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School of Counseling

Gary Moon, Ph.D.

Gary W. Moon, Ph.D.

Categories: School of Counseling Faculty

Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Christian Spirituality. Ph.D. Fuller Theological Seminary. Director of the Martin Family Institute and Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Codirector of Fuller’s Doctor of Ministry degree program in Spiritual Direction. Founding Director of the Renovaré International Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation. His books include Becoming Dallas WillardApprenticeship with Jesus, and Falling for God.

Gary W. Moon, Ph.D.

Kathleen E. Bazile, Ph.D.

Email: kbazile@richmont.edu
Categories: School of Counseling Faculty

Assistant Professor of Counseling. Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor.
PhD, Counselor Education and Supervision, Mercer University; MA, Counseling, Rollins College; BA, Psychology, Florida International University. Specializations: Women’s issues, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and hypnotherapy. Member: ACA, ACES, SACES.

Kathleen E. Bazile, Ph.D.

Amanda M. Blackburn, Psy.D.

Email: ablackburn@richmont.edu
Categories: School of Counseling Faculty

Vice President of Student Affairs and Professor of Counseling. Licensed Professional Counselor. Licensed Psychologist. Psy.D., M.A. Wheaton College; B.A., Asbury College. Specializations: adolescent and adult women’s development, interpersonal relationships, marriage, infertility and adoption, grief, spiritual issues, depression and anxiety. Member: ACA, LPCAGA, APA, CAPS.

 

 

Amanda M. Blackburn, Psy.D.

Matt Casada, Ph.D.

Email: mcasada@richmont.edu
Categories: School of Counseling Faculty

Assistant Professor. Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Regent University; M.A. Reformed Theological Seminary; B.A. University of Tennessee. Specializations: adolescent care (parents and children), anxiety, depression, life transitions, relational concerns, spiritual issues and deconstruction. Member: ACA, ACES, Association of Creativity in Counseling

Matt Casada, Ph.D.

Jenny L. Chien, Ph.D.

Email: jchien@richmont.edu
Categories: School of Counseling Faculty

Associate Professor. Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Qualified Supervisor. Ph.D. Counseling, Florida Atlantic University; M.A. Liberty University; B.S. University of Maine.  Specializations: college and emerging adulthood; women’s issues; divorce and separation; emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual abuse; faith integration. Member: ACA, ACES, MACES, CAPS, MCA, WMCA

Jenny L. Chien, Ph.D.

Cara Cochran, Ph.D.

Email: ccochran@richmont.edu
Categories: School of Counseling Faculty

Dean of the School of Counseling and Professor. Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. AAMFT Approved Supervisor, CCE Approved Clinical Supervisor. Ph.D., Th.M., M.Div., M.A., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; M.M. University of South Carolina; B.S., B.A, Southern Wesleyan University. Specializations: Supervision, Ethics, Diagnosis, Consulting, and Individual Therapy.

Cara Cochran, Ph.D.

Stanley Hoover, Ph.D.

Email: shoover@richmont.edu
Categories: School of Counseling Faculty

Director of the Online Clinical Mental Health Counseling Modality, Coordinator of the Trauma Certificate Program, and Associate Professor of Counseling. Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision, Mercer University; MA, Professional Counseling with specializations in Trauma Counseling and Counseling and Spirituality, Richmont Graduate University; BA, Psychology, Taylor University. Specializations: Relational psychodynamic theory and practice, developmental trauma, religious and spiritual coping in response to trauma, spiritually oriented psychotherapy, and clinical supervision. Member: ACA, ACES, SACES, LPCAGA, CAPS.

Stanley Hoover, Ph.D.

Stephanie Keane, Ph.D.

Email: skeane@richmont.edu
Categories: School of Counseling Faculty

Assistant Professor. Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.S. Palm Beach Atlantic University; B.A. Florida State University. Specializations: trauma, anxiety, depression, identity development, borderline personality disorder, substance and process addictions, Christian counseling. Member: ACA, ACES, PCA, NARACES

Stephanie Keane, Ph.D.

