Steve Bearden, PhD

Steve Bearden

Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Chair, Graduate School of Counseling
Phone: 503-554-6117
Email: sbearden@georgefox.edu


Raised in Indiana, my wife Susan and I moved west to California for additional schooling. After 10 years of school and pastoring in southern California, we (two daughters were born in California; Heather and April) moved north for a pastoral appointment in Salem, Oregon. I finished my Ph.D. and went to work for George Fox. For the past 19 years, I have taught in the Graduate School of Counseling. Perhaps my core quest is the facilitation of genuine dialog and understanding among the world’s religions, for the sake of a safer and healthier world. I am intensely interested in diversity issues as they relate to training competent mental health professionals. Additionally, I engage students in the exploration of their spiritual identity. I am also very interested in the work of Carl Jung, especially as it relates to spirituality and the development of one's Inner Life.


Academic Background

B.A. Religion; Olivet Nazarene University
M.Div. Fuller Theological Seminary
M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, Fuller School of Psychology
Ph.D. Family Studies, Oregon State University


What do you teach?

While at Fox I have taught 24 different courses. I am currently teaching the following courses:

  • Cultural Foundations and Social Justice
  • Spiritual Identity
  • Spirituality and Clinical Praxis
  • Theory of Carl Jung
  • Psyche and Spirit
  • Jung: Symbols of Transformation

Expertise and Research Interests

My research and publication interests are in the field of Diversity Studies. I have traveled and presented internationally in recent years. The focus of my study has been the challenges and rewards of diversity work in a Dominant Culture/Christian University.


What do you do in your free time?

I love fly fishing, especially with dry flies. The world-class trout stream the Metolius River is my home stream. I love great literature. Poetry is my Muse. The great Sufi poets such as Rumi and Hafiz are among my favorites. Mary Oliver, Emily Dickenson and Robert Penn Warren are other poets I admire and read often.

I have been organic gardening for over 25 years. Hiking, camping, and Nordic skiing are among my favorite leisure time activities.

I grew up in the 60’s and love rock and roll. Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Emmy Lou Harris, Frank Zappa, David Byrne and David Thomas have been constant companions.

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