Stuart Coleman is a licensed and ordained pastor, with over 20 years of pastoral experience. Having earned a M.A. in Christian Education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1986, he served as a local pastor for 11 years before serving as the Director of the International Center for Biblical Counseling of Tennessee for 3 years. Subsequently, he served as the Director of Pastoral Care and Counseling at Hoffmantown Church in Albuquerque, NM for 6 ½ years.
Having recently returned to school to earn a M.A. in Professional Counseling, Stuart graduated in May, 2013 from Richmont Graduate University with specializations in Trauma Therapy, Christian Sex Therapy, and Christian Spirituality. He is presently working toward licensure as a mental health counselor for the states of Tennessee and Georgia.
On the other side of a mental health degree, Stuart’s passion remains the same: to help persons enjoy an intimate and abiding relationship with Jesus Christ. His joy is in being able to help adults work through unresolved and painful memories related to their current interpersonal relationships, past personal failures, or their unresolved memories of childhood physical, emotional, sexual, or spiritual abuse, utilizing a Christ-centered approach.
With memberships in the American Association of Christian Counselors, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Stuart is presently doing qualitative research on complicated or complex forgiveness in order to better serve individuals who have genuinely forgiven those who have hurt them, and yet continue to suffer with anger, bitterness, and deep hurt, which may manifest as depression, anxiety, anger, rage, or sexual dysfunction, for example.
With three adult children, Stuart and his wife, Ellen have been married for over 35 years. While Stuart has enjoyed scuba diving, deep sea fishing, bass fishing, water skiing, horseback riding, and even mountain lion hunting in times past, Ellen and he tend to enjoy watching the deer grace at Cades Cove, the seals play at Puget Sound, the Balloons ascend at Fiesta Park, and the Sandhill Cranes descend at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in most recent times.
Stuart presently serves as a counselor at Lighthouse Counseling Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee and also facilitates two domestic violence classes, one for men and one for women with AILS (Abuse Intervention with Life Skills) in Chattanooga.
Updated September 6, 2013