A number of years ago, RTS Charlotte launched a two-year Master of Arts in Christian Counseling degree (MACC) and it has been wonderful to see how it has grown. We believe that solid, Christ-centered, biblical counseling is critical to the health of the church.
Last week we announced the hire Dr. Nate Brooks as Assistant Professor of Christian Counseling at RTS Charlotte beginning June 1, 2020. Dr. Brooks will join Dr. Jim Newheiser who is the associate professor of Christian Counseling and director of the program.
Dr. Brooks earned a B.S. in Business Administration from The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA. After completing his undergraduate degree, he attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for his M.Div. Most recently, he received his Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
His research interests revolve around the intersection of counseling and systematic theology, with a special focus on anthropology. Brooks completed his doctoral studies under T. Dale Johnson, contrasting the historical Reformed understanding of the heart with that of second-wave cognitive behavioral therapy.
I am so pleased to have Dr. Brooks join the faculty at RTS Charlotte. He combines academic rigor and theological depth with a love for people that embodies the RTS motto, ‘A mind for truth and a heart for God.’ We know he will bless both our students and the larger church world for many years to come
In addition to having two fantastic core faculty, Charlotte’s biblical counseling degree has a number of other distinctives:
- Committed to the gospel message and the sufficiency of God’s Word as the basis of all counseling
- Our program shares the same biblical perspective on the counseling task as modeled in organizations like the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) and the Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC).
- Phenomenal visiting faculty including Ed Welch, Rod Mays, Jeremy Pierre, Heath Lambert, Deepak Reju, and Bob Kellemen
- More than half the MACC curriculum is Bible and Theology, laying a critical foundation for counseling
- Located in beautiful city of Charlotte on a gorgeous 17 acre campus
Let me also add, that two years ago we announced that we are now offering the MACC degree in an exciting new Summer/Winter format. This means that students can now get the MACC degree over the course of four years without having to relocate.
We rolled out this new structure because we know there are many people who want to benefit from the MACC program, but are not able to move. This new format can help address that problem.
The fact that this program is meeting a real need was evident during the counseling classes we just offered in our winter term last month (before the coronavirus hit). As I visited with the students, I realized they were from all over the country, including Oregon, Texas, Alabama, Virginia, and more. Clearly there is a great desire for more biblically-based counseling courses.
Hope to see you in a counseling class soon!