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Mike Courtney is a gifted writer, speaker, and counselor with twenty-five years of experience as a highly successful pastor. He is also a recovering addict who lives a 12-step life, one day at a time. He is the founder and retired director of Branches in Murfreesboro, a non-profit counseling center that specializes in people with sexual addiction and couples in crisis. Branches has 25 full-time counselors and sees more than 19,000 client hours each year. In addition, Branches offers life coaching, medical weight loss, and psychiatric med-management. Branches also hosts New Life University, an NCCA Certified Academic Institute.

Mike graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University and holds an M.A. in New Testament Theology, and a Ph.D. from Cornerstone University. He graduated from the K-Church School of Large Church Management and served on regional and national church boards, including the Board of Trustees for Mount Vernon Nazarene University. He is a Certified Temperament Counselor with the NCCA and a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor as well as a Professional Clinical Member of the NCCA. He has spoken for camps, seminars, and conferences across the United States, in Israel, and in Ireland.

He is the author of Failure And How I Achieved It, the well-received book that describes the journey from addiction to recovery. Failure has been featured on James Robison’s Life Today, the Christian television program Bridges, and other television and radio stations across the country. And The John Book, a popular devotional style look at the Gospel of John. 

Mike and his wife Doris reside in middle Tennessee, where he writes and leads men’s Bible studies. His highest accomplishment is being PoppyC to four amazing grandsons.

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