New Vice President of Spiritual Development and Dean of the Chapel presents challenge to students

Brad Strawn joined the faculty of Southern Nazarene University this fall as the new Vice President for Spiritual Development and Dean of the Chapel. Strawn brings to this position a unique set of skills, preparation, and experience as a sought-after speaker, gifted worship leader, popular teacher, productive writer and a faithful follower of Christ.

"Spiritual development should be the natural outcome of all that is done at a Nazarene university," said Strawn. “The Office of Spiritual Development is a resource for all of the spiritual development activities on campus, integrating into all of what we do at SNU. It is woven into the fabric of the institution. Our function is to support, promote and resource all of these endeavors, and try to provide the campus community with opportunities to express their faith through worship, missions, small groups, and service to others.”

Strawn will also serve as Dean of the Chapel, which is the centerpiece of the campus community’s spiritual development. Chapel is a place to belong and become for the whole SNU community. Two days a week the campus gathers to share in worship through music, the Word, and the table. The purpose is so that no matter at what level of spiritual development community members find themselves, chapel will minister to them, challenge them, and transform them.
Strawn’s areas of expertise are in clinical psychology and the integration of psychology and the Christian faith. He has been published in professional journals and frequently presents original research at national conferences. He is co-founder of the Society for the Study of Psychology and Wesleyan Theology.

Strawn earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where he also obtained his Master’s degree in Theology. He has taught psychology and served as chair of the Psychology Department at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego for 10 years. Strawn also maintained a private practice where he counseled individuals, couples and families. He is married to Suzanne and has two boys, Evan and Keaton. In his spare time he loves to go to the beach with his family, read, listen to music and frequent used bookstores.

Strawn replaces Dr. Dee Kelley who served as VP of Spiritual Development for 12 years. Kelley is now serving as Pastor of the San Diego First Church of the Nazarene in San Diego, California.

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