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Trina A. Armstrong
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology
Ordained Itinerant Elder with the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME)
Appointed 2013


Golden State University
M.A. California Southern University
M.A. Claremont School of Theology
M.Div. Fuller Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Claremont School of Theology

Teaching and Research

history, theory, and methods of practical theology and spiritual care and counseling
post-trauma pastoral psychology
practical theology in the African-American experience
critical and transformational pedagogies
marriage and family therapy
relational cultural theory and therapy
liberation and contextual theologies

Courses Offered
CL670   Introduction to Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology
CL678   Caring for Families and Relationships
CL679   Pastoral Care in Grief and Loss
CL685   Short Term & Crisis Models of Pastoral Care
CL686   Pastoral Care and the Shattered Soul

Visit the Course Descriptions page for descriptions of all courses.

Visit the Registration Bulletin page for a listing of all courses offered in the current and past academic year.


"Rot at the Core: Black Theology and Psychotherapy: an Integrative Approach towards Liberation from Psychological Slavery." The AME Church Review. (2011).

Managing Editor. The Theolog, Claremont School of Theology Student Journal (2006-2009).

Papers and Presentations

Presenter: Society of Pastoral Theology: History, Culture and Relationships of Single African American Mothers Towards the Development of a Healthy Relationship Education Curriculum (2011).

Lecturer: Chinese Coalition for Compassionate Care: Spiritual Care Giving for Lay Volunteers (2011).

Presenter and Panelist: Claremont School of Theology on Non-Profit Vocations: Pastoral Counseling in Para Church and Non-Profit Organizations (2011).

Presenter and Panelist: American Academy of Religion Psychology, Culture, and Religion Group: Healing Generations of Self-hatred: The Intersection of Religion and Post-Trauma Psychology Towards the Healing of Intergenerational Transmission of Self-hatred within African-American Family Systems (2010).

Presenter and Panelist: AME Women in Ministry Quadrennial Conference: Finding Your Passion, Funding Your Passion, The Ministry of Pastoral Counseling (2010).

Contact Trina at 651.255.6133.

I enjoy walking, spinning, reading, cooking, listening to music, watching sports (especially football and basketball), playing golf, live theatre and music, movies, technology, traveling, tasty restaurants and spending time with friends and family. I am a proud-active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the largest community service organization of African American women in the world. The joys and loves of my life are my daughter Ariana and my Shi Tzu Jireh.

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I am passionate about authentic helping and healing because our world is filled with hurting and wounded people who need skilled, authentic, loving, passionate and compassionate spiritual caregivers to walk with them on their healing journey. In my class, I strive to create a communal and safe atmosphere where students can be authentic and equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to offer compassionate and caring ministry wherever they are called.

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Preparing spiritual caregivers for in-the-trenches ministry, from those who will not shy away from the emotional rigors of ministry to those who need a tender loving touch regardless of where they are in life, is the focus of my teaching. Thus I am committed to life-giving teaching, scholarship and service embracing a broad range of people, culture, perspectives and life experiences.

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