Dr. Burrell D. Dinkins, professor of pastoral counseling and leadership at Asbury Seminary's Florida campus and Brazil's first full-time Protestant hospital chaplain, will address the Asbury Seminary community as the 2006 Cessna lecturer April 20. Dr. Dinkin's topic for the two-day lectureship is "The Holiness is Happiness Hypothesis." He will speak at 11 a.m. Thursday in Estes Chapel and interact with students and community members during a special talk-back session at noon in Cordelia B on the Kentucky campus.
Dr. Dinkins joined the Florida faculty of Asbury Seminary as the Johnson professor of pastoral counseling and leadership in the summer of 1999 after serving as the E.A. Seamands professor of pastoral leadership on the Seminary's Kentucky campus since 1992. Prior to his work at Asbury, Dr. Dinkins served as the minister of pastoral care and counseling at Roswell (Ga.) United Methodist Church, professor of pastoral care and counseling at Oral Roberts University School of Theology, and director of pastoral care and counseling of the Atlanta-Emory District of The United Methodist Church. In addition to his extensive experience in the United States, Dr. Dinkins spent several years working in Brazil, South America. While in Brazil, he served as the interim president of Instituto Philadelphia De Londrina in Parana, professor of pastoral care and counseling at Faculdade de Teologia, Universidade Methodist Rudge Ramos in Sao Paulo, and pastored several churches. As a hospital chaplain, Dr. Dinkins also developed a pioneer program that included a clinical team of doctors, nurses and chaplain. Dr. Dinkins is the author of Narrative Pastoral Counseling, The Grief Book and the chapter, "the Matrix of Vocation" in Living Life on Purpose.