Dr. Bill Hobbs serves as Associate Executive Director of the Jesuit Schools Network (JSN), a service, research, and leadership development organization for Jesuit schools in the United States and Canada. A native of southern New Jersey, Dr. Hobbs graduated from St. Joseph’s University (Pennsylvania) in 1985 with a double major in Philosophy and Theology. He completed a Master’s in Adolescent Development (Magna Cum Laude) at Fordham University, focusing on the work of Jesuit schools in the inner city. He completed Spanish at the renowned Instituto de Idiomas in Bolivia and has spent a significant amount of time leading students on service immersion trips throughout Latin America. Moving from direct counseling, teaching and administration in schools, Dr. Hobbs works serving the network of Jesuit Schools in North America. He is also currently collaborating on joint leadership programming with schools in Latin America and Australia.
“At this point in my life and career, GTF was the ideal educational environment for me. Flexibility in the type of coursework and study I could undertake were essential to me in selecting a doctoral program. While benefiting from the individual format of tutorials and online coursework, I also greatly enjoyed getting to know colleagues from a variety of fields and in different programs through the Residential Institutes. Doctoral work at GTF allowed me to continue full-time in my professional work, which entails a great deal of travel, while advancing myself personally and academically in studies.”
Dr. Kenneth K. Ayouby is a senior instructor, student adviser, counselor trainer and administrator at Saudi Aramco's Dhahran Industrial Training Center in Saudi Arabia. He was awarded a doctorate in education studies from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University of Port Elizabeth, a specialist degree in curriculum and instruction from Wayne State University, and three masters’ degrees in various disciplines, from Wayne State, University of Tasmania, and the University of New England. Dr. Ayouby is formerly an adjunct lecturer in Arabic and in Education Studies at the University of Michigan - Dearborn and senior Student Services Liaison and Dean of Students/Administrative Hearing Officer for student discipline in Dearborn Schools' Central Administration in Michigan, USA. His duties encompassed working with staff, students and community members in areas relating to student discipline and intercultural issues in educational settings. Dr. Ayouby is trained and certified as a sociological practitioner, as a human services specialist, as an administrative law judge, and as a guidance and counseling practitioner. Dr. Ayouby earned his Psy.D. in Pastoral Logotherapy at the GTF in 2015, pursuing applied research work in the area of Islamic spirituality, psychology and counseling. Having a strong interest in pastoral care and therapy, he produced a manuscript focusing on applications of Franklian Psychology and Logotherapy in Islamic contexts.
Dr. Ansel Augustine is the Director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Previously he served as the Associate Director/Coordinator of Black Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the CYO Youth & Young Adult Ministry Office. He is also on the Faculty of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana. Dr. Augustine has served on the board of directors for the National Catholic Young Adult Ministry Association (NCYAMA) and the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM). He began his career in ministry over 16 years ago when he became the youth minister at his home parish of St. Peter Claver in the Tremé area of New Orleans, which he helped to rebuild following hurricane Katrina. He has presented workshops and keynotes around the country and has written various pieces related to ministry, including Sunday Prayers for Teens 2014-2015 by Liturgical Training Publications and the African American Catholic Youth Bible (St. Mary's Press, 2015). Dr. Augustine presently serves on the Board of Directors for the New Orleans Black Indian Alliance (NOBIA) and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the Knights of Columbus, the Knights of Peter Claver, and the Wild Tchoupitoulas (Black Masking) Mardi Gras Indians.
"My education at GTF has impacted me, and my ministry, greatly. The faculty and staff of GTF were very supportive of accepting me 'as I was' in my ministry. The courses that were offered, along with my time with GTF faculty and staff, were there to make me better, and more effective, at the ministry the God called me to. Other than the content of, and the relationships formed through, my coursework, the flexibility offered by GTF to complete my education was a blessing. I am truly appreciative of my GTF experience."
