Rachael Clinton Chen, MDiv
Director of Teaching and Care, Lead Instructor
Rachael Clinton Chen is a trauma practitioner, speaker (preacher), and pastoral leader. She serves as the Director of Teaching and Care for The Allender Center at The Seattle School. She is a stormborn woman of the Oklahoma plains and received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion at Oklahoma Baptist University in 2004 and completed a Master of Divinity at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in 2010. She has been deeply formed by the brooding waters and majestic evergreens of the Pacific Northwest, her heart home.
Rachael is privileged to be the co-host of the Allender Center podcast with Dr. Dan Allender and has been invited to speak at churches, universities, para-church organizations, and conferences nationally and internationally. She has been a core member of the Allender Center teaching team for over a decade and is a regular teacher at the Certificate in Narrative Focused Trauma Care Level I and Story Workshops. She is also a primary teacher on the Story Sage Online Course, alongside Dr. Dan Allender and Cathy Loerzel.
Rachael is devoted to bringing healing, hope, and radical welcome at the prophetic and pastoral intersection of trauma, embodiment, and spiritual formation. Rachael has deep convictions that trauma disorders and distorts our bodies, our imagination, and our capacity to love, both personally and collectively. While offering both sanctuary and a call to action, Rachael joins the Spirit in proclaiming the healing and liberating love and power of Jesus, and in contending with the evil and abusive systems that perpetuate harm, especially when that harm is done in God’s name.
Rachael is a contemplative charismatic and unapologetic Jesus follower surrendered to the Spirit-filled life. She’s a tea drinker, an avid sports fan, and a karaoke aficionado. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, the Reverend Michael S. Chen, two beautiful stepsons, and many lovely plant babies.
Rachael speaks on:
- Spiritual Abuse
- Spiritual Warfare
- Intersection of the Church and Trauma
- Disordered Imagination
- Becoming Anti-Racist
- Trauma Informed Pastoral Care and Spiritual Formation