Addictions Counseling is a program that will help you understand the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of addiction and recovery. Our faculty members are committed to providing you with a learning experience that will take you beyond basic educational theory to innovative evidence-based practices. They are experienced practitioners prepared to unfold the connection between theory, research and practice.

Click on a faculty member's name below to learn more about the individual.

Kersten Priest; MA, PhD Assoc Prof; Sociology kersten.priest@indwes.edu


Dr. Kersten Bayt Priest is a sociologist of culture and an assistant professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences. She is a child of immigrants and was raised in California. As a young married woman, she moved with her husband and children to Amazonia. While there she became convinced of the importance of integrating biblical truth with socio-cultural perspective in order to better understand people and global society. When her youngest son was a toddler, she returned to graduate school and completed degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. Today she considers it a privilege to pursue projects and present papers on issues surrounding justice for vulnerable minorities, women, and children. Micah 6:8 is a consistent theme inside and outside her classes.

Educational Background:

  • B.S., 1980, Columbia International University
  • M.A., 1998, University of South Carolina
  • Ph.D., 2009, Loyola University


Dr. Priest has done qualitative ethnographic research in South Carolina, urban and suburban Chicago, Peru, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, and most recently, India. Over the years her research interests have included issues surrounding interracial worship and fellowship, and immigrant religious communities. Most recently she is examining how Christian women's short-term mission trips are establishing new patterns of global religion and resource connectedness.

Contact Us


Visit Campus

Discover Campus Life for Yourself