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Christina Gard

Assistant Professor of Psychology cmgard@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BA in Communication and Organizational Management, Northwest University
MS in Human Services specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy, Southeastern University
MA in Ministerial Leadership, Southeastern University

Biography

Christina Gard is an assistant professor at Southeastern University and enjoys teaching Psychology and Human Services courses. She also served as Director for Student Mentoring at SEU and created Connect Groups, the SEU mentoring program that involved more than 800 students, staff, and faculty In addition, she founded the SEU Debate Team, which was named the Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Champion, beating renowned debate teams from University of Florida, University of Central Florida, and Florida State University.

Christina attended Northwest University (NU) where she studied Communication with an emphasis in Organizational Management and met her husband, Andrew, on a blind date.  Christina is an ordained pastor and she has a Masters degree in Ministerial Leadership. She also has a Master of Science in Human Services, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy. She enjoyed working as a therapist and specialized in working with children and families. Prior to teaching at SEU, she taught at Northwest University in the College of Ministry and was the chair of the Children’s Ministry department. She also served on the Executive Leadership team at Puyallup Foursquare Church and worked as the lead Children’s Pastor at a megachurch that has five campuses, in two states.

Christina was born and raised in Alaska and held the title of Miss Alaska, competing at Miss America in 2005. She proudly served as a spokesperson for Childhelp USA, working to break the silence surrounding child abuse. She is passionate about helping people and allowing each person to realize their identity. Christina and Andrew planted a church in Lakeland, FL in 2015, which now reaches more than 1,800 people in average weekly attendance. They are a Hillsong Family church and hold five services every Sunday. Christina is also a certified fitness instructor and teaches pilates and yoga at LA Fitness and The Balance Culture. She also enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.