Dr. James Hurley

Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

  • Counseling | Faculty | Jackson

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601-923-1631 EXT - 1631


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Harvard College, B.A.
Westminster Theological Seminary, M.Div.
Cambridge University, D.Phil.
Florida State University, Ph.D.


Dr. James Hurley is Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and chairman of the department. He is the only member of the faculty with doctoral level qualifications in three fields: New Testament, Theology, and Counseling. He holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University and another from Florida State University. Dr. Hurley graduated magna cum laude from Harvard where he completed three majors --biochemistry, economics, and personality psychology. His first book, Man and Woman in Biblical Perspective, was recognized as one of the 10 Best  Evangelical Books of the Year and has become a touchstone volume regarding role relationships for men and women in the church.  Dr. Hurley teaches regularly in churches and frequently conducts marriage seminars.  He is presently developing a biblically-based, neuroscience informed protocol for couple therapy.  Dr. Hurley has been involved in Prison Fellowship, the Sexual Abuse Coalition, and served on the board of Mt. Salus Christian School.  He is a clinical fellow and approved clinical supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a practicing professional therapist. He has served  the Mississippi Association for Marriage and Family Therapy as President, as legislative chair and as board member.  He has also served as a board member of the Pastoral Counseling Institute.

Listen to a Fall 2015 Chapel Message by Dr. Hurley, from John 11, entitled When Jesus Does Not Do it the Way We Want.


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