Dr. Michael David Colvard is tenured Associate Professor of Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at the College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Colvard received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree and a Periodontics Residency Specialty Certificate from Loyola University Dental School and Medical Center. Dr. Colvard received a Masters in Theological Studies (MTS) degree from Seabury-Western (Episcopal) Theological Seminary, and a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Certificate from the Alexian Brothers Medical Center. Dr. Colvard holds a Masters in Sciences (MS) degree from the Graduate College of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Colvard is a Fellow of Dental Surgery (FDS) from the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Colvard serves on the Dental Faculty and as a lay Chaplain for the Dental General Practice Residency, at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Dr. Colvard was raised an Anglican, was received as a Roman Catholic, is a member of The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, and of Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Parish, in Cary, Illinois. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy from the Graduate Theological Foundation. His thesis was entitled, "Toward a Soporific Ethnomedicine Ministry of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem: 'Fraternitas Hospitalaria.'"
Rev. Dr. (Trey) Rupert E. Kuhne III is an ordained Presbyterian (USA) Minister and serves as the clinical director of Pathways Pastoral Counseling in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Dr. Kuhne has previously served as pastor of four congregations in South Carolina and three years as an oncology chaplain in Greenville, South Carolina, before he transitioned into a fulltime career as a pastoral marriage and family therapist in private practice. His practice utilizes a model of Structural Family Therapy with Logotherapy. His specialties include individual, family and couple counseling, counseling those with chronic medical conditions, along with those searching for meaning in their lives. Pathways Pastoral Counseling recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. Dr. Kuhne is a graduate of Presbyterian College (B.S. 1987), Erskine Theological Seminary (M.Div. 1990), and earned a Certificate of Advanced Studies from Columbia Theological Seminary (C.A.S. 1995). He graduated from Andersonville Theological Seminary (Ph.D. 1997), Converse College (Ed.S. 2003), and subsequently completed a one-year Residency at Westgate Training and Consultation Network. In 2005, he became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in South Carolina. He furthered his professional graduate studies beginning in 2009 at the Graduate Theological Foundation where he earned the Doctor of Psychology in Logotherapy (Psy.D. 2012). He also completed his Diplomate in Logotherapy from the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy (Abilene, Texas) in 2012. Dr. Kuhne is a Clinical Fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and holds memberships with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, the American Association of Christian Counselors, and the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.
Rev. Dr. Steve Scoggin, is a licensed professional counselor and ordained minister whose thirty years as a clinician and behavioral health leader have been embedded at the boundaries of behavioral health, psychiatry and faith. Dr. Scoggin currently serves as president of CareNet, Inc., a subsidiary of Wake Forest Baptist Health (in Winston-Salem, North Carolina), part of the Division of Faith and Health. He is also Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Scoggin’s duties include regular interface with departments throughout the medical center working closely with medical center leadership to coordinate the functional integration of behavioral health in the medical center and community. He is responsible for leadership to the overall operations of a statewide network of 35 outpatient counseling clinics that provide care to 80 of 100 counties in North Carolina. The newest innovation he is involved in is developing clinical training, in consultation with The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, for the next generation of behavioral health providers to a scale a model that integrates behavioral health into primary care across North Carolina. Dr. Scoggin is a gifted presenter on a wide variety of topics focused on building functional integration collaborations between behavioral health, psychiatry and a variety of educational and human service agencies.
Dr. Lincoln Sigwald is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. He is a veteran classroom teacher and ministry administrator. He holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in history, social sciences, and secondary education and the Master of Liberal Arts degree in history and contemporary philosophy from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. After earning his graduate degree, Lincoln began post-graduate studies at the University of South Carolina, later earning the Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in ministry leadership from the Graduate Theological Foundation in May 2014. Throughout his twenty-three year career in education and ministry leadership, Lincoln has received numerous honors, awards, and grants. He currently enjoys teaching history at St. Stanislaus College in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, where he is a novice member of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.
