Covenant Seminary is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Pfuetze, Assistant Professor of Counseling, and Dr. Jeremy Ruckstaetter, Associate Professor of Counseling, will serve as Interim Co-Directors of the Seminary’s Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program as current Director Dr. Dan Zink steps out of his administrative role to return to full-time teaching and pursue more writing opportunities.
Dr. Zink, who has taught in the MAC program since 1995, assumed the lead role in 2016 when the program’s founder, Dr. Richard Winter, retired after 24 years at the helm. As Dr. Zink anticipates his own retirement in the next three to four years, he requested a return to full-time teaching in the department in order to focus more on writing and “capture some ideas that have been percolating now for many years.” Dr. Zink’s enthusiastic leadership of the program and his heart for shepherding and counseling those who shepherd and counsel others have left an indelible mark on the MAC program and on the many students, faculty, and staff who are blessed to interact with him on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, oversight of the MAC program will remain in good hands. Dr. Mark Pfuetze (MAC/MDiv ’04) and Dr. Jeremy Ruckstaetter (MAC ’11, MDiv ’12) are both graduates of the program and have taught at Covenant for several years, Pfuetze since 2012 and Ruckstaetter since 2016. Both are licensed professional counselors with extensive experience in helping clients deal with issues in many different personal and professional areas. And both are PhD alumni of schools associated with the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)—the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA, respectively—providing strong intercollegiate connections that will benefit the Seminary’s own pursuit of CACREP accreditation.
In addition to their counseling backgrounds, both men have served the broader church in a variety of ways. Pfuetze was involved in campus ministry and served as a missionary for several years before coming to Covenant. Ruckstaetter was a musician in the U.S. Navy, later served as a music director for a Christian school, and taught counseling courses at other institutions prior to his time at Covenant. More details are available at each man’s faculty website.
The Seminary board, faculty, staff, and students invite everyone to join us in celebrating all these men and asking the Lord’s continued provision for and blessing on their work in training pastors, counselors, and other leaders for ministry in Christ’s church and Kingdom.