Leadership

President:
Dr. Laura Kreiselmaier

Dr. Laura Rosser Kreiselmaier (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapist (#60) and the current president of the Tennessee Association of Pastoral Therapists. She completed two-year certification in Nashville’s Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy training program in 2016, and has held church music positions in several different denominations, most recently Glendale United Methodist Church. Dr. Laura provides holistic psychotherapy with an eye toward the intricate connections among our minds, souls, bodies, and relationships.  She holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Religion, Psychology, & Culture (2016), where her dissertation research explored creativity and mystical experience. 

Vice President:
Dr. Ryan Noel Fraser

Dr. Ryan Noel Fraser was born in the States but raised in South Africa on the mission field. He attended Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) where he met and married his wife of 34 years, Missy Housel. They have two adult children, Olivia and Austin, and a terrific son-in-law, Dalen, and reside in Henderson, TN. Ryan is an Associate Professor of Bible and Pastoral Counseling at Freed-Hardeman University and has been teaching at FHU since 2006. Up until 2019, he primarily taught in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program. He coordinates the M.A. in Pastoral Care and Counseling program as well as the Youth & Family Ministry undergraduate program.

Ryan holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology & Pastoral Counseling from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. He is a former fellow of AAPC, a psychotherapist member of ACPE, and a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Therapist (LCPT) and approved supervisor in the state of Tennessee. He serves as the pulpit minister and an elder for the Bethel Springs Church of Christ (in McNairy County). He travels extensively nationally and internationally providing conference seminars and specialized training workshops for ministers, counselors, chaplains, missionaries, and laypersons.

Secretary:
Rev. Dr. Carolyn Smith Goings

Rev. Dr. Carolyn Smith Goings (she/her/hers) is a Dyersburg, Tennessee native who has lived in fourteen states and spent most of her adult life in New England where she was ordained in 1982 and pastored United Methodist congregations. She has also been a college campus chaplain, a chaplain in hospitals, prisons, long-term care facilities, and hospice care. Carolyn taught college courses in New England and continues to teach as an adjunct instructor. She has also been a college campus chaplain, a chaplain in hospitals, prisons, long-term care facilities, and hospice care. Carolyn taught college courses in New England and continues to teach as an adjunct instructor.

She graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. She earned two degrees from Goddard College: a Bachelor’s in English/Secondary Education and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Dr. Goings completed a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Antioch University with a focus on race relations in Christian congregations. She is a Board-Certified Chaplain and a Certified CPE Supervisor/Educator. After returning to her birthplace, Dr. Goings founded Grateful Hearts Counseling @ The Well. She continues teaching, preaching, counseling, and writing. To reach Carolyn, use the email contact link under her photo or call (731) 325-9000 and leave a message.

Treasurer:
Rev. Chris O’Rear

Chris is the former Executive Director of the Pastoral Counseling Centers of Tennessee and a former President of the Tennessee Association of Pastoral Therapists. He has experience in both hospital chaplaincy and pastoral psychotherapy. Pastoral Counseling brings spiritual understanding and resources as well as psychological understanding for healing and growth. Chris is open to working with clients of all faiths, people who have been hurt by their faith group, and those who identify with no faith. Chris seeks to be open and inclusive with each client. All are welcome here. Chris is trained in in-depth psychotherapy and enjoys exploring the deeper roots of presenting problems with a focus on uncovering practical solutions.

As an ordained minister, Chris is also a regular speaker and preacher who has written several published articles and Sunday School lessons. He’s been married to Lynda since 1987 and they have two daughters. He has earned a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care & Counseling, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1993) and a Master of Marriage & Family Therapy, Trevecca Nazarene University (2004).

Community Outreach:
Rev. James C. Ward Jr.

James C. Ward Jr.’s bio goes here.

Website and Technology:
Mason Hale

Mason earned a Bachelor of Science in Bible (2015), a Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling (2019), and a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2021) at Freed-Hardeman University. He is currently a PhD candidate in Counseling and Supervision at Tennessee Tech University and the Young Adults Ministry Intern at the College Hills Church of Christ in Lebanon, TN.

Mason is a National Certified Counselor (#1567250) by the NBCC and a Board-Certified Christian Counselor (#719) by the American Association of Christian Counselors. Mason holds the Temp. Licensed Professional Counselor-Mental Health Service Provider (#5638) designation in Tennessee. Before becoming a counselor Mason served churches for 8 years as a minister in Texas, Indiana, and Tennessee.

CPT Licensure Liaison:
Dr. Preston Hill

Preston Hill (PhD, MLitt, University of St Andrews) is Assistant Professor of Integrative Theology at Richmont Graduate University, where he serves as the Co-Chair of Integration and the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. His doctoral thesis offers the first monograph-length treatment of Christ’s descent into hell in the theology of John Calvin.

Preston has presented and published papers on this research at the International Congress on Calvin Research (published in the 2020 volume by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht entitled Calvinus Fater in Domino), the International Medieval Congress and the Cusanus Society of UK/Ireland (forthcoming in Reformation and Renaissance Review), the Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity (published in the forthcoming volume by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht entitled Long Reformation (ca. 1400–1800): Confessions, Cultures, and Societies, Proceedings of the Tenth Annual RefoRC Conference on Early Modern Christianity). Preston’s postdoctoral projects engage relating Calvin’s theology of the descent into hell with contemporary theological explorations of violence, survival, and trauma recovery. Preston is currently undertaking a Science-Engaged Theology Research Fellowship at the University of St Andrews for a project entitled “Posttraumatic Growth in God: A Science-Engaged Theology of Atonement.” In 2022 Preston released his first coauthored book with Scott Harrower and Joshua Cockayne entitled Dawn of Sunday: The Trinity and Trauma-Safe Church (Cascade), and is releasing his first edited volume entitled Christ and Trauma: Theology East of Eden (Pickwick Publications). Preston is a clinical pastoral therapist under supervision for licensure in TN and is an ordinand in the ACNA.