Laura Land, Ph.D.

Email: lland@richmont.edu
Categories: School of Counseling Faculty

Associate Professor. Licensed Professional Counselor. Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. Ph.D. Counseling and Counselor Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; M.A. Clinical Mental Health, Pentecostal Theological Seminary; B.A. Psychology, Lee University. Specializations: trauma, addiction, child and adolescent therapy, grief, community counseling, depression and anxiety. Member: ACA, ACES, ASERVIC, LPCA of Ga, IARTC, AARC, NCC

Laura Land, Ph.D.

Brian A. Mesimer, Ph.D.

Email: bmesimer@richmont.edu
Categories: School of Counseling Faculty

Assistant Professor. Licensed Professional Counselor. Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, The University of the Cumberlands; M. A. Reformed Theological Seminary; M.A. Columbia International University; B. A. The University of South Carolina. Specializations: anxiety, mood disorders, counseling theories, spirituality in counseling and counselor education, theological integration, counselor development. Member: AACC, NBCC

Brian A. Mesimer, Ph.D.

DeVon Mills

Devon Mills, Ph.D., LPC, ACS

Email: dmills@richmont.edu
Categories: School of Counseling Faculty

Clinical Director of the Richmont Trauma Center and Assistant Professor. Licensed Professional Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor. Ph.D. Counselor Education & Supervision, Mercer University; M.A. Marriage & Family Therapy with certificates in Christian Sex Therapy and Trauma Counseling, Richmont Graduate University; B.A. Theology, Jackson College of Ministries. Specializations: Certified Sex Addictions Therapist-Candidate (CSAT-C), Sexual Identity Issues, LGBTQ+, Anxiety Disorders, Addictions, and Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Member: ACA, ACES, SACES, AHC, IAMFC, ASERVIC, AMSA.

Devon Mills, Ph.D., LPC, ACS

Andrew Morse, Ph.D.

Email: amorse@richmont.edu
Categories: School of Counseling Faculty

Assistant Professor. Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. Ph.D., M.S. Mercer University; B.B.A. University of West Georgia. Specializations: addiction counseling, marital counseling, adult children of alcoholics. Member: ACA, ACES, Southern ACES, LPCA of GA

Andrew Morse, Ph.D.

Emily Oliver, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Email: eoliver@richmont.edu
Categories: School of Counseling Faculty

Faculty Instructor. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Ph.D. Candidate Marriage and Family Therapy, Lee University; M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy with specializations in Child and Adolescent Counseling and Christian Sex Therapy, Richmont Graduate University; B.A. Psychology, Taylor University. Specializations: sex therapy; couples, marital, and family counseling; religious trauma/abuse, religious deconstruction. Member: AAMFT

Emily Oliver, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Mary K. Plisco, Ph.D.

Email: mplisco@richmont.edu
Categories: School of Counseling Faculty

Director of Research and Associate Professor. Licensed Psychologist. Ph.D., M.S., University of Florida; B.A., UNC at Chapel Hill. Specializations: anxiety, depression, child and adolescent counseling. Member: APA, GPA, IOCDF.

Mary K. Plisco, Ph.D.

Lorrie Slater, Ph.D.

Email: lslater@richmont.edu
Categories: School of Counseling Faculty

Director of Henegar Counseling Center and Associate Professor of Counseling. Licensed Professional Counselor. Ph.D in Counselor Education and Supervision, CACREP Accredited, Regent University; M.A. Richmont Graduate University; B.A. Cedarville University. Specializations: marriage and family counseling, life transitions, infidelity recovery, forgiveness, blending families, anxiety and depression issues. Member: ACA, ASERVIC, and AACC.

Lorrie Slater, Ph.D.

Jack Underwood, Ph.D.

