Dr. Charles R. DeGroat

Guest Lecturer in Counseling

» Counseling | Guest Faculty | Orlando

Dordt College, B.A.
Reformed Theological Seminary, M.A., M.Div.
Capella University, Ph.D. 


Dr. Chuck DeGroat began teaching at RTS in 2003 and currently serves as Guest Lecturer in Counseling, teaching courses related to the integration of psychology and theology. Dr. DeGroat previously served as the campus's Director of Spiritual Formation and taught several counseling and practical ministry courses. Dr. DeGroat earned both a Master of Divinity and an M.A. in Counseling from RTS-Orlando. 

Dr. DeGroat is co-founder and a current Vice President of Newbigin House of Studies, a partnership between Western Theological Seminary and City Church San Francisco that provides theological, cultural and spiritual formation to leaders who want to engage missionally with their increasingly secularized culture. Dr. DeGroat is also a teaching pastor at City Church and serves as Executive Director of the church's counseling center. Dr. DeGroat is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America.

Dr. DeGroat's doctoral studies focused on the psychology and theology of soul care and spiritual formation. He developed a model for Christian growth based on the journey of Israel from slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land through many years of wilderness wandering. Dr. DeGroat's research and ministry interests also include biblical lament, church and culture and urban spiritual renewal.

Student's appreciate Dr. DeGroat's desire to prepare men and women for ministry by helping them develop sound theology that is never separated from sincere compassion for hurting people. Dr. DeGroat and his wife, Sara, have two daughters.





  • Coauthor, "A Church for the City: Present Realities and Future Challenges," in Perspectives 27:2 (2012), 12-15.
  • "Spiritual or Psychological: Dark Nights Often Have Many Dimensions," in Leadership 32:4 (2011), 39-40.
  • "Black Bag Theology," in Perspectives 26:10 (2011), 7. 
  • "The New Exodus: A Narrative Paradigm for Understanding Soul Care," in Journal of Psychology and Christianity 37:3 (2009), 186-193.

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