Maris Kirsons, Canadian marriage and family therapist, pastor. Achievements include playing major role in introduction of 12-step based addiction therapy in Latvia; protests of human rights violations in Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics resulting in international attention.
Kirsons, Maris was born on December 26, 1940 in Riga, Latvia. Came to the United States, 1949. Son of Paul and Rasma Kirsons.
Bachelor, Augustana College, 1963. Master of Divinity, Lutheran School Theology, 1967. Master of Theology, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, 1994.
Pastor St. Paul's Latvian Lutheran Church, Wooddale, Illinois, 1967-1975, St. John's Latvian Lutheran Church, Philadelphia, 1976-1990. Marriage and family therapy intern Interfaith Pastoral Counseling, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, 1990-1992. Marriage and family therapist, addiction therapist Toronto, Canada, since 1992.
Director evangelism Latvian Lutheran Church in American, Chicago, 1985-1993, vice president, since 1990, director benevolence, since 1993.
Achievements include playing major role in introduction of 12-step based addiction therapy in Latvia. Protests of human rights violations in Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics resulting in international attention.
Contributor poetry and essays to professional journals.