Warren Throckmorton

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I am Professor of Psychology at Grove City College and Fellow for Psychology and Public Policy at the Center for Vision and Values which is a part of Grove City College. I have a BA in psychology from Cedarville University, a MA in clinical psychology from Central Michigan University, and a PhD from Ohio University in community counseling/counselor education.

My most recent project is Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President, which is a book with GCC colleague Michael Coulter.  In the book, we fact-check claims often made by Christian Nationalists about Thomas Jefferson. The book was triggered by the publication of David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies, a book which brings most of the faulty Jefferson claims together. Reviews and more information can be found at GettingJeffersonRight.com.

In 2009, the Wall Street Journal published an article by Stephanie Simon about my work on sexual identity and religion. Another accurate description of my views can be found in an article by Mimi Swartz in the New York Times Magazine (June 16, 2011, see page 5 to the end). These articles describe the sexual identity therapy framework which I co-authored with Mark Yarhouse. The website supporting that framework is here.

With Cru Regional Director Michael Frey, I co-founded a bullying prevention initiative called the Golden Rule Pledge. We promote the application of the Golden Rule by evangelical youth as a means of preventing school bullying. The GRP is listed on the federal government’s anti-bullying website and has been a partner with the Pacer Center for National Bullying Prevention Month in October in past years. Although this project is no longer active, I am aware that the materials are still in use.

I took a strong position against Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill. When the bill was proposed (2009), I co-founded a Facebook group (with Andrew Marin and now archived) which brought together over 16,000 members to speak out in opposition to the bill. About my opposition to the Ugandan bill, author Jeff Sharlet said, “Throckmorton, a former leader in the “cure the gays” movement, has fought the bill harder and more effectively than any other American.” One of the pastors behind Uganda’s anti-gay bill, Martin Ssempa, said I am the “chief of falsified news.” Proponent of criminalizing gays in Uganda and elsewhere, Scott Lively said about me, “You truly are a snake.”

I have written for Daily BeastReligion DispatchesSalon, Daily CallerHuffington Post, and Crosswalk.com. I have done extensive writing about the demise of reparative therapy, voter fraud in Ohio, Mars Hill Church, Mark Driscoll, and Gospel for Asia.

My academic work has been published by journals of the American Psychological Association, the American Mental Health Counseling Association and the Christian Association for Psychological Studies.

I am on the Clinical Advisory Board of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Other things I have done:

Past-president of the American Mental Health Counselors Association and past-chair of the Ethics Committee.

For six years (2000-2006), I served on the National Provider Advisory Board of Magellan Behavioral Healthcare, the largest behavioral healthcare company in the world.

In 2004, I wrote and produced a documentary, I Do Exist about sexual identity formation which was shown around the world. The documentary is no longer on the market because I have changed my views significantly since it was made. See the I Do Exist FAQs for more information. I wrote and performed about half of the music used on the DVD; you can check out my 2001 Christian music CD on iTunes.

My children’s ebook series, The Messenger, is available on Amazon.com.

Media appearances:

The O’Reilly Factor, FOX News Live, CNN, NPR, and numerous other TV and radio talk shows. My columns and articles have been published by CNN Belief Blog, National Review Online, the National Catholic Register, Scripps-Howard News Service, Indian Country Times and over 200 newspapers nationwide.


  • Donald A. Green Memorial Award, recognizing the outstanding graduate student from Ohio University’s Counselor Education Program – May, 1992
  • Counselor of the Year Award (1991) – Ohio Mental Health Counselor’s Association – June, 1992
  • Certificate of special recognition from the 119th Ohio General Assembly, Sponsored by Speaker of the House, Vern Riffe – August, 1992
  • Special Award of Merit, given annually by Scioto County Children’s Services Board in recognition of services to children and families – November, 1992
  • Research Grant, Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision – February, 1993
  • George E. Hill Distinguished Alumni Award, given annually by the Ohio University’s Department of Counselor Education recognizing an alumni demonstrating “outstanding scholarship, service and leadership in the profession of counseling.” – March 30, 1998

I should note that the views expressed on this page are my own and should not be automatically taken as the views or official positions of the Grove City College. GCC believes in and practices academic freedom. It is, after all, Freedom’s College.

From a former life.

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