Jonathan Forlines, Ph.D.

About Jonathan Forlines, Ph.D.


Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Jon Forlines is vice president for student services at Welch College, a position he has held since 2001. He graduated from Welch in 1980, serving as president of the student body his senior year. He received his M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University and later received his Ph.D. in the same discipline.

Dr. Forlines served as associate pastor and minister of music at Grace Free Will Baptist Church (Greenville, North Carolina) from 1981 to 1990. He also served as a psychological examiner at the Tennessee Prison for Women and did his doctoral internship at the DeBerry Special Needs Facility in Nashville. He has performed more than 500 hours of volunteer service at drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers.

His wife Susan is also a Welch College graduate, and they work together in Student Services. They have three children: Joel and Jared (both of whom are graduates of Welch College), and Anna (a current student at Welch). Jon’s father, Reverend Leroy Forlines, has been a member of the Welch College faculty since 1953 and recently completed 50 years of service with the Commission for Theological Integrity.


B.S., Welch College, 1980
M.S., Tennessee State University, 1994
Ph.D., Tennessee State University, 1998
Associate and youth pastor, area churches, 1981-94
Psychological Examiner, Tennessee Prison for Women, 1999-2001
Faculty, Welch College, 2001-
Dean of Students, 2001-
Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students, 2001-