Wesley Beavis Psy.D.

Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology and Counseling

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Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, Hope International University

B.Th., Theology, Sydney College of Divinity

Doctoral Dissertation:

The Precipitating Factors that Lead to Stress and Burnout in Restoration Movement Church Pastors: A Qualitative Study


CA Board of Psychology Licensed Psychologist (PSY28441)

Teaching Experience:

Lifespan Development, Theories of Personality, Counseling Theories, Christian Principles in Marriage and Family Therapy, Disaster, Trauma, & Abuse Response, Family Violence: Detection, Prevention, & Intervention, Abnormal Psychology.

Clinical Experience:

Private Practice, Newport Beach, CA (2016-present)

Irvine Valley College Veterans Service Center, Irvine, CA (2016-2017): Providing clinical treatment for US Veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan

United States Veteran's Initiative, Los Angeles, CA (2013-2016):

Individual and Group therapy for US Veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan

Ministry Leadership Experience:

Founder, Leading with Wellbeing, Newport Beach, California (2019-present)

President, WE Ministries, Yorba Linda, California (2010-present)

Senior Pastor, Destiny People Christian Church, Irvine, California (2001-2009)

Worship Pastor, Crossroads Christian Church, Corona, California (1995-2000)

Worship Leader Consultant for Churches of Christ in Australia (1992-1994)

Associate Pastor, Wollongong Church of Christ, Wollongong, Australia (1984-1991)

Books Published:

Beavis, W. J. (2019). Let’s talk about ministry burnout: A proven research-based approach to the wellbeing of pastors, Irvine, CA: Powerborn

Beavis, W. J. (2010). Shake that snake for goodness sake: 7 keys for staying strong in the face of adversity—lessons from the life of the apostle Paul, Irvine, CA: Powerborn

Beavis, W. J. (2010). Fuel 2: Keeping you and your team fired up, Gatineau, Canada: Hidden Treasures

Beavis, W. J. (2009). Fuel: The energy you need to succeed, Beijing, China: New World Press

Beavis, W. J. (2008). Go and be successful: The energy you need to succeed, Athens, Greece: Klidarithmos Publications

Beavis, W. J. (2007). Give your life a success makeover, Istanbul, Turkey: Aritan Yayinevi

Beavis, W. J. (2003). Escape to prosperity, Ljubljana, Republic of Slovenia: Amalietti & Amalietti

Beavis, W. J. (1996) Dating the dream: Building a winning relationship with your desiresPrague, Czech Republic: Nakladatelstvi Prah

Beavis, W. J. (1994) Become the person you dream of being, Bhopal, India, Manjul Publishing House

Professional Speaking Career:

Twenty-five years as a professional speaker. Keynote presentations at conferences in Australia, United States, Canada, France, United Kingdom, China, Egypt, and the Caribbean Islands.

Research and Professional Interests:

Addressing the unique needs and complex issues pertaining to the well-being of pastors, ministry leaders, and executives.

Key Awards/Affiliations:

2012 Medford Jones Servant Leadership Award 

Favorite Quotes:

“The believer has to give account for unjustified suffering; the atheist has to give account for everything else.”

“Life will never be fair. Those who constructively adapt to that harsh reality can secure a life that abundantly exceeds fair.”

Favorite Scripture: “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.” Hebrews 10:35 (NIV)

Personal Philosophy of Education:

Education is more than helping a student obtain a degree--it is inspiring students to become life-long learners with a commitment to having the greatest possible positive influence within the lives of others.


Running marathons, hiking, world travel, inspiring movies, and hanging out with friends whilst enjoying a great meal.

Website: drwesbeavis.com