Professor of Practical Theology
Dean of Students
B.A., Florida Atlantic, 1968
M.Div., Duke, 1972
D. Min., Lancaster Theological Seminary, 1983
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, in1945, Frank Stalfa began his higher education at Palm Beach Community College,Florida. Receiving an A.A. degree there in 1966, he then entered FloridaAtlantic University where he earned a B.A. in English and Education. Dr. Stalfaentered the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, in1968. He studied there until 1970 when he transferred to Duke UniversityDivinity School where he received his Master of Divinity degree, magna cumlaude, in 1972. A 1983 Doctor of Ministry graduate of Lancaster Seminary, hisdissertation was titled, “The Function and Utilization of Religious Belief inthe Practice of Psychotherapy.”
Dr. Stalfa has taught as adjunct associate professor of Rehabilitation Counselingat the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and as clinical assistantprofessor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine at UNC, Chapel Hill. Heis a professional member of the International Enneagram Association, aDiplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association, a National Board CertifiedCounselor, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania.
From 1974, Dr. Stalfa was employed with the Family Counseling Center,Hillsborough, North Carolina, first as a clinical substance abuse counselor andlater, in 1977, as director of the Center. In that capacity he was responsiblefor administration of the Center’s programs and individual, marital and familyassessment and therapy, as well as supervision of the clinic staff and studentinterns. From 1972-1974 Dr. Stalfa was a therapist with Forsyth County MentalHealth Center.
Named to the faculty of Lancaster Theological Seminary in 1988, and appointedas Dean of Students in 2006, Dr. Stalfa began his teaching duties as assistantprofessor of Pastoral Theology. Dr. Stalfa was ordained in September 1989 bythe Eastern North Carolina Association, Southern Conference, United Church ofChrist. He is a part-time staff therapist and pastoral counselor with theSamaritan Counseling Center of Lancaster County. He has a son, Nathan, and heand his wife, Susan, an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, havea daughter, Anna. They live in Lancaster
Ministry with the Dying, Bereaved andTheir Families
Ministry with Couples and Families
Ministry in Matters of Human Sexuality
Addiction and Codependence
"The Pastoral Implications the Texts for the Season after Pentecost, Propers 4,5 and 7." Lectionary Homiletics 24.4 (2013): 3ff. Print.
“ThePastoral Implications of the Texts for Transfiguration Sunday and First ThreeSundays in Lent”
Lectionary Homiletics 52:2 (2011): 35-65.
’Posthumous Disillusionment’ as a Type of Complicated Grief”The
Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling 64.2 (2010): 8.1-8.
“ProtestantClergy Marriage in the Congregational Context: A Report
from the Field” The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling 62.3(2008) 249-259.
"AccusatorySuffering in the Offended Spouse"
with Catherine Hastings
The Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, Volume: 4 Issue: 2/3,2005
in The New Dictionary of Pastoral Studies
Ed: Wesley Carr (Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 2002)
“PastoralImplications of the Advent Texts"
Lectionary Homiletics, vol. vii, No. 1, December, 1995
“Vocationas Autobiography: Family of Origin Influences on the Caregiving Role inMinistry,”
The Journal of Pastoral Care, Vol. 48, No. 4, pp. 370-380.
“ThePastoral Care of Sin: The Enneagram in Pastoral Care and Counseling,”
The Journal of Pastoral Care, Vol 48, No. 1, pp. 65-74.
“PastoralCare with Addicted Family Systems,” Faith and Witness: A Scholarly Journal of the Faculty, 1992, Vol. 9, No.2, pp. 66-77. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC.
Minding What Matters: Moral Inquiry in Pastoral Care