David M. Scheider to lead SSW's Center for Christian Ministry, Vocation

Posted Dec 5, 2012

[Seminary of the Southwest] Dean and President Douglas Travis has announced the appointment of Chaplain (LTC) David M.  Scheider to lead the Center for Christian Ministry and Vocation (CCMV) beginning January 1, 2013 at Seminary of the Southwest.

“We’re delighted that Dave has accepted the call to be the next Director of the Center for Christian Ministry and Vocation”, says Dean Travis.  ”He has a proven track record as an accomplished administrator and he’s experienced in absolutely each and every area for which the CCMV trains people. In addition, Dave is already a popular adjunct professor (he’s currently teaching a course on Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome). We’re delighted to welcome him as a member of our administration and faculty.”

CCMV students are enrolled in the seminary’s three master’s degrees which aim to prepare and form students for work in the helping professions and an informed life of faith: counseling, chaplaincy and pastoral care, and spiritual formation.

Scheider, an Episcopal priest, has 25 years experience as a chaplain in the United States army. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a Fellow and Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and a Diplomate for the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. Scheider currently directs the Family Life Chaplain Training Center on Fort Hood, Texas where he developed a program to train military chaplains as counselors.

In 2009, Scheider completed a DMin in Christian Nurture from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Before entering the Army, Scheider was a hospital chaplain and a parish pastor. He is also a graduate of Seminary of the Southwest’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry program where he completed a certificate in special studies in spiritual formation.

Seminary of the Southwest is an accredited Episcopal seminary in Austin, Texas offering master’s degrees for ordained ministry and for people seeking education and formation for counseling certification, chaplaincy and pastoral care, spiritual formation, and religion. Alumni serve in all 50 states, 23 countries and six continents around the globe. The full time tenured faculty teaches the core theological courses and professional chaplains, licensed counselors, and scholars teach as adjunct faculty. Seminary of the Southwest has 124 students from across the USA enrolled in its degrees. Sixty-one percent of students receive financial aid for tuition through the seminary’s scholarship aid and work programs.