Throughout Garrett-Evangelical's history, there has been a long-standing commitment to the pastoral care and counseling field. Our faculty are widely recognized for their expertise, scholarship, and leadership in the Church and academy. They have become national leaders of their professional organizations and hold places of international recognition and preeminence in the field. In the area of Pastoral Theology, Personality and Culture, our faculty members are experienced clinicians and scholars who bring a wealth knowledge. Our pastoral care and counseling faculty include:
Dr. Trina Armstong is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care at Garrett-Evangelical. She is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and certified rape counselor. Her research intersects with practical and womanist theology, post-trauma psychology, and relational cultural theory. She also researches issues of loss, grief, death and dying, crisis care, and the impact of historical trauma on the wellbeing of African American families and interpersonal relationships. Prior to teaching at Garrett-Evangelical, Armstrong was Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling and Pastoral Theology and Faculty Director of the Center for Interfaith Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care and Counseling at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, as well as a multi-systemic therapist at Nystrom and Associates, LLC.
Dr. Rolf Nolasco is Professor of Pastoral Theology at Garrett-Evangelical. He is an experienced professor, trained in pastoral and counseling psychology, mindfulness and contemplative spirituality, and affective neuroscience. Nolasco is also a psychotherapist, published author, and has vast experience in cross cultural communications from living and working across the world within varying social and cultural backgrounds. He is the author of The Contemplative Counselor: A Way of Being (Fortress Press, 2011) and Compassionate Presence: A Radical Response to Human Suffering (Cascade Books, 2016). His most recent work seeks to affirm compassion as the pulsating heartbeat of Christian theology and praxis through the hermeneutical perspectives of brain science, psychology, and practical theology. Nolasco is currently working on two books, namely God’s Beloved Queer (Wipf and Stock, 2018) and Depression, Dark Night of the Soul, and Joy (Cascade Books, 2020).