) Christians are to watch and expect for our Lord’s return.
3) We should be prepared, even though we do not know the exact day or hour of His return.
4) The specific issue of the exact time of the rapture of the Church and the return of Christ has been a point of controversy between Godly theologians for years. There are many excellent arguments from all sides and truthfully it has been an area that I am still researching. It is my current understanding that the Scriptures teach that the Church will experience part, if not all, of the seven years of tribulation. However, there are indications that the Church may be raptured before God’s final wrath is poured out on a apostate world near the end of the tribulation period.
5) The Scriptures teach that Christ will return after the tribulation but before His millennium reign on earth. After His millennium reign there will be the final judgment of unbelievers, the creation of a new heaven & earth and the beginning of our eternal state with the Living God.

(Dan. 9-12; Matt. 24; Jn. 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Thes. 4:16; II Thes. 2; Rev. 22:20)