Congregational Care

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Our certificate in congregational care is designed for pastors and lay ministers who desire to provide pastoral counseling and other care ministries for their constituents. You'll gain the essentials for a wide range of ministry roles.


  • Purposeful community of learners and leaders
  • Experienced and published faculty
  • Theologically diverse student body
  • MFT and ministry students integrated in foundational courses
  • Option to study in Israel each summer
  • Option to attend the Hispanic Summer Program
  • Diverse practicum opportunities
  • Online courses available
  • Fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Career opportunities

This certificate equips students for lay counseling in a church or other community setting.

Program director

David Bruce Rose, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy


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Adam Ghali, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Cynthia McGrady, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

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Autumn Lindberg, LMFT

Visalia Center Program Director

Mary Shamshoian, LMFT

Director of the On-Site Counseling Program, Adjunct Faculty of Marriage and Family Therapy

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university¬†
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Completion of FPBS application materials