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Dr. Wayne Rhodes

Wayne Rhodes, PhD, LPC, LMFT

Commander, US Navy Chaplain (retired)

Professor of Chaplaincy
Psychology & Theology Specialist 
International Experience: Guam, Japan, USA



  • Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology, Saybrook University, Oakland, CA
  • Doctoral Studies, Ministry, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
  • Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
  • Masters Studies, Psychology, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
  • Master of Divinity, Illif School of Theology, Denver, CO
  • Masters Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and History, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI

Doctoral Dissertation

  • The Role of Leadership Style, Small Groups and Homiletical Style in Growing Congregations 200 to 400 in Worship

Master of Arts Thesis

  • The Relationship Between Negative Affectivity and Divorce Adjustment in Women

Additional Training

  • Clinical Pastoral Education, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI

Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), TX: 4161 Commander (CHC)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), TX:2538 Fleet Marine Force

Teaching Specializations

  • Chaplaincy
  • Psychology & Theology

Academic Experiences

  • Content Expert, College of Doctoral Studies, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Religion, American Public University, Charles Town, WV
  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychology, American Military University, Charles Town, WV

Military Professional Experiences

  • Command Chaplain, Naval Reserve Center, Orange, TX
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operations and Training Officer for Pastoral Care Department, Bethesda Naval Hospital
  • Supervisory Chaplain, Fleet Hospital, Dallas, TX
  • Commanding Officer, 4th Marine Expeditionary Force (Religious) 713, Okinawa, Japan
  • Interim Chapel Pastor, Naval Air Station, Forth Worth, TX
  • Supervisory Chaplain, 14th Marine Regiment
  • Supervisory Chaplain, North Island Air Unit 170, Guam
  • Supervisory Chaplain, Personnel Mobilization Team
  • Squadron Chaplain, Marine Wing Support System 471, Chaplain with Air Combat Element at Combine Arms Exercise, Mojave Desert
  • Information Officer, Us Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
  • Squadron Chaplain, Marine Air Brigade 41, Comax Island
  • Chaplain, 4th Marine Amphibious Force (Religious), 411
  • Chaplain, San Diego Naval Hospital 611

Dr. Rhodes served for 22 years in the Chaplain Corps -- 15 years in the Marine Corps, 5 years in the Navy and 2 years in the Coast Guard.

Military Training

  • Advanced Officer's Leadership Course
  • Staff and Leadership Course
  • Basic Officer's Leadership Course
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
  • Coast Guard Indoctrination Course
  • "Fighting Sea Bees" Ministry Indoctrination Course
  • US Naval Academy Information Officer Course
  • Naval Hospital Ministry Course
  • US Marine Corps Indoctrination Course
  • Unauthorized Absence/Deserter Course
  • Basic Chaplain School

Behavioral Healthcare Professional Experiences

  • Executive Director, Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeast Texas, Port Arthur, TX
  • Affiliate Mental Health Provider, Generation-Geriatric Unit, Doctor's Hospital, Groves, TX
  • Affiliate Mental Health Provider, Charter Hospital, Plano, TX
  • Affiliate Mental Health Provider, Charter Hospital, Grapevine, TX
  • Founder, Agape Counseling Services, Dallas, TX

Ministry Professional Experiences

  • Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Valparaiso, IN
  • Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Beaumont, TX
  • Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Palestine, TX
  • Senior Pastor, Russell Memorial United Methodist Church, Wills Point, TX
  • Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Trinity, TX
  • Pastor, Detroit Michigan Annual Conference, United Methodist

Ministry Continuing Education

  • “Frame-Bending, Long Range Planning and Problem Solving” Alban Institute
  • “Developing Small Group Ministries” Beeson Institute, Asbury Theological Seminary.
  • “New Research for Growing Congregations” with Dr. Lyle Schaller, sponsored by the West Michigan Annual Conference UMC.
  • “Purpose-Driven Presbyterian Churches” sponsored by Columbia Theological Seminary.
  • “How the Celts Re-Evangelized Western Europe” by Dr. George Hunter, sponsored by the Texas Annual Conference of the UMC.
  • “Prepare/Enrich” Training Workshop with Dr. David Olson, sponsored by the United States Navy.
  • Congress on Evangelism, Evangelism in Small Churches with Ron Crandall, sponsored by NET Resources.
  • Seminar for Senior Pastors, sponsored by Board of Discipleship, UMC
  • Models of Evangelism, seminar with Herb Miller
  • Evangelism and the Gospel of John. Congress on Evangelism, Dr. Dennis Kinlaw, sponsored by UMC
  • The Large and Multiple Staff Church, seminar with Dr. Carl George and Fuller Theological Seminary
  • The Easiest Way to Grow a Church, seminar with Dr. George Hunter
  • Evangelism and the Holy Spirit, Congress on Evangelism, seminar with Dr. James Buskirk
  • Basic Church Growth Seminar, with Dr. Wyn Arn
  • Evangelism Explosion Trainer-Seminar, Evangelism Explosion International
  • Preaching without Notes, seminar with Dr. Clyde Fant
  • Certified Consultant in Evangelism and Church Growth, training sponsored by Board of Discipleship, UMC
  • Growth by Groups, seminar at Congress on Evangelism, sponsored by UMC
  • Church Growth History and Principles, Congress on Evangelism, seminar with Dr. Donald McGavran and Dr. George Hunter, sponsored by UMC.