Rabbi Dr. Paula Goldberg received the Doctor of Ministry degree from the GTF in May, 2013, 20 years after her rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College-JIR in 1993. She holds a Masters of Hebrew Literature from HUC and pursued extensive graduate studies in the post-biblical interpretation of scripture known as midrash at the Jewish Theological Foundation. She is currently the Rabbinic Scholar of Congregation Shir Ami in Newtown, Pennsylvania where her duties focus on adult education of all aspects of Jewish knowledge. As a woman rabbi, Dr. Goldberg has a special ministry to the women of the congregation, encouraging their learning and increased direct participation in all facets of Jewish life. She has written several pieces of creative liturgy and original music for both men and women. She continues to teach and create new liturgical experiences in her congregation. Rabbi Goldberg lives in Newtown, Pennsylvania with her husband, Dr. Harvey Goldberg, a physician.
The completion of her doctoral work at the Graduate Theological Foundation has focused her and enabled her to be more effective in her role as a teacher and preacher. As part of her studies and exit project, she wrote an original women's Passover haggadah, and has led Passover seders specifically for the inclusion and uplift of women.
Dr. Neville Ann (Nev) Kelly is a leading Christian theological scholar in the emerging transdisciplinary field of Integral Theory. She has served Mount Marty College as Assistant and Visiting Professor of Theology and currently teaches online theology and philosophy courses as Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy at the same institution. A member, spiritual director and regional minister of a lay monastic community for over 15 years with her husband, Dr. Kelly served as a critical care/emergency registered nursing professional prior to her varied roles in pastoral ministry, including music and youth ministry, adult religious education, and regional spiritual formation. She has facilitated numerous spiritual retreats, conferences, workshops and seminars, coordinating the innovative Great Plains Undergraduate Theology Conference during its formative years. Presentations at international academic conferences on Integral Theory won honorable mention for her paper, “Babel Reconsidered: Enacting an Integral Christian Multilingualism” in 2010, and Best Alternative to Integral Theory Award for her essay “Conscious Cosmopolis: Bernard J.F. Lonergan’s Critical Realism as Complementary Approach to Integral Theory” in 2013. She enjoys writing for scholarship and spiritual practice, and has published several academic articles. Her recent book, Reweaving the Threefold Cord: Integral Theory and the Christian Tradition—An Introduction, is currently under scholarly review.
Dr. James Keating is a professor at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he teaches composition classes, as well as classes in the university core. He received his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from the Graduate Theological Foundation in 2004. Dr. Keating has worked in education since 1969 at the secondary and especially at the college level. In addition to his work at Butler, he has also worked with the U.S. Army and Air National Guard programs at Vincennes University and as a Master’s Degree supervisor at Warnborough University in Dublin, Ireland. He is a faculty supervisor with the Phi Beta Delta International Studies Honorary and is a member of the business fraternity, Beta Gamma Sigma. He serves in a number of local volunteer positions including the SAWS Initiative (Servants at Work), Sociedad Amigos de Colombia (Scholarship Program), and with the Children’s Learning Center in Indianapolis.
“My experience at GTF has been positive from the beginning, and the opportunities I have had were tremendously useful to me professionally. In 2003 and again in 2008 I was able to attend the program at Oxford University, which enabled me to study and work with scholars in this remarkable environment and to visit places of special historical interest. This kind of travel and study is useful to me professionally because of my work with students in international studies and my teaching of Global Studies classes at Butler. On a personal level, this sort of experience is wonderfully enriching.”
Dr. Zurkani Vardar was born in Skopje, Macedonia, and as a child emigrated to Istanbul, Turkey with his family. In 1974, he finished his Hifz memorization of the Holy Qur’an and in 1989 settled in the U.S. He earned his master’s degree in Islamic Studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation, later earning the Doctor of Philosophy in Islamic Studies in 2013 for which he was awarded the Imam Malik Fellowship in Islamic Studies in recognition of his outstanding doctoral scholarship. His professional work includes the founding of the Miraj Islamic School (pre-K to 12) in Staten Island, New York in 1998 and the inauguration of the first Heart Hospital in the country of Kosovo in 2010, as well as authoring several books, including Stories of the Prophets, published in Albanian and Turkish and 33 Questions and Answers in Islam, published in Albanian and English. In 2013, he and the GTF signed an agreement of educational affiliation between the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center of the Tri-State Metropolitan Area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Dr. Vardar has received many awards from various institutions for his work, including the New York Police Department’s Community Outreach Department; the Government of Kosovo; and Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City.
