I’m grateful you’ve navigated here to learn a bit more about me.

I’m a follower of Jesus, a husband to Sara for 26 years, and father to two amazing daughters.

I am Professor of Counseling and Christian Spirituality at Western Theological Seminary Holland MI. Click the link for my bio and for some video content.

I do Soul Care Intensives. I write books. I am a licensed therapist and a spiritual director. I lead retreats and speak. And I’m immensely grateful for it all.

About a decade ago, I co-founded Newbigin House of Studies in San Francisco where I still serve as a Senior Fellow. During my years pastoring, I started two church-based counseling centers.

What have I written? I waited until I was 40 to publish my first book, a work called Leaving Egypt: Finding God in the Wilderness Places (Square Inch). It’s a look at how the Exodus story meets us in our stories of fear to freedom, and paints a picture of a transformational growth process. In many ways, it’s my paradigm for change.

My second book, The Toughest People to Love (Eerdmans) focuses on caring for the most difficult people we encounter. Do you know any difficult people? You might enjoy this one.

My third book Wholeheartedness (Eerdmans) brings a vision of wholeness amidst our perfectionism and shame-based culture. It’s chock full of poetry and neuroscience and theology and contemplative wisdom, and so many folks have reached out to share how healing it’s been.

My self-published Lenten devotional is Falling Into Goodness, a book about how God meets us in the dust and ashes of our lives. Lent has been a particularly rich liturgical season for me, and this book has been described as a kind of “liturgical therapy.” I like that.

My latest is When Narcissism Comes to Church (IVP) where I diagnose a profound problem in our churches and among our clergy, and offer a way forward. Sadly, my work of assessing pastors and consulting with churches involves significant intersections with narcissism, and with it misuse of power, abuse, gaslighting, and more. It’s time we address this honestly.

My next book explores a unique process of transformation and healing that emerges from the three questions God asks in Genesis 3: Where are you? Who told you? What do you long for? This book emerges out of years of soul care with individuals and couples. If you’re interested in discerning whether or not you’d want to engage this work on a personal level with me, check out my Soul Care Intensives.

Ok. That’s enough for now.

In the meantime, follow me on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook at @chuckdegroat.

Chuck, Sara, Maggie (18) and Emma (20)

14 thoughts on “THIS IS ME

  1. Hi Chuck, I can’t find out how to email you on City Church’s website. A friend of mine sent me this article on the Quarter-Life Crisis, and given your recent foray into the “young adults” risking relationships seminar, I thought you might find it interesting for your repertoire or a future talk. Not necessarily a Biblical perspective, but true nonetheless. It’s not too long.

    Hope all is well,

  2. This is just a little joke so don’t actully say yes to it… If your free on wednesday can I meet with you? That was not really true.

  3. Hi dad I have not looked in your blog in a while now and I will look at it more now, ok.

  4. Thanks for the article. If only I had been more self aware as a leader in the church. I have quite a story that is reflected perfectly in your article.

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