Dr. Joaquim Braga accepted the position of Biblical Counseling Program Director in the Seminary starting July 1, 2017. After he became a Christian in Brazil, Joaquim desired to learn more about Jesus and prepare for ministry. The missionaries who led Dr. Braga to Christ suggested Calvary! After pursuing ministry and additional education elsewhere, he has agreed to serve in this important role at his alma mater.
Dr. Braga is the Executive Director of Counseling for Brazil Ministries, a missions non-profit that seeks to live out the gospel by counseling and teaching individuals, couples, and families in the country of Brazil. He has a vision to transfer his experience and education to other men and women to use in the church and to use in the community. Joa worked in the counseling field with families, individuals, and couples in the areas of addictions, trauma and abuse, marital conflict, family of origin issues, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and more. He completed a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Studies at Calvary Theological Seminary. He continued to study at Dallas Theological Seminary and completed a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling. His passion for reaching others for Christ led him to complete a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Women’s University this year. He says, “Our prayer is that we will strive to struggle to the best of our ability and to turn to Jesus every time we hurt. Our hope is to love on others so they too can do the same.”
Dr. Braga announced an additional opportunity for pastors and church leaders to receive training and certification without earning an entire degree. He will announce new training opportunities soon.
Dr. Braga’s vision for the seminary program is to expand the Biblical Counseling Ministry program by adding courses and structure. He aspires to create another track for Biblical Counselors who desire licensure. Details will be announced in the future. This program is not available yet.