Categories: School of Counseling Faculty

Assistant Professor. Certified Professional Clinical Supervisor, Licensed Professional Counselor. Ph.D. Counselor Education & Supervision, Mercer University with certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy; M.S. Professional Counseling, Mercer University; B.A. Broadcast Communications, Western Washington University. Specializations: Self-Love, Anxiety, Depression, Integrated Families, Marriage/Couples, Adolescents, Substance and Process Addictions, Christian Counseling, Faith Exploration. Member: ACA, ACES, AACC, LPCAGA.

Jack Underwood, Ph.D.

Jama L. White, Psy.D.

Email: jwhite@richmont.edu
Categories: School of Counseling Faculty

Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs. Professor. Licensed Psychologist. National Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor. Approved Clinical Supervisor recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors, Licensed Psychologist. Psy.D., M.A., Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology, Biola University; B.S.N., East Tennessee State University. Specializations: women’s issues, trauma, spiritual issues and grief. Member: AACC, ACA, APA, ACES, CAPS.

Jama L. White, Psy.D.

School of Ministry

Boyd, Christopher

Christopher Boyd, Ph.D.

Categories: School of Ministry Faculty

Authentic Leadership
Ph.D., Regent University; M.B.A., Shorter College. Executive Pastor, Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral, in Austell, GA. Specialization: Organization Leadership.

Christopher Boyd, Ph.D.

Rev. Care Crawford, D.Min.

Categories: School of Ministry Faculty

Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Formation
D.Min. in Spiritual Direction, Fuller Theological Seminary; Th.M. in Pastoral Care and Counseling, Princeton Theological Seminary; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary; B.A., Religion and Education, College of Wooster.

Rev. Care Crawford, D.Min.

Helen Mulligan Edwards, D.Min.

Categories: School of Ministry Faculty

Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Formation
D.Min. in Spiritual Direction, Fuller Theological Seminary; M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Leadership, Spring Arbor University; Renovaré Institute Graduate Certificate; Spiritual Direction Graduate Certificate, Richmont Graduate University; B.S. in Biology and Chemistry, Mt. Mercy College. Faculty member, Renovaré International Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation and Jesuit Spirituality Center, School of Spiritual Direction.

Helen Mulligan Edwards, D.Min.

Leland Eliason, Th.D.

Categories: School of Ministry Faculty

Authentic Leadership
Th.D. Pastoral Psychology, Boston University School of Theology. Masters of Sacred Theology, Pastoral Psychology, Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary (Luther Seminary). Bachelor of Divinity, historical theology major, Bethel Seminary. Founding Dean of the School of Ministry at Richmont Graduate University.

Leland Eliason, Th.D.

Chris Green, Ph.D., D.Min.

Categories: School of Ministry Faculty

Hermeneutics and Exegesis, Biblical Themes
Ph.D. at Bangor University, D.Min. at Oral Roberts University, M.S.T.S at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, and B.S. and an M.M. at Southwestern Christian University. Dr. Green has served as faculty at Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Southwestern Christian University, Mid-American University, and Oral Roberts University. His research and writing focus on the relationship of vocation, holiness, and scriptural hermeneutics

Chris Green, Ph.D., D.Min.

Steve Hall, D.Min.

Categories: School of Ministry Faculty

Traditions of Spiritual Formation, Essentials of Spiritual Formation
D.Min. in Spiritual Formation, Ashland Theological Seminary; MS in Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University Baltimore; BS in Biblical Education, Lee University; National Certified Counselor 1998-2013, Lead Pastor Heritage Community Church, Severn MD 1992 – present.

Steve Hall, D.Min.

Preston Hill, Ph.D.

Email: phill@richmont.edu
Categories: School of Ministry Faculty

Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program, Co-Chair of Integration, and Assistant Professor of Integrative Theology. Coordinator of the Integration, Pastoral Care, and Spiritual Formation in Counseling Certificate Programs. Clinical Pastoral Therapist under supervision. Ph.D., M.Litt., University of St Andrews; B.A., Moody Bible Institute. Specializations: integration of theology and psychology, deconstruction, PTSD, trauma studies/trauma theory, sexual abuse, science-engaged theology, systematic theology, philosophical theology, historical theology, theodicy/problem of evil, spiritual formation and soul care, hermeneutics. Member: ACA, CAPS, AAR, ETS, ACPE, TNAPT.

