Professor Renos Papadopoulos has 40 years of experience as a tenured professor of psychology at a major British research university, and has served concurrently during that time as a registered clinical psychologist in both public and private practice. He is a world-renowned specialist in the field of refugee care, and is the founder and director of the Centre for Trauma, Asylum & Refugees at the University of Essex in England, which is located less than 15 miles from the Monastery of Saint John the Baptist (founded by Archimandrite Sophrony). As a sub-specialty in his academic work, Renos 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 Professor of Psychology & Christian Ministry at the Antiochian House of Studies. He is also a regular lecturer in the Master of Theology in Pastoral Care & Counseling program, and serves as the program’s senior program advisor.
Fr. David Alexander is a priest of the Antiochian Archdiocese serving as Associate Professor of Pastoral Care & Counseling at the Antiochian House of Studies. He is a graduate of Fordham University, Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, the Johns Hopkins Hospital Clinical Pastoral Residency Program, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (D.Min.), and the Centre for Trauma, Asylum & Refugees at the University of Essex in England (Ph.D.). Fr. David specializes in international humanitarian assistance operations, disaster spiritual care education, and caregiver ethics. He has deployed twice to Afghanistan as a chaplain with the Marine Corps, has participated in humanitarian assistance projects on 6 continents, and maintains active credentials with ACPE (Psych.) and AAETS (Dip. & Fellow).
Shammassey Rebecca Safley Clark is a public health scholar and licensed medical provider who cross-trained in Orthodox Pastoral Theology (and specifically the Hypostatic Theology of Archimandrite Sophrony) under Professor Christopher Veniamin at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary. She currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care & Counseling at the Antiochian House of Studies. 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 and addictions care among both the urban and rural poor, offered from an integrated medical-theological perspective.
Fr. Isaiah Gillette is an archpriest of the Antiochian Archdiocese serving as Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care & Counseling. A career military chaplain and licensed family therapist, he received his education at Asbury University (B.A.), Texas A&M University (M.S.), the Antiochian House of Studies (M.Th.), and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (D.Min.). Fr. Isaiah has directed family counseling centers in the states of Kentucky and Missouri, and he specializes in working with clergy and Christian health professionals interested in developing pastoral theological responses to families in crisis.
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 serves as an Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care & Counseling at the Antiochian House of Studies.
The Professional Advisor appointed for the 2019 cohort is Dr. Ian Jones:
Dr. Ian Jones is an attorney-at-law and a theological ethicist, and is an active member of Saint Peter’s Antiochian Orthodox Church outside of Jackson, Mississippi. Educated at Baylor University (B.A.), the University of Virginia (J.D.), Saint Vladimir’s Seminary (M.A.), and Fordham University (Ph.D.), Ian specializes in engaging contemporary ethical issues from the foundation of the Greek Patristic corpus.