Dr. Preston Hill and Dr. Sam Youngs recently keynoted the Public Theology Lecture Series at The Mission Chattanooga. Dr. Youngs’ address was entitled, “When Doctrine Hurts: Theology in Light of Trauma,
and focused on the effects of toxic theology.” Dr. Hill’s lecture, “In Search of Healing: Trauma in light of Theology,” focused on movements toward healing in a biblical and theological framework.
Richmont Graduate University has established an exciting partnership with Sustainable Faith, a collective of pastors and spiritual directors working to create spiritually healthy cultures among leaders and their communities. The partnership is aligned with Richmont’s School of Ministry, which prepares men and women to fulfill God’s call to transformational ministry. Together, we are set to continue to equip more Christ-like leaders for God’s Kingdom.
The partnership allows Richmont to provide academic credit to Sustainable Faith students. Specifically, Richmont is providing 12 credits of Advanced Standing in our Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Direction degree to graduates of the Sustainable Faith program. The relationship between Richmont and Sustainable Faith is especially centered on our innovative cohort model of accredited training in the ministry of Spiritual Direction.
Dr. Joshua Rice, Acting Provost and Dean of the School of Ministry at Richmont states, “We’re very excited to partner with Sustainable Faith. Our shared partnership in the ministry of spiritual direction makes this a natural fit. We expect that this agreement will bear fruit for each institution in the future.”
Students can begin receiving academic credit effective in the fall semester of 2022. Visit the Sustainable Faith at sustainablefaith.com.
The Southern Association for Colleges and Schools has officially approved Richmont’s newest degree program and first offering at the doctoral level. The Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation and Leadership is a 3-year program launching its first cohort this fall.
“Richmont’s Doctor of Ministry program is deeply unique in its combination of practical leadership skills, robust theological application, and in-depth spiritual formation that is integrated throughout the whole curriculum,” comments Dr. Sam Youngs, one of several principal authors of the program. “Church and para-church leaders across many contexts will be empowered to strengthen the impact of their ministries while also growing closer to Christ.” Dr. Preston Hill highlights the direct connection between the new doctoral degree and institutional mission: “The launch of the new Doctor of Ministry degree signals a monumental step for advancing Richmont’s mission to provide healing, restoration, and transformation in the world today. This level change is a milestone for our University that will pay dividends of positive social change for years to come. I could not be more thrilled for this opportunity!”
As we begin our spring semester, out of an abundance of caution for the safety of our campus community, administration has determined that until January 20th in-person classes will be taught virtually, according to the regular campus schedule, via zoom. Classes are scheduled to resume meeting in person on January 21st. All other university services will be open, including libraries and counseling centers.
New Certificate in Racial Trauma, Intervention and Justice
Richmont is pleased to announce the approval of our latest program: The Graduate Certificate in Racial Trauma, Intervention and Justice. This is Richmont’s first program to result from a collaboration between faculty in the School of Counseling and the School of Ministry, empowering students to meet the challenge of racial justice as practitioner-scholars at the nexus of history, counseling psychology and theology.
“Richmont has been doing work in this important space for years,” explains Acting Provost, Joshua Rice. “This innovative certificate program not only codifies the stated value of diversity within our Strategic Plan but positions us as Gospel-centered thought leaders in the field.”
Dr. Sonja Sutherland, Chief Diversity Consultant to the President comments, “Richmont will equip its students and community to make credible and action-oriented contributions in working with everyday people struggling beneath the weight of racial trauma and social injustice.”
Proudly, Richmont Graduate University presents the Dare to Hope Scholarship scholarship. The Dare to Hope Scholarship assists the recipient student with first-year tuition in the Certificate in Racial Trauma, Intervention and Justice program. The recipient(s) will demonstrate a commitment to the cause of racial equity and justice from the standpoint of Christian theology and ministry.
Dare To Hope Scholarship deadline extended to May 15th. Apply Today!
Richmont Graduate University has established an exciting partnership with the Transforming Center of Wheaton, Illinois. The partnership is aligned with Richmont’s School of Ministry, which prepares men and women to fulfill God’s call to transformational ministry. Consummately, the Transforming Center exists to create space for God to strengthen leaders and transform communities. Together, we are set to continue to equip more Christ-like leaders for God’s Kingdom.
