Professional Background and Interests
To date, much of my professional life has surrounded the ministries of various churches. In 1992, I began working with a team of seminary students in surveying a community in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and initiating a new contemporary church service that came to be known as the Parkview Community Celebration.
A year later, and with the church ministry well underway, I focused my attention on professional counseling training. I began working as a Psychiatric Technician at a hospital in the greater New Orleans area. In that setting, I was able to work with people having various mental disorders and those struggling with drug addictions. In addition to my work at the hospital, I also began working with a Chinese community in New Orleans who were in need of a pastor. Ultimately, I would serve a long interim of six years at the Chinese Presbyterian Church.
Many of my counseling experiences also came as a result of my responsibilities as an ordained minister and pastor to a church as well as my six-year track through Ph.D. education and training as a Counselor Intern and, eventually, as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Thus far, I have accumulated over 3,000 hours in counseling experience. I have worked with families and individuals struggling with relationships, illnesses, tragedies, and death.
At the same time, I also have the joy of sharing with family celebrations of all kinds: births of children, anniversaries, and the participating and officiating of marriages. Additionally, being the only staff in a church has given me a full range of experiences with all age groups of people.
One of the most significant works I had done involved leading a support group for five years for survivors of suicide (SOS): those who had lost loved ones to suicide. The things I have learned through those invaluable interactions with the members of the SOS support group are now contributing greatly towards a class I teach-Group Dynamics.
My first teaching experience came with an opportunity to serve as an adjunct faculty member at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. That experience affirmed to me God's direction in my life as a teacher. With my graduation at the seminary in December of 2000, I became the newest member to the faculty of Cedarville University psychology department in Fall 2001.
My personal conviction is to allow God in transforming my life to conform in character to that of His Son, Jesus Christ. One attribute of Christ I find most endearing is found in Isaiah 9:6 "...His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor..." I aspire to be like Christ in this regard, and I perceive my role at Cedarville University as being an instrument of God in transforming many to be wonderful counselors.
- Spring 2007 - Present: Associate Professor of Psychology, Cedarville University
- Fall 2001 - 2007: Assistant Professor of Psychology, Cedarville University
- 1995 - 2001: LPC/Counselor intern - Individual, Family, and Group Counseling
- 1999 - 2000: Adjunct Faculty, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
- 1994 - 2000: Interim Pastor, Chinese Presbyterian Church in Kenner, Louisiana