Willie F. Goodman is the Associate Vice President of Student Services/ Dean of Students. In 2012, he was accorded the rank of Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling within the Department of Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Care at ITC, where he has taught courses in pastoral care, pastoral counseling, pastoral theology and psychology of religion. He developed courses that researched the intersectional a/effects of sexuality and spirituality in pastoral counseling, as well as his model of pastoral counseling with African American men, good-enough mentoring. As the institution’s Chaplain, he provides oversight of the ITC Chapel, as well as, indepth pastoral care for individual, family and group support for students, staff and faculty. His passion for teaching and administrative work continues to lead his research in practical academics.
Dr. Goodman brings over 40 years of professional ministerial/pastoral experience, as well as, church educator and in-depth parish care provision. As the 30+ year Senior Pastor of the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church and Christian Education Center, Inc. in Duluth, GA, he facilitates the development of comprehensive spiritual formation for women, men and families in the life of the congregation and community. His work in all of these areas has culminated in the building of integrative theological praxis for academic and congregational engagement in all sectors of community life.
He is currently developing the Willie F. G-dman Center for Education and Life in collaboration with the men and women of his pastorate and the larger community in Duluth, GA. The vision for this non-profit center is delivery an interactive psycho-social cultural responsiveness to the comprehensive needs of males of African-descent as they pursue their life goals and dreams while self-integrating into the lives of their families, communities and the world around them.
Additionally, he is purposefully moving forward in developing stand-alone methods in Black masculinist theology of liberation, which can be methodologically akin to womanist theology and Black pastoral counseling while being grounded in the general disciplines of Black theology of liberation and pastoral counseling and care. He has worked to specifically give voice to the experience of males of African-descent and the specific healthful initiatives that this group brings to multi-layered psycho-social cultural discussions.