Dr. Doug Dickens

Dr. Doug Dickens

Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling


  • B.A., Ouachita Baptist University
  • M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Additional study: University of Arkansas College for Medical Sciences, Texas Christian University, Baylor University Medical Center, Samara State Medical University


Douglas M. Dickens joined the School of Divinity faculty in 2000. He teaches a variety of pastoral care and counseling courses, including Conflict Ministry in Church and Community, Pastoral Theology, Interpersonal Relationships, Pastoral Care to Persons in Crisis, and Family Systems Theory. As the W. Randall Lolley Chair of Pastoral Studies, Dr. Dickens developed the curriculum for the Pastoral Care and Counseling and Member Care for Missionaries concentration in the Doctor of Ministry degree program.

Prior to joining the faculty of the School of Divinity, Dr. Dickens served as Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. During his tenure at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he was invited to teach courses in pastoral care and counseling in Russia. In 1997 Samara State Medical University named Dr. Dickens “Distinguished Professor of Medical Psychology.” He is a supervisor for the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., and he is a 1992 recipient of the Len Cedarleaf Award. Dr. Dickens serves on the Accreditation Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. A Fellow with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, he maintains a limited pastoral counseling practice. Additionally, Dr. Dickens is a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and a member of the Scientific and Medical Network, an international organization committed to deepening understanding in the disciplines of science, medicine, and education.

Dr. Dickens is the author of two monographs, An Introduction to Christian Ministry and Pastoral Leadership. He is the editor of Clinical Supervision of the Medical Psychologist in Russia, and he has published several journal articles relating to pastoral care and pastoral psychology. Dr. Dickens has been trained by the Interim Ministry Network and the Center for Congregational Health to serve as an intentional interim pastor.

Dr. Dickens was born in Arkansas. He is married to Sherri Lynn Dickens, and they are the parents of six children and two grandchildren.