We are pleased to introduce Dr. Mark Hager as the new Professional Services: Biblical Counseling and Training Center Director and Assistant Professor at Calvary Theological Seminary. He comes with years of experience in pastoral and counseling ministry, along with prior service in the U.S. Air Force and law enforcement. He holds a B.A. and a M.Div. degree from the International Bible College and Seminary, a Doctorate in biblical counseling from Master's International, and is completing his Ph.D. in biblical counseling at Trinity Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Cindy, have 6 adult sons and 15 grandchildren.
Dr. Hager's vision for the CTS counseling program is not an old model of counseling limited in biblical scope and practicality; it is a model that will bring the Bible alive at every level of practical theology. It will equip the graduate with extensive counseling skills and theological understanding that is needed in this difficult and complex world in which we live.
Coming this spring, there will be an Evangelism in Counseling class offered which is the first of its kind. In this course students will learn to problem solve as well as be a viable evangelistic tool for Christ. Also offered will be a class wherein Dr. Kurt Grady, a research scientist and professor in the area of pharmacology, will help students understand how to unpack and biblically counsel the popular labeled dual disorders.
Calvary Theological Seminary's Counseling program is full of research opportunities that require critical thinking skills and a higher level of aptitude. Some of the possible career and ministry opportunities upon graduation are:
Staff counselor in churches and Christian schools (pastor and staff)
Church planters utilizing the biblical counseling model
Teachers and educators on the Christian high school, Christian college, and seminary level
Christian school counselors and addictions counseling as gospel missionaries
Writing and research in biblical counseling
Independent biblical counselors