Dr. Proctor N. Beard, Sr. is the eldest son of Evangelist Louise Beard Rodgers and the late Roy N. Beard. A native of Danville, Virginia, he is a graduate of Dan River High School and Danville Community College, Danville, Virginia. Dr. Beard earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the Virginia Polytechnic Institutre and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia and a M.A. degree in Christian Education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond, Virginia. In 2006, he received a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, Richmond, Virginia He received the Certificate of Formational Prayer from Healing Care Ministries, Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio in 2011, and the Certificate in Spiritual Formation and the Art of Spiritual Direction in 2016 from HCM International, Ashland, Ohio.
Dr. Beard was licensed and ordained by the First Shiloh Baptist Church, Mechanicsville, Virginia under the pastoralship of Dr. R. Neal Siler. Dr. Beard is the Executive Director of the Healing Place Center for Counseling and Spiritual Formation, Mechanicsville, Virginia and the Director of the Healing Place-West, Glen Allen, Virginia. Dr. Beard is a certified Spiritual Director and serves as a Peer Group Supervisor for Spiritual Directors.
Dr. Beard is affiliated with the American Baptist Convention, the National Baptist Convention, Inc., the Baptist General Convention of Virginia, Tuckahoe Baptist Association, the NAACP, the American association of Christian Counseling, and Black African-American Christian Counselors. He is a member of the Board of Directors for HCM International, Ashland, Ohio and is a member of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association.