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Columbia Professor named to Florida Career and Personal Counseling Center Board of Trustees


Decatur, GA.—Sharon Mook, assistant professor of pastoral theology and care at Columbia Theological Seminary, has been named to the Board of Trustees of the Career and Personal Counseling Center in St. Petersburg, FL. Dr. Mook, an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), joined Columbia’s faculty in 1999. Prior to that she was a private practice pastoral counselor and consultant and has served as a pastoral counselor at Westminster Counseling Center at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis, MN; an associate pastor at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, OK; and as youth minister to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City, OK. She received the Ph.D. from Luther Seminary, the Doctor of Ministry from Southern Methodist University, the Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and the B.S. from Slippery Rock University. She did her clinical pastoral education training at the Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, OK, and her pastoral counseling training at Abbott-Northwestern Center for Pastoral Counseling in Minneapolis, MN. The Career and Personal Counseling Center, begun in 1960, is under the authority of the Synod of the South Atlantic of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Center is a specialized ministry in career and vocational counseling. Its mission is to help people find, affirm, and utilize their gifts to experience God’s call to fullness of life, and to identify factors that hinder career and life satisfaction. The Center serves a variety of client populations including high school students, college students, and church professionals who want to explore vocational and work issues. The core of its work, however, is with candidates for ordained ministry. Receiving candidates for ministry from a wide variety of denominations, the Center helps them explore their abilities, interests, and personality characteristics as they relate to their call to ministry. Speaking of Dr. Mook’s appointment to the board, executive director Barbara Kranendonk said, “Since most of our ministry candidates are coming from the six Florida presbyteries, our board felt that a good liaison with Columbia is essential; thus, the addition of one seat on our board for someone from the Columbia faculty.” Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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