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Jan Johnson, Author, Teacher, Spiritual Director

Jan Johnson, Author, Teacher, Spiritual Director

I can think of no finer leaders of a spiritual direction training program than Sharon Rowland and Tim Harben. They bring to Richmont their deep life with God and hands-on, nuts-and-bolt knowledge of spiritual direction. Because they understand the contours of life with God and also “get” people. This is an ideal program for anyone.

John Ortberg to Present Spiritual Formation Conference at Richmont

ATLANTA, GA – (February 7, 2014)

It is with great pleasure that Richmont Graduate University prepares to welcome  internationally renowned author and speaker, John Ortberg, Jr., to present: “Knowing Christ: Celebrating the Teaching of Dallas Willard for Pastors, Ministry Leaders and Christian Educators.” This two-day conference will be hosted coming May 28 and 29, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia and will be open to pastors, parachurch organization leaders, and current students.

“I am thrilled that John has agreed to partner with Richmont this spring to train local ministry leaders in such a critical area as spiritual formation,” said Richmont’s President, Bob Rodgers. “As cultural changes accelerate, we know a new type of leader, one who is prepared to generate ministry strategies that are contextually relevant and theologically sound, is needed more than ever. I am excited for John to join us in equipping students and local ministry leaders to think critically and act creatively to communicate the gospel in our contemporary and diverse world.”

Ortberg has written several notable books on spiritual formation including, The Life You’ve Always Wanted, If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat, The Me I Want To Be, and most recently, Who is This Man?. He also currently serves as the senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California where he lives with his wife, Nancy.

“Concerning both the process of Christian Spiritual Formation and the role the Church can play, there is not more clear or compelling voice that that of John Ortberg,” said Dr. Gary Moon, Richmont professor and Director of the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation.

“John embodies the hallmarks on the pathway to spiritual transformation such as authenticity, transparency, and centeredness in Christ,” said Richmont’s School of Ministry Dean, Dr. Leland Eliason. “His speaking and writing invite readers to incorporate profound truths from great minds like Dallas Willard, one of his mentors. These remarkable qualities, in addition to his personally transparent approach, challenge readers and listeners to grow in their relationship with Christ.”

In preparation for this exciting event, further details can be found on the conference website.

Event Host:

Richmont Graduate University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOCS) and offers master’s-level training in professional counseling to help individuals, families and groups successfully confront life’s challenges. Presently, students have the opportunity to pursue master’s degrees in: Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Ministry, and Christian Psychological Studies as well as specializations in addictions, child and adolescent therapy, sex therapy, spirituality and counseling, and trauma counseling. Additionally, in order to serve Richmont’s campus communities, the university hosts a network of Hope Counseling Centers throughout metro Atlanta, as well as the Henegar/CBI Counseling and Richmont Community Counseling Centers in Chattanooga, TN. These centers offer counseling and mental health services to children, adults, families and groups of all walks of life, regardless of their insurance status.

For More Information Contact:

Robert G. “Bob” Rodgers

President, Richmont Graduate University

(404) 835-6132 or

Richmont partners with local Atlanta churches to preview the Master of Arts in Ministry

The School of Ministry at Richmont Graduate University will co-host two Preview Evenings for those interested in learning more about the Masters of Arts in Ministry. Richmont will partner with Mount Paran Church and Trinity Anglican Mission next month to allow church members and the surrounding communities an opportunity to learn more about the degree program that is aimed at preparing and equipping leaders in ministry.

The events will be held:

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Mt. Paran Church 6:15 – 7:00pm (Banquet Room)
  •  Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Trinity Anglican Mission 6:30 – 8:00pm (Youth Room)

For more information about the Masters of Arts in Ministry degree or to RSVP for one of the above events, please contact McCall Garner, Assistant to the Dean, or (404)835-6124.

Spring Preview Days

Richmont Graduate University Announces Interim President

Atlanta, Georgia – Following Dr. Jeff Terrell’s resignation as president of Richmont Graduate University, the Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Bob Rodgers as Interim President.

Rodgers has been a Richmont Graduate University trustee and donor for seven years prior to joining the staff in 2010 in order to lead the university’s development efforts. He has served as Richmont’s Executive Vice-president since 2011. As Executive Vice-president, Rodgers has been in the position as COO, overseeing of the day to day operations of the school.

Before joining Richmont Graduate University, Rodgers’ was the Founder and President of Quantum Search and has more than 22 years in leadership development, consulting and executive search in the not for profit, healthcare and general corporate arenas. He also previously served as Vice President of People for Waffle House, a nationwide restaurant company, with oversight responsibilities for 20,000+ associates in 21states.

Dr. Jeff Terrell Resigns

Richmont Graduate University announced today that Dr. Jeff Terrell, President since 1999, has resigned. The school also announced that Bob Rodgers has been installed as Interim President.

