Meet the Chaplain
Dr. Chris Dover is the Chaplain and Instructor of Religion at Tennessee Wesleyan College. Previously, he served as a pastor in the Holston Conference for 14 years, and the Virginia Conference for 6 years. He has also served on the Board of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and as the Director of the Wesley Foundation at Lincoln Memorial University.
A 1982 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Dover earned three postgraduate degrees. He received a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee), and a Master of Arts in Christian Education (M.A.C.E.) from Union-PSCE. He was a recipient of the 2013 Exemplary Teacher Award by the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
As chaplain, Dover provides leadership and assistance to the religious groups on campus, leads the weekly chapel/communion service, and offers pastoral care, spiritual direction, service opportunities and vocational exploration for the Tennessee Wesleyan community. In addition to offering a pastoral presence to the campus, Dr. Dover assists with the Center for Christian Education and Outreach, teaches several classes each semester, and is the Church Relations representative for the college.
Dr. Dover's research interests include spiritual formation, from both the Wesleyan and psychological traditions, and the impact of postmodern religious life. He has taught components for the F.U.E.L. Youth Ministry Institute, the year-long youth worker training and renewal ministry of the Holston Conference, regularly serves as a Minister-in-Residence for Junior High Week at Camp Lookout, and volunteers as a ‘group Dad’ for the Holston Conference’s Senior High Assembly.
Dr. Dover regularly preaches in Holston Conference churches on behalf of Tennessee Wesleyan College, and has recently delivered a series of lectures entitled “Ministry To and With the New Generation,” which focuses on the challenges of ministry to the emerging generation of Millennials. Dr. Dover enjoys leading students on study tours and in the past has led tours of Italy, Greece, Ireland, England, France, and Germany, as well as mission trips to Costa Rica. He also organizes student visits to several United Methodist seminaries.
Dr. Dover says his greatest privilege and joy comes from walking with students as they transition from the faith which they’ve ‘inherited,’ to a mature, tested ‘adult’ faith during this crucial time of their lives. He offers counseling and coaching for individual students and faculty, and also does premarital counseling for couples preparing to marry. Dr. Dover's interests include science fiction literature and genealogy.
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