Alfred Poirier


Practical Theology

Dr. Alfred Poirier (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a visiting Professor of Practical Theology, since July 2018.

Dr. Poirier has held a number of additional teaching positions and has also served as a pastor at Rocky Mountain Communicty Church (PCA) in Billings, Montana for 26 years and Oak Hill Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Sonora, California for eight years. Dr. Poirier’s academic interests lie in the areas of pastoral counseling and expository preaching. He is the author of The Peacemaking Pastor (Baker, 2006), and Words that Cut: Learning to Take Criticism in Light of the Gospel (Peacemaker Ministries) and several articles in The Journal of Biblical Counseling. 

Dr. Poirier has been married to his wife, Trudy, for 41 years and together they have 3 children: Sarah Clark, Sonja Stordahl, and Anya Valeriano; and ten grandchildren.

 EDUCATION

  • DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary, 2004
  • MDiv, Westminster Seminary California, 1984
  • MAR, Westminster Seminary California, 1983
  • BA in Religious Studies, California State University, Chico, 1980

CHURCH MINISTRY

  • Senior Pastor, Rocky Mountain Community Church (PCA), 1992–Present
  • Pastor, Oak Hill Presbyterian Church (OPC), 1984–1992
  • Interim Pastor, Del Mar Community Church, 1983–1984
  • Associate Pastor, Del Mar Community Church, 1982–1983
  • Youth Pastor, Del Mar Community Church, 1980–1982

TEACHING AND PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

  • Visiting Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, 2018–present
  • Adjunct Lecturer in Pastoral Theology, Westminster Seminary California, 2000, 2002, 2006–2018
  • Adjunct Faculty, National Litigation Academy, Alliance Defense Fund, 1999–2009
  • Adjunct Faculty, Blackstone Fellowship, Alliance Defense Fund, 1999–present
  • Adjunct Instructor and Certified Mediator, Peacemakers Ministries, 1994–2009