Student Counseling Staff


Tim Dinger
Director of Student Counseling Center
Phone: 479-524-7234

Tim Dinger

Dr. Tim Dinger serves as the director of the Student Counseling Center. He graduated with his doctorate in counselor education from Texas Tech University, and has an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Dr. Dinger is a National Board Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Clinically a generalist, he enjoys working with college-aged adults and couples.

He is particularly interested in how developmental issues influence adult functioning. His research interests are in clinical interventions used with individuals who suffered trauma, ethical decision-making and counselor development. Dr. Dinger is married to Pam. They have four children.

Office: 100 S. Holly Street


Jennifer Niles, Counselor
Phone: 479-524-7473

Jennifer Niles

Jennifer Niles is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist by the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling. She received her Master's in counseling at John Brown University and her Bachelor's in psychology from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. She started working for the JBU Student Counseling Center in August 2005.

Jennifer has experience working with a variety of men and women who desire change in their lives. She is dedicated to helping her clients develop healthier relationships with themselves, others and with societal/cultural expectations. She practices with acceptance and compassion and guides her clients in cultivating courage, compassion and connection in their own lives.

Jennifer's passions outside of the counseling room revolve around running, rock-climbing, yoga, traveling, reading and fine-dining, all of which she shares with her husband, Frank, a professor of political science/gourmet cook and their daughter Emma.

 “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy- the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” Brown, B. (2010) The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are


  • Emily Moore, Counselor
  • Sara Lentz, intern 
  • Rob Carney, intern
  • Rebecca Ridings, intern
  • Marc Payne, intern