Stephen Martin has been a Workshop Leader for clients at Wellspring Retreat and Resource Center in Athens, Ohio. Wellspring is a rehabilitation center for former members of cults (victims of mind control) and sufferers of spiritual abuse. Stephen has also conducted education programs about spiritual abuse and cultic mind control. One theme in his education programs and in his book is to shed new light on leadership accountability, and how personal accountability has been distorted and abused in many religious groups. He integrates the psychology of cults with Biblical insight and a new perspective on a behavioral aspect of Christian heresies. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1983.