Rev. Thomas Dewitt M.S., BCC
Doctor of Philosophy (In Process) Anticipated date of graduation: May 2020. Pastoral Counseling. Trinity Theological Seminary, Evansville, Indiana
Doctor of Theology (In Process) Anticipated date of graduation May 2020, Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy, Spiritual Care Association University of Theology and Spirituality, Tacoma, Washington
Master of Divinity, 2009, emphasis in pastoral care and counseling.
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri.
Clinical Pastoral Education, Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, 3 units, Shawnee Mission Medical Center, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, 1 unit, Saint Louis University Hospital, St Louis, Missouri.
Bachelor of Arts, 1990, Lee University, Cleveland, Tennessee, Major: Pastoral Studies
Northwest Bible College, Biblical Studies, Minot, North Dakota
Aquinas Institute of Theology, Pastoral Counseling, St. Louis, Missouri
Temple Baptist Seminary, Pastoral Leadership, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Maranatha Baptist Seminary, Expository Preaching
Licensed 1995, Highland Avenue Baptist Church, Robinson, Illinois
Ordained 1997, Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Illinois
Board Certified Chaplain, The Association of Certified Christian Chaplains, 2015
Board Certified, Chaplain Spiritual Care Association, 2019
Certified Dementia Practitioner, National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, 2018
Notary Public, State of Missouri, 2005-2012
Certified Healthy Interventions Instructor, Saint Louis University Hospital
Committee on Committees, Southern Baptist Convention 2017
Delivered Annual Sermon, Franklin Baptist Association 2015 Annual Meeting
Director of Missions Search Committee, Franklin Baptist Association
Resolutions Committee, Franklin Baptist Association
Michael B. Dutton Superintendent’s Award, In recognition of outstanding interpersonal skills throughout training at the Tennessee Correction Academy 2013
MINISTRY AND WORK EXPERIENCE
2017 – Present
Chaplain, Wesley Willows Continuing Care Community, Rockford, Illinois
Lead Chaplain, Supervisor of Assistant Chaplain and all ministry volunteers,
Facilitator, Caregiver Support Group, Program Director, GriefShare Group,
Plan and Preach Chapel services, Hospital visitation
2019 - Present
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Janesville, Wisconsin. Provide pastoral leadership and oversight to paid and volunteer staff.
2018 – Present
Faculty Member and Graduate Assistant, Trinity Theological Seminary.
Courses taught: Fundamentals of Christian Counseling Ethics
Introduction to Marriage Counseling in Christian Counseling
Techniques and Relationship Development for the Christian Counselor
Introduction to Counseling Theories and the Christian Counselor
Fundamentals of Communication for Managers and Administrators
Supervisor in Training, Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training.
2014 – 2017
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Sesser, Illinois. Provide pastoral leadership and oversight to paid and volunteer staff. Established a pattern of expository preaching. Instituted church wide visitation. Began evangelism training program.
Psychiatric Chaplain 3, Lead Chaplain, Bledsoe County Correctional Complex. Tennessee Department of Correction, Pikeville, Tennessee. Supervised a staff of three chaplains and forty volunteer ministries. Had daily interaction with inmates.
Chaplain, Caris Hospice. Athens, Tennessee. Provided end of life pastoral care to dying patients and their families. Coordinated annual memorial service.
2007 – 2012
Pastor, Villa Hills Baptist Church. Belleville, Illinois. Bi-vocational position. Provided pastoral services on an ongoing basis. Provided pastoral leadership to all church ministries.
2003 – 2012
Staff Chaplain, Saint Louis University Hospital. Saint Louis, Missouri. Cardiology Chaplain. Preceptor for Clinical Pastoral Education students. Adjunct Faculty, Death and Dying Module, Saint Louis University School of Medicine. Adviser to the Interfaith Interest Group in the School of Medicine.
2000 - 2003
Pastor, Hale Baptist Church. Hale, Missouri. Provided pastoral leadership while attending Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
1999 - 2000
Chaplain, Shawnee Mission Medical Center. Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Clinical Pastoral Education Residency.
1997 - 1999
Pastor, New Life Baptist Church. Athens, Illinois. Lead church through a period of growth and transition. Provided pastoral leadership to paid and volunteer staff.
1996 - 1997
Pastor, First Baptist Church. Virginia, Illinois. Helped church to reestablish its ministries to the community. Provided pastoral leadership.