Dr. James Newheiser appointed Director of the Christian Counseling Program



Charlotte, NC – March 15, 2016

Reformed Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. James (Jim) Newheiser, Jr., as Director of the Christian Counseling Program and Associate Professor of Christian Counseling and Practical Theology at RTS Charlotte beginning June 1, 2016.

Dr. Newheiser earned a Bachelor of 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 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).

David Powlison, executive director of CCEF, commented on Dr. Newheiser’s appointment, “I was very glad to hear that Jim Newheiser has accepted the call to come to RTS Charlotte in biblical counseling. He brings wide experience, abiding fidelity to Scripture, and a humble heart.”  For the past 25 years, Dr. Newheiser has served 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.

Jim has been married to his wife Caroline for 36 years and they have 3 adult children. Jim has a heart for ministry and shares that he “is excited about bringing over thirty years of pastoral and counseling experience to help train future leaders in Christ’s church.”

Dr. Newheiser will oversee all the counseling degree options, including the 66 credit-hour MA in Christian Counseling (MACC). A distinctive feature of this degree is that it requires, in addition to counseling courses, a significant number of courses in biblical studies, systematic theology and apologetics. This well-rounded curriculum allows students to engage the counseling task on the solid foundation of a Scriptural worldview.

The counseling program also includes an MDiv and MACC dual degree, an MATS/BS and MACC dual degree, and an MDiv with a counseling emphasis.

The RTS Charlotte campus has become a national and international training ground for pastors, missionaries, educators, and leaders in the church. It has a beautiful 17 acre campus, ten full-time resident faculty members, a library of 60,000 volumes, and hundreds of alumni serving Christ all over the globe. RTS Charlotte offers the M.Div. degree, the MA in Christian Counseling, MA (Biblical Studies or Theological Studies), and the Doctor of Ministry degree.  It also hosts the Institute for Reformed Campus Ministry and the Center for Church Planting, each designed to provide additional training for students who plan to minister in these strategic areas.

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