FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – With faculty in full regalia, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary inaugurated the Hope for the Heart Chair of Biblical Counseling and installed Elias Moitinho, assistant professor of psychology and counseling, into the chair during a chapel service, Nov. 12.

Moitinho preached the chapel message on being an effective spiritual leader. “Leadership is influence,” he said. “God has called you to influence people.” Moitinho emphasized the need to be a God-centered, Christ-exalting, biblically based and transformation-focused leader.

June Hunt, CEO and founder of Hope for the Heart Ministries, said the chapel message “is exactly what we are about at our ministry.” The organization endowed the Chair of Biblical Counseling to aid Southwestern in training men and women to provide the healing Word to a hurting world. Hunt explained the evangelistic opportunities presented in counseling sessions and said, “This is, in many places throughout the world, how we will reach people for Christ.”

Hope For the Heart is a biblical counseling ministry that features the award-winning radio broadcast by the same name heard daily in 26 different countries. Hunt is the author of Counseling Through the Bible and Biblical Counseling Keys, the foundational book for the Biblical Counseling Institute for Hope at the Criswell College, where Hunt earned her master’s degree in counseling.

Moitinho has taught at Southwestern Seminary since 2001 and has taught courses at seminaries in Cuba, Mexico and Spain. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology and Counseling (2000), M.A.M.F.C (1995) and M.A.R.E (1995) from Southwestern and his Bachelor of Theology from South Brazil Baptist Theological Seminary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1988. Moitinho has served as a pastor in Texas and Brazil and was a church planter in Niterio, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

As a licensed Christian counselor, marriage and family therapist, and professional counselor, Moitinho has made several professional conference presentations, including “The Effective Use of the Wisdom Literature in Christian Counseling" and “A Fiasco or a Fiesta?  Essentials for Counseling Hispanic/Latino Clients Effectively" at the American Association of Christian Counselors World Conference.