I am Professor of Counseling and Christian Spirituality at Western Theological Seminary Holland MI, and Co-Founder and a Senior Fellow at Newbigin House of Studies, San Francisco.

To see me for counseling, spiritual direction, coaching and more visit me here.

I’ve spent the last 20+ years in a fluid combination of pastoral ministry, seminary teaching, and clinical counseling.  I write mostly about the intersections of psychology, theology, and Christian spirituality…with a focus on our lived experience of oneness and worthiness in Jesus.

Prior to coming to Western Theological Seminary, I was a teaching pastor at City Church San Francisco, where I co-founded Newbigin House of Studies, an urban and missional training center with M.Div. and M.A. offerings through Western Theological Seminary, MI.  I’ve started two church counseling centers, a Lay Counseling Program further developed by my City Church colleagues, and a Fellows program.  All of this represents my commitment to formation for mission.

My first book is Leaving Egypt: Finding God in the Wilderness Places (Square Inch), which represents my narrative biblical paradigm for understanding counseling, care, and formation.  My second book, The Toughest People to Love (Eerdmans) focuses on caring for the most difficult people leaders encounter. My third book Wholeheartedness (Eerdmans) brings a vision of wholeness amidst our perfectionism and shame-based culture. My self-published Lenten devotional is Falling Into Goodness.

I hope you’ll follow me on Twitter at @chuckdegroat, and do hope I can be a wilderness guide for you on your journey.

13 responses

  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,

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  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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