The partnership allows Richmont to provide academic credit to Transforming Center students. Specifically, Richmont is providing 12 credits of Advanced Standing in our Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Direction degree to graduates of the Transforming Community program. The relationship between Richmont and the Transforming Center is especially centered on our innovative cohort model of accredited training in the ministry of Spiritual Direction.
Dr. Joshua Rice, Acting Provost and Dean of the School of Ministry at Richmont states, “We’re very excited to partner with the Transforming Center. Dr. Ruth Haley Barton has been a guest lecturer and friend to Richmont for several years. This agreement represents a new partnership we believe will bear fruit for each institution in the future.”
Students can begin receiving academic credit effective in the spring semester of 2021. Visit the Transforming Center at transformingcenter.org
Saturday, May 11th Richmont Graduate University will hold its forty-sixth commencement ceremony. The event will take place at Ridgedale Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee and will honor graduates from Richmont’s School of Counseling and School of Ministry programs.
This year’s commencement speaker is Dr. Rhonda Milner. Dr. Milner is a physician, counselor, spiritual director, minister, poet, and best-selling author who also serves on the Board of Trustees for Richmont. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Georgia and then went on to graduate from the Emory School of Medicine. Dr. Milner is a board-certified radiologist and maintains a current Georgia medical license.
Dr. Milner is a graduate of Richmont Graduate University where she earned a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and a Master of Arts in Ministry. She has specializations in Addictions Counseling, Counseling and Spirituality, and Spiritual Direction. She completed a two-year study with the Renovaré Institute in Christian discipleship and spiritual formation in 2013. She is a licensed professional counselor who also practices as a spiritual director in private practice at Chattahoochee Counseling Center, where she sees clients that could not typically afford counseling.
Dr. Milner is also the founder of Healing Presence Ministry, a global social media and internet ministry based on her poetry and spiritual writings with a following of almost 3 million. Her first book, The Mended Heart: a Poet’s Journey through Love, Suffering, and Hope, is a bestseller in Christian poetry. Her manuscript, The Signature of God: His Name Written into Our Lives and the World, is due to be released in July 2019. More information on her ministry can be found at healingpresenceministry.com
Rhonda, a native of Atlanta, lives with her husband of 36 years and their six dogs. She is the mother of 4 children, having lost her oldest son at age 25 in 2011. Her son died from accidental drowning. She subsequently started a nonprofit to raise awareness, which can be found at shallowwaterblackoutprevention.org
Richmont Faculty Publish Article on Attachment and Spiritual Formation
The article describes the model of how Richmont provides spiritual formation training in its counseling programs. “This model of spiritual formation has a dual foundation which includes the centrality of love to the Christian life and the importance of attachment to the development of persons. The training is intentionally designed to invite students to pursue a more secure attachment to God, healthier relationships with others, and a more grace-based self-awareness.”
You can access the article via the Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care website: Link to Article
To learn more about Richmont’s CACREP accredited Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and how faith is integrated into the program, connect with our Admissions Team or attend an upcoming Preview Day.
Richmont Graduate University has received 10-year institutional reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools(SACSCOC). The vote to reaffirm Richmont was held at the SACSCOC annual meeting this past week in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the institution (1) has a mission appropriate to higher education, (2) has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission, and (3) maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers and that indicate whether it is successful in achieving its stated objectives.1
Regional accreditation by SACSCOC is considered the gold standard for higher education institutions and signifies academic and administrative excellence. The Richmont faculty and staff have worked diligently to achieve this important milestone and are committed to a process of continual assessment and improvement. More information on accreditation can be found on the SACSCOC website: www.sacscoc.org
1 – College Delegate Assembly. “The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement.” Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 2018, www.sacscoc.org.
This year’s annual review, newly titled “Milestones” features a letter from President Dr. Timothy Quinnan, a faculty spotlight with Dr. Sonja Sutherland, academic program updates, and new scholarship programs. Click below to read more about the exciting growth and important accomplishments from the 2017-2018 school year at Richmont Graduate University.