Dr. Joseph H. Hagan was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and graduated with honors from Providence College. He went on to earn a master's degree from Boston University and doctoral degrees (D.Min., Ed.D.) from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Dr. Hagan is a Gentleman-in-Waiting to Pope Francis (Rome, Italy) and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of John Cabot University (Rome, Italy). He served for 20 years as President of Assumption College (Massachusetts) and two years as interim President of Roger Williams University (Rhode Island). He was an Official of the federal government and served as Vice President of Bryant University (Rhode Island). For eight years, he was a member of the National Council on the Humanities and has also served in a number of trustee or director roles at various educational institutions. Over the years, he has been awarded eight honorary degrees and the distinguished honor of Knight Grand Cross of St. Gregory the Great. He is also a Knight of Malta and a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre. Dr. Hagan was for six years a member of the Rhode Island Board of Governors of Higher Education and holds memberships in the University Club (Washington, DC), Brown Faculty Club (Providence, Rhode Island), Point Club (Little Compton, Rhode Island) and Circolo della Caccia (Rome, Italy). He is married to Patrice O’Malley Hagan and has a son, Kevin, and a grandson, Thomas Antonio.
“The Graduate Theological Foundation made it possible for me to earn doctoral degrees in mid-career which was not possible earlier. The professors were excellent and the work challenging. I owe a great deal to the then President, Dr. John Morgan. I cannot praise GTF highly enough.”
Dr. Carole Eipers is Vice President, Executive Director of Catechetics for William H. Sadlier Publishing, Inc. She served in parish ministries for over 20 years as a teacher, Director of Religious Education, Youth Minister and Pastoral Associate. Dr. Eipers was Director of the Office for Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Chicago for nine years and also served as President of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership. She has been a member of the adjunct faculties of Mundelein Seminary, Loyola University Chicago Loyola New Orleans and Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Dr. Eipers has been published and made presentations throughout this country and internationally in the area of catechetics. She holds a Master of Pastoral Studies degree from Loyola University Chicago and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana from which she was also awarded the Doctor of Education honoris causa in 1999 in recognition of her work in the field of education. Her book, Sending Out Roots: Helping Parents and Teachers to Share the Faith was published by Veritas Publishers, Dublin, Ireland.
"To study at GTF was to be embraced by the larger Body of Christ and to be constantly aware of the truths we share and live by. The experiences and learning have opened my mind and heart and deepened my understanding of other faiths as well. All of this serves me well as I work in publishing for religious education and as I deliver presentations to those who are forming this and the next generation of faith leaders."
Dr. William A. Mueller was ordained Deacon in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1976 and ordained Elder in 1983. He is also an Endorsed Pastoral Counselor in the denomination’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. He served as pastor in congregations in Chicago and its suburbs for nearly 20 years before returning to further graduate studies. Since then, he has served in hospice, inpatient mental health care, and pastoral counseling. Dr. Mueller currently serves as Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care & Counseling and Adult Education at Winnetka Congregational Church on Chicago’s North Shore. He is also an Adjunct Professor and Academic Advisor at Loyola University Chicago: Graduate School of Social Work where he teaches courses in clinical methods in working with individuals and families and the role of religion and spirituality in psychotherapy, as well as provides clinical supervision and consultation to graduate students and post-graduate clinicians.
