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The Rev. Dr. Louis F. Kavar is an ordained minister, experienced pastor, spiritual director, and professor of psychology living an active life in Atlanta, GA. Currently holding ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ, Dr. Kavar has served as the founding pastor of a new church start and pastor of two congregations undergoing revitalization. In addition, Lou was administrator of Global Outreach, an international missions program that started new congregations in a variety of countries, and was also a health care chaplain. In addition to his work in pastoral ministry, Lou offers over thirty-five years of experience in working with individuals and groups in the areas of personal and spiritual development. Dr. Kavar currently teaches in the doctoral program in psychology at Capella University where he is lead faculty member for qualitative research.
Dr. Kavar previously lived in Tucson, AZ where he was director of Desert Vision Counseling and Hypnotherapy, a private practice specializing in issues of spirituality, wholeness and creativity in Tucson, AZ. He held the position of Chair of the Master of Counseling program at the University of Phoenix, Southern Arizona Campus. He was also among the faculty and design team for the Hesychia School of Spiritual Direction in Tucson.
Having also been a resident of Miami, Dr. Kavar was the clinical director for South Florida’s Pastoral Care Network. Headquartered at the United Protestant Appeal, this program provided spiritually based counseling to people living with chronic illnesses and their loved ones in a three county region. He was also preceptor for spiritual care in a residency program at the University of Miami’s Department of Psychiatry.
Throughout his career, Dr. Kavar has worked with individuals, groups and organizations in area of spirituality. He has led retreats, taught classes, and presented seminars throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Australia, and New Zealand. His relaxed manner and use of humor make him an exceptional and accessible presenter in the area of spirituality.
Lou holds the degrees of Master of Arts from the Institute of Formative Spirituality at Duquesne University in spirituality and a Doctor of Philosophy from the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh in counseling.