Vergel L. Lattimore III is president and professor of pastoral psychology and counseling at Hood Theological Seminary. He is professor emeritus of pastoral care and counseling and former director of the MA in Counseling Ministries at Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He served as director of counseling, addiction and psychological services at Syracuse Community Health Center, Inc., and he also worked as a core staff pastoral counselor/area coordinator for the Onondaga Pastoral Counseling Center in Syracuse. An ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Lattimore served as assistant to the chief of chaplains for the US Air Force in the Air National Guard (ANG), and he was the first African American chaplain to attain the rank of Brigadier General in the US Air Force and the ANG. He is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a licensed independent marriage and family therapist, a board member of Rowan Helping Ministries, and a member of the professional advisory group for Carolinas Healthcare System. Some of his publications include Instruments of Peace: The Viable and Strategic Role of Religious Leadership Factors in Averting War (BiblioScholar, 2013); "Civilian-Military Relations and the Tuskegee Airmen: Managing a Domestic, Moral Battle for Racial Parity," in The A.M.E. Zion Quarterly Review (January 2001, Vol CXIII, No. 1); and "Responding to Alcohol and Drug Abuse: How the Pastor May Respond to Substance Abuse" in Ministry: International Journal for Pastors (May 1999). Lattimore earned his PhD from Northwestern University.