Distinguished Visiting Professor of Pastoral Care
Ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
|Wartburg College: Majors:
Greek and German
||Southern California School of Theology - Degree in Theology
care and counseling foundations
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Descriptions page for descriptions of all courses.
||Chaplaincy in a Pluralistic
||Ministry to Persons with
Mental Illness and their Families
in Grief and Bereavement
||Introduction to Pastoral
||Pastoral Care: Addiction
||Pastoral Care with Couples
||Ministry with Older Adults
||Pastoral Care through the
||Ministry with Persons with Mental Illness and Their Families
Co-edited with William H. Meller and Steven C. Thurber
Fortress Press, 2012
A Faith Perspective
New York: Haworth Press, 1995
of Parish Clergy Award, one of the 10 best books published
in pastoral care in 1995)
Articles and Essays
Competencies for Clergy: An Inter-religious Theological Curriculum.
National Association of Children of Alcoholics, publication pending.
“Pastoral Care of the Aged Afflicted by Addiction.”
In Aging, Religion, and Spirituality: A Handbook, Vol.
I, edited by Melvin Kimble, Susan H. McFadden, James W. Ellor,
and James J. Seeber. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2002.
“Unconditional Surrender.” In Addiction and Spirituality:
A Multidisciplinary Approach, edited by Oliver J. Morgan and
Merle R. Jordan. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1999.
Caring and Community: A Study in Ephesians. Minneapolis:
Topics for Presentation
Bob at 651.255.6133.
joy of ministry for me as a teacher is the privilege of engaging
others who are on the journey to hear their narratives and
benefit from their wisdom. Every encounter with another human
being or group of people is an opportunity to grow as well
as to share in the ecstasies and the exigencies of life. The
core of my own life is summed up in the notion that what energizes
me are relationships wherein mutual trust, integrity, respect,
and love are celebrated in a fashion that lifts up our common
humanity and our unity in the Spirit.
intention is to demonstrate how one can be genuine and authentic
in ministry as a person as well as a professional. Utilizing
the unique gifts that each student is endowed with in the
service of others, whether it be in the realm of justice or
equality, care and concern is the purpose of education rather
than indoctrination into a theological or ecclesiological
school of thought.”
passion is to engage in dialogue so that the faith tradition
embraced by each student might form an intersection with the
existential realities of life. The task of pastoral theology
is to function as a midwife in giving birth to creative theological
insights that in turn can be utilized in the day-to-day praxis
church functions in the world as a community of people who
work for peace and justice wherever the dignity and well-being
of human beings is compromised. Healing, sustaining, guiding,
reconciling, empowering, and liberating activities take center
stage as we work to alleviate suffering, pain, and brokenness
in our corporate and individual lives.”