Douglas S. Hardy (81) grew up in New Brunswick, Canada where he enjoyed playing basketball and volleyball, playing the trumpet and singing, and taking long walks in the woods. Shaped from an early age by numerous “saints” within his home church, he came to value both the life of the mind and the life of the spirit, ultimately choosing to study psychology, religion, and philosophy at ENC as preparation for ordination as a minister in the Church of the Nazarene. With a PhD from Boston University in the Psychology of Religion after receiving graduate degrees at Northeastern University in Boston and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, Doug is on a journey that has included pastoring churches, teaching at the college & graduate levels, and serving as a spiritual director. He serves as Professor of Spiritual Formation and Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, helping students who are preparing for pastoral ministry to keep the academic and spiritual dimensions of their lives integrated and vital. He currently is on sabbatical leave and has just returned from Nairobi, Kenya where he was teaching at Africa Nazarene University.
With involvement in the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, the American Academy of Religion, the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality, the Society for the Study of Psychology and Wesleyan Theology, and the Wesleyan Theological Society, he has published articles and reviews in the International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, Journal of Psychology and Theology, Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Religious Studies Review, Archiv für Religionspychologie, CrossCurrents, Grace and Peace, and the Wesleyan Theological Journal, as well as chapters in three books: Spiritual Formation, Counseling, and Psychotherapy (Nova Science Publishers, 2003), The Pastor’s Guide to Personal Spiritual Formation (Beacon Hill Press, 2005), and Missio Dei: A Wesleyan Understanding (Beacon Hill Press, 2011). A member of the Editorial Review Panel for Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, his training in and practice of the ministry of Christian spiritual direction shapes much of his teaching and pastoral ministry. Whether preaching, leading retreats for pastors, writing for the church, or in personal conversation, his desire is to come alongside others to help facilitate their alignment with God.
A lifelong hockey fan, Doug continues to enjoy all the Boston/New England professional sports teams. He has been married for 30 years to Anne (Raudsepp, 79) and together they are blessed with three children—Alexander (09), Lia (NNU 12), and Elena (high school senior).