February 26 | Pastoral Counsel Through Trauma: A Panel Discussion

Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS) and the Center for Racial Reconciliation will co-host the second installment of the virtual Pastoral Panel Series. “Pastoral Counsel Through Trauma: COVID-19 and Other Issues of Social Concern” will be presented on Friday, February 26 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM on Facebook.

The three panelists are Director of Clinical Training and Field Placement at Alliance Graduate School of Counseling (AGSC), Dr. Julio A. Orozco; Connections and Equipping Pastor Sherin Mathew Swift of New Life Fellowship in Queens, NYC; and Dr. Margaret Yoon, adult and child psychiatrist. The panel will be moderated by ATS and School of Bible and Christian Ministry Director of Academic Affairs, Constance Diggs.

Dr. Julio Orozco

Since 2007, Dr. Orozco has served in a variety of counseling settings including maximum security prisons to institutions of higher education. Among his research interests are equity, access, representation and diversity in marginalized communities. Prior to joining the AGSC faculty, Dr. Orozco served full-time at Georgetown University, where he continues to teach as an adjunct. An ordained Christian and Missionary Alliance pastor in the Mid-Atlantic District, Dr. Orozco has been the lead pastor of Grace Community Church in Germantown, MD for the last 11 years.


Pastor Sherin Mathew Swift


Sherin Mathew Swift is the Connections and Equipping Pastor at New Life Fellowship, a multiethnic church in Queens, NYC. Her desire is to help others mature in Christ through preaching, teaching and writing. With the unique personal perspective as a former atheist and survivor of abuse, Pastor Swift has a passion for serving those who have stagnated in their faith journey, as well as those whose faith walk was disrupted by trauma and suffering. Credentialed by the Evangelical Covenant Church, she previously served at New York Covenant Church in New Rochelle, NY.

Dr. Margaret Yoon

Dr. Margaret Yoon is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist who trained in family therapy at Harvard University. In her private practice she treats families, adolescents, young adults, and people in ministry. She is a partner psychiatrist with Redeemer Counseling Services and a faculty member at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Don’t miss this informative and timely discussion!