Sr. Joanna Okereke, HHCJ is a Catholic Nun and a member of the Congregation of the Handmaids of the Holy Child Jesus, from Nigeria. She is an educator and a pastoral caregiver. She holds a National Certificate in Education from College of Education (Awka, Nigeria); a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies from Northwestern State University (Louisiana, USA); a Master of Arts in Instructional Technology from Edgewood College (Wisconsin, USA); and also a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Theology from St. Joseph’s College of Maine (USA). Sr. Joanna has a wide range of professional work experience in pastoral care, teaching, administration, formation, office and secretarial management. In 1996, she was commissioned to join in the work of her congregation in the United States. She first served as a pastoral assistant and later as the director of the Kuumba Center, a creative center at St. James and St. Juliana Catholic Church in Alexandria, Louisiana. After that, she became an administrative assistant at the Pastoral Center of the Catholic Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, as well as the financial administrator of her religious order. In 2002 she was elected the Mission Superior of her congregation here in the United States and served in this capacity until 2005.
Dr. David Perry Ouzts is Minister of Music and Liturgy of Church of the Holy Communion (Episcopal) in Memphis, Tennessee. A native of South Carolina, he holds organ performance degrees from Furman University and Yale University, a sacred music diploma from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and an Anglican Studies diploma from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. As a post-graduate, he studied organ and church music at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, and earned the Doctor of Sacred Music from the Graduate Theological Foundation in 2008. While on sabbatical in 2009, he studied systematic theology as an Oxford Foundation Fellow. Dr. Ouzts is active in numerous professional organizations, most recently serving as Chair of Professional Concerns and Development for the Association of Anglican Musicians, during which time he served as editor for revisions of AAM’s two professional manuals, Musicians Called to Serve: A Handbook for the Selection, Employment, and Ministry of Church Musicians and Servant Leadership for Musicians: A Vocational Handbook for Ministry.
Graduate Theological Foundation’s education has positively impacted my ministry.
It gives me a credential to work, spiritually and psychologically, with a wide range of people. Bridging the gap between psychology and spirituality has always been my first passion.
Dr. Timothy S. St. Onge received the Doctor of Philosophy in Theology from the Graduate Theological Foundation in December, 2010, having completed his coursework at Oxford. He also holds a Master’s degree in theology earned following his graduate studies in Pastoral Ministry at Fairfield University. He is presently preparing a manuscript for publication titled COSMOSOPHIA: The Dwelling of the Divine in the Contemporary World and is collaborating with scholars on a research project designing secular contemplative practice programs. Dr. St. Onge is also a professor of religious studies at the College of New Rochelle in New York. Currently, he is engaged in individual and couples counseling, offering adult education in meditation, and giving retreats and workshops with his wife, Patricia Plouffe St. Onge, M.S.W. They are based in Southbury, Connecticut.
“The most dramatic and salient effect of my Graduate Theological Foundation educational experience was the acquisition of my Ph.D. which allowed me to apply for and attain my first college teaching position. Attending Oxford University for three summers gave me a much broader perspective from which to approach theological studies. It exposed me not only to a truly ecumenical theological ambience, but allowed me to have a firsthand experience of learning with a number of world-renowned scholars. I believe this aspect of my doctoral studies inspired me with a new love of learning and both the desire and tools to continue the pursuit of creative research and publication.”
The Rev. Dr. Gwynne Wright spent over 20 years in corporate executive management positions at IBM and Arthur Andersen before pursuing ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church. She pursued her divinity studies at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Her experience and education have made her an agent of change. Dr. Wright has served in many positions on the Board of Trustees at Seabury-Western, currently as the Board Chair. She believes that her corporate experience and M.B.A. enable her to be effective in serving in interim ministry in many parishes and church organizations.
Dr. Wright's late husband was from England where she spends a good deal of time with her stepchildren and grandchildren. Her passion is Anglican Spirituality and English Church History, particularly the Elizabethan period. As a student at the Graduate Theological Foundation, her studies included time at Christ Church, Oxford.
“[Studying at the GTF]…brought my sense of Anglican Spirituality to a whole new level. My studies have enabled me to connect my education with my experience and to make valuable contacts. Some of my goals were to lead pilgrimages to England, exploring Anglican history and spirituality as well as to grow as a spiritual director. I am planning my second pilgrimage to the U.K. in the fall of 2012. The Foundation’s flexibility and my studies at Oxford have enabled me ‘to work out our identity in God’ (Thomas Merton). The GTF has been transformative in my own spiritual journey.”