A pastor and clinical psychologist, Dr. Kenneth C. Haugk has counseled and cared for many people in crisis. Recognizing the need to “equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12) to expand that care beyond what anyone can do alone, he developed the Stephen Ministry system of lay caring ministry, which has reached over 13,000 congregations worldwide. As the founder and Executive Director of Stephen Ministries St. Louis, he has devoted his professional life to helping congregations train their members to minister to those who are struggling with a wide range of life difficulties.
His ministry took on deeper significance as he dealt with the death of his wife, Joan, in early 2002 from ovarian cancer. In writing Journeying through Grief and Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart, Dr. Haugk drew from his professional work, his own experience of grief, and what he has learned from others experiencing suffering in their lives.
In 2003, he received the National Samaritan Award from the Samaritan Institute for the significant contributions he has made to the field of caring ministry.
His newest book, Cancer—Now What?, is a practical, caring guide to give to those with cancer and their loved ones, helping them navigate the medical, emotional, relational, and spiritual challenges they may encounter.
Dr. Haugk is a nationally known speaker and educator, as well as the author of numerous books and resources, including:
Cancer—Now What? Taking Action, Finding Hope, and Navigating the Journey Ahead
Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart: How to Relate to Those Who Are Suffering
Speaking the Truth in Love: How to Be an Assertive Christian
Antagonists in the Church: How to Identify and Deal with Destructive Conflict
Discovering God’s Vision for Your Life: You and Your Spiritual Gifts
Reopening the Back Door: Answers to Questions about Ministering to Inactive Members
The Quest for Quality Caring: Improve Your Ability to Relate to Others
When and How to Use Mental Health Resources: A Stephen Ministry Guide
Leader Killers: How to Deal with Antagonists in Your Organization