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Biographical details:
Dr. Beach is a 60-something therapist/writer/educator, co-author of The Essential Bible Companion to the Psalms, and contributing writer to Hope in the Mourning Bible. He is the Mental Health Director of the Johnson-Brower Foundation serving veterans. He also writes curriculum and teaches college courses in grief and loss, psychopathology, research methods, and statistics. He enjoys a partially reclusive life with his wife Cynthia. His perennial interests are the intersections of theology, psychology, sociology; what it means to be human; and a rusty old 1963 Dodge Power Wagon, which he affectionately calls “The Major.” 

A masters in counseling from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology followed by an invitation to teach mark a mid-life career transition, after catastrophic loss, to Dave’s contributions in counseling and education. For over thirteen years he has maintained a private practice as a counselor. Dave also teaches foundational classes like spiritual formation, developmental psychology, research, and statistics; he also teaches upper-level courses in psychopathology, learning theory, and electives in grief and loss. His academic writing includes curricula for adult students; his courses appear in the Bachelors of Psychology program in Cornerstone University's Professional and Graduate Studies division in Grand Rapids, MI. He won the 2017 Colleen Smith Award for Excellence in Teaching.

In 2018, he completed a Doctor of Ministry degree in Spiritual Formation and Leadership at Portland Seminary of George Fox University. His ongoing research and concentration of studies focuses on suffering in the Christian tradition. His dissertation, Following the Man of Sorrows, was recently added to the digital commons of George Fox University. His dissertation also earned him the Frederick Buechner Award for Excellence in Writing.

His nonfiction work appears in books like Hope in the Mourning Bible (Zondervan, 2013) and The Essential Bible Companion to the Psalms (Zondervan, 2010). He regularly presents on themes of suffering at gatherings for ministry interns and writers, like Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and Breathe Christian Writer’s Conference. (See breatheconference.com.)


Recently Dave was invited to join the Johnson-Brower Foundation as Mental Health Director, where he will implement his research on suffering, the psychology of trauma, and post-trauma growth arcs. 

Taking a Beach break from work

Johnson-Brower Foundation


 As the Mental Health Director, I have the awesome privilege of helping combat veterans find a new sense of significance and meaning in their lives. From the Korean peninsula, to Khe Sanh, to Kandahar province, combat has left its thumbprint on the souls of many men and women. Using materials gleaned from studying recent writings in the psychology of trauma, it is my honor to help these veterans reconstruct a new set of assumptions about life that gives them a purpose and a new hope.

Thank you for your service, and welcome home.


Here's a list of some of my favorite movies:

Riders of the Purple Sage

Here's a list of some of my current favorite music:

Arvo Part
Windham Hill Music
JS Bach
F Chopin
BB King
David Gilmore
Peter Gabriel