Nicholas Grier

Associate Professor of Practical Theology
Spiritual Care, and Counseling

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Nicholas Grier’s writing, speaking, counseling, and community leadership privileges the experiences of the most vulnerable and marginalized people in society.

Privileging the experiences of people on the margins of society, Grier enjoys nurturing cultures of self-awareness, resistance, healing, and liberation to make possible flourishing for everyone in the human village. He works to engage faith communities, clinical counseling practice, academic institutions, organizations, and the general public on issues related to racism, sexism, Black male identity, liberating faith, and depth understandings of people’s personalities and ways of relating to one another. As a professor, Grier works to inspire present and future faith leaders to cultivate life-giving ministries of care and justice. Grier is an ordained Baptist minister in the Progressive National Baptist Convention and served as Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care at Second Baptist Church, Evanston, IL. He also served as Associate Staff Minister at Third Baptist Church of Chicago.



Bachelor of Music, Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University
MDiv, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Certification in Psychotherapy, Center for Religion and Psychotherapy at Chicago
PhD, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary


Care for the Mental and Spiritual Health of Black Men: Hope to Keep Going (Lexington Books, 2019)


Founder and Managing Director, Coloring Mental Health Collective, LLC.
Counselor, The Clinebell Institute
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), state of Illinois.

CST is committed to nurturing and inspiring students to think deeply about the world as it is, question anything that causes suffering, and create the world as it should be--a world full of justice, compassion, peace, and belonging.

Nicholas Grier

Associate Professor of Practical Theology
Spiritual Care, and Counseling
A great theological education dismantles everything you assumed to be “right” and helps you rebuild with true understanding. My CST experience was life-altering. I am changed and on fire to transform the world.
Abigail Clauhs '17