"He has sent me to
bind up the
(shattered in heart
or mind), to proclaim
freedom for the
captives and release
for the prisoners."
OUR FOUNDER, Tom R. Hawkins, Ph.D.
The late Tom R. Hawkins, Ph.D., Founder of Restoration in Christ Ministries, along with his wife and current President, Diane W. Hawkins, M.A., have helped hundreds of survivors of severe abuse suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) since their first exposure to the disorder in 1987. With a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies, Tom claimed no mental health credentials. However, from 1991 to 1993, he worked closely with mental health professionals in one of the few Christian, in-patient Dissociative Disorders Units in the United States. Restoration in Christ Ministries was founded in 1994.
While recognizing the value of learning and applying the generally accepted treatment principles used by professional therapists and psychiatrists, the Hawkins’ treatment approach also addresses the significant spiritual dynamics occurring in DID, especially in highly complex cases. Using insights drawn from his own broad range of experience and from networking consultations with many Christian therapists, Tom and Diane saw God bring significant hope to both survivors and their therapists, pastors, or prayer ministers. Consultations with Dr. Hawkins were in great demand across the nation and abroad.
Diane W. Hawkins, M.A., became president in 2011 following the death of her husband, Tom, on December 31, 2010. She holds a B.A. in medical technology from Taylor University (1969) and an M.A. in Christian Ministries from Wheaton Graduate School of Theology (1973). After spending five years as a missionary with TEAM in Zimbabwe prior to marrying Tom in 1977, Diane served alongside of Tom as a pastor’s wife and ladies’ Bible teacher for 12 years. She was diagnosed with DID/RA in 1987. After years of frustrating experience in the mental health community, Diane and Tom became actively involved in seeking for themselves healing principles that really worked. What they learned led to Diane’s complete healing and is the basis of the healing approach presented in their resource material.
Sheila Wilson graduated from Midwestern State University in Texas in 1977 with a double major in English and Art and all electives in Psychology. She has completed the following courses: Graduate of Leadership Training and Graduate of Prayer Counseling at Church on the Rock in 1984 and 1985; certification as an Elijah House Video School Facilitator (Ministry of Prayer Counseling) in 2000; Certificate of Biblical Studies from Church on the Rock North Christian Education (1990), Right Step Support Group Facilitator Training from Rapha Hospital Treatment Centers (1992), and a certificate for The North Texas Conference on Ritual Abuse, Ritual Crime and Multiple Personality Disorder hosted by the Mungadze Association (1992). She was part of her Senior Pastor’s Intercessory team from 1985 to 1986, served as a Home Group leader in her church from 1984 to 1990. She served as Office Manager for an international ministry based in Dallas from 1989 to 1990. She began serving RCM as a volunteer in 1996, a few years later becoming a paid employee. She is the first line person for anyone contacting the ministry. Other areas of service include designing RCM's brochures, book covers, newsletters and DVD/CD packaging, as well as building and maintaining the RCM website. She also served as Tom's Administrative Assistant and currently assists and supports Diane in various ways. She has written one book published in 2000.
MINISTRY and TRAINING ASSISTANT, Petra Rose, Ph.D.
Dr. Petra completed her M.A. in Biblical Studies and Ph.D. in Christian Education at Florida Christian University/Florida Theological Seminary with electives in Christian Counseling. She has had extensive additional ministry training from many other organizations, including but not limited to Elijah House, Streams Ministries, the School of Acts, Inspiration Ministries, and the American Center for Biblical Counseling. She spent over five years in overseas ministry/missions. She has taught over thirty courses for Christian Universities, led worship at various churches, meetings, and conferences for over twenty years, written two books, produced two CDs, and penned over seventy-five songs. Her audio-video and IT skills are a great asset to the ministry and will be used to enhance our training and marketing modalities.
OFFICE MANAGER, Christa Neher
Christa has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Spanish. She also attended secretarial school. She worked for 10 years for the federal government doing computer programming but has spent most of her life working for nonprofits. Some of her jobs included teaching English in Peru and managing a thrift store in Northern Virginia. She started working for RCM in January of 2008 and helped Diane with the major transition brought by Tom’s death in 2010. She is responsible for the smooth running of the office, including the production of all of our materials, and is the one you should call to place an order or have questions on an order.