The Rev. Dorothea Lotze-Kola, Th.M.
The Training and Counseling Center at St. Luke’s (TACC) is pleased to announce the hiring of its new Executive Director, Dorothea Lotze-Kola. Dorothea brings to TACC many gifts which represent her rich history as a CPE Supervisor and, more recently, a Marriage and Family therapist who is in the final stages of licensure. She is married to The Rev. Dr. Lewis Kola, and mother of twin daughters, Rachel and Grace.
Dorothea was born in Westfalia, a Center region of former West Germany, where she grew up in a family of six in a traditional German parsonage of a reformed Lutheran church. She studied theology in the South of Germany and completed her M.Div. equivalent in 1993. She studied under the renowned Juergen Moltmann in Tuebingen and Bishop Wolfgang Huber in Heidelberg.
After completing her studies, Dorothea came to the US and spent 18 months in a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) residency at Emory University, Atlanta. In order to become ordained, Dorothea then returned to Germany and worked for three years as an Associate pastor in a Lutheran and in a Methodist church in Iserlohn and Dortmund. After receiving her ordination in the Evangelical Church of the Union (EKU) in Germany, she married her West African husband, Lewis Kola, whom she met in Atlanta, GA.
The couple moved back to Atlanta in 1998 where Dorothea later transferred her ordination to the United Church of Christ (UCC). In addition to her education in Germany she completed a Masters of Theology in Pastoral Care and Supervision at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. For five years Dorothea trained as an ACPE supervisor at Northside Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. For five years Dorothea served as a supervisor and NICU Board certified staff chaplain at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. The past six years Dorothea held a leadership position as Director of The Institute for Chaplaincy and CPE, Care and Counseling Center of Georgia. Working toward her goal to be licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (2015), Dorothea has been in a training process at the Link Counseling Center in Sandy Springs.
Dorothea has a deep passion for both counseling and CPE training and looks forward to being able to bring both of those experiences and skills to her role as Executive Director. She is excited about the amazing work TACC is doing and looks forward to collaborating closely with TACC’s staff and Board members as she offers leadership based on her gifts and experiences.