Rodney Cooper Selected As Director of Counseling at Gordon-Conwell—Charlotte

June 5, 2014

Dr. Rodney Cooper

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary—Charlotte has selected Rodney Cooper as the new director of graduate programs in counseling. In addition to his new appointment, Cooper also currently serves at the Charlotte campus as a Kenneth and Jean Hansen professor of leadership and discipleship, director of the master’s in Christian leadership and director of the Center for the Development of Evangelical Leadership. He has been a professor at Gordon-Conwell since 2001, serving both in Charlotte and at the South Hamilton, Massachusetts, campus. Cooper is preceded in his appointment by Kelly Breen Boyce, who continues as professor of counseling and psychology at the seminary.

“Rodney Cooper’s longstanding relationship with Gordon-Conwell coupled with his knowledge and skill in Christian counseling make him the perfect candidate to lead our counseling department,” said Tim Laniak, dean of Gordon Conwell—Charlotte. “Additionally, his passion for reaching people of all cultures and ethnicities is shared by Gordon-Conwell, and we’re confident he will continue to assist seminarians as they serve people in increasingly diverse communities."

Gordon-Conwell—Charlotte offers a master’s in Christian counseling, and dual degrees for with a master of divinity degree. Since its founding, Gordon-Conwell has educated men and women for Christian service throughout the world. As the culture of the U.S. becomes more diverse, the seminary is committed to equip its students to serve their neighbors at home. Laniak says that Cooper’s guidance in the counseling department reinforces that value.

Prior to his appointment at Gordon-Conwell—Charlotte, Cooper was in a similar role as an associate professor of leadership, and director of the graduate-level leadership program at Denver Seminary. He also served as director of the Robert Pamplin, Jr. Leadership Institute at Western Evangelical Seminary (now George Fox Evangelical Seminary) in Portland, Oregon, and as national director of educational ministries for Promise Keepers ministry.

Cooper earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in clinical/counseling psychology at Western Evangelical Seminary, and his master of theology degree in pastoral ministries from Dallas Theological Seminary. A licensed psychologist in Colorado and North Carolina, he is also an author of several books and articles, and serves on the board of Mosaix Global Network, which champions multi-ethnic churches. 

About Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary:
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