Providing career guidance to bivocational pastors and MDiv. graduates venturing into nontraditional fields, has been Packard’s dual focus throughout his many years of practice.
Principal and owner of Theology Careers Initiative, he provides theology professionals with direction and support as they pursue their vocations either in tent-making endeavors or fields other than congregational ministry. He’s a proven Career Management Consultant, author and professional speaker who has published articles about his work in such national publications as InTrust Magazine and the Association of Theological Schools Online Colloquy publication. He has also presented (by invitation) at the national conference for (Theological) Student Personnel Administrators. Having spent more than 20 years in the corporate realm as a Vice President for Organization Development, the Career Management industry as a Senior Career Consultant, and as Director of Career Services for a prominent seminary, he knows first-hand the strategies and tactics it takes for a theology professional to navigate a vocational transition successfully. For those clients so motivated, he integrates spiritual reflection and direction into his practice, is certified in more than a half-dozen career related assessments and in a former career consulting firm, led the company each year in the number of clients securing jobs by an average of 250%!
He has taught career management principles to pastors and theological students at the Iliff School of Theology, Denver Seminary, Denver Presbytery (PCUSA), Whitworth University, Denver Center for Work and Spirituality, along with such secular venues as Kellogg’s, Hewlett Packard, Schlumberger, Lockheed-Martin, Daniels College of Business, Colorado Human Resource Association, and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. He's also provided testimony on important employment legislation before the Colorado State Senate and the Colorado House of Representatives.
His graduate degree is from the Iliff School of Theology with additional graduate studies at Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Colorado Graduate School for Public Affairs. He received his certification as an Executive Career Coach through Nightingale / Conant. Packard resides in Centennial, Colorado with his wife of 34 years. They have two grown children, four dogs, and enjoy travel, golf, history, politics and musical theater.