Remembering the Life and Legacy of Dr. Archibald Hart

Remembering the Life and Legacy of Dr. Archibald Hart

Categories: AACC BLOG

With heavy hearts, we share the news that a colleague, friend, outstanding educator, administrator, author, member, and former board member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, Dr. Archibald Hart, passed away on July 18th, 2021. Dr. Hart was a pioneer in the field and Christian counseling and psychology.

With permission, we share a letter from his daughters Catherine, Sharon, and Sylvia.

Hello dear friends,

Our beloved Dad and Papa went to be with the Lord on July 18th.

Dr. Archibald Hart was born in Kimberly, South Africa, on April 27th, 1932. Married to Kathleen Hart, he was trained as a civil engineer in South Africa before moving to America in 1973 to become a well-known Christian psychologist.

He served as a professor and the dean of the School of Psychology at Fuller Seminary and was best known for his research and teaching on the personal life of the leader and finishing well, depression, anxiety, divorce, stress, sleep, sexuality, anhedonia, and digital wellness.

He published over 35 books and numerous articles. He was one of the founding fathers of Christian Psychology and made a tremendous contribution to the Christian Counseling field.  Arch has impacted leaders worldwide, challenging people to live a balanced personal life of emotional and spiritual health. He encouraged leaders to flourish in life, to live well, love well and serve well.

Arch humbly attributed his great success and many adventures to – “I just got in the boat with Jesus and went wherever He took me.”

We are so grateful for his life and ministry.

His wife, Kathleen Hart, went to be with the Lord on June 29th, 2021

From his loving daughters, (Archies Angels)

Catherine Weber, Sharon May, and Sylvia Frejd

We will be live-streaming the memorial service via Zoom on July 21st, Wednesday at 4 pm PST

The Archibald Hart and Associates Ministry of helping Christian leaders to flourish – live well and love well – continues.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Archibald Hart and Associates Ministry Fund (501 (c)(3)). For further information and to donate, please go to:

Check, or grants can be made to Archibald Hart and Associates and mailed to:

Safe Haven

2647 Gateway Road #217

Carlsbad, CA 92009

Please feel welcome to share your stories about how Dr. Arch Hart has impacted your life to

Please keep his family in your prayers. He will be sorely missed by many. Dr. Tim Clinton, President of the AACC, shared, “Well done, my friend. We are all better individuals, counselors, and followers of Christ because of your work and ministry. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be in the presence of the One we serve and to be with your beloved wife, Kathleen.”