Oasis Counseling

Oasis provides individual counsel to Gordon-Conwell alumni who are facing a crisis of some sort (chronic conflict in the church, marital stress, moral failure, etc.). This resource also may be helpful to alumni facing a transition (examination of call, questions about whether to relocate, issues in facing retirement, etc.) and could include conversations in a group setting or individual counsel.

Oasis is led by Dr. Ken Swetland, long time faculty member of Gordon-Conwell and former academic dean of the Hamilton campus. His book The Hidden World of the Pastor: Case Studies on Personal Issues of Real Pastors was published in 1995, by Baker Book House. His most recent book Facing Messy Stuff in the Church: Case Studies for Pastors and Congregations was published by Kregel Publications in 2005.

Since coming to Gordon-Conwell, Dr. Swetland has served as interim pastor and supply speaker for many New England churches. He has also worked as a psychotherapist over a span of 12 years at Gordon-Conwell Counseling Center, Health Integration Services in Peabody and Willowdale Center for Psychological Services in Hamilton. As a pastoral counselor he specializes in the areas of personal growth, stress and conflict management and marital therapy.


For more information or to speak with Dr. Swetland, please complete the inquiry form below.


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