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We seek to provide a safe and loving environment where individuals and communities can experience the restoration of hope and healing. This healing is experienced physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually.
Co-Founder and Director of Tender Shepherd: A Ministry of Soul Care. I hold a Master of Arts in Clinical Pastoral Counseling through Ashland Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in Formational Counseling also through Ashland Theological Seminary. I have been privileged to facilitate numerous groups on inner healing prayer and Spiritual Formation. Dr. Hamilton serves as an advisor for the Institute of Formational Counseling and an advisor for the Doctor of Ministry students through Ashland Seminary. I serve as a Spiritual Director and have served as a guest speaker for various retreats and seminars. My passion is for others to experience the healing of Jesus Christ and through that healing grow in their walk with God and love him more each and every day.
I am a Co-Founder of Tender Shepherd: A Ministry of Soul Care. I am an ordained Pastor in the Church of the Brethren. I hold a Master of Divinity through Ashland Seminary in Ashland Ohio and a Master of Philosophy from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. I have served as an adjunct instructor for 12 years teaching a variety of theology and church history courses. I have been a guest lecturer and seminar speaker. I have published several papers, am currently a general editor for a Brethren theology series, and am currently finishing my Doctoral THD program.
I am a Partner in Tender Shepherd ministries. I am also a Board-certified Christian counselor. I have worked as the C,O,O of the Keystone Mission in Wilkes Barre and Scranton Pa. with the hurting and the homeless, as well as churches in organizing ministries and building healthy working environments. As someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety for most of my life, I understand the importance of mental health and the hope for a better tomorrow. My goal and passion is to see people and organizations become the best version of themselves so that they may serve God more effectively.
~ Ministry of Caregiving: Formational Counseling is rooted in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, founded upon His example of wounded healer ministry, faithful to the concept of sacrificial service that Jesus modeled and then commanded His followers to practice. It is far more of a calling than a career. *
~ Pastoral Care: Formational Counseling is founded on the Biblical principle that the God of all comfort touches and transforms broken people, then moves through the wounded healer (caregiver) to bring comfort to others who are hurt. As such, the formational counselor is a person who has personally embraced the journey to well-being and out of the experience Jesus Christ, seeks to be an instrument of care and support to those in need. *
~ Spiritual Direction: Scripture teaches that God seeks to form people into the likeness of Jesus Christ and that He is present in every moment to accomplish that purpose, using all of life toward that end. Formational Counseling integrates the discipline of spiritual direction equipping the formational counselor to help hurting people discover God in the sacrament of the present moment and respond appropriately. *
~ Spirit Directed Counseling: The formational counselor views the presence and power of the Holy Spirit as the agent of transformation for the broken. He directs the process as the formational counselor submits to His ministry in the context of caregiving. The counselor’s personal journey, knowledge of behavioral sciences, and spiritual gifts become the tools the Holy Spirit uses to bring freedom and deliverance. The Holy Spirit is not a part of the healing process but is the Power of Christ moving through the surrendered caregiver.*
Our counselors have a group of colleagues that they refer to on a bi-weekly basis. They discuss various issues that perhaps our clients are experiencing. This group of colleagues reside in other states. Your name will never be mentioned. The purpose of this practice is for accountability, and to assure that you are provided the best care possible.
Tender Shepherd does not provide clinical counseling. Although our counselors may hold degrees in clinical counseling or related fields or are board-certified, they are not licensed. They do not diagnose mental health issues or prescribe medications. However, because they are trained in the area of mental health, they will recognize certain possible disorders (which they will not talk to you about), but will refer you see to a mental health provider. Tender Shepherd will have a referral list for you in the event this need arises.
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