Daniel S. Schipani

  • Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling


  • Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1981
  • M.A.R., Goshen Biblical Seminary, 1974
  • Dr. Psy., Universidad Católica Argentina, 1968
  • Lic. Psy., Universidad de Buenos Aires, 1965


  • Consejo Pastoral: Camino de Sabiduría (Kairós, 2010)
  • Nuevos Caminos en Psicología Pastoral (Kairós, 2010), editor
  • Interfaith Spiritual Care: Understandings and Practices (Pandora, 2009), co-editor
  • Mennonite Perspectives on Pastoral Counseling (Institute of Mennonite Studies and Herald Press, 2007), editor
  • Spiritual Caregiving in the Hospital: Windows to Chaplaincy Ministry (Pandora Press, 2006), co-editor
  • Through the Eyes of Another: Intercultural Reading of the Bible (Institute of Mennonite Studies and The Free University, Amsterdam, 2004), co-editor
  • Multifaith Views in Spiritual Care (Pandora Press, 2013), editor


Research, writing, teaching (including clinical supervision); pastoral care and counseling; spiritual care


Finding ways for people to live wisely is a goal for Daniel as he draws on the wisdom of God and the transforming vision of the reign of God in his teaching, research, and practice of pastoral care and counseling. Prior to coming to AMBS in 1985, Daniel was associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico for nine years. He lectures widely in North America, Latin America, and the Netherlands and has written extensively in English and Spanish, including several recent works on pastoral and interfaith spiritual care. His research interests include intercultural hermeneutics and human formation and transformation processes. Daniel also volunteers as a pastoral counselor at a community health clinic in Goshen, Ind., and provides supervision of pastoral counseling and chaplaincy students.

Teaching philosophy

"I view the church as God’s alternative community called to carry on Jesus’ liberating, healing, reconciling, and recreating ministry. As a living sign of divine love and wisdom in and for the world, the church celebrates, embodies, and witnesses to the reign of God. Practical theology involves contextual and committed reflection on the life and ministry of the church, and on the process of formation and transformation of persons, families, and communities. I enjoy being engaged in such an endeavor in the intersection of the disciplines and fields of theology, pastoral psychology, and education."

What students can expect in my courses

  • Input from my own counseling practice and research and writing. Input presented in written, verbal, and video formats.
  • Case study method as key methodological practice (which includes individual and small group processing, role playing, etc.)

Community and professional engagement