Dr. VanValin has practiced as a Christian, Licensed Clinical Psychologist since 1985. He completed his doctorate in 1982 at the University of Missouri in Columbia. He then served as an Active Duty Army Psychologist for four years including three years in Stuttgart, Germany, before coming to Hampton Roads in 1987.
He founded Eden Leaders Institute in 1994 under another name, then founded Eden Counseling and Consulting in 1995. Eden Leaders Institute equips leaders to build healthy families, dynamic communities and meaningful legacies. Eden Counseling has a team of 30 professionals who provide counseling and psychology services to 600 families a week. We have served over 150,000 people since 1995. The first Counseling Assistance Program was started in 1997 for First Baptist Church of Norfolk.
Paul and Becky developed “Back to the Garden: A Marital Workshop” in 1989 and have led thousands of couples through this intensive marriage enrichment program.
Dr. Van Valin was the Executive Chair for the Greater Hampton Roads Franklin Graham Festival in Norfolk, Virginia in 2007. He has appeared on the 700 Club and presents at regional and national conferences.
Dr. VanValin co-created FirstFruits Crisis Response after the 9-11 World Trade Center tragedy where ministry partnerships were formed that led to Eden Intensive Assessment and Consultations founded in 2006. The increasing rate of referrals for Executive and Organizational Consulting led to the founding of the Eden Leadership Coaching and Consulting Team in 2014.
Dr. VanValin is also coaching ministry leaders in Romania to help them develop family enrichment and counseling ministries.
Paul and Becky have been married since 1977 and have three sons and two daughter-in-laws.