Reverend Dr. William R. Greaver III, Psy.D
Professor & Chancellor
Dr. Greaver holds a Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) from the Graduate Theological Foundation (GTF) in Mishawaka, Indiana. GTF is an affiliate of Oxford University, England. Rev. Greaver is a Lutheran and has been an ordained pastor for over 20 years earning a Masters of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) and ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). He is also a Congregationalist and currently a rostered clergy of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC) since 2010.
Dr. Greaver has been active in Social Work & Family Systems for over 30 years. and graduated with a Bachelors of Social Work and a Bachelors of Psychology from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. His chaplaincy experiences began 29 years ago while taking a unit of pre-Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota. He has also been a Civil Air Patrol Chaplain for 3 different Squadrons in 3 different states. He has also worked in Chaplaincy for the homeless in 5 states. He was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force - Reserves where he served as a chaplain holding the rank of Captain.
Chaplain Greaver has worked in the field of hospital, industrial, prison, jail, palliative care, first response, crisis, trauma, nursing home, Barnabas, mental health, and homeless chaplaincy. He teaches courses in Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy, Spiritual Direction, First Response, and Critical Incident Stress Management.
Dr. Greaver is a Board Certified Clinical Chaplain with the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation (CSCPF), and a CPE supervisor with CSCPF. He is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Spiritual Care Association. He is also a CPE Supervisor for the Institute of Clinical Pastoral Training.
Dr. Greaver is a Commander for the Spiritual Care Association First Response Chaplain Division for the West Coast. He also serves as the Senior Pastor of First Congregational Church of Tacoma, WA. He is also a Certified Chaplain with the National Institute of Business and Industrial Chaplains and is their representative at the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling.
He is a Certified Crisis Chaplain with the National Center for Crisis Management and a Certified Chaplain with the International Alliance of Chaplain Corps.
He has taught CPE units with ACPE and CPSP. He has experience as a chaplain that goes back 29 years and has been teaching Pastoral Care in some form for 23 years. Bill is married to Sharon, enjoys playing bass guitar, and ocean side spiritual retreats at the Quileute Reservation watching bald eagles and reading. He is the proud father of 2 adult children, 1 studying to be an English teacher/writer, and the other studying to be a pastor.