Dr. Janet McCormack joined the Denver Seminary faculty in 2000 and serves as chair of the Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Programs and associate professor of chaplaincy and pastoral counseling. Dr. McCormack earned a DMin from Denver Seminary, a MDiv from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a BA from Lock Haven State College. She is a graduate of the US Air Force’s Air War and Air Command and Staff Colleges. Rev. McCormack is ordained, and endorsed for chaplaincy, by the American Baptist Churches, USA.
Dr. McCormack is a retired Air Force chaplain with twenty-two years of experience in military chaplaincy, serving in five states and two foreign countries. Prior to entering the Active Duty Air Force, she pastored a Presbyterian Church in Natalia, Texas. She has further experience as a hospital, police, prison, NASCAR, drag racing, crisis and trauma, and industrial chaplain. Jan has served as consultant to the U.S. Army chaplaincy on mentoring; was a subject matter expert for the U.S. Navy Chaplaincy on Institutional Excellence and to the U.S. Air Force Chief of Chaplains’ Leaving a Legacy mentoring team.
Dr. McCormack’s counseling expertise is in the areas of brief therapy, crisis, trauma, and disaster work. She serves as a visiting faculty for counseling courses at the Central American Theological Seminary in Guatemala. She served as a visiting faculty for crisis response at the Southeast Asia Bible Seminary in Indonesia following the tsunami and was on the faculty of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Training Institute, training others in disaster response.
Rev. McCormack is a board certified chaplain and former board member with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC); she is a pastoral counselor educator with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC); and is a certified educator and former board member with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). She serves as the seminary’s certified educator and as the Denver Seminary CPE center director. A life member of the Military Chaplains Association (MCA), Jan serves as their board’s director of research. Dr. McCormack is a frequent presenter at professional and denominational organizations and seminars. She has contributed articles on chaplaincy and counseling topics to several journals and magazines, as well as co-authoring The Work of the Chaplain. Her co-authored book, Prayers beyond the Sanctuary: Representing the Holy in a Multifaith World, is currently under publication contract.