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CHARLES AYARS, D.MIN.

Spiritual Formation and Direction

D.Min. Columbia Theological Seminary. M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary.  Certificate of Completion, Renovaré Institute for Spiritual Formation 2009-2011.  Specialization: Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction.

 

LACY FINN BORGO, D.MIN. (cand)

Spiritual Formation

D.Min. (candidate), George Fox Seminary. M.S in Education and Advanced Teaching, State University of New York. B.A. in English, University of Texas. Certificate Renovare Institute for Spiritual Formation. Certificate in Spiritual Direction, George Fox Seminary.

 

CHRISTOPHER BOYD, PH.D.

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.

 

GEORGE DEMPSEY, M.ED., M.A.

Director of Mentored Growth

Certification in Education Administration and Policy, University of Georgia,  M.Ed. University of West Georgia, M.A. in Ministry, Richmont Graduate University. Specializations: Leadership and Supervision, Mentoring, Student and Children’s Ministry, Camp Ministry and K-12 Christian Education.

 

LELAND ELIASON, TH.D.

Authentic Leadership

Founding Dean of the School of Ministry.  Th.D. Boston University School of Theology; S.T.M., Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary (Luther Seminary); B.D., Bethel Seminary; B.A., Bethel College.

 

KENY FELIX, PH.D.

Pastoral Care

Ph.D., Th.M., M.Div., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; M.S.Ed., B.S., University of Miami. Licensed Professional Counselor, Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate, Guidance and Counseling. Member: ACA, ACES, AMCD.

 

MARTY GOEHRING, PH.D.

Spiritual Formation

Licensed Psychologist, Ph.D., Fuller Graduate School of Psychology; M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary; B.S., University of New Mexico. Director of Family Therapy of Albuquerque, Inc. Associate Pastor, Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Specializations:  anxiety disorders and spiritual formation in Christian counseling. Member: CAPS, APA.

 

CATHERINE GUNSALUS GONZALEZ, PH.D.

Church History

Ph.D., Boston University. S.T.B., Boston University School of Theology. B.A., Beaver College. Author of numinous books and publications. Professor Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary.

 

TIMOTHY J. HARBEN, D.MIN.

Spiritual Direction

Co-Director of Spiritual Direction Program. D.Min., Ashland Theological Seminary; MTS, Emory University; Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction, North Park Seminary; Certificate of Completion, Renovare  Institute for Christian Formation; Spiritual Direction Supervision Certificate, North Park Seminary; B.E.E., Georgia Institute of Technology. Specializations: Spiritual formation, spiritual direction. Member: SDI, ESDA.

 

RONALD W. HARVARD, D.MIN.

Pastoral Care

D.Min. Erskine Theological Seminary. M.A.C.M. Pentecostal Theological Seminary. M.A., Ball State University. B.A., Lee University. Many years of pastoral experience.

 

JAN JOHNSON, D.MIN.

Spiritual Direction

D.Min, Graduate Theological Foundation. Stillpoint Spiritual Direction Training. Academy for Spiritual Formation.  Specialization in Ignatian spirituality and spiritual direction.  Published 26 books on Spiritual Formation and Direction.

 

ELLEN KOGSTAD, M.A.SP.

Spiritual Direction

M.A.Sp., Loyola University; M.S. Human Services Administration, Spertus College; Certificate in Spiritual Direction, The Spiritual Renewal Center;  Director, C. John Weborg Center for Spiritual Direction, North Park Theological Seminary; Private Practices and Director in Spiritual Direction.  

 

LYN NIXON, PH.D.

Biblical Themes

Ph.D. London School of Theology (Middlesex University), London England; M.Div. Bethel Theological Seminary; MBA University of Chicago; M.S. Econ London School of Economics and Political Science. Specialization: New Testament Greek, Biblical Interpretation.

 

SHARON ROWLAND, D. MIN.

Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction

Co-Director of Spiritual Direction Program. D.Min., Ashland Theological Seminary; MS, Ohio State University; Certificate in Spiritual Direction, John Carroll University; Certificate of Completion, CFDM Christian Formation and Direction Ministries; Certificate of Completion, Renovare Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation. Spiritual Direction Supervision Certificate, North Park Seminary. Specializations: Spiritual formation, spiritual direction.  Member: SDI, ESDA.

 

JOSH RICE, PH.D.

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.

 

DAN SARTOR, PH.D.

Pastoral Care

Associate Professor of Counseling. Licensed Psychologist. National Certified Counselor. Ph.D., M.A., Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University; M.A., Reformed Theological Seminary in Florida; B.A., Moody Bible Institute. Member: APA, NBCC, CAPS.

 

JAMES D. SMITH III, TH.D.

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.  

 

MICHAEL STEWART, D.MIN.

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.

 

BILL WILLITS, M.DIV.

Practical Aspects of Ministry

M.Div., Dallas Theological Seminary. Executive Director of Ministry Environments for North Point Ministries (NPM). NPM is the parent organization for North Point Community Church, Buckhead Church, Browns Bridge Church, Watermarke Church, Gwinnett Church and Decatur City Church all in the Atlanta area as well as thirty strategic partner churches throughout the world. One of the founding staff members of North Point.  Co-author of the book, Creating Community with Andy Stanley. His passion for community has helped connect over 65,000 children and adults into the benefits of small group life.

 

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