Charles Ridley

Chuck Ridley is professor of counseling psychology at Texas A & M University. Previously, he has taught at Indiana University and the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary. A licensed psychologist and Fellow of the American Psychological Association, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has consulted with a variety of organizations conducting jobs analyses, managerial and executive assessments, assessment centers, outplacement counseling, executive coaching and counseling, and training and development.

Dr. Ridley is an avowed scientist-practitioner, one who applies sound social science principles to individual and organizational functioning. He also is deeply committed to the integration of psychology and theology. As a faculty member at Fuller Seminary, he developed the Church Planter Profile. As a researcher, he has published many articles, chapters, monographs, and books. His book, Overcoming Unintentional Racism in Counseling and Therapy (Sage), was the recipient of the Gus Meyers Center Award for Human Rights.

Chuck lives in College Station, Texas with his wife, Mary, who also is a professor at Texas A & M University.

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Charles Ridley Posts
  • The Master Carpenter’s Blueprint for Making Disciples

    What is the relationship between making disciples and carpentry? To those who are unfamiliar with... Read more

  • Making Disciples in an Entitlement Culture

    Call me old school. Throughout my education, I worked hard to achieve. Academic and athletic... Read more

  • Two Painful Requirements of Constructive Change

    Every individual, group, organization, and certainly, every church periodically faces the challenge... Read more

  • An Enemy of God Who Had the Skill Set to Plant Churches

    On the road to Damascus, Paul had an encounter with Jesus and experienced a radical transformation... Read more

  • The Leader’s Script for Self-Defeat

    Self-defeat, the dysfunctional activity of harming oneself, manifests itself in many ways. Some are... Read more

  • Put to the Test: Gideon’s Case for Behavioral Assessment

    Have you ever made a bad hiring decision? Enthusiastically selected someone to a responsible... Read more

  • Church Planter Assessment, Ridleys 13 Characteristics and Test

    What does it take to be an effective church planter? Dr. Charles Ridley conducted a study of church... Read more

  • On the Art & Spirit of Church Planter Assessments: A Reply to Linda Bergquist

    In her thoughtful blog of December 17, 2012, Linda Bergquist made the following observation:... Read more

  • Old Testament Leaders to Emulate

    In the Old Testament, we find a number of leaders who led with distinction. Joseph, Joshua, Esther,... Read more

  • Contextual Assessment: An Irrefutable Principle of Leadership

    Joseph, Joshua, Gideon, and Nehemiah, four Godly leaders in the Old Testament, each faced seemingly... Read more

  • The Biggest Lie Leaders Tell

    Saul, David, and Solomon, the first three kings of Israel, had more in common than their positions... Read more

  • Dysfunction Gone Viral: Two Questions Leaders Must Ask

    Power mongers holding churches hostage to their personal agendas, intimidated membership too scared... Read more

  • Complicit Leadership: A Reason for Outrage

    Whenever corruption, divisiveness, or dysfunction arrives on the scene, we justifiably shine the... Read more

  • Reframing the Problem

    In the mid-1980s, I was approached by Carl George, who at the time was Director of the Charles E.... Read more

  • Backstage Drama in the Making of a Disciple

    In two previous blog posts, I wrote about John Mark. I admire this disciple of Christ, not only... Read more

  • Creating Ownership of Ministry

    The Church Planter Profile has been used widely as a tool for selecting church planters. As the... Read more

  • X = T + E

    How many times have you filled in those little square boxes or circles next to items on test forms?... Read more

  • Making Disciples: Implications from Successive Approximations

    B. F. Skinner, arguably the most renowned research psychologist ever, taught pigeons how to play... Read more

  • Making Disciples: Does One Size Fit All?

    Jesus said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of... Read more

  • Professor Studebaker

    I quaked. Whenever I neared her classroom, fear and trepidation besieged me. My reaction was... Read more

  • Mindset, Heart Set and Skill Set: Ties that Bind Doctoral Students, Gideon’s Warriors, and Church Planters

    As a graduate professor, I have determined that students in Ph.D. programs fall into two basic... Read more

  • Assessing the Assessment of Church Planters: Do We Measure Up?

    The formal assessment of candidates for church planting is now well established. A number of... Read more

  • John Mark Revisited: Subjectivity in Personnel Assessment

    It was the best of decisions. It was the worst of decisions. In my last blog, I questioned whether... Read more

  • John Mark: A False Positive or False Negative?

    To select or not to select? That is the question. Paul and Barnabas struggled over a critical... Read more

  • Incremental Validity

    Do you want to improve your process for selecting church planters? If the answer is yes, let’s... Read more

  • Discrimination Is Biblical

    Does the soul brother, of all people, actually believe the Bible teaches us to discriminate? Yes.... Read more

  • I Am Not A Church Planter

    Let me set the record straight. Charles R. Ridley is not a church planter. Don’t hire him! But... Read more

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