Deeper Walk International is proud to form partnerships for greater ministry influence, impact, & increase so that many more people get on the path to a deeper walk with God.
DENESIA CHRISTINE HUTTULA (Deni)
We believe Deni Huttula strengthens our ability to help others on the path to a deeper walk with God in the areas of discipleship, emotional healing, and family life.
Denesia Huttula (Deni) is obtaining her master’s in professional counseling with aspirations to become a Licensed Professional Counselor after graduation next year. She is passionate about understanding the effects trauma has on our relational and emotional systems in the brain and plans to specialize in treating people who have been impacted by trauma. She is currently enjoying establishing healing relationships with her Life Coaching clients and empowering them to get in touch with their emotions, build healthy relationships and learn to connect with their true selves.
She discovered attachment theory 24 years ago while pregnant with her first child. Since then she’s been applying the concepts of Dr. Sears, Dr. Schore, and Daniel Siegel in her own relationships with her children, husband, and other family and friends. Through this experiential learning, she has come to understand the importance attachment has on emotional regulation and is excited to be able to explore these lessons deeper while in graduate school.
For the past 10 years, she has discovered writing as an outlet and a tool for processing her own journey, as well as teaching others from the lessons she’s learned. From journaling to blogging, to writing and self-publishing, to now being published with Deeper Walk, she gets excited to be able to share her heart and the information she’s learned with others through this avenue. Her first book, The Bridges of Chara takes the principles of emotional regulation and the Life Model’s definition of joy and creates a story that helps even children begin to grasp and understand how emotions work and how we can work WITH them.
She has personally found that God understands how we are designed- and He knows exactly how to work within that system to help us heal. The discovery of how science is aligning with the experiences she has had with God in her own healing journey is fuel for her aspirations. She hopes to help shed some light on how the two go together in her future work as both a counselor and an author. Her latest book, The Author Still Speaks is just the beginning of her attempts to share the good news of how knowing God impacts our identity and emotional stability.
We believe Ed Khouria enhances our ability to help others on the path to a deeper walk with God through discipleship, grace-based group leadership, and small group curriculum development.
Ed is a pastoral counselor who has been working with hurting people since 1980. He has a B.A. in Behavioral and Social Sciences and his Master’s Program was at the University of Florida. He was ordained in 1988 and is the director of Equipping Hearts.
Ed has worked extensively as a counselor, trainer, and writer. He has worked with substance abusers and their families in diverse settings, including outpatient counseling, jails, transitional housing for homeless addicts, and in all phases of residential treatment. He also provided daily supervision for all therapeutic services and staff in a 96-bed state licensed substance abuse treatment program. He co-founded and co-directed the Transformation Center.
As a trainer, he leads workshops in churches and ministries to help equip workers to serve men and women who are hurting in his community. He has helped develop curriculum used in Christ-centered and state-licensed treatment programs. Ed and Dr. E. James Wilder are the co-creators of Thriving: Recover Your Life Program. Thriving combines recent advances in neuroscience and brain research with a solid Christ-centered approach to issues such as addictions, trauma, abuse or painful relationships that are designed for use in churches, rehab programs, and other ministries. Ed is the author of the Restarting Workbook and Facilitator’s Guide. He and Dr. Wilder are the co-authors of Belonging. Ed is also the co-author of the book, Joy Starts Here.
Ed is also the Life Group Coordinator for his church and has developed new grace-based training materials to equip leaders for small group ministry. Ed and his wife, Maritza, lead regular training and mentoring groups for leaders in their local community.
DR. KARL LEHMAN
We believe Dr. Lehman strengthens our ability to help others on the path to a deeper walk with God in the areas of discipleship and emotional healing through the Immanuel Approach.
Dr. Lehman is a board-certified psychiatrist with thirty years and more than forty thousand hours of clinical experience. He has worked tenaciously throughout his career to integrate his personal Christian faith with medical science, modern mental health care, and his rigorous scientific training; and he has especially worked to integrate faith-based emotional healing with insights provided by psychological and neurological research.
Working closely with Dr. E. James Wilder, Dr. Lehman developed the Immanuel Approach. In addition to observations from his clinical work, regular consultation with colleagues, and extensive ongoing study of a wide range of research literature.
Dr. Lehman is also deeply committed to his own growth and healing. He is constantly learning through the application of emotional healing principles and tools in his personal journey.
Furthermore, Dr. Lehman has been married for more than twenty-five years, and he and Charlotte work as a team to apply everything they learn about growth and healing in the context of their marriage. This combination of decades of clinical experience, extensive ongoing study, regular collaboration with colleagues, and regular emotional healing work in his own life has provided an especially strong foundation from which to discover important new insights.
Karl and Charlotte live in Evanston, Illinois. They have enjoyed many books together as Charlotte reads out loud while Karl washes the dishes, and they have a larger collection of nature documentaries than the local library. Charlotte is a runner and completed the Chicago Marathon in 2008. Karl especially enjoys the beauty of creation as manifested in his saltwater aquarium.
We believe David Takle expands our ability to help others on the path to a deeper walk with God in the areas of relational discipleship and personal transformation.
David has spent most of his sixty-plus years as a Christian trying to figure out why the images of Kingdom Life described in the New Testament often seem so far removed from the lives of most Christians today, including himself. Throughout most of his early adult life, David taught adult Bible classes, preached sermons, led home groups, and just about everything else he could think of that might make himself and others “better Christians.” In many ways, he was exactly the kind of lay-person every pastor loves to have in his congregation. Still underneath it all was this question that never seemed to go away: “Isn’t there supposed to be more to the Christian life than this? What am I missing?”
That was the moment God had been waiting for. Bit by bit, God began to restore David’s life and open his eyes to see things he had never known before.
David shares that, “When I began to discover what God really meant for us, I was surprised at how accessible it all is, and at the same time shocked at how far away most of us are. So, for the rest of my life, my hope is to be able to keep moving forward on this path and to help others across the bridge who desire to know this God of ours, personally.”
David has four published books to help Christians experience the abundant life described in the New Testament. He also created the popular Forming module of Connexus. Be sure to get his most recent work, Transformation by Design: How God Changes Lives. David and his wife, Jan, have three adult children and six grandchildren. He completed his Masters of Divinity at Fuller Seminary with a concentration in Christian Formation.