Pastoral care is the shared ministry of the SFTS community. The Seminary Interim Chaplain, Rev. Allie Utley, and the Pastoral Care Associate, Lucas Walker, are 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. Additionally, Dr. Scott Sullender, Clinical and CE Coordinator at the Interfaith Counseling Center (and former SFTS Faculty), is available for counseling referrals.
Pastoral Care Associate
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:
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.