Dr. Steven Ivy

Dr. Steven Ivy

Professor of the Practice of Pastoral Care

B.S., Austin Peay State University

M.Div., Th.M., and Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary





Dr. Ivy has served BSK since January 2020 as Professor of the Practice of Pastoral Care.

He teaches most of the courses in the pastoral care curriculum, supports students interested in enrolling in clinical pastoral education, and is interim Director of Contextual Ministry.

Steven Ivy has served in a variety of roles in clinical pastoral education, pastoral care, pastoral counseling, and theological education over the course of his 45-year ministry. Prior to joining the BSK faculty he served as Director of Community, Practice, and Member Development for ACPE (Association for Clinical Pastoral Education) for two years. Previously he served for 17 years as Senior Vice President for Values, Ethics, Social Responsibility, and Pastoral Services of Indiana University Health with administrative offices in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Prior posts as a leader, pastoral educator, chaplain, and pastor include Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas, V.A. Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, Highland Baptist Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky and Huntington Woods Baptist Church in Wyoming, Michigan. Steve has served as affiliate/adjunct teaching faculty with 6 graduate schools of theology. He has published over thirty research articles and essays in various professional journals and books, and authored one book. He has provided lectures and sermons in a wide variety of Christian congregations, medical setting, and clinical pastoral setting. He has served on various not-for-profit agency boards and has been active in his church.

Steve is a Baptist clergy and currently attends First Baptist Church of Indianapolis (ABCUSA). He was certified as a CPE Supervisor in 1986. He has been an active member of various professional associations related to clinical pastoral education, medical ethics and pastoral counseling (AAPC and ACA). He currently serves on the Psychotherapy Commission of ACPE.

He is married to Karen who has retired as a music educator. They enjoy their four grandchildren (and their parents). He relaxes through gardening and golf.

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Pastoral Care in Congregations

Spiritual Care in Public Ministries

Developmental Models of Psycho-Social-Spiritual Development

Life Change Dynamics in Individuals, Families, and Groups 

Vocational Calling and Development for Chaplaincy Ministries


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