brian j plachta
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​ Brian J. Plachta holds a Masters in Pastoral Counseling, and is a certified Spiritual Director. He is a frequent workshop speaker on spirituality topics for churches, spiritual life centers and men’s conferences throughout the state of Michigan. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Dominican Center at Marywood, an ecumenical spiritual life center in West Michigan.  He is lawyer with the law firm of Plachta, Murphy & Associates, P.C. in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Plachta is the author of three books:
In addition to his Masters in Pastoral Counseling, Plachta earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law in 1983. He has also completed his studies as a deacon candidate through the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids. A life-long learner, he has taken on-going theological courses at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI and Creighton University in Omaha, NE. He completed the five-year program for spiritual direction and has been certified as a Spiritual Director by the Dominican Center at Marywood.

Plachta lives on the northeast end of Grand Rapids, MI with his wife, his dog Riley, and his wife’s cat, Rascal (Brian claims no ownership of a cat). He and his wife have just become empty nesters after having successfully launched their fourth child from college.