Dr. Rev. William R. Greaver, III
Dr. Greaver, (PsyD, MDiv, ChD, BSW, BCCC, BCMC, BCPC, and Certified CPE Supervisor) holds a Doctorate of Psychology from the Graduate Theological Foundation (GTF) in Mishawaka, Indiana. GTF is an affiliate of Oxford University, England. He also holds a Doctorate of Chaplaincy.
Rev. Greaver is a Lutheran and has been an ordained pastor for over 20 years receiving a Masters of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) and ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Dr. Greaver is the Chancellor and Executive Director for the SCA University of Theology and Spirituality.
Rev. Greaver is a Congregationalist and currently a rostered clergy of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC).
Dr. Greaver has been active in Social Work & Family Systems for over 30 years and graduated with a Bachelors of Social Work and a Bachelors of Psychology from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota.
Chaplain Greaver’s chaplaincy experiences began 30 years ago while taking a unit of pre-Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Luke’s Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota.
Chaplain Greaver served in the armed forces as a United States Air Force Chaplain for 10 years in the USAF-Reserves graduating from the USAF Chaplain Service Institute Chaplains School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.
Supervisor Greaver is the Executive Director of the UTS Graduate Academy of CPE Supervision (GACS). The central office for UTS GACS is in Tacoma, Washington. Supervisor Greaver taught his first group of students the art of spiritual care over 25 years ago through Barnabas Ministries. Barnabas Ministries is a national group of trained lay church volunteers that offer pastoral care to parish members.
Dr. Greaver offers Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy, Pastoral Counseling, and Spiritual Direction on a case-by-case, no-fee, donation basis through First Congregational Church Tacoma’s Spiritual Sanctuary. The Spiritual Sanctuary serves the city of Tacoma and its neighboring communities by offering a spiritual home to several local congregations. It envisions itself as transdenominational, interfaith, integral, holistic, emergent, liberal, and progressive.
Rev. Greaver grew up in Erskine, M.N., steeped in the history of the church. He was baptized, confirmed, and ordained Lutheran. He has spent a life-time synthesizing and integrating the uniqueness of religion, spirituality, and multiple faith groups.
Dr. Greaver was a Chaplain for Franciscan Health System (FHS) from 1998 to October of 2013, and carried out his ministry for them at Catholic Community Service’s – Homeless Adult Services (H.A.S.), and at St. Joseph Medical Center.
Through H.A.S. he served the homeless community at the Hospitality Kitchen, Nativity House, and Tacoma Avenue Shelter. Chaplain Greaver has also been a Supervisor Candidate with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education beginning in 2010.
As a Clinical Pastoral Educator he has supervised student intern and resident chaplains for FHS at St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Clare Hospital, St. Elizabeth Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, St. Anthony Hospital, and the Hospice House. He also has supervised chaplains for Catholic Community Service’s, Homeless Adult Services programs, Nativity House, Tacoma Avenue Shelter, and the Hospitality Kitchen.
In October 2013 Chaplain Greaver left FHS and while maintaining his church in Tacoma, he flew back and forth weekly to Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, in Reno, Nevada where he began a Clinical Pastoral Education Center for them there carving it out from the ground up. While in Reno, during his personal time, he implemented a new way for chaplains to assess the spiritual needs of the individual called, “Holistic Integral Spiritual Care”. After 15 months of flying back and forth, Rev. Greaver decided to focus his attention exclusively in Tacoma, WA.
Dr. Greaver has worked extensively with some of the most marginalizes people of our society. While in Chicago and during his seminary training he worked extensively for Universal Family Connection’s, Agent Orange Class Assistance Program, where he counseled Vietnam Veterans who suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and suffered from a whole range of chemical and psychological problems. He also worked with the children who had birth defects due to their parents Agent Orange exposure. As an associate member of the Vietnam Veterans of America he assisted over 1500 Vietnam Veterans in obtaining their benefits as a Service Representative, trained at the American Law University, Washington, D.C.
During his time at seminary he took Clinical Pastoral Education at the University of Chicago’s Medical Center working with trauma victims, and was a part of the Rape and Abuse Crisis team. His internship for his M.Div. was at First Lutheran Church of Pontiac, Illinois where he established a Barnabas Ministry which continues to this day. Barnabas Ministry trains lay people to visit members of their church who are sick or shut-in, as lay ministers.
Pastor Greaver’s first call was to a two point parish in south-eastern Minnesota where he worked at two country churches, Bear Lake Lutheran of Albert Lea, M.N., and St. Paul Lutheran of Conger, M.N. During this time he worked as an Industrial Chaplain for Hudson Foods, Tyson Foods, and Schweigert Foods. He further joined the United States Air Force Reserves. He later moved to South Dakota, where he was employed at Zion Lutheran of Scotland, S.D., and St. Dysmas of South Dakota at the Mike Durfee State Prison. During this time he also worked at the Yankton State Prison, the Yankton Federal Prison (Federal Bureau of Prisons), the South Dakota State Penitentiary, and supervised chaplains at the Rapid City State Prison.
Some of Pastor Greaver’s favorite subjects are: Progressive, Post-Modern, Dialectic, Dialogic, Holistic, Integral, Systems, Spirituality, and Developmental. Professor Bill’s favorite thing to say is that we are ontologically bio-psycho-socio-spiritual beings.