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The mission of the social work program at Tabor College is to equip students with values, knowledge and skills to be helping agents in a diverse world while integrating a Christian faith perspective and enable students to serve those in need with compassion and professionalism.

Students will integrate a Christian faith perspective with social work practice that emphasizes and promotes:
  • A strength based perspective
  • Social and economic justice
  • Peace and reconciliation
  • Dignity and worth of all persons


The goal of the Tabor Social Work program is to prepare the graduate to:

  • Make a commitment to critical thinking and lifelong learning.
  • Integrate a Christian faith perspective that promotes social justice and gives a voice to the oppressed.
  • Prepare students for professional employment or education in social work related fields.
  • Become a professional that values ethics and integrity.

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Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences Faculty

Dr. Bradley Penn, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor of Psychology/Psychology Dept. Chair
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN
M.A. in Counseling Psychology from George Fox University/Western Evangelical Seminary, Medford, OR
B.A. in Bible/Christian Education/Pastoral Ministries from Vennard College, University Park, IA

Lara Vanderhoof, L.M.S.W., C.M.F.S.W.

Assistant Professor of Social Work/Program Director
BSW, Roberts Wesleyan College, NY
MSW, Roberts Wesleyan College, NY

Pam Clark, M.S.W., L.S.C.S.W.

Field Coordinator, Assistant Professor of Social Work
B.S.W., Bethel College
M.S.W. Newman University


Careers in Social Work

  • Schools
  • Working with the Elderly
  • Foster care
  • Adoption
  • Counseling
  • Medical field
  • Chemical dependency
  • Human resourse
  • Working with the Disabled
  • Working with the Homeless
  • Working with the Victims of abuse
  • Social policy
  • Politics
  • Criminology
  • Corrections
  • Relief and refugee work
  • Missions
  • Peace and Justice
  • Ministry

How do you know that you want to be a social worker?

Ask yourself these questions:
  • Do you have a genuine interest in people of all kinds?
  • Do you have faith in human beings?
  • Do you have an ability to work with people?
  • Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others and in the world?