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Rev. Ronald D. Kirstein, Ph.D. Rie Mizuki, Ph.D. Rev. John R. Landgraf, Ph.D.
Rev. Lily Lue Stearns, Ph.D. Richard W. Foss, Ph.D

John P. Sullivan, M.Div., Psy.D.


Rev. Ronald D. Kirstein, M.Div., Ph.D.

Executive Director


Ron Kirstein is a Pastoral Counselor with the Samaritan Center of Puget Sound in Seattle, WA, since 1993 serving individuals, couples and families. He has worked on the former Center for Ministry staff (located in Oakland, CA) since 1996.  As an ordained American Baptist minister he has special interest in working with congregations, clergy and their families. His doctoral work at the Graduate Theological Union focused on building a model of maturity from an integrated psychological/spiritual perspective. Clergy were interviewed and tested in the experimental application of his thesis. In addition, he has done extensive work in the field of clergy personalities.  Ron is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.  In his spare time, Ron enjoys mountain climbing, basketball, home remodeling and gardening.

Rev. Lily Lue Stearns, Ph.D., M.Div.

Berkeley, California

Dr. Stearns is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Ordained Presbyterian Pastor and a former Executive Director of the Center for Ministry, Oakland, CA.  She has worked with a number of different denominations as chaplain, pastor and adjunct faculty member. She brings a wealth of experience to conversations with clergy and laypeople as they seek to discern God's calling into professional or non-ordained ministry.  Dr. Stearns has a first-hand experience and knowledge with clergy couple issues as her husband is also an ordained pastor.  Lily was born in Myanmar (Burma).  She identifies herself as tri-cultural and tri-lingual.  In addition to English, she also speaks Mandarin-Chinese and Burmese.  Lily and her husband are parents of three young adult children and two maltese puppies.  Most recently she served as the Executive Director of the Asian Community Mental Health Services in Oakland, CA for three years. 

John P. Sullivan, M.Div., Psy.D.

Santa Clara, California


Dr. Sullivan has worked with Center for Ministry clients since 1999.  He is a licensed psychologist in California.  He received the Master of Divinity degree from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains while serving as a hospital chaplain.  After completing the Psy.D. degree at California School of Professional Psychology he did advanced training in the integration of spirituality and mental health at the Danielsen Institute at Boston University.  He was a founding member of the Center for Integrative Medicine at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose. He is the Director of Training for psychology doctoral interns at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County where he provides assessment and psychotherapy services for individuals, couples, and families in Spanish and English.  John also has a private practice in Santa Clara.  Some of John’s areas of interest and expertise include the integration of spiritual development and mental health, cultural diversity, sexuality, and recovery from addictions and co-dependency.  A native of San Jose, John is married and lives in Santa Clara.


Rev. John R. Landgraf, Ph.D.

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

John R. Landgraf, Ph.D., is a former Executive Director of The Center for Ministry, Oakland (1975-1987). In semi-retirement, John still wears several hats. As Dr. John Landgraf, he does pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, and life coaching as well as career counseling for The Center for Ministry (in Post Falls, Idaho, 30 minutes from Spokane Airport). As the Rev. John Landgraf, he preaches, teaches, and leads workshops and retreats co-led by his wife, Laura, who is a motivational speaker, writer, and singer. As Mr. John Landgraf, he frequently performs (whenever possible, with Laura!) as a composer-arranger-pianist-vocalist who receives raves for his unique jazz stylings of show tunes and hymn tunes. A published author, John has worked as a parish pastor, hospital chaplain, professor, seminary president and psychotherapist.



Rie Mizuki, Ph.D.

Los Angeles area, California

Dr. Rie Honda Mizuki is a licensed psychologist, with her M.A. in Theology and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has worked since 1993 as a therapist with the Asian American Christian Counseling Service (AACCS) in the greater Los Angeles area. She enjoys working with couples and families, helping them work through relational conflict and communication difficulties. Her work with individuals has focused on issues of depression, anxiety, and relationship problems. Beginning in 2007, AACCS began to partner with the Center for Ministry in providing in depth evaluation and consultation to persons in ministry. Around the same time, God opened the doors for Rie to travel to Japan to provide counseling and member care to missionaries and church planters there. Since that time, work with ministers and families of those in ministry has become an area of greater focus.

Rie was born in Tokyo, Japan, and is bilingual and bicultural. She and her husband have three adult (or almost adult) children. She is the board director of the worship ministry at the Anaheim Free Methodist Church, performances.



Richard W. Foss , Ph.D.

Glendora, California

Dr. Richard W. Foss is a licensed psychologist, with his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He works with the Samaritan Counseling Center in Upland, California as a Ministerial Assessment Specialist.

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