B.A. Dordt College

M.Div. M.A., Reformed Theological Seminary

Ph.D. Harold Abel School of Psychology, Capella University


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 CV for Chuck DeGroat

 Visit Dr. DeGroat’s Website


  • MN105 Pastor as Person
  • MN115 Practice of Counsel & Care
  • MN529 From Baptism to Burial: Pastoral Essentials
  • MN556 Psychology & Christian Spirituality

Speaking Engagements


  • September 14-16: Liberti Church Philadelphia Men’s Retreat
  • Oct 12-13 – Leading “Wholeheartedness” retreat at Oakland City Church, Oakland, CA
  • Oct 19-20 – receiving Distinguished Alumni Award, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA
    Nov 3 – Speaker for Mars Hill Bible Church Formation School, Grandville, MI
  • Nov 13 – Keynote Speaker for Thriving Churches, Thriving Cities Conference, Denver Institute for Faith and Work, Denver, CO
  • Nov 4, 18, 25 – Preaching at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Grand Rapids, MI


  • February 21-23 – Sojourn Church, Louisville, KY (talks for local pastors, for the wider Sojourn church, ministry leaders, and finally Institute for Christian psychology members)
  • March 1-3 – Wholeheartedness Retreat for All Soul’s Church, Boulder, CO
  • March 12 – East Sioux Classis Pastor’s Retreat, NW Iowa
  • March 13 – West Sioux Classis Pastor’s Retreat, NW Iowa
  • May 24 – Speaking at Writing for Your Life conference – Western Theological Seminary
  • July 8-11 – Leading retreat on the Dynamics of Transformation for the Soul Care Institute, Stoneville, NC
  • Sept 22-25 – Leading Conference on Storytelling, Austin Theological Seminary, Austin, TX

Chuck DeGroat

Professor of Pastoral Care and Christian Spirituality

Chuck is committed to spiritual and emotional formation for the sake of mission.  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 co-founded 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.  His third book, Wholeheartedness (Eerdmans), was released in February 2016. He is an ordained minister in the Reformed Church in America, a member of City Classis (the RCA’s urban, missional classis), and he holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.

Chuck has been married to Sara for 24 years and has two daughters – Emma and Maggie.  If you don’t see him around campus meeting with students, he is more than likely spending time with his family throwing a frisbee, or traveling to new places, or finding a new extraordinary place to eat.

“I am excited to see women and men formed for mission, and in particular the changing realities of our culture and world. Increasing secularity and complexity in the world presents us with an important ‘missional’ moment, and my own unique contribution is to the formation and health of the next generation of pastors and leaders.”

Dr. DeGroat’s personal website, including audio-video links. Click here.

To inquire about having Chuck speak or lead a retreat, please email him