Keli Rugenstein, PhD, LCSW, LMFT

Keli is the Director of Clergy and Congregation Care at Samaritan Counseling Center where she works closely with clergy persons, their families and congregations. Keli also provides psychotherapy to individuals and couples whose spirituality is an integral part of their life.

Keli’s research includes clergy burnout, the affects of church size on clergy well-being, and personality as it affects pastoral leadership. Other research has looked at abuse within the clergy family and spiritual expression differences between age groups. Keli completed a meta-analysis of the effect that denominational hierarchy has on clergy satisfaction, and her work was published in the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling.

Keli is currently working in conjunction with the Samaritan Institute out of Denver and the Lily Foundation to develop a service hub for northeastern United States that will address the needs of clergy, congregations, and denominations. Services include clergy candidate assessments, clergy in crisis assessment, assessment for fitness to return to the pulpit, leadership development, and premarital assessment.