B.A. Dordt College

M.Div. M.A., Reformed Theological Seminary

Ph.D. Harold Abel School of Psychology, Capella University


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  • MN336 The Christian Interior Life
  • MN415 Practice of Counsel & Care
  • MN529 From Baptism to Burial: Pastoral Essentials
  • MN556 Psychology & Christian Spirituality

Speaking Engagements


Chuck DeGroat

Professor of Pastoral Care and Christian Spirituality
Interim Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program
Executive Director of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Chuck is committed to spiritual and emotional formation for the sake of mission. His experience is represented in a fluid combination of pastoral ministry and seminary training for 25 years.  He has served several church plants as a teaching pastor and has started two church-based clinical counseling centers.  Most recently, he was a teaching pastor at City Church San Francisco, where he co-founded Newbigin House of Studies, an urban and missional training center with offerings through Western Theological Seminary.

His academic specialization is in the intersection of psychology and the Bible, represented best in his book Leaving Egypt: Finding God in the Wilderness Places (Square Inch) – a narrative biblical paradigm for understanding counseling, care, mission, and formation.  His next book, The Toughest People to Love (Eerdmans), focuses on caring for the most difficult people leaders encounter.  Wholeheartedness (Eerdmans) was released in February 2016, and When Narcissism Comes to Church (IVP) came out in 2020. He is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America, a member of City Classis (the RCA’s urban, missional classis), and he holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.

Chuck has been married to Sara for 26 years and has two daughters – Emma and Maggie.  If you don’t see him around campus meeting with students, he is more than likely spending time with his family throwing a frisbee, or traveling to new places, or finding a new extraordinary place to eat.

“I am committed to a relationally-oriented, trauma-informed practice of care and counseling rooted in the Christian soul care tradition. I long to see students become humble, hopeful, wise, and curious as they are formed for the ministries they’re called to.”

Dr. DeGroat’s personal website, including audio-video links. Click here.

To inquire about having Chuck speak or lead a retreat, please email him