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


  • Sept 3 – Calvin University Lecture at 3: “Narcissism Comes to Church” via Zoom 3:00-4:00
  • Sept 10 @ 11am – “From Shame to Wholeheartedness: Wrestling with Demons, Longing for Oneness in Christ,” free webinar series from Sojourn Network
  • Oct 13-14 – Speaker for the Better Together Conference (virtual), register here


  • February-May – “Healthy Leadership” bi-weekly seminars for Campus Pastors of Reformed University Fellowship
  • February 4 – “Wholehearted Leadership” seminar, New Life Fellowship School of Formation (Queens, NY)
  • February 25 – “Pastoral Resilience, Narcissism, and Wholehearted Leadership” webinar, Billy Graham Center, Wheaton College
  • February 22-March 5 – “Deepening Spiritual Formation and Soul Care for the Church in Mission” D.Min. seminar, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • May 26 – “Finding God in the Wilderness,” retreat speaker for British Columbia Conference of Mennonite and Brethren Pastors
  • June 7-10 – Soul Care Institute Retreat – The Hideaway CO
  • June 20 – preaching, First Church, Jupiter, FL
  • July 12-15 – Soul Care Institute Retreat – St. Francis Springs, Stoneville, NC
  • August 22 – preaching, City Church, San Francisco, CA

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.  Wholeheartedness (Eerdmans) was released in February 2016, and When Narcissism Comes to Church (IVP) came out in 2020. 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 26 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