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Faculty Profile:

Dr. Joaquim “Joa” Braga

Office:  East Education 122

Title:  Adjunct Faculty, Biblical Counseling

Started at Calvary: July 2017

Professional Information: B.S. (Biblical Counseling and Pastoral Studies), Calvary Bible College, 2001; M.Div. (Pastoral Studies), Calvary Theological Seminary, 2005; M.A. (Biblical Counseling), Dallas Theological Seminary, 2007; Ph.D. Family Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, 2017.

Favorite aspect of teaching at Calvary: I absolutely love interacting with the students. I myself became a Christian many years ago in Brazil through the ministry of several Calvary graduates who were serving Jesus as church planters. So I find it a great privilege to help train students who will go out and help minister to individuals such as myself all over the world.

Favorite class to teach:  Any counseling related class. I especially enjoy teaching Pastoral Counseling. I am a big believer that church leaders need to be as well trained as possible in counseling. The ministry of counseling belongs to the church first and foremost.

Originally from:   Maceio, Brazil

Favorite memory as a Calvary student:  I was deeply transformed by my interactions with the faculty, as well as by my friendships. Living on campus was a great experience for me, as for the first time in my life I was surrounded by Christian peers.

How did past ministry/professional experience lead to your position at Calvary:  The last several years, the Lord has blessed me with further professional training and experience in the area of counseling. But I truly believe that it’s my own personal journey—dealing with my brokenness and my ups and down,  that the Lord has used more than anything to help develop me as a counselor.

Ministry/Professional involvement outside of Calvary:  My family and I are also serving Jesus in Brazil by helping train the local church in the area of counseling.


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