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 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 and Christian Ministry at the Antiochian House of Studies. He is 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 an Antiochian Orthodox priest and co-director of the M.Th. in Pastoral Care & Counseling program. He is a graduate of Fordham University, Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, the Antiochian House of Studies (D.Min., ’09), and the Resident School of Clinical Pastoral Education at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Fr. David completed his formal studies with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Humanitarian Assistance & Refugee Care at the University of Essex in England in 2016, studying under Professor Renos Papadopoulos and Fr. Nikolai Sakharov (a scholar from the nearby Monastery of St. John the Baptist). 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.
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 Professor 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. She is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology & Christian Ministry at the Antiochian House of Studies.
Adjunct Professor Rebecca Clark is a licensed nurse practitioner (midwifery) and a former 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. She is the Pastoral Care & Counseling program advisor on community health, and is an adjunct professor in the process of intensive faculty development. Rebecca’s husband, Deacon Joseph, is a Antiochian seminarian in his senior year at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.
Program Advisor for Professional Ethics:
Dr. Ian Jones, Esq. is an attorney-at-law and a member of Saint Peter’s Antiochian Orthodox Church outside of Jackson, Mississippi. 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.