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Associate Professor

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John Savell has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in working with Children and Families. With over 37 years experience in the mental health field, he has worked in psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, prison settings, neuropsychological rehabilitation centers, private practice, and several colleges and universities throughout Texas. In addition, to his current full-time position as Associate Professor of Psychology at SAGU, he serves as a consultant for Pecan Valley MHMR Centers in Granbury, Texas.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

As a licensed Psychologist in the State of Texas, he divides his time between consulting, writing nonfiction and fictional novels, and participating with his wife, Rebecca, in The Highway, a spiritual growth seminar sponsored by CrossWays Ministries, several times a year.

Ordained Minister

An ordained minister through Foundation Ministries, he serves on the Board of Directors for Chi Alpha Ministries at TCU in Fort Worth and the Board of Directors for Bethesda School of Ministry, and is actively involved in Capstone Church in Benbrook, Texas.


Currently, John is working on a nonfiction book, Matters of the Heart: How Wounds Become Sin, which is based on a series of lectures and seminars he’s conducted over the past 15 years. Here, Biblical principles are combined with psychological concepts in providing the Christian believer insights into how the unhealed wounds of our past lead us down a pathway toward sin. Within this book, pastoral counselors will find a useful framework with which to understand psychological and emotional issues from a Biblical perspective and to discern the role sin has played in contributing to the individual, couples, or family members coming into counseling.

In John’s first book, A World Without Kings tells the fictional story of a young man’s journey to become a man and to find his heart. Over the past twenty years, there has been a growing interest among men in exploring the ‘deep waters’ of their own hearts as evidenced by the popularity of authors such as John Eldredge and Stu Weber. While these and similar books summon men to embrace their masculine identity and to reject a passivity that began with Adam, A World Without Kings presents this challenge in the language of the heart, a story. This book will speak to those men who’ve begun their own journey of the heart and usher them into a deeper level as they seek to live an authentic life. Though completed, this book is currently in editing.

John Savell, Ph.D. is available to speak for your church, youth services, leadership training, seminars, colleges, sectional rallies, camps and consultation. You can contact him at