David Augsburger

Senior Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

BA, Eastern Mennonite College
BD, Eastern Mennonite Seminary
PhD, School of Theology at Claremont

Courses Taught

CN504: Family Therapy and Pastoral Counseling

CN506: Conflict and Conciliation

CN535: Grief, Loss, Death, and Dying

CN560: Pastoral Counseling Across Cultures

CN840: Pastoral Psychotherapy

CN865/565: Reconciliation, Forgiveness, and Healing

OD755: Managing Conflict in the Local Church

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Pastoral counseling, conflict management in the church, cross-cultural counseling and theology, cross-cultural conflict and mediation, forgiveness and reconciliation, hatred, prejudice, and violence

“When we learn how to speak and what to say, how to articulate our theology, how to translate our theory, we must earn the right to say it—through the practices of silence, patience, presence. Silence is the language of respect; patience of waiting; presence of solidarity.”


Dr. Augsburger, in his Baccalaureate address on the pastoral qualities of silence and presence. Explore more.


David Augsburger, who has taught at Fuller since 1990, is senior professor of pastoral care and counseling in the School of Theology.

The author of 20 books in pastoral counseling, marriage, conflict, and human relations, Augsburger’s most recent writings are Dissident Discipleship: Self-Surrender, Love of God, and Love of Neighbor (2006), Hate-Work: Working through the Pain and Pleasures of Hate (2004), The New Freedom of Forgiveness (2000), Helping People Forgive (1996), and Pastoral Counseling Across Cultures: Pathways and Patterns (1995). Other well-known works include Conflict Mediation Across Cultures (1992), Sustaining Love: Healing and Growth in the Passages of Marriage (1989), and the “Caring Enough” series beginning with the widely published Caring Enough to Confront (1980; latest reprint 2012). Before coming to Fuller, Augsburger taught at seminaries in Chicago, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. For over a decade, he served as radio spokesperson for the Mennonite Churches. His productions won ten awards for creative religious broadcasting. He has written feature articles that have appeared in over 100 different periodicals.

An ordained minister of the Mennonite Church and a diplomat of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, Augsburger has taught counseling and led workshops internationally, and practiced supervision and therapy.

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