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Dr. Pamela Holliman elected President of American Association of Pastoral Counselors

May 2, 2014

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that Dr. Pamela Holliman, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Psychotherapy, has been elected the President of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). The mission of this association is to bring healing, hope, and wholeness to individuals, families, and communities by expanding and equipping spiritually grounded and psychologically informed care, counseling, and psychotherapy. The American Association of Pastoral Counselors, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, consists of approximately 2000 pastoral counselors and 75 pastoral counseling centers.

Upon her election, Holliman said, “I am thrilled and honored to be part of the leadership of AAPC.  Those who integrate theology and psychology in their ministries of care and counseling in a variety of settings find their professional home in AAPC. It is a privilege to be part of that ministry.”  Holliman, an alumna of Garrett-Evangelical, returned in 2008 as the Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Psychotherapy and the Director of Clinical Training for the seminary’s doctoral program in Pastoral Theology, Personality, and Culture. She received her Ph.D. in Religion/Pastoral Psychology from the joint partnership of Garrett-Evangelical and Northwestern University, as well as an M. Div. and an M.C.E from the seminary. Before teaching at Garrett-Evangelical, she was the Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Center in Philadelphia and Mental Health Faculty at CREDO, a wellness program for clergy supported by the National Episcopal Church. Holliman has teaching experience at Drew Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Howard University School of Divinity. She has authored several articles and papers for academic journals and conferences.

"Dr. Holliman's election reflects not only her long, excellent administrative leadership, academic contributions, and clinical practice to and in the field of pastoral counseling and care, but also the historical contributions that Garrett-Evangelical has made to AAPC since its inception,” said President Lallene Rector.  “Seven of its twenty-six presidents have been graduates of the doctoral program, including the first African American president, Dr. Alice Graham.  We are proud of Dr. Holliman's new role as the current president of AAPC and our students continue to benefit from her academic advising, supervision, teaching, and mentoring." 

Since the founding of the department by Dr. Carroll Wise, the third president of the AAPC, in 1949, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary has been committed to training religious leaders in pastoral care and counseling for the church, the academy, and the world. The seminary is one of only a few in the nation with a long and distinguished history in offering degree programs focused on clinical and non-clinical tracks, masters and doctoral degrees. If you would like more information on this program, please visit our degrees and programs page.