Judy and Tara’s Bios

I coauthored my first book with my friend and mentor, Judy Dabler. Judy is a remarkable woman and truly one of the most gifted biblical counselors I have ever known. Ironically (and that’s using the true sense of the word ironic), even though Judy and I are both Certified Christian Conciliators with The Institute for Christian Conciliation, we got into a terrible conflict while we were writing the book Peacemaking Women. So we had to hire two mediators (one of whom we had trained on how to be a Christian mediator!) to mediate this book. Life is so crazy sometimes!

Happily, Judy and I are fully reconciled now. (You can read all about our conflict, mediation, and reconciliation in the Conclusion of the book.) And I could not more heartily recommend a biblical counselor if you live in the St. Louis area.

Judy Dabler

Judy Dabler, Reconciliation Specialist and founder of Creative Conciliation, works nationally and internationally as a mediator, counselor, educator, conference speaker, and consultant specializing in assisting families, churches and organizations in conflict and crisis. Judy holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Judy has more than ten years of experience teaching counseling-related courses at the seminary level, and has completed 42 hours of doctoral-level courses in education at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Judy has coauthored Peacemaking Women: Biblical Hope for Resolving Conflict (Baker Book House, 2005) and is an instructor and certification coach for Peacemaker Ministries. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri and a Certified Christian Conciliator™ with  Peacemaker Ministries. E-mail: judy@creativeconciliation.org

Tara Barthel

Tara Klena Barthel formerly served as the Director of the Institute for Christian Conciliation. As such, she oversaw the delivery of all conciliation services and advanced conciliator training. Currently, she serves her family as a homemaker while regularly mediating, writing, and speaking at conferences and retreats. Prior to moving to Billings, Montana to lead The Institute for Christian Conciliation, she worked as an attorney and business consultant in Chicago. Tara earned her law degree and M.B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and her B.A. in psychology from Augustana College (Illinois). Tara is currently enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary where she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Religion.