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Evangel University announces strategic partnership with Focus on the Family

Published on Feb 22, 2024 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University recently partnered with Focus on the Family (FOTF) to develop and design the Focus Marriage Model Introductory Online Workshop. This workshop will provide continuing education credits to psychologists, licensed professional counselors, licensed social workers, and licensed marriage and family therapists. This offering is FOTF’s first digitally-delivered training and is hosted in Canvas, Evangel’s learning management system.

Emily Johns, EU digital learning director

“The partnership between Evangel and Focus on the Family has enormous potential to train competent marriage counselors around the world and highlight EU as a strategic partner in that training,” said Dr. Emily Johns, Evangel’s director of digital learning.

The introductory workshop supports FOTF’s Marriage Institute and serves as a feeder for the institute’s Focus Marital Therapy Training and Certification program, a year-long online course. The goal of the institute and its related programs is to work with married couples in crisis.

Evangel’s Digital Learning team designed the workshop materials in conjunction with Bob Paul, vice president of the FOTF Marriage Institute and a licensed professional counselor, and Dr. Robert Burbee, a licensed psychologist. Both are Evangel alums.

Mark Fabian, EU strategic partnerships director

“We are proud of this innovative workshop and celebrate our partnership with Focus on the Family,” said Mark Fabian, director of strategic partnerships at Evangel. “Through this new offering, we are helping to equip Christians who serve as licensed professional counselors in their efforts to restore marriages and families and meet the mental health needs of communities across the nation.”


About Evangel University

Evangel University, with its embedded Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Spirit-led Christian university located in Springfield, Missouri. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Under the leadership of Dr. Mike Rakes, EU is committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally and becoming compassionate innovators in their chosen vocations. EU offers more than 70 degree programs, including cutting-edge majors, pre-professional programs, and affordable and flexible online degree options.

EU is highly regarded and has been ranked:

  • #1 Best College in Springfield & #2 Best Christian College in Missouri by Niche
  • US News & World Report Best Colleges Top Performer in Social Mobility
  • Colleges of Distinction Best Christian University
  • Top 10 Best Universities by
  • Third Most Beautiful Campus in the Midwest by Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Top 10 Best Colleges in Missouri by

With additional accreditations in business, counseling, music, social work, and theology and certification as an Excellence in Giving university, EU is focused on providing students with hands-on experience and real-world training for today’s professional careers. Learn more about the university at