K. Brynolf Lyon



Lois and Dale Bright Professor of Christian Ministries and Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care 

Phone: (317) 924-1331

Email: blyon@cts.edu

K. Brynolf Lyon, Lois and Dale Bright Professor of Christian Ministry and Professor of Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, is also a consultant to congregations and not-for-profit organizations regarding group and interpersonal dynamics and a therapist in private practice. He received his MA and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago Divinity School in religion and psychological studies and his BS degree from Bethany College. He received his clinical training in pastoral psychotherapy at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago. 

Lyon is a licensed mental health counselor in Indiana, a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Group Psychotherapist, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Lyon previously served as an instructor in religion and psychological studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School, as adjunct instructor at the College of St. Francis, and as lecturer at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago. Lyon is a member of the Chicago Center for the Study of Groups and Organizations/A. K. Rice Institute, and the American Academy of Religion, and he is a Clinical Member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association.  He also serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy.

Lyon's research focuses on practical theological understandings of group dynamics, group psychotherapy, and Christian anthropology. His papers have appeared in Journal of Pastoral Theology, Pastoral Psychology, Encounter, Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Theology Today, Mid-Stream, The Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, and Impact. His book Tending the Flock: Congregations and Family Ministry (1998, co-editor with Archie Smith, Jr.) presented case studies showing the convictions and practices of congregations as they relate to families and examining the adequacy of the various congregational responses. Lyon’s newest book, co-authored with Dan Moseley, was released in April, 2012: How to Lead in Church Conflict: Healing Ungrieved Loss (Abingdon Press, 2012). This new book invites the reader into a deeper analysis of the nature of groups in conflict in order to gain insight into how to be more faithfully present and to help the conflict itself to produce transforming power. 

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