September 13. 2019
Rev. Dr. Graham Standish, PhD.
This week’s speaker is the Rev. Dr. Graham Standish, PhD. Dr. Standish joined Samaritan in November 2017 as their Executive Director. Samaritan Counseling ministers to those suffering with emotional, relational and spiritual pain.
As counselors, they provide professional counseling while showing compassion, and never passing judgment. They provide guidance through coaching, spiritual direction, anger management and support groups.
They also serve pastors and congregations by conducting workshops for couples, parents, families and the community at large. Their goal is to empower individuals, families and faith communities to achieve health, wholeness and to reveal God’s purpose in their lives.
In addition to overseeing Samaritan’s fundraising, clergy and congregational services, financial and clinical operations, Graham presents workshops and provides spiritual direction/coaching to pastors.
Rev. Standish served 22 years as the pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church in Zelienople. Prior to his ministry at Calvin, Rev. Standish was a therapist to those with drug and alcohol addiction while an associate pastor at a church in Murrysville.
Graham earned his Ph.D. in formative spirituality from Duquesne University, his Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Master of Divinity from the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Graham is the author of seven books and numerous articles on the topic of spirituality, spiritual direction and spirituality in congregations. He is an adjunct professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry program and Certificate in Spiritual Formation Program, and at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Toronto, Ontario, focusing in the areas of spirituality and congregational leadership.