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School of Theology and Ministry

William D. Roozeboom

assistant professor of pastoral care and counseling

William Roozeboom

Contact Information
Simboli Hall 219


B.A., University of Northern Iowa
M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Brite Divinity School

Areas of Interest

short-term approaches to pastoral care and counseling; intersections of neuroscience and pastoral and practical theology;theological anthropology, embodiment and performativity; clergy wellness; family systems theory; issues of diversityand multiculturalism; conflict theory; and public theology


Dr. Roozeboom is a pastoral theologian, pastoral counselor, pastor, and professor. He has served the church in pastoral roles and worked with clergy, congregations, and higher ecclesial judicatories on: conflict management, staff relations, crisis intervention, restoration and renewal processes, and ongoing health and wellness. Additionally, he has lectured and taught courses on various topics in churches, community based organizations, hospitals, universities and seminaries.

In addition to teaching, Bill is also a certified pastoral counselor and member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). In this capacity, Bill has provided pastoral counseling services to individuals, couples, and families in both clinical settings and parish settings for over 12 years and served in regional leadership roles of AAPC.

This fall Bill joined the Faculty at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (BCSTM) as Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling. Prior to joining the faculty at BCSTM, Bill taught as an adjunct professor of practical theology and pastoral and spiritual care and counseling, served as a clinical staff member and congregational and community liaison for a community mental health agency, and led a congregation as an interim pastor in Redlands, CA.

Dr. Roozeboom’s own research is in the area of clergy wellness and neuroplasticity. In his recent book, Neuroplasticity, Performativity, and Clergy Wellness: Neighbor Love As Self-Care (Lexington Books, 2017), he provides a model of intra/inter-relational wellness and explores the performative capacity of one’s practices to induce life-giving changes to the structure and function of the brain. The result of practices of wellness is greater capacity to love one’s neighbor as one’s self.


Fall 2017
Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling (TMPS7093)
Pastoral Care in/with Communities of Faith (TMPS7182)

Spring 2018
Culturally/Multi-Culturally Competent Pastoral Care and Counseling (TMPS7184)
Pastoral Care and Trauma (TMPS7183)

Previous Courses Taught
Family Therapy and Pastoral Counseling (Fuller Theological Seminary)
Pastoral Counseling (Fuller Theological Seminary)
Grief, Loss, Death, and Dying (Fuller Theological Seminary)
Pastoral Care (Fuller Theological Seminary)
Short-term Spiritual Counseling in Religious and Spiritual Contexts (Claremont School of Theology)
Spiritual Care with Couples and Families (Claremont School of Theology)
Theory and Practice in Family Counseling (University of Redlands)

Recent Publications

Neuroplasticity, Performativity, and Clergy Wellness: Neighbor love as self-care. Lexington Books (January 2017)

Performativity and Plasticity: Storying “self” bi-directionally in the embodied brain ecosystem. In
Sacred Spaces: The E-Journal of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (Volume 7,
2015), 56-86.  Link to Journal

Book Reviews
The Power of Neuroplasticity for Pastoral and Spiritual Care, by Kirk Bingaman, Journal of
Pastoral Theology
(Vol. 24, No. 2, 2014).

Encyclopedia Entries
Erich Fromm. (2012). In Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion online: Springer Reference.
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Solution-Focused Counseling. (2012). In Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion online:
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Wilhelm Reich. (2012). Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion online: Springer Reference.
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