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Professor Vita: Robert O. Rapp

Rev. Robert O. Rapp, Th.M., MAC
Chaplain Overseer
Portland Rescue Mission

Portland, OR   

 

Life Focus:  To contribute to strategic evangelism and discipleship partnerships in order to promote global impact for Christ.  

EDUCATION

  • Th.M. Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon, 1999 
  • M.Div. Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Portland, Oregon, 1995
  • B.A. Economics and Business, WestmontCollege, Santa Barbara, California, 1983

MINISTRY AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Portland Rescue Mission, Portland, Oregon, 1995-present

            Served in several positions with increasing responsibility.

  • Chaplain Overseer, 2005-present - Supervised chaplains, counselors, and volunteer staff in their ministry to homeless guests and residents in the New Life Discipleship Program.  Granted (since January 2007) clinically supervised hours to eligible staff and volunteers for purposes of state and national certifications. 
  • Program Chaplain Administrator, 2003-2005 - Developed ministry services to meet the spiritual and physical needs of both homeless guests and program residents.  Supervised program chaplaincy staff and volunteers. 
  • Chaplain, 1999-2003 - Discipled program residents by teaching the Bible, leading small groups, counseling, and case management support.  Full-time.

     

DHS, Inc., Portland, Oregon, 1995-1999

Served as case manager to elderly and vulnerable adults by developing and implementing case plans for residential home care.  Part-time.

ADDITIONAL TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Course Mentor, WesternSeminaryCenter for Lifelong Learning, Portland, Oregon, 1996-present -  Trained distance seminary students for life-long ministry.  Served as the student contact for each course.  Supported student success by initiating regular and ongoing communication, providing timely feedback, and issuing final course grades.  

Teacher, AGRM (Association of Gospel Rescue Missions) convention Super Seminars and mid-year conferences, 2003-2007.

Instructor, SummitViewAcademy, Vancouver, Washington, 2003

Instructor, Multnomah Bible College, 1995-1997, 2002

Teaching Assistant, Multnomah Biblical Seminary, 1993-1995

Teaching Assistant, Westmont College, 1982-1983

 

CURRENT CERTIFICATIONS AND ORDINATION

MAC credential, NAADAC (National Association of Drug and Alcohol Counselors)

CADC1 certification, ACCBO (Addiction Counseling Certification Board of Oregon)

BCRPS (Basic Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist) certification, Terence T. Gorski-CENAPS (Center for Applied Sciences)

Ordained, CentralBibleChurch, Portland, Oregon

 

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

AACC (American Association of Christian Counselors)

BAACC (Black African American Christian Counselors), a division of AACC

NAADAC (National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors)

AGRM (Association of Gospel Rescue Missions)

CARA (Christian Addiction and Rehabilitation Association), a track of AGRM - Served as track Vice Chair, 2004-present.    Authored “The Gift of Family Reconciliation,” Rescue, December 2005

 

OTHER SERVICE

Lay Leader, CentralBibleChurch, Portland, Oregon, 1993-present

Lay Leader, International Students, Inc., Portland, Oregon, 1992-1993

Lay Leader, FellowshipBaptistChurch, Riverside, California, 1983-1992

 

AREAS OF EXPERTISE AND SPECIAL INTEREST

Enjoy teaching Bible Study Methods

The Middle East, including travel to Israel (1987), Israel/Egypt (1994), Israel/Jordan (1996)

Desire to pursue a D.Min. degree in the future