The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology was initially established under the auspices of Western Seminary in 1997, becoming independent in 2000, and establishing itself in the heart of downtown Seattle in 2007. Over the years, The Seattle School has been committed to training therapists, pastors, artists, leaders, and social entrepreneurs to be competent in the study of text, soul, and culture in order to serve God and neighbor through transforming relationships. The Seattle School’s current president is Keith R. Anderson.
The Seattle School’s mission is to train people to be competent in the study of text, soul, and culture in order to serve God and neighbor through transforming relationships.
Dr. J. Derek McNeil is the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer of The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology (The Seattle School). After serving on The Seattle School Board of Trustees for two years, Dr. McNeil was appointed to his new roles in the summer of 2010. Dr. McNeil has a Ph D. in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University and an M Div from Fuller Theological Seminary. Prior to joining The Seattle School, Dr. McNeil worked at Wheaton College Graduate School for 15 years, working in the PsyD program with doctoral students in counseling psychology. He has also worked as a clinician in private practice, a diversity advisor and coordinator, an organizational consultant and as an administrator.
Dr. McNeil’s research, writing, and speaking have focused on issues of ethnic and racial socialization, the role of forgiveness in peacemaking, the identity development of African-American males, and marital intimacy. He has written chapters in The Black Family: Past, Present, and Future (1991) and Men to Men: Voices of African American Males (1996). His teaching has also included coursework on Social, Cultural, and Spiritual Foundations of Mental Health, Family Systems Therapy and Group Theory and Therapy.