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Biblical Counseling

Our Philosophy: We Counsel From a Biblical Worldview







     Calvary University believes and maintains that the revelation contained in the Scriptures concerning God, man, and man’s problems and their solution is the only adequate foundation on which to build a counseling model.

     The Biblical Counseling Department teaches and practices counseling approaches and methods from a Biblical worldview regarding human growth and development, behavioral changes, marriage and family, crisis intervention, human trafficking, substance abuse, and problem-solving in counseling.

     The Biblical Counseling Department does not just simply integrate models and theories into each of our courses, but we undergird each course with the very foundation of sacred Scripture. Every single course in our department is geared to reinforce and challenge our students to counsel from a Biblical worldview…all to the glory of God.

Biblical Counseling Department Objectives


  • To enable the student to articulate a biblical philosophy of counseling.
  • To challenge the student to demonstrate Christian character qualities necessary for a Biblical counseling ministry.
  • To provide the student with a basic knowledge of the counseling process.
  • To assist the student in identifying people problems.
  • To help the student develop communication skills needed for counseling one-on-one and in small group situations.

Required Courses

All Biblical Counseling Majors must take the following courses:

  • CO244 Introduction To Biblical Counseling
  • CO245 History of Psychological Systems
  • CO246 Theological Foundations of Biblical Counseling
  • CO331 Group Counseling Practicum
  • CO345 Marriage and Family
  • SS249 Conflict Resolution
  • SS324 Human Growth and Development
  • RP343 Ethics and Biblical Counseling
  • CO449 Senior Counseling Project
  • Senior Counseling Internship


Biblical Counseling Electives

Biblical counseling majors also choose from the following electives in their Biblical Counseling program:


  • CO247 Counseling Cross-Culturally (J-Term)
  • CO342 Developing A Biblical Counseling Center
  • CO432 Crisis Counseling              
  • CO438 Substance Abuse          
  • CO340 Counseling Youth   
  • CO346 Counseling Depression   
  • CO436 Death, Dying, and Grief Counseling 
  • CO347 Counseling The Non-Traditional Family
  • CO446 Counseling Topics
  • CO340 Counseling Youth
  • CO348 Counseling Troubling Emotions

Biblical Psychology Minor

 The Biblical Psychology Minor, launched in Spring 2020, requires the following courses:


  • Introduction To Research In Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology & The Biblical Worldview
  • Social Psychology & The Biblical Worldview
  • The Human Lifespan
  • Physiological Psychology & The Biblical Worldview
  • Human Sexuality & The Biblical Worldview
  • General Psychology
Dr. Luther Smith

Dr. Luther Smith

Dean of the College, Department Chair of Biblical Counseling, Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling

B.A. Ashford University, 2008

M.A.C.P (Masters of Arts Clinical Psychology); M.R.S. (Master’s Religious Studies) Southern California Seminary, 2012

Psy. D (Doctorate of Psychology). Southern California Seminary, 2017

Dr. Jeffrey Cox

Dr. Jeffrey Cox

Program Director of Graduate Biblical Counseling, Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling

B.S. (Finance), Missouri State University, 1989

M.S. (Bible &; Theology) Calvary Theological Seminary, 2008

D.Min. (Care and Counseling), Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2018

Douglas Geiger

Douglas Geiger

Adjunct Faculty, Biblical Counseling


B.A. (Management and Human Relations), MidAmerica Nazarene University, 2010

M.A. (Counseling), MidAmerica Nazarene University, 2015

Michael Vaughn

Michael Vaughn

Adjunct Faculty, Biblical Counseling

B.A. (Broadcast Management), Liberty University, 1988

M.A. (Theological Studies), Liberty University, 2013

M.A. (Counseling), Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2017

Pat Miller

Pat Miller

Adjunct Faculty, Biblical Counseling

Diploma, Moody Bible Institute, 1969

B.A. Western Illinois University, 1993

M.S. (Biblical Counseling), Calvary Theological Seminary, 2000

Certified Member of American Academy of Biblical Counselors (AABC)

Valerie Piercey

Valerie Piercey

Director of Institutional Effectiveness; Assistant Professor of Education

B.A. (Missions), Baptist Bible College, 2000

M.A. (Intercultural Studies/TESOL), Baptist Bible College of Theology, 2004

Ed.D. in progress (Organizational Leadership & Training), Grand Canyon University

Jeffery Campa

Jeffery Campa

Chief Operations Officer, Assistant Professor of Bible & Theology and Biblical Counseling


B.S. (Leadership & Administration), Calvary Bible College, 2007

M.S. (Bible & Theology), Calvary Theological Seminary, 2009

M.A. (Biblical Counseling), Calvary Theological Seminary, 2011

M.Div. (Pastoral Studies), Calvary Theological Seminary, 2011 

D.Min. in progress (Church Revitalization, Christian Leadership & Church Ministry), Liberty University