David Powlison (1949–2019) served as the Executive Director at Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF) and edited The Journal of Biblical Counseling. Prior to becoming a Christian, he worked for four years in psychiatric hospitals, which would influence his career as a biblical counselor and author. He wrote many books for both children and adults, the topics ranging from biblical counseling to dealing with emotions. David held degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (PhD) and Westminster Theological Seminary (MDiv).
He passed away from pancreatic cancer in June 2019 at the age of 69 and is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren.