My Formal Education
My Personal Beliefs and Heroes

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I have an approach to working with people that is based on both my  faith, life experiences, and training.  My desire is to create trusting conversational environments where people can connect, authentically deal with the issues of their heart, and affect their world.   

The direction I provide is based on a non-judgmental perspective of human change and a healthy spirituality.  My skills are driven by multidisciplinary graduate training in biblical theology, clinical social work, and counseling research.  My professional history includes  a number of ministry roles, as well as secular clinical people-helping professions since 1997.  I am fascinated by the destinct and ever changing cultures surrounding these fields.  I am also passionate about learning and teaching new ways to come along side people who seek our care.  

Witnessing the attack on the World Trade Center and serving people in the days following September 11, 2001 greatly influenced my views on the role and opportunities for church leaders, mental health professionals, and everyday people to work together.  My faith in Christ motivates a "real world" compassion for people.  Toward this vision, In 2011 my  wife and I founded City Praxis, Inc.  Please see our website at for more details.

I am excited to get to know you.  Please review these web pages and contact the Grace Counseling scheduler to learn more about my services or schedule an appointment!


My approach is consistent with the  beliefs, values, and direction of the  organization that hosts my practice, Grace Church of Middleburg Heights, Ohio.  The authors who best represent my theological beliefs include Tim Keller, A.W. Tozer, and the general doctrines based on the ​Westminster Catechism & 2nd London Baptist Confession.

The published counselors to whom I owe an eternal debt of gratitude include Dr. Larry Crabb, Dr. Eric Johnson, Dr. Phil Monroe, & Dr. Robert C. Roberts.  I have a generally high regard for the work represented by associations such as NACSW, CCEF, & AACC.  My ministry mentors include Dr. Mike Dittman, Ted Boykin, and Pastors Jonathan SchaefferDave EpsteinRick Duncan, & Dave Crompton.  Also, New York University's clinical & mental health leaders educated me and therefore changed my world for good.

My Credentials

Licensed Independent Social Work Supervisor
Ordained, Calvary Baptist Church in NYC
Licensed Minister in Ohio and New York


Spiritual Vision


Trust: The holy person and loving work of the Trinity

Reflection: A biblical view of  the ​​individual and the ​world 

Moving out & up: The power of community and need for spiritual transformation

My Former Employers 
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Ryan Edlind
7393 Pearl Road

Middleburg Heights, OH
Tel: 440.243.4885 ext. 202

​Email: RyanEdlind

West Hills Baptist Church, Pastoral Assistant & Intern

South Shore Christian School, Teacher

Scranton Counseling Center, Therapeutic Staff Support

Friendship House, Mobile Therapist

Little Flower Children's Services, Foster Care Social Worker

Pastoral Counseling Center of Flushing, Professional Counselor

Brooklyn Women's Shelter, Mental Health Social Worker

Neighborhood Counseling Center, Professional Counselor

Elmhurst Hospital Dept. of Psychiatry, Clinician (HIV & AIDS)

Calvary Baptist Church, Pastor

Nyack College & Alliance Graduate School, Professor

Cuyahoga Valley Church, Pastor

Grace Church, Affiliated Counselor

Cornerstone of Hope, Clinical Supervisor