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James William Pruett, American Psychotherapist. Diplomate American Association of Pastoral Counselor, clinical member/approved supervisor American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Member Carson-Newman College National Championship Baseball Team, National Association Intercollegiate Athletes, Tennessee, 1965.


Pruett, James William was born on April 9, 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. Son of James Harris and Audrey Lee (Moseley) Pruett.


Bachelor, Carson Newman College, 1967. Master of Theology, Master of Religious Education, Educational Specialist, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1971. Doctor of Ministry, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, 1981.

Doctor of Philosophy, Louisiana Baptist University, 1997.


Associate pastor Shady Grove Baptist Church, Lucedale, Mississippi, 1968-1969. Athletic director St. Marks Community Center, New Orleans, 1969-1970. Chaplain Orleans Parish Prison, 1970-1971.

Career missionary Home Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention, Charleston, West Virginia, 1971-1972, Atlanta, 1971-1972. Chaplain Center State Hospital, Milledgeville, Georgia, 1973-1974. Chaplain therapist Beckman Mental Health Center, Greenwood, South Carolina, 1974-1976.

Pastoral psychotherapist Spartanburg District Pastoral Counseling Center, Spartanburg, 1976-1980. Pastor First Baptist Church, Moore, South Carolina, 1976-1980, 94-97. Co-director Spartanburg Therapy Group, 1980-1993.

Executive director Anchoring Place Therapy Group, Spartanburg, 1994-1998. Director training programs Pastoral Counseling Centers Tennessee Pastoral Counseling Center at Brentwood, Tennessee, since 1999. Director training programs Pastoral Counseling Centers of Tennessee, since 1999.

Co-founder, co-director WestGate Training and Consultation Network, Spartanburg, since 1981. Adjunct professor Converse College, Spartanburg, 1996-1998. Chaplain/pastoral psychotherapist, since 1967.

Parish minister and interim pastor various sites, since 1986.


Member South Carolina. Association Pastoral Counselors (president 1993-1996), South Carolina. Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (Executive Committee since 1993), American Association Pastoral Counselors (member certified committee since 1979, executive county since 1995), American Association Pastoral Counselors (site visiting commission on accreditation for marriage and family therapy education, since 1991), Mental Health Association of Piedmont, others Fellow American Orthopsychiat.

Association; member American Academy Psychotherapists, Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, South Carolina. and North Carolina Professional Counselors Association Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: workshop leader, writer.


Married Linda Jean Smith, May 23, 1970. Children: Jeremy Chad, Jaime Malinda.