Preston Hill, Ph.D.

Marcus Kilian, Psy.D.

Categories: School of Ministry Faculty

Practices of Spiritual Formation
PsyD, Regent University. MTh, University of South Africa. MDiv, Pentecostal Theological Seminary. Specialization: Spiritual Formation, Christian Spirituality & Psychological Dynamics.

Marcus Kilian, Psy.D.

Gary Moon, Ph.D.

Gary Moon, Ph.D.

Categories: School of Ministry Faculty

Spiritual Formation Retreat
Ph.D. Fuller Theological Seminary. Director of the Martin Family Institute and Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Codirector of Fuller’s Doctor of Ministry degree program in Spiritual Direction. Founding Director of the Renovaré International Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation. His books include Becoming Dallas Willard, Apprenticeship with Jesus, and Falling for God.

Gary Moon, Ph.D.

Jody Owens, D.Min.

Categories: School of Ministry Faculty

Practices of Spiritual Formation
D. Min., Emmanuel Christian Seminary; M. Div. Emmanuel Christian Seminary; M.A. in New Testament and Preaching, Johnson University; B.A. History, Armstrong State College; Academy for Spiritual Formation; Renovare Institute for Spiritual Formation. Founder / Director of the Spiritual Formation Leadership Summit; Director, M.A. Spiritual Formation Concentration, Johnson University.

Jody Owens, D.Min.

Tracy Reynolds, DSL

Categories: School of Ministry Faculty

Practical Aspects of Ministry
DSL Doctoral in Strategic Leadership majoring in Strategic Foresight, Regent University. 15 hours in Christian Education, Erskine Seminary. MMED Music Education, University of Georgia. Discipleship Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church of God. Former Vice President for Student Development, Emmanuel College. Former Dean and Former Assistant Professor in the School of Christian Ministries at Emmanuel College.

Tracy Reynolds, DSL

Josh Rice, Ph.D.

Categories: School of Ministry Faculty

Hermeneutics and Exegesis
Ph.D., Th.M. Lutheran School of Theology; M.A. Biblical Studies, Columbia Theological Seminary. 12 Years of teaching New Testament and Biblical studies.  Contracted Curriculum writer for Pathway Press. Natural Church Development Certified Coach. Generosity Strategist – The Generis Group. Teaching Pastor, Mt. Paran North Church of God.

Josh Rice, Ph.D.

James D. Smith III, Th.D.

Categories: School of Ministry Faculty

The Trinity
Th.D., Th.M., Harvard, M.Div. Bethel Seminary, A.B. San Diego State.  Ordained 1978 (BGC/Converge). Pastoral ministries in MN, MA and CA (currently). Since 1988 church history faculty at Bethel. Specializations: biography, doctrine, spiritual life/ministry, missions, women in Christian tradition, Nouwen. Member: AAR, ASCH, SABR.

James D. Smith III, Th.D.

Michael Stewart, D.Min.

Categories: School of Ministry Faculty

Communication in Ministry
D.Min., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary; M.A., Liberty University; B.A., A.A., Emmanuel College.  Certificate in Advanced Church Leadership, Beeson Institute of Asbury Theological Seminary. Former pastor and college president.

Michael Stewart, D.Min.

Samuel Youngs, Ph.D.

Categories: School of Ministry Faculty

Ph.D. in Theology & Religious Studies (King’s College London); M.A. in Religion (Gordon-Conwell Theological Studies); B.A. in Religious Studies & Literature (University of South Florida); A.A. in Film Studies (Manatee Community College).

Church History, Historical Theology, Philosophical Theology, Interreligious Dialogue; Anglican Studies; Martin Luther; Jurgen Moltmann.

Samuel Youngs, Ph.D.

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