Author Profile

Chuck DeGroat

DeGroat is professor of Pastoral Care and Christian Spirituality at Western Theological Seminary. His experience is represented in a fluid combination of pastoral ministry and seminary training for 20 years. He has served several church plants as a teaching pastor and has started two church-based clinical counseling centers. Most recently, he was a teaching pastor at City Church San Francisco, where he cofounded Newbigin House of Studies, an urban and missional training center with offerings through Western Theological Seminary. His academic specialization is in the intersection of psychology and the Bible, represented best in his book Leaving Egypt: Finding God in the Wilderness Places (Square Inch)—a narrative biblical paradigm for understanding counseling, care, mission, and formation. His next book, The Toughest People to Love (Eerdmans), focuses on caring for the most difficult people leaders encounter. Wholeheartedness (Eerdmans) was released in 2016, and When Narcissism Comes to Church (IVP) came out in 2020. He is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America, a member of City Classis (the RCA’s urban, missional classis).

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