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Stuart Scott works to train, certify counseling students

Scott is working to help BJU graduates earn certification from the Association of Biblical Counselors (ACBC), where he is the director of membership services. Photo: Jordyn Britton

Dr. Stuart Scott joined the Bob Jones University faculty in September 2022 to serve as the director of biblical counseling.

Scott brings nearly 40 years of experience to BJU, having served as a pastor, biblical counselor and executive director of One Eighty Ministries, which provides seminars, counseling services, education and consulting services to help local churches and pastors implement biblical discipleship counseling.

Before coming to BJU, Scott taught at The Master’s University in California for six years, where he was a professor of biblical counseling and was often featured on the ministry’s Truth in Love podcast.

Scott’s position as director of biblical counseling is a new position at BJU. This semester Scott has been finalizing the biblical counseling certification program and teaching a doctoral class on biblical counseling. He is working on a program to allow students getting a bachelor’s degree in biblical counseling to fulfill some of the requirements for certification by the Association of Biblical Counselors (ACBC), and students getting a master’s in biblical counseling will earn full ACBC certification in addition to their accredited degree.

In addition, Scott will work with BJU Seminary’s 500 x 5 x 5 initiative, which seeks to address a pastor shortage across the U.S. by recruiting and beginning the training of 500 future pastors in the next five years and again every five years thereafter.

After graduating from Columbia Bible College, now Columbia International University, with a degree in Christian education, Scott earned his master of divinity degree from Grace Theological Seminary, his master of theology degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and his doctor of ministry degree from Covenant Theological Seminary.

He has authored seven books and serves as director of membership services for the ACBC. His books include Killing Sin Habits: Conquering Sin with Radical Faith; Communication and Conflict Resolution: A Biblical Perspective; Anger, Anxiety and Fear: A Biblical Perspective; and Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God’s Resources in Scripture, which he co-edited. He has also contributed to several other books.

Scott has been married to his wife, Zondra, for over 36 years. He has two adult children, Christa and Marc, and two grandchildren. In his spare time, Scott said he enjoys the outdoors and traveling. “We grew up camping. We’ve camped in every state in the Union,” Scott said. He has also been to 18 countries, including several in Europe, and he likes to keep active. “I enjoy travelling, meeting God’s people, encouraging people and teaching, even abroad,” Scott said. “I enjoy sports — I grew up playing them all.”

Scott said he has enjoyed his time at BJU thus far and found the faculty and administration to be kind, gracious and welcoming. “I’m just glad to be here and honored to serve,” he said.