Writing “Becoming Mr. Ephesians” has been Lyle’s first adventure in publishing for Lyle, but it came out of his extensive experience as a family counselor and counselor trainer.
In addition to a private practice in Christian counseling and life coaching, Lyle has had numerous other experiences to round him out. He has taught outdoor education to kids in New England, English to Muslims in Soviet Central Asia, math and geography to delinquents in Oregon, and Vacation Bible School in Richmond and Russia. He has ministered to the poor and homeless in various capacities. His passion and vision is for citywide transformation, and so he founded and served as the director of Christian Ministries United, a coalition of over 60 nonprofits dedicated to helping broker strategic relationships for large-scale change in Richmond from 1998-2007.
Lyle received his undergraduate degree from Duke University in Music and Comparative Area Studies. His graduate work was in Social Work and Christian Education, degrees which he received from Virginia Commonwealth University and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, respectively. He is also certified as a Life Coach and as a coach trainer through Lifeforming Leadership Coaching.
Lyle’s counseling training has come from several sources beyond his graduate education. He studied for over two years with the Christian Counseling and Training Center in Richmond in Biblical (nouthetic) Counseling. Additionally, he has received training in Theophostic ministryfrom Ed Smith and in prayer counseling from Mark Virkler.
Lyle has been married to a wonderful wife, Diana (nee Leinbach), since 1992. Not all of that time was smooth, however. His struggle to work through that dark period in their relationship had as profound an impact on his counseling practice and as a mentor of leaders as any of the formal training he has received. It was, as much as anything, the greatest training ground for writing “Becoming Mr. Ephesians.”
Lyle and Diana have three children, Lydia (1998), Kerith (2001), and Simon (2004).
Diana left her work teaching 6th grade in the public school system to raise and homeschool her children. She now teaches not only them, but other homeschooled and missionary children worldwide through The Potters School (since 2002) via the first synchronous learning model found anywhere online. She also serves a consultant and conference speaker through SHARE Education Ministry, which fills a niche for the unique needs of families living cross-culturally. More about Diana here.
On staff with Church Resource Ministries, they have lived in St. Petersburg Russia since 2007 with a goal of serving the transformation of that city through coaching leaders into pursuing Kingdom-sized dreams and serving the needs of young adult orphans. More about their ministry and its needs can be found here.