Jerry and Denise Basel have been married for over forty years and co-direct of The Father’s Heart Intensive Christian Counseling Ministry in Cleveland, Georgia. They have counseled individuals and couples from across the United States and internationally for more than twenty years.
The Basels have authored two books, The Missing Commandment: Love Yourself--Loving Yourself the Way God Does Can Bring Healing and Freedom to Your Life, and Loving God, Loving Myself--Finding the Heart of the Father in Our Daily Lives.
Both completed Master's Degrees in Christian Counseling at Regent (CBN) University in Virginia Beach, with Jerry completing an additional Master's Degree in Theology, and Denise, a Post Master's Certificate with a Biblical Counseling emphasis. They are certified as Prayer Counselors from the Elijah House School for the Ministry of Christian Counseling. Jerry is also an ordained pastor.
The Basels also hold Master's Degrees in Higher Education from Michigan State University. Prior to receiving the Lord's call to pastoral ministry, they both held teaching and administrative positions for twenty years at the college and university levels, concluding at The University of Texas.
Jerry and Denise grew up in Pinconning, Michigan and also lived in Texas, Virginia, and Georgia. They now reside in the beautiful North Georgia mountains with their border collie, Skye.
What We Believe
Board of Directors
We started our ministry with the first commandment as the center of everything we set out to accomplish. We wanted to help others love God with their whole heart and remove from their hearts anything—pain hurt, betrayal, fear, wounds, walls—that hindered the free expression of that love. Then, quite unexpectedly, Father God turned the page to the second commandment, which changed our entire ministry.
Now we understand how much the Father longs to heal our wounds from our past, especially from the formative years of our childhood. This is where patterns of self-hatred, shame, and self-condemnation
are developed and show up in our adult relationships. When we come into agreement with who the Father says we are as his beloved children—and when we are able to love ourselves the way he loves us—we will be able to trust his heart of love for us and love others in return.
Only then is the greatest commandment fulfilled—Love God. Love self. Love others. Because when we love ourselves the way God does, we will be able to find healing and freedom for our lives.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Consistent with its function as a non-profit, tax-exempt
organization, The Father's Heart Ministry operates under the leadership of its Board of Directors.
Bill and Michelle Gunnin
Dean and Kara Koester
Jerry and Denise Basel