Our diverse and renown faculty bring a wealth of expertise and experience not only to Garrett-Evangelical, but to the church and our global community. They are members and leaders in local, national, and global organizations, denominations, and societies. Our faculty in the field of pastoral care and counseling are:
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 and a licensed marriage and family therapist providing spiritually-integrated psychotherapy at Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago. Dr. Armstrong is a womanist pastoral theologian engaged in research on the impact of slavery trauma and colonization on the wellbeing of African Americans, their families, and interpersonal relationships. Her book, Womanist Relational Care for Single Black Mothers: Unveiling Trauma and Loss is forthcoming. Dr. Armstrong is also engaged in research on de-stigmatizing mental illness and trauma-informed care for African American communities and churches; and pastoral care for loss, grief, death, and dying.
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).
Dr. Jaeyeon Lucy Chung is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at Garrett-Evangelical and Director of the Styberg Library. Her most recent publication is Korean Women, Self-Esteem, and Practical Theology: Transformative Care (Palgrave, 2017). She earned a doctor of philosophy in religion with a focus in person, community, and religious practices from Emory University. In addition, she holds a master of library and information science degree from Dominican University, a master of sacred theology degree from Boston University, and a master of arts in religion from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Republic of Korea.