Pastoral Institute names former Army Chaplain to top post

Pastoral Institute names former Army Chaplain to top post

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Pastoral Institute in Columbus has announced its selection of a new Executive Director and CEO.

CH (COL) Thomas Waynick has been named to the post effective January, 2016. The Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Pastoral Institute, Marie Moshell said Waynick was chosen by a search committee.
Many may recognize Chaplain Waynick's name as he most recently served as the Ft. Benning Garrison Chaplain. Prior to that station, he spent three years as the U.S. Army Pentagon Chaplain where he provided pastoral care and counseling to the 25,000 people who work daily in the Pentagon.

He has also worked as the Supervisor and Clinical Director of the U.S. Family Life Training Center Program at Ft. Benning.

"Tom's unique experience in supervising counselors and working with clergy makes him an ideal match for the Pastoral Institute." said Moshell.  "We are excited about his immense skill set and expertise shaping a very bright future for the Pastoral Institute."

Chaplain Waynick grew up in an Air Force family. Among his many accomplishments, he graduated from Concordia College with a Bachelor's degree in history. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in 1982 and was ordained the same year.

He also has earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Central Texas University (1999) and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the Army War College (2012).

Waynick is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Louisiana, a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, a Diplomate in the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, and a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

The Pastoral Institute is a non-profit organization offering counseling, consulting, coaching and educational services to individuals, families, and organizations. The vision of the Pastoral Institute is to help inspire and empower people to live, love and serve meaningfully.

Services include counseling, Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), a resource center for clergy and congregations, corporate training, and a marriage and family initiative. For more information about the services offered, call 706.649.6500 or visit

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