A Triple Calling: Alumnus Finds Common Ground in Psychology, Counseling and Ministry Fields

Chad Kinsey ’96


Coordinator of Special Services and School Psychologist at Northern Lebanon School District

Ordained Minister at Mohrsville Church of the Brethren

Mohrsville, Pa.


Launched by a B.S. in psychology degree from Messiah College, alumnus Chad Kinsey ’96 has built a rewarding, successful vocation by practicing what he preaches. Literally. 

Since 2009, Kinsey has applied his advanced understanding of human behavior as the coordinator of special services (K-12) and school psychologist for the Northern Lebanon School District in Fredericksburg, Pa., on behalf of the district’s at-risk students.  He credits a powerful home church experience in his teen years, and later, Messiah College, for leading him to his other passion: pastoral ministry.  Since 2005, Kinsey has worked as an ordained Church of the Brethren minister in his home church of Mohrsville Church of the Brethren, where he regularly leads worship and teaches God’s Word.

The duality of psychology and Christian ministry allows him to work as an agent for change and reconciliation in the lives of his students, fellow administrators and congregants. “Through my training, gifting and education, which began with Messiah College, I am able to bring a spiritual dimension to my work with students and people I encounter every day,” he says. “In the field of human services and psychology and ministry within the church, you see some sad, bizarre things which is the result of human brokenness.  Being able to help people learn the tools of change has been so rewarding.”  

Still moving in new directions, Kinsey recently opened a private counseling practice based in Mohrsville, Pa., after receiving his Ph.D. in school psychology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2009. ” I was reached out to and helped by many key Christian mentors throughout my life. I now feel very blessed to be able to give back what I’ve been given,” says Kinsey.

-Peggy Koach

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Posted on March 23rd, 2012

2 Responses to “A Triple Calling: Alumnus Finds Common Ground in Psychology, Counseling and Ministry Fields”

  1. Nana Diana Says:

    Hi Chad and Tiffani, I am so proud of all that you are and all that you achieved! You are using your knowledge and achievements for the Glory of the Lord! Great will be your Rewards!!!! Love,nanad

  2. Claire Flaherty Says:

    Chad: You were an inspiration to me during your doctoral training in clinical neuropsychology at Penn State College of Medicine, contributing much more to our young patients, their families and our clinical team than you ever gained. Some of the approaches you introduced to remediation remain our standard of care. How wonderful to see you thrive! All the best to you and Tiffani, now and in the years to come. Claire


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