Fr. David Alexander is an Antiochian Orthodox priest and Co-director of the M.Th. in Pastoral Care & Counseling program. A graduate of Fordham University, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, and the School of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, he completed his Ph.D. in Humanitarian Assistance & Refugee Care at the University of Essex in the United Kingdom, where he studied under Professor Renos Papadopoulos (Ph.D. – Cape Town) and Fr. Nikolai Sakharov (Ph.D. – Oxford), a hieromonk from the nearby Monastery of St. John the Baptist at Essex. Fr. David has been active in global humanitarian operations for over 15 years, working in South America, Central Asia, Southwest Asia, East Asia, the South Pacific, Central Africa, Australia, and above the Arctic Circle. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, a Fellow of the Centre for Trauma, Asylum & Refugees, and maintains certification as a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Supervisor. The author of more than a dozen book chapters and journal articles in the fields of pastoral care and humanitarian assistance, his first solo book project, entitled The Resurrection of Thymos: Transcending the Modern Trauma Discourse and Facing the Enemy Within, has been accepted for publication in Spring 2019.

Fr. Isaiah Gillette is an Archpriest of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese and serves along with Fr. David as Co-director of the M.Th. in Pastoral Care & Counseling program. Educated at Asbury University, Asbury Theological Seminary, Texas A&M University, the Antiochian House of Studies, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (D.Min. with Eastern Christian Focus), he has served in parish priesthood, military chaplaincy, pastoral care program consultancy, and pastoral supervision both at home and internationally for more than 25 years. Fr. Isaiah has also completed extensive education in the fields of marriage & family therapy and systemic family therapy supervision, and has directed family counseling centers in the states of Kentucky and Missouri. He currently maintains an active license to practice family therapy in the state of Missouri. Fr. Isaiah’s Doctor of Ministry dissertation project focused on Patristically-founded approaches to family care, and he specializes in working with clergy, professional educators, crisis counselors, and peri-natal health professionals interested in developing pastoral theological responses to families in crisis.

Adjunct Faculty:

Mrs. Merri Wentworth was educated at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. She is a retired clinical psychologist with more than 30 years of experience working in healthcare and school settings. She is a daughter of the Russian Orthodox Church, and currently serves as the choir director for the St. Nicholas Orthodox Chapel community in Okinawa, Japan. Merri functions as the Pastoral Care & Counseling program advisor on integrated thesis development, and also serves as the senior director for practicum placement.

Program Advisors:

Professor Renos Papadopoulos has over 40 years of experience as both a tenured professor of psychology in the United Kingdom (University of Essex) and a registered clinical psychologist. As a sub-specialty in his academic work, he offers supervision to students interested in exploring the interface between Orthodox Christian spirituality and various discourses in the field of psychology and humanitarian assistance. Renos serves as the senior program advisor for the Master of Theology in Pastoral Care & Counseling program.

Rebecca Clark is a licensed nurse practitioner (midwifery and women’s health) and a Robert Woods Johnson scholar at Johns Hopkins University. Educated at the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., B.S.N., M.S.N.) and Johns Hopkins University (Ph.D.), she specializes in community health among the urban poor from an integrated public health-nursing perspective, and she serves as the Pastoral Care & Counseling program advisor on community health. Rebecca’s husband Joseph is an Antiochian seminarian at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.

Ian Jones is an attorney-at-law and a member of Saint Peter’s Antiochian Orthodox Church outside of Jackson, MS. Educated at Baylor University (B.A.), the University of Virginia (J.D.), St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (M.A. – Theology), and Fordham University (Ph.D. – Patristic Theology), Ian specializes academically in engaging contemporary bioethical discourses from the foundation of the Eastern Patristic corpus. He serves as the Pastoral Care & Counseling program advisor on professional ethics.