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John Trent

John Trent

Professor, Gary D. Chapman Chair of Marriage and Family Ministry and Therapy
  • Location:
  • School:
    Graduate/Seminary in Chicago
  • Personal Information:

    John Trent currently serves as the Gary D. Chapman Chair. He is the president and founder of and the Center for StrongFamilies, as well as a coach and team builder for many different corporate organizations. He has spoken to over 100,000 people in over 65 major cities in the past five years alone, as well as over 750,000 men at Promise Keepers conferences. He often speaks in corporate settings, including Interstate Battery, Chic-fil-A, YPO Chapter events and YPO Family Universities, The United State Military Academy at West Point, The United States Coast Guard Academy, Restaurant Leadership Conference, and many more.

    John Trent has been a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary, Phoenix Seminary, Barclay College and Lancaster Bible College.

  • Educational Background:

    John Trent received his BA in psychology and religion from Texas Christian University. He then received his ThM in New Testament Greek at Dallas Theological Seminary. For his doctoral work, he did his class work through the North Central Texas Federation of Colleges and Universities, majoring in marriage and family counseling and minoring in psychology. He received his PhD in Marriage and Family Counseling in 1984.

  • Publications:

    John Trent is an award winning author of more than twenty-five marriage and family books, including The Blessing, The Language of Love, Heartshift, The 2 Degree Difference, and The Treasure Tree (one of his three ECPA Gold Medallion winning books).

    With Gary Smalley. The Language of Love: The Secret to Being Instantly Understand. Colorado Springs: Focus on the Family, 2018.

    HeartShift: The Two Degree Difference that Will Change Your Heart, Your Home, and Your Health. Nashville: B&H Books, 2004.

    The Treasure Tree: Helping Kids Understand Their Personality. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1998.

    With Gary Smalley. The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love and Acceptance. New York: Pocket Books, 1990.