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Monthly archive: February 2014

Richmont Psychologist, Dr. Jeff Eckert, Joins Bryan College to Teach on Sexual Addiction

DAYTON, TN – (February 20, 2014)

On February 14, Dr. Jeff Eckert was one of two speakers to teach during Bryan College’s “Kill Your Sexual Addiction” seminar. Speaking during the college’s Friday morning chapel session, Eckert helped students consider sexual addiction as a modern day epidemic and an age old problem, particularly in regards to male populations. His seminar was preceded on Wednesday by Marnie Ferree, a licensed marriage and family therapist with a national reputation as a leader in the field of sexual addiction, particularly as it presents in women.

“College students are at a pivotal age where they are making decisions that will impact the rest of their lives,” said Eckert. “This topic is particularly relevant as they are considering marriage and the quality of their lives going forward. It’s important to equip them with knowledge and tools so they can make wise decisions and successfully cultivate positive habits and behaviors that will build a healthy foundation in their lives for the present and the future.”

A licensed psychologist and clinical social worker, Dr. Eckert not only engages clients (ages 12 and up) in individual and group counseling settings, but oversees approximately 20 clinicians in his role as Director of the Henegar/CBI Counseling Center in Chattanooga, TN. A ministry of Richmont Graduate University, the Center serves approximately 1,400+ individuals throughout the Chattanooga area with a wide variety of counseling services on a monthly basis.

Since, 2011, Richmont has partnered with Bryan College to offer the 3+2 program which allows psychological studies students to complete their bachelor’s and master’s in five years. As of 2013, Richmont has further replicated this partnership with Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia.

“We continue to be grateful for the many ways Richmont and Bryan partner together to share knowledge and resources,” said Richmont’s president, Bob Rodgers. “Jeff is a skilled psychologist with years of varied experiences and it is a true privilege to have him providing counseling services to clients and eye-opening material to students throughout Tennessee.”

John Ortberg to Present Spiritual Formation Conference at Richmont

ATLANTA, GA – (February 7, 2014)

It is with great pleasure that Richmont Graduate University prepares to welcome  internationally renowned author and speaker, John Ortberg, Jr., to present: “Knowing Christ: Celebrating the Teaching of Dallas Willard for Pastors, Ministry Leaders and Christian Educators.” This two-day conference will be hosted coming May 28 and 29, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia and will be open to pastors, parachurch organization leaders, and current students.

“I am thrilled that John has agreed to partner with Richmont this spring to train local ministry leaders in such a critical area as spiritual formation,” said Richmont’s President, Bob Rodgers. “As cultural changes accelerate, we know a new type of leader, one who is prepared to generate ministry strategies that are contextually relevant and theologically sound, is needed more than ever. I am excited for John to join us in equipping students and local ministry leaders to think critically and act creatively to communicate the gospel in our contemporary and diverse world.”

Ortberg has written several notable books on spiritual formation including, The Life You’ve Always Wanted, If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat, The Me I Want To Be, and most recently, Who is This Man?. He also currently serves as the senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California where he lives with his wife, Nancy.

“Concerning both the process of Christian Spiritual Formation and the role the Church can play, there is not more clear or compelling voice that that of John Ortberg,” said Dr. Gary Moon, Richmont professor and Director of the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation.

“John embodies the hallmarks on the pathway to spiritual transformation such as authenticity, transparency, and centeredness in Christ,” said Richmont’s School of Ministry Dean, Dr. Leland Eliason. “His speaking and writing invite readers to incorporate profound truths from great minds like Dallas Willard, one of his mentors. These remarkable qualities, in addition to his personally transparent approach, challenge readers and listeners to grow in their relationship with Christ.”

In preparation for this exciting event, further details can be found on the conference website.

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Richmont Graduate University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOCS) and offers master’s-level training in professional counseling to help individuals, families and groups successfully confront life’s challenges. Presently, students have the opportunity to pursue master’s degrees in: Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Ministry, and Christian Psychological Studies as well as specializations in addictions, child and adolescent therapy, sex therapy, spirituality and counseling, and trauma counseling. Additionally, in order to serve Richmont’s campus communities, the university hosts a network of Hope Counseling Centers throughout metro Atlanta, as well as the Henegar/CBI Counseling and Richmont Community Counseling Centers in Chattanooga, TN. These centers offer counseling and mental health services to children, adults, families and groups of all walks of life, regardless of their insurance status.

For More Information Contact:

Robert G. “Bob” Rodgers

President, Richmont Graduate University

(404) 835-6132 or

Richmont partners with local Atlanta churches to preview the Master of Arts in Ministry

The School of Ministry at Richmont Graduate University will co-host two Preview Evenings for those interested in learning more about the Masters of Arts in Ministry. Richmont will partner with Mount Paran Church and Trinity Anglican Mission next month to allow church members and the surrounding communities an opportunity to learn more about the degree program that is aimed at preparing and equipping leaders in ministry.

The events will be held:

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Mt. Paran Church 6:15 – 7:00pm (Banquet Room)
  •  Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Trinity Anglican Mission 6:30 – 8:00pm (Youth Room)

For more information about the Masters of Arts in Ministry degree or to RSVP for one of the above events, please contact McCall Garner, Assistant to the Dean, or (404)835-6124.