Ryan's Biography

Background & Professional Experience

Dr. Ryan Fraser was raised in Cape Town, South Africa where his parents were missionaries. He has been married for 28 years to his college sweetheart, Missy. They reside with their two children in West Tennessee.

Ryan was invited to join the Graduate Studies in Counseling faculty at Freed-Hardeman University (Henderson, Tennessee) in 2006. He had previously been in full-time ministry for 18 years having served churches in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Texas. At the university, Ryan teaches several courses including theories of personality, family & individual counseling, life-cycle development, career counseling, marriage & family counseling, and research in counseling.

Ryan has much experience as a pastoral counselor in both the congregational and faith-based clinical context. He is often invited to present marriage and family enrichment seminars. Ryan's doctorate is in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling, a specialized field that integrates the Christian faith tradition and its healing resources with the behavioral sciences. Ryan is a fellow and Certified Pastoral Counselor with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). He previously worked as a clinical therapist at AGAPE Child & Family Services in Jackson, Tennessee (2008-2012), but now operates a private practice called Pastoral Counseling Service (PCS). He is a licensed clinical pastoral therapist (LCPT) in the state of Tennessee.

Ryan has several specialties including marriage and family, adoption-related issues, addictions, depression, anxiety, anger, and grief. He also serves as the pulpit minister for the Bethel Springs church of Christ in McNairy County, Tennessee.

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Bible (Freed-Hardeman University, 1989)
  • Master of Ministry (Freed-Hardeman University, 1991)
  • Master of Divinity (Abilene Christian University, 2002)
  • Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology & Pastoral Counseling (Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, 2010)

Background & Professional Experience

Dr. Ryan Fraser was raised in Cape Town, South Africa where his parents were missionaries. He has been married for 28 years to his college sweetheart, Missy. They reside with their two children in West Tennessee.

Ryan was invited to join the Graduate Studies in Counseling faculty at Freed-Hardeman University (Henderson, Tennessee) in 2006. He had previously been in full-time ministry for 18 years having served churches in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Texas. At the university, Ryan teaches several courses including theories of personality, family & individual counseling, life-cycle development, career counseling, marriage & family counseling, and research in counseling.

Ryan has much experience as a pastoral counselor in both the congregational and faith-based clinical context. He is often invited to present marriage and family enrichment seminars. Ryan's doctorate is in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling, a specialized field that integrates the Christian faith tradition and its healing resources with the behavioral sciences. Ryan is a fellow and Certified Pastoral Counselor with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). He previously worked as a clinical therapist at AGAPE Child & Family Services in Jackson, Tennessee (2008-2012), but now operates a private practice called Pastoral Counseling Service (PCS). He is a licensed clinical pastoral therapist (LCPT) in the state of Tennessee.

Ryan has several specialties including marriage and family, adoption-related issues, addictions, depression, anxiety, anger, and grief. He also serves as the pulpit minister for the Bethel Springs church of Christ in McNairy County, Tennessee.

Education

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