Pastoral care is the shared ministry of the SFTS community. Pastoral Care Associate, Rev. Lucas Walker, is available for help with pastoral care needs, and for support and information in accessing the SFTS Counseling and Spiritual Direction Program and other emotional and mental health services. Services are available at no cost to all SFTS students of all degree programs (including DMin. and those on internship) and their partners.
Rev. Lucas Walker
Pastoral Care Associate
(970) 691-0977, which you can use to contact me by text, audio, or WhatsApp.
My primary focus as Pastoral Care Associate is to be a safe, confidential, non-judgmental space for you to discuss whatever may be on your mind and heart. I affirm all spiritualities and moral philosophies; the goal is to support you in your own journey, no matter the issue or question you are holding. Meeting with me is always confidential to the highest degree. I seek to always offer a safe place to discuss whatever issue or concern is on your mind. I am also available after hours for urgent needs or crises.
For instance, over my years here, I have assisted students with:
Basically, if it is on your mind and heart, we can talk about it! This goes for the ‘big’ questions, but also the daily stresses of life. My role is to support you. I believe in the widest networks of care possible. So we can work together to find resources and referrals for counselors, therapists, spiritual directors, drug and substance dependency, and more, if needed.
The seminary encourages its students—as a part of their spiritual and personal formation—to seek the support of professional counselors and spiritual directors. The seminary provides subsidized vouchers that can be used by students to participate in the following services at a substantially discounted cost. This voucher program is available to MDiv and MATS students and their families, and in exceptional circumstances to other students in crisis, as determined by the Dean.
Any of these services begin with an assessment interview with Rev. Dr. Scott Sullender, at which time your needs will be clarified and a referral made. The SFTS referral program has developed a list of approved providers in the above categories of service.
For SFTS students, there is a discounted fee structure for these services through the use of pre-paid vouchers. Vouchers are available through the Dean’s Office. This voucher program is available to MDiv and MATS students and their families, and in exceptional circumstances to other students in crisis, as determined by the Dean. Within the academic year, each qualifying student/family may use up to 15 discounted vouchers under this program.
If you have questions about the voucher program or would like to utilize these services, please contact the Dean's office:
Christine de Chutkowski
Executive Assistant to the Dean
Your participation in any of these services is private and confidential. The counselors or spiritual directors to whom you may be referred are not employees of SFTS, nor do they have any influence upon a student’s academic or ecclesiastical standing, except as permitted by the student.