“We are thankful for all Dr. Terrell has done during his years at Richmont University,” said Board Chair Jan Linder. “Some of the outstanding accomplishments made during his presidency include: his compelling vision, his unwavering commitment to Richmont’s mission, his aggressive plan to achieve accreditation, and his ensuring that the school would maintain the highest possible academic standards. Richmont enjoys a stellar academic reputation, faculty and a strong leadership team who serve on the Administrative Council. These individuals form the core and heartbeat of Richmont Graduate University and are the key to a vibrant future. We look forward to a time of celebration with Dr. Terrell and honoring his legacy.”

Terrell said, “The past fourteen years of work together has been the most meaningful professional achievement of my life. I am grateful for the leadership lessons the Lord has taught me and for the opportunities the trustees have provided me as President. Please know that you will have my prayers and unqualified support in the future. I hope to see Richmont Graduate University flourishing and growing to ever-brighter heights in the years ahead.”

The university looks forward to hosting an open reception celebrating Dr. Terrell’s 14 years of faithful service on February 28, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and dress will be business casual. Please contact Jennifer Cooper, Assistant to the President, with any questions: or 404-835-6117.

Welcome to Richmont’s New Website

We’re proud to announce that our new website is live! We’re hoping that you’ll visit us often to find out more about what is happening in our community. Happy exploring!

Alumni Story: Diane Monteleone

In 2005, I entered the marriage and family program at Richmont University (then known as Psychological Studies Institute) with great anticipation of one day being able to work with hurting individuals and families. I had just exited a program at another local university where I was working towards getting a masters in finance after becoming convinced that my calling was to focus my life work on helping people versus micro managing cash flow and numbers through the field of accounting. In 2008, I graduated and was promptly hired by Focus Healthcare of Tennessee as a primary counselor, serving both the chemical dependency unit as well as the Center for Eating Disorders. Today, Focus trusts me to provide clinical oversight for the clinical staff and our patients as Program Director for both units. It is a privilege to be able to serve both counselor and patient alike. I am truly grateful for every aspect of the training given to me through Richmont and happy to give anyone who asks me a raving reference about my experience. Thank you to all of the staff, my fellow classmates and the curriculum for assisting me in becoming another Richmont contributor to the world via the counseling profession.

Diane Monteleone, MAMFT LMFT NCC
Program Director    
Focus Healthcare of Tennessee

Alumni Story: Nick Hersey, LAPC

Alumni Story: Nick Hersey, LAPC

Graduate school was one of the most pivotal decisions in my life.  When I was a teenager I had a miraculous encounter with the Holy Spirit that left me with an unquenchable desire to love on the most broken people of the world.  Throughout my years of ministry I have had a variety of opportunities to work with individuals in very unique ways, but none of the programs and few of the relationships I developed had the impact that I craved.  I realized that I wasn’t equipped to tackle the most challenging obstacles people face: healing from histories of brokenness.  With that, I believed God was calling me to hone my skills in understanding developmental processes, effects of trauma, and how to best recover from them.  I had always been skeptical of the science of psychology and wanted a perspective that was filtered through the lens of Scripture.  After many months of prayer I was sure that God was calling me to pursue my education through Richmont; little did I know just how well He would prepare me!  After being exposed to the world of mental health services I quickly became aware of the quality of education Richmont provides, and how comparable programs left graduates lacking many of the necessary tools to effectively meet clients’ needs.  I couldn’t imagine trying to help UN war refugees work through the horrific tragedies they’ve endured without the caliber of knowledge and depth of experience God blessed me with through my time at Richmont.

Nick Hersey, LAPC

Alumni Story: Laura Belli

Alumni Story: Laura Belli

In 2006, I graduated from Richmont and began working with Legacy Strategy, a private practice, under the supervision of Dr. Diane Pearce. Legacy Strategy is a Christian counseling group in Kennesaw, Georgia, that offers specialized individual, family, play, and marital therapy. We provide quality Biblically based counseling that is intentionally integrated into the therapeutic process. One of the reasons why I chose to study at Richmont is the fact that they train students how to integrate Theology and Psychology into the counseling setting.

I treat trauma, self-harm, eating disorders, and dissociative disorders. Young adults and teens are my passion. After graduating I sought advanced training with ISSTD in regards to the treatment of dissociative disorders. Learning and growing never ceases. I have been given the opportunity to speak at schools, churches, lead groups and premarital seminars. Because of the quality education that I received at Richmont, I am able to treat families and individuals in the therapeutic setting and have an influence in the community.

I am in the process of completing the new requirements for LPC supervisors! As of November 2012 I will be supervising students and associates working towards licensure.

Supervising students is my way of giving back to others what was given to me. Encouraging students to meet their potential while giving ethical, quality, professional care is vital for the future of our profession. While at Richmont, I gained the confidence to meet the potential that God put within me. I can honestly say I feel excited every day to be in the field of counseling and to be given the opportunity to be used by God and watch Him intervene daily in the lives of others!