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SERVING THE LORD

A NEW PERSPECTIVE was created out of a desire to serve the Lord and to help others do the same. I began working with youth and children for sixteen and a half years. As I worked with the youth I found myself talking a lot with the youth and their families. After seminary, I started working for various churches doing evangelism and counseling. I soon realized that there were a lot of smaller churches who could use a counselor to help minister to their church family, but could not afford it. Out of that realization came the ministry of A New Perspective. In June of 1995 we formed a non-profit counseling ministry called A New Perspective.

OUR DESIRE is to partner with churches as they help their members walk closer to Christ and apply His word to their situations. Our approach to counseling is similar to that of Christ and the Samaritan woman at the well. He met her where she was, lovingly confronted her with her sin and offered her eternal living water. We want to help individuals, couples and families draw closer to Christ and to one another as they apply God’s word to their lives.

  • Johnny Puryear
  • Rai Machen
  • Johnny Puryear

    JOHNNY PURYEAR has a servant's heart and loves helping others draw closer to the Lord - and to one another. He is the Founder and President of A New Perspective Christian Counseling and Mediation Services, a ministry that empowers couples and equips churches for ministry. Johnny is a marriage and family counselor, an ordained minister, and a certified family mediator. He is the creator/ presenter of the Building Radical Relationships Seminar and has put together numerous other seminars concerning marriage and family.

    Johnny has served as a youth director, a director of youth and children’s ministries, an associate pastor, and an interim pastor at various churches. He has been a marriage and family counselor for the past 22 years.

    Johnny has addressed the needs of couples and families in churches, businesses, and other civic and Christian organizations. He has dual Master's Degrees in Biblical Studies and Marriage & Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. He was married for nearly 30 years before his wife passed away. He is now married to Suzanne Puryear, and they live in Longview, Texas. One of his favorite things to do is hang out with his wife, his two grown children, and his two grandchildren. He also enjoys camping, boating, and exercising.

  • Rai Machen

    RAI MACHIN has always had a heart for people’s real, raw hearts and struggles. After helping others as a lay counselor for several years, it became evident she needed more professional tools and a more professional setting to do the work she really felt called to do. In August 2013, she pursued that desire to help people battle well professionally. She now holds a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Texas at Tyler. She graduated in August 2016 and is working as a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern supervised by Joy Fox, Med, LPC-S. Rai has over 1200 hours counseling individual, couples, families and groups. She has experience speaking to local women’s groups on topics of living fearless, authentic and free. She offers Christian based counseling and clinical based counseling.

    She and her husband, Arty, have attended Fellowship Bible Church for over 17 years, where she hosts a Life Group class and he teaches. Their daughter, Payton, is attending Baylor University

    NBCC Board Certified

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