Vernon Handley is a Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech and a retired engineer. In 1986 he graduated with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree, moved to Huntsville for his first and only “real” job (at Dynetics), married his high school sweetheart (Tammy), and joined Whitesburg Baptist Church. In 1991 he earned a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from UAH. He and Tammy reared six children and have three grandchildren. They currently serve as Administrators of Whitesburg Baptist Christian School, the homeschool ministry of Whitesburg Baptist Church, where Vernon is also Vice-Chairmen of Deacons. Vernon also volunteers with Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief.
Vernon’s formal training in biblical counseling began with classes at Whitesburg Heritage Bible College. In 2018 he attended the ACBC Fundamentals training course and in 2019 he attended the ACBC Advanced Track. He received a Certificate of Biblical Counseling from NABC (formerly E4GW) in 2019. Although he has been discipling men for decades his first formal counseling experience was in 2019. Since retiring from Dynetics in 2020 Vernon began counseling more often in formal settings, attended the virtual Biblical Counselor Training Conference at Faith Church in February 2021, and started pursuing ACBC Certification.