In this hour, we will talk with Dr. Wayne Evans and his wife, Reverend Robin Williams Evans about their journey in raising their now 6 year old, Wyatt. After a normal pregnancy, a birth trauma left their newborn without oxygen for 17 minutes. As a result, Wyatt is a “severely special needs child” requiring ongoing medical care. We will explore the impact that raising a special needs child has on a marriage, as well as the physical, emotional, and financial challenges. Wayne and Robin will inspire you as they describe their decision to take a frightening and life-changing event and turn it into an opportunity to strengthen their spiritual beliefs as well as their life philosophy that crisis and trauma can transform people into their best selves. We will explore how these parents chose to focus on what their son could do, rather than on what he couldn’t do, and how they continue to see Wyatt as a blessing and a miracle in their lives.
Wayne Evans, PhD, MS and Rev. Robin Williams
Dr. Evans is a licensed psychologist and the founder of Practical Alternatives, LLC; a company that provides solution-centered psychological and consultation services for issues including: anxiety, depression, marital, relationship and parenting issues. Dr. Evans received both his Ph.D. in clinical psychology and his M.S. degree from Howard University. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Mental Health Association. A gifted motivational speaker, he has conducted numerous workshops, and seminars dealing with marital conflict, parenting issues, depression, anxiety, and grief recovery.
Robin is originally from California where she majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. In 1998, Robin entered into seminary at Howard University, School of Divinity. She received her Master’s in Divinity in 2004, and was ordained in 2010. Robin served as an associate minister for 12 years in Washington, DC . She is also the founder and director of A Pastor’s Place, a not-for-profit organization that specializes in spiritual, emotional, and physical health and wellness for clergy and church congregations.