Founders and Friends

Dr. David W. Appleby

Dr, Appleby

Greetings! My name is Dave Appleby and I am the President of Spiritual Interventions, Inc. a Pastoral Counselor at Wyndhurst Counseling Center, in Lynchburg, VA and a graduate faculty member in the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

I found myself moving into the deliverance ministry 35 years ago when, as a pastor, I discovered that all my counselor training and expertise couldn’t bring relief to a lot of good Christian people who attended my church. They would try to change, but found themselves going in circles, endlessly frustrated because they could not seem to find the peace and freedom that the Scriptures says should be theirs in Jesus. They could not, no matter how hard they tried, overcome the things that tormented them. As a result, I began to study what brought about transformative change in people in the Bible. The evidence pointed to deliverance.

All this to say that I’ve given more than half of my life to seeing God’s kids set free from their bondage. My teams and I meet several times a week with people who travel from all over the United States and, on occasion, from all over the world, to meet with us. God is always faithful. He always comes and does his perfect work. We love being part of it. For more specific information about my education and background please see the Frequently Asked Questions.

Along the way I have been blessed to share my vision and ministry with some quality people who I would like to introduce to you now. These folks work in different geographical locations around Virginia.


Dr. Tom Russman

Dr. Russman
Dr. Tom is the Director of Spiritual Interventions, Inc. in Charlottesvile, VA. He received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Princeton University. He also has a M.Th. in Theology. He taught at both The Catholic University of America and at Rice University and was the president of a national philosophical society. As a Roman Catholic priest Dr. Tom ministered at churches in New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. Now retired, he has joined me in the deliverance ministry. I have had the privilege of sharing this ministry with Dr. Tom for a number of years.

Dr. Beth Meltzer

Dr. Meltzer
Dr. Beth is the Director of Spiritual Interventions, Inc. in the Northern Virginia area. She has earned a M.A. and a D.Min. degrees from Liberty University with a specialty in children and adolescents. In addition she is an ordained pastor in the Weslyan Church and has served in children’s and family ministry for many years. She is also a certified Life Coach. She and I have worked jointly for many years.

Dr. Regina Curtis

Dr. Curtis

Dr. Curtis is the Director of Spiritual Interventions, Inc. in Danville, VA. She is also the visionary and founder of Cross Roads Reconciliation Services. She earned a Th.B., an M.Div. and a D. Min. from Beacon University Institute of Ministry. She is licensed through the National Christian Counselors Association as a National Clinical Pastoral Counselor. It has been a pleasure to also share this ministry with Dr. Curtis.

Dr. Carmela O’Hare

Dr. O'HareDr. O’Hare is my colleague in the Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies at Liberty University. She has both her M.A and Clinical Psychology from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. After many years working with troubled people in a wide variety of settings, Dr. O’Hare joined Spiritual Interventions, Inc. in 2006 as a team member and as a Clinical Consultant for people who have diagnosed mental disorders. She also specializes in Theophostic Prayer Ministry and does private practice pastoral counseling for a wide variety of issues through Spiritual Interventions, Inc. She and I have worked together for many years.