(ORLANDO, Fla.) – December 17, 2018 – The Board of Trustees of Reformed Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Elizabeth Pennock to the faculty of the Orlando campus. She will serve as the Assistant Professor of Counseling beginning January 1, 2019.
She received her B.A. summa cum laude at Furman University, studying Political Science and French. After college, she served overseas with Pioneers for 6 years in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro. She then enrolled and excelled in the M.A.C. program at RTS Orlando, graduating in 2011. She has served as a private counselor in the Orlando area, worked in missionary member care for Pioneers in Orlando, and contributed to the RTSO MAC program as a supervisor and guest faculty member in recent years.
President Scott Swain had this to say about her broad and diverse experience as a helpful preparation for her ministry at RTS: “Elizabeth Pennock’s addition to the faculty of RTS Orlando further strengthens the seminary’s capacity for providing the best biblical, theological, and practical training for future pastors, counselors, teachers, and missionaries. Along with her distinguished academic and professional qualifications, Ms. Pennock brings a wealth of missionary experience and a commitment to serving the church of Jesus Christ that are sure to enrich our seminary community. I am thrilled to welcome her to RTS Orlando.”
Most notably, Ms. Pennock is completing her Ph.D. in Counselor Education at the University of Central Florida, nationally ranked as one of the top programs in the field. Her research focuses on trauma care in Christian ministry settings, and her dissertation title is “Personal, Theological, and Professional Factors Influencing the Trauma-Related Attitudes and Beliefs of Christian Clergy in the State of Florida.” She will be a significant resource in preparing RTS graduates to serve well in crisis situations and to provide able counsel for those who have experienced trauma.
Ms. Pennock has taught over a half dozen courses at the University of Central Florida and RTS Orlando in the last three years. She also has offered clinical supervision for students in both settings. “She is a remarkably clear, sound, knowledgeable, fair, and incisive communicator about complex issues relating to the interrelation of theology and psychology,” said Chancellor J. Ligon Duncan, “Therefore, I am thrilled about the election of Elizabeth Pennock to the RTS Orlando faculty. Her missionary experience, her love for the church, her commitment to the authority of Scripture and to Reformed Theology, and her professional expertise will enhance the learning experience of all her students and enrich the fellowship of our faculty.”
Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando has been offering the Master of Arts in Counseling since 1994. Students benefit from studying counseling in a seminary context with the benefits of biblical-theological formation and an immersive clinical experience. Applications for entrance in our 2019 cohort are still being accepted. See more program information here and apply here.