About The Founder

Dr. John Splinter is the Founder of the Family Legacy Institute.  He brings three post-graduate degrees and a history of founding or providing senior leadership within a broad range of ministry operations.  Although he was in the business world for a few years, his career has mainly been in ministry leadership, both church and parachurch.

Following is a condensed bio:


Young Life Campaign ~ Area Director in Winnipeg, Canada and St. Louis, MO

Lawton-Byrne-Bruner ~ All-lines insurance broker

Central Presbyterian Church ~ Pastor of singles ministries

Bethany Evangelical Free Church ~ Senior pastor

Point of Grace Community Church ~ Founding & senior pastor

Pure Hope, Executive Director, St. Louis, MO                                             

Family Legacy Institute ~ Founder, CEO

Act Beyond ~ Director of Member Health


Bethel College, St. Paul, MN                         B.A., Psychology & Social Work

Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN                       Masters, Christian Education

Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO      Masters, Counseling Psychology (4.0)

St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO                    Ph.D., Marriage/Family Therapy (4.0)

S.M.A.R.T. methodology training

Items of Interest

President of graduating class, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN

Married college sweetheart; three married children; ten grandchildren

Initiated Young Life operations in Central Canada

Chaplain for Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Canadian Football League)

Published author:

    Second Chapter ~ divorce recovery book (Baker Books)

    The Complete Divorce Recovery Handbook ~ divorce recovery (Zondervan)

    The Healing Path~ recovery after sexual abuse (Thomas Nelson)

Contributing author in other edited works regarding singles ministries

Self-published numerous works ~ many may be seen on this website as individual chapters

Founded Single Life Ministries, Central Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, MO ~ ministry involving  3,000 single adults per year

Founded Second Chapter divorce recovery ministries (see http://www.secondchapter.com)

Founding member and board member of Network of Single Adult Leaders

Formed sister church relationship with suburban Central Presbyterian Church and urban Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church

Formed sister church relationship with Bethany EFC, and start-up church in Kiev, Ukraine

Police Chaplain, La Crosse and Onalaska, WI, police dept.

Police Chaplaincy Board of Directors, La Crosse, WI

Institutional Review Board, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

Chair, several annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfasts, La Crosse, WI

Chair, “Global Day of Prayer,” La Crosse, WI

Founded Point of Grace Community Church, La Crosse, WI (see http://www.ptofgrace.org)

Led several short-term missions teams to Ukraine, Russia, Spain

Taught at Irpin Seminary, in Kiev, Ukraine

Taught at University of Vologda, Russia ~ then led evening Christ-focused meetings

Keynote speaker at All-Spain S.E.N.D. Missionary Conference

Founded Family Legacy Institute  (www.family-legacy-institute.com)

1 Response to About The Founder

  1. John Clark says:

    This reply is for Mr. Splinter.
    I was once the leader of the divorce recovery program at Heartland Community Church in Olathe, Ks. for about 11 years. I was trained using the Second Chapter program and through the years introduced some things that proved useful. There has been much interest in starting the ministry again and we are looking for a book or guild to use. I see that your book “The Complete Divorce Recovery Handbook” is still available in limited supply from some sources. Is this book still in print? Will it continue to be available so that we can use it as a core of a course? Has there been any consideration to updating or second addition. This book was of great help in my healing and recovery and think its relevance is still worthwhile.

    John R Clark

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