M.A. in Christian Counseling


RTS Charlotte’s professors are widely known as experts in their fields with over 40 books and numerous academic articles published among them. In addition, they have extensive pastoral and ministry experience, regularly making time for students over meals, in prayer meetings, and personal appointments.

Dr. Newheiser is the Director of the Christian Counseling Program and Associate Professor of Christian Counseling and Practical Theology at RTS Charlotte. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Baylor University and an M.A. and D.Min. from Westminster Seminary California. He is a board member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC) and the Executive Director of the Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (formerly Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation West). He is also an Adjunct Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s College. Dr. Newheiser served 26 years as the Preaching Pastor at Grace Bible Church in Escondido, California as well as pastoring overseas.

Dr. Newheiser is the author of a number of books and articles, including Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: Crucial Questions and Answers (P&R, 2017); Parenting is More than a Formula (P&R, 2015); When Good Kids Make Bad Choices, with Elyse Fitzpatrick (Harvest House, 2005); You Never Stop Being a Parent, with Elyse Fitzpatrick (P&R, 2010); and a chapter contributor (with Rod Mays) in Biblical Counseling and the Church, ed. Bob Kellemen (Zondervan, 2015).

In addition to the Director, the counseling program faculty include regular adjuncts and visiting faculty. We incorporate a variety of professors and counselors who each bring unique dynamics, experience, and strengths to the program. They all share the same biblical perspective on the counseling task as modeled in organizations like the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) and the Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC).

For a listing of the full faculty see here.

Select Adjunct and Visiting Counseling Faculty include:

Dr. Rod Mays
Former RUF National Coordinator, Executive Minister Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church

Dr. Ed Welch,
CCEF Faculty

Dr. Jeremy Pierre
Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling, The Southern Baptist Theological

Dr. Heath Lambert
Executive Director of ACBC, Senior Pastor First Baptist Jacksonville

Dr. Dwayne Bond
Lead Pastor Wellpsring Church, Biblical Counseling Coalition Council Board Member

Dr. Bob Kellemen
Professor of Biblical Counseling Crossroads Bible College

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