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.

Select Residential Faculty

Dr.James Newheiser

Dr. John D. Currid

Dr. Michael J. Kruger

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 both the Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC) and the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). Dr. Newheiser served 26 years as the Preaching Pastor at Grace Bible Church in Escondido, California. He is also the Director of the Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship (formerly CCEF West) and an Adjunct Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Master’s College.

Dr. Newheiser is the author of a number of books and articles, including 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 Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).

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. Timothy Lane
President of the Institute for Pastoral Care in Atlanta, Georgia

Dr. Deepak Reju
Associate Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministries at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C.

Dr. David Powlison
Executive Director of CCEF

Counseling Field Education

The MACC degree includes a valuable field education component for students to develop practical counseling experiences under skilled oversight from ministry site mentors and on-campus supervision. Students will be required to have 100 hours of counseling-related experience in a church or para-church ministry setting. MACC field education enables students to integrate classroom theory with practical hands-on counseling experiences and provides students with personal development, spiritual growth, and ministry skills.


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