Announcing 2013-2014 CCT Award Recipients

Mar 31, 2013

Biola University's Center for Christian Thought is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2013-2014 Research Fellowships, Pastor-in-Residence Fellowships, and Course Development Grants. Stay tuned for updates about these recipients and their work on Psychology and Spiritual Formation.

Fall 2013


Kaye V. Cook
Professor of Psychology, Gordon College

Todd W. Hall 
Professor of Psychology, Rosemead School of Psychology

Peter C. Hill
Professor of Psychology, Rosemead School of Psychology

Eric L. Johnson
Professor of Pastoral Care, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Christopher Kaczor
Professor of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University

Jonathan M. Lunde
Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Biola University

Alan G. Padgett
Professor of Systematic Theology, Luther Seminary

Judy Ten Elshof
Professor of Spirituality and Marriage & Family, Institute for Spiritual Formation at Talbot School of Theology



Kenneth Tang-Quan
Senior Pastor, Palos Verdes Baptist Church


Spring 2014


Betsy A. Barber
Associate Professor of Spirituality and Psychology, Institute for Spiritual Formation at Talbot School of Theology

John H. Coe
Professor of Philosophy and Spiritual Theology, Institute for Spiritual Formation at Talbot School of Theology

C. Stephen Evans
University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Baylor University

David A. Horner
Professor of Philosophy and Biblical Studies, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Kelly M. Kapic
Professor of Theological Studies, Covenant College

Greg Peters
Associate Professor, Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University

William Struthers
Professor of Psychology, Wheaton College

James Wilhoit
Scripture Press Chair of Christian Formation and Ministry, Wheaton College



Daniel Crowley
Pastors, Sandals Church, Riverside, CA



Each year, the Center awards two grants for course development around our theme. This year, the two award recipients were Mary Frohlich, R.S.C.J. (Associate Professor of Spirituality, Catholic Theological Union) and Sarah Schnitker, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Fuller School of Psychology). 

Dr. Frolich's proposed course is entitled "Psychology and Spiritual Formation." This course takes the perspective that the ultimate challenge of Christian spiritual formation is the purification and re-ordering of desire in the Spirit. Students are engaged in an intensive dialogue between psychology and theology as they approach it at the practical level of how to re-form human desire through spiritual community and practices.  On the basis of a fundamentally theological view of the human person, the course explores how psychospiritual desire is manifested and transformed within stories, intimate relationships, community-building, Eucharistic worship, contemplative prayer, and social compassion.  An eclectic range of psychological and neurobiological theories are examined in search of what each may offer to enhance the effectiveness of Christian spiritual formation.  Students learn to recognize and evaluate the assumptions and methods behind these various theories, while keeping their main focus on developing a coherent Christian spiritual formation program.

Dr. Schnitker's proposed course is entitled "Psychology and Spiritual Formation: Integrating Research and Practice." The proposed course guides students through critical analysis of traditional and contemporary practices of spiritual formation within Christianity. Students will explore the psychological mechanisms underlying specific spiritual disciplines (e.g., prayer, fasting, Sabbath) while also denoting how these practices cannot be reduced to their psychological explanations. The course contains an experiential component whereby students will try new spiritual practices, and students will reflect on their own spiritual formation. Another key component of the course is, in effect, a grant competition between teams of student who will propose a research study and related ministry application on psychology and spiritual formation. Part of the course development grant institutional award shall be used to fund the student grant competition (a minimum of $2,500/class for the 2 course offerings). Teams will be constructed to facilitate inter-disciplinary learning between psychology, theology, and intercultural studies students, who will learn to connect research and ministry application.

Congratulations to all Fellowship and Grant winners for CCT's upcoming year in Psychology and Spiritual Formation!

NOTE: The Center is currently accepting applications for Research Fellowships, Pastor-in-Residence Fellowships, and Course Development Grants for the 2014-2015 year on Intellectual Virtue and Civil Discourse. Click here to learn more, and apply today!

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