Dr. Stephen "David" Hall (PsyD, LMFT, LPC-MHSP-AS, CST) is an applied psychologist and teacher, who serves as the Dean of Negev Institute, where he is tasked with the overall direction of the organization, along with contributing to content creation and building community partnerships.
Dr. Hall is licensed as both a marriage and family therapist and mental health counselor, and he serves as the clinic director of Haven Counseling Center where he maintains his therapy practice and supervises emerging mental health professionals. Dr. Hall has taught and consulted for both secular and faith-based organizations throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom. He has served as an adjunct professor in the graduate school of counseling at Richmont Graduate University, and he is a former president of the Tennessee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the state division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Dr. Hall is a certified sex therapist under the American Board of Christian Sex Therapists (ABCST), and he completed a certificate program in substance use disorders from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Dr. Hall’s areas of focus in research, writing, teaching, and clinical work have been in family conflict, healthy sexuality, Christian theology and mental health, social media, youth development, the science of habit, the psychology of persuasion, vocational/career counseling, neurodiversity/learning differences, moral psychology, and the application of storytelling in psychotherapy/counseling.
Dr. Hall’s commitment to his Christian faith and his desire to serve the Church in the space of his vocation, led him to found the Negev Institute to provide faith communities with social/behavioral science resources that were practical and accessible in addressing their felt needs.
David has been married to fellow therapist, Brandy, since 2008. They make their home in Knoxville, Tennessee where David was raised; and they enjoy spending their time with family and friends. They have worshiped and served as a part of the community of Apostles Anglican Church (ACNA) in Knoxville since 2008.
Matt Scheuneman (MA, LPC-MHSP-AS) is the Programs Director and a Senior Fellow of Negev Institute, heading up content management and implementation of programs. Matt is a licensed mental health counselor and approved clinical supervisor who has worked in both clinical and pastoral settings, having served a number of years as part of the ministry staff of a multi-campus church. Matt maintains his therapy practice with Haven Counseling Center, where he works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families navigating through a variety of issues, such as depression, anxiety, relational conflict, and sexual impulsivity.
Matt is both a skilled counselor and teacher, with a passionate desire to equip the church and its people to confidently and faithfully address the struggles that come with living in the modern world.
Matt graduated from The University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, after which he spent time working for a community mental health agency helping children, adolescents, and families through case management. Later Matt earned his master’s degree in mental health counseling, serving as a clinician in multiple settings while also fulfilling roles within local churches, such as worship pastor and group pastor. Matt and his wife have been active in non-profits that fight against sex-trafficking and advocate for mental health awareness. Matt was also a producer and host for the Open Door Podcast with Fellowship Church in Knoxville, TN
Matt and his family love to spend time in the mountains and exploring new cities. He and his wife have a goal to visit every MLB baseball stadium in their lifetime. Matt loves music, art, and a quiet coffee shop.