Dr. Natalie Ford is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a psychology professor. She is also an author and a speaker who helps others to find hope in God’s sovereignty and in God’s Word. Having lost her first husband to suicide, Natalie decided to continue her education and earned a PhD in Professional Counseling in 2016 so that she could undergird her personal experience with the necessary tools to help others faced with difficult circumstances.
Throughout the years, Dr.Ford’s message has inspired many to
- Dig into God’s Word for messages of hope during times of suffering
- Rest in the sovereignty of God (God sees and hears you, and He has a plan)
- Trust God even when life doesn’t make sense
- Take off the mask and risk vulnerability with someone trustworthy
Dr. Natalie Flake Ford is a native of South Georgia. She lives in the North Georgia Mountains with her husband, Jeff, and her daughter, Jorjanne. Natalie graduated from Mercer University with an undergraduate degree in political science. She later completed her graduate degree at the Reformed Theological Seminary, and she earned a PhD in Christian Counseling from Liberty University. Natalie is truly a world traveler. She has visited more than a dozen countries. Much of her travels were prompted by a burning desire to share the Gospel with the world. Natalie is also an educator and a counselor. She currently teaches at Truett McConnell University, and is a therapist at Cornerstones Counseling. She actively serves in various ministries at her home church.
On a personal note…
I am just your average, down to earth, country gal. I love the great outdoors and I’m happiest when relaxing at the base of a waterfall, overlooking a mountain summit, or chilling at the beach with my hubby and my favorite girl in the whole world – my daughter, Jorjanne. I have some of the best friends on the planet! No matter what life has thrown at me, my friends have stood beside me, and for that I am forever grateful. I am unashamedly Christian, for I cannot imagine living this life apart from Christ. He is my everything, and I long to glorify him in all I do.
Michael was my first love and there was a time when I thought I couldn’t live without him. He was a remarkable husband and a stellar dad! Unfortunately, bipolar disorder stole him from us. It is my hope and prayer that by sharing our story, others with mental illness will find the hope needed to pursue the help they need in order to live a fulfilling life. People often ask me if I had known then what I know now, would I have still married Michael. Absolutely! We have some amazing memories and a beautiful daughter, and I wouldn’t do anything to change this. Do I have regrets? You betcha! I share more about this in my book, Tears to Joy.
My past has shaped who I am, but it does not define me. God has truly turned my tears to joy and for that I will forever praise him! One of the ways God has restored my joy is by blessing me with another wonderful husband. Jeff is definitely a Godsend and I praise God for him! Our marriage is a precious gift; God’s plans are not always our plans, but I am living proof that his ways are always best!