The president, board, faculty, and staff of Covenant Seminary are pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Dan Zink, professor of counseling, to director of the Seminary’s Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program. Dr. Zink has been serving as interim director of the program since the retirement of founding director Dr. Richard Winter (now professor emeritus of counseling) two years ago.
A much-loved professor at the Seminary, Zink brings many years of teaching and administrative experience to his new role. He joined the full-time faculty in 1995 after serving five years as adjunct professor of counseling and director of student services. He also spent eleven years as a family counselor, case-worker, and supervisor of public children’s services. Zink was the founding director and a five-year head of New Hope Counseling Services, a ministry of nearby Chesterfield Presbyterian Church (PCA). He has also been involved in the Christian education programs of four churches and has served as an assistant pastor. His doctoral research focused on enduring marriages of adult children of divorce.
Of his new role, Zink said, “It is an honor to lead the Counseling Department faculty and staff. They all understand that they are caretakers with me of this program’s mission to train and care for future counselors and pastors. I am grateful for them and for this special opportunity to serve in this way.”
Seminary President Mark Dalbey noted, “We have been blessed by Dan’s many years of faithful service to our students and the church and are delighted to see him in this new role. As director of counseling, he brings experience and vision to the counseling program. While the majority of his time will still be spent right where it always has been—in the classroom teaching, mentoring, and preparing future counselors for ministry–I am excited to have Dr. Zink leading the program in this new capacity.”
Since its inception in 1993, the counseling program has trained more than 600 graduates to integrate counseling and psychology and use that biblical foundation to reach a hurting world. MAC graduates are prepared to work as licensed counselors in many states, in both public or religious-based settings. The three-year curriculum includes a theological and theoretical foundation followed by practical orientation through both a counseling practicum and an internship. More than 30 students graduate from the program every year, with each class having counseled an average of over 500 clients in over 10,000 sessions during their educational experience. Ninety-three percent of graduates find jobs within six months of graduation in mental health agencies, community health organizations, private counseling practices, and churches and parachurch organizations.
Please join the Seminary community in congratulating Dr. Zink on this promotion!