Larry R. Wagner

Dr. Larry R. Wagner, Professor of Clinical Counseling
Dr. Larry Wagner
Professor of Clinical Counseling
Professor of Clinical Counseling

Dr. Wagner is a professor of clinical mental health counseling in CIU’s Seminary and School of Counseling. Larry began his walk with Christ at thirteen when he went forward at a Billy Graham Crusade. His desire for ministry germinated during his years at Wheaton College. Inner-city ministries in Chicago and Los Angeles solidified God's call on his life to help people who are hurting. Larry has fulfilled this call as an associate pastor, guidance counselor, psychologist, and professor. In addition to his love for teaching, he enjoys doing co-therapy, and couples retreats with his wife, Sue, who is a licensed professional counselor. Because of his experience as a pastor and his desire to see the Body of Christ flourish, Larry also counsels pastors struggling with a variety of personal and spiritual issues. Larry has two adult children. When Larry wants to wind down, he plays disc golf, regular golf, and any other activities that allow him to be out-of-doors.

Associate pastor, Arlington Memorial Church, Arlington, Va. 1978–82; director of guidance, Westminster Christian School, Miami, Fla., 1984–86; graduate teaching assistant/lecturer, Texas A&M University, 1986–89; research consultant/psychologist, Family Studies Foundation, Atlanta, Ga., 1990–92; psychologist/clinical supervisor, Atlanta Counseling Center, Atlanta, Ga., 1992–96; private counseling practice, Columbia, SC 1996 – present; professor, Columbia International University, 1996 – present.


  • PhD, Texas A&M
  • MEd, George Mason University
  • BA, Wheaton College

Selected Publications

  • Help Me Help Others. Redemption Press, 2016
  • Be Still and Know: Daily Reflections From God’s Word, (Soon to be published)

Awards and Honors

  • All American Football – Wheaton College
  • Graduate Liaison – George Mason University
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant – Texas A&M University
  • Ordained Minister