Sunday, April 27, 2014
To meet growing market demand for JBU’s Graduate Counseling programs in the Little Rock area, John Brown University has added Barry Wingfield, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT-S, to its faculty roster.
When JBU began offering its Graduate Counseling program at the new JBU Little Rock Center last August, Wingfield was hired as an adjunct faculty member. Because of his exemplary teaching performance, he was recently selected as JBU’s first full-time Graduate School faculty member in Little Rock, a role he will begin on May 1.
“It was an easy decision for the search committee,” Dr. John Carmack, JBU Graduate Counseling Program Director, said. “In terms of [Dr. Wingfield] knowing Little Rock and being committed to this area as well as the way in which we saw him excel as an adjunct faculty member, we knew he would be the perfect fit for this new position and to grow our program in Central Arkansas.”
Wingfield is a Central Arkansas native who graduated from Central Arkansas Christian school and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Harding University, a master’s degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and a doctorate from the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
Wingfield has practiced in a variety of mental health settings including acute adolescence, acute geriatric, outpatient individual and outpatient family settings. His previous work in ministry includes pastoral positions in youth ministry, college ministry, and family ministry in Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana. His most recent pastoral work was as a Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Bible Fellowship Church in Sherwood.
“I have been familiar with John Brown University and have known Dr. Carmack through board and other associations for years,” Wingfield said. “I have a high respect for the faculty at John Brown and its reputation in the state and community for academic excellence. JBU’s Graduate Counseling program is especially well respected – not only what it does for students in preparing them to be professionals, but for what it does for the communities in which those programs exist.”
An Arkansas Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Wingfield holds the Supervision and Technology-Assisted Specializations for both licenses. He has presented at state and national professional conferences as well as for churches and community organizations. His academic teaching history includes distance-based graduate counseling and adjunct teaching for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in addition to adjunct teaching at John Brown University.
“The JBU Graduate Counseling program doesn’t require its students to park their spiritual values at the door,” Wingfield said. “Instead, their values become an integral part of who God is leading them to be as a helper, as a counselor, as a marriage and family therapist, or as a school counselor.
“The academic education and the rigor of the Graduate Counseling programs make JBU the perfect place to become a counselor or therapist,” Wingfield said. “Those two things together create a powerful synergy for preparing the best counselors and therapists in the state. And that benefits the people of Arkansas and especially their clients.”
Wingfield is proudest of his 25-year marriage to Alicia as well as his three children, Daniel (23) and daughter-in-law Katherine, Mikaila (17), and Jeremiah (12). His pastimes include dating his wife, Biblical History and Holy Land studies, reading about World War II, travel, gardening, and fitness training as a Crossfit Level 1 Trainer.