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Dr. Townsend

Dr. Townsend

Dr. Rick Townsend

Dr. Rick Townsend is Chairman of the Board of Directors of New Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization, and New Hope Counseling Center, a privately owned organization in Knoxville, TN. Dr. Townsend also serves as a faculty memebr of the graduate and undergraduate counseling programs at Johnson Bible College. He spent 18 years as the Chair and Clinical Director of the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy at the college.

Dr. Townsend is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, Clinical Member, and Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and was elected to the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Dr. Townsend also is a Licensed Pastoral Therapist, Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor, Tennessee State Supreme Court Approved Mediator, and a Nationally Certified Family Life Educator.

He holds a Bachelors of Arts from Milligan College, a Masters of Divinity from Emmanuel School of Religion, and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. He served for many years as an ordained minister in the Christian Church – Churches of Christ. For the past 25 years he has annually traveled to Europe where he has taught graduate courses to degree-seeking nationals.

Dr. Rick Townsend authored the book, “How To Find Happiness In Life.” published by PublishAmerica (April 28, 2003) ISBN-10: 1591293316.

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