Southwestern Seminary doctoral student Mindy May received a first place award and a $7,500 scholarship from one of the nation’s largest Christian Counseling organizations, Sept. 16-19. She was only one of several Southwestern students and faculty members who received awards during the world conference of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).

“The AACC is comprised of seasoned professionals in the field of Christian counseling,” May said. “So to be recognized by a group this large that is committed to sharing the Gospel and God’s immeasurable love through the ministry of counseling is really humbling.”

May began her education at Southwestern in the spring semester of 2005, after completing a bachelor’s degree in psychology from East Texas Baptist University. In 2008, She completed a dual degree with the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling and the Master of Christian education, and she is now in her second year of doctoral work.

May first learned about Southwestern Seminary’s counseling program when she visited some friends enrolled at Southwestern while on her way back from checking out the master’s program at another school. As she considered the possibilities for master’s work, she felt God leading her to Southwestern, but she did not know if it could provide what she needed—a counseling program that meets the requirements for licensure and professional counseling, “but from a faith-based perspective.” As she researched the seminary’s program, she discovered that it had exactly what she needed.

“I feel like my education here has been on target,” May said. “I feel like I’ve been challenged to be well-rounded in ministry. And I feel like I’ve been equipped in this ministry, no matter what the particular venue may be, whether it is counseling in a church or counseling in some type of mental health organization or speaking to a group of parents on parenting issues”

Currently, May works as an admissions ambassador for the seminary, but she also serves at Metroplex Counseling, a faith-based Christian Counseling Center that was opened in March. The counseling center was established on the campus of First Baptist Church, Euless, although it is not a direct ministry of the church. It is also affiliated with the Association of Biblical Counselors.

May’s first-place award from the AACC opened the way for Southwestern’s student counseling association to receive $5,000 from the organization. Others who won top awards from the AACC included Ph.D. student Mark Weston, who received a $1,000 scholarship, and master’s student Gina Hansen, who received a $2,500 scholarship.