CHR Staff

!!! Gary J. Oliver, Ph.D.Gary J. Oliver, Ph.D.
Executive Director

As well as serving as the CHR Executive Director, Dr. Oliver is a professor of Psychology and Practical Theology at John Brown University. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Oliver has over 40 years experience in individual, premarital, marital and family counseling.  In addition to his extensive, nationwide teaching ministry, he serves on the Executive Board and national speaking team of the American Association of Christian CounselorsHe has authored more than 20 books and more than 300 articles on marriages and families.

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Stew Grant, D.Min.
Director of Marriage Ministries

Stew earned his Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and his Doctor of Ministry in marriage and family ministry from Denver Seminary. He has served in pastoral ministries for 10 years in both large and small churches. Stew and his wife, Shelli, have led many marriage programs, seminars and couples retreats. Their passion is to continue educating and enriching couples in areas that lead to successful and satisfying marriages.

Derek Gwinn, Ph.D.
Director of Relationship Education

Derek earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kentucky, with a double major in Individual and Family Development, and Family Resource Management and Consumer Studies. He earned his Masters of Arts, with an emphasis in social policy and social welfare, from the University of Minnesota. He holds a doctorate from the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota, with an emphasis on parent and family life education.

Jan Phillips
Executive Assistant to Dr. Oliver

Jan has served as Executive Assistant to CHR and Dr. Gary J. Oliver since the Center opened in 1998.  She is also the Coordinator of the “Growing a Healthy Relationship” (GHR) program delivered by CHR on university campuses throughout the nation.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from John Brown University.  Prior to coming to work at CHR, Jan was a public and private school teacher, church secretary, business owner and principal/administrator of Summit Co. Christian School in Colorado.

Gail Anderson
Administrative Assistant for Program Evaluation

Gail serves as an Administrative Assistant for CHR and generates reports utilizing the data collected from assessments and evaluations at all CHR events, CRA assessments and SRA assessments.  Before joining CHR, she worked as an office manager and personal assistant for a corporate business.

Denver Poteet
Graphic Design Specialist

Denver earned his Bachelors of Science degree from Rogers State University in 2012 with a major in Video Game Development. Prior to joining The Center for Healthy Relationships, he has worked as an Illustrator, User Experience/Interface Designer, Animator, Video Game Designer, Web Master, and Graphic Designer. Denver now serves as the Graphic Design Specialist at CHR and is excited to be serving at John Brown University.

Rebecca Huff
Graduate Fellow

Becca is in the Graduate Counseling Program at John Brown University and plans on working in an international setting when she graduates. She is a Missouri girl at heart, but loves living in Arkansas. She loves working at The Center for Healthy Relationships and enjoys the daily fellowship with her coworkers.

Ryan Cowell
Graduate Fellow

Ryan is a California native from the Bay Area. He was a firefighter/EMT before moving to Arkansas to attend John Brown University. He earned his Bachelors of Science from JBU in Psychology with a minor in Family & Human Services. Currently, he is now pursuing a masters in counseling at JBU, as well as, serving at the Center for Healthy Relationships as a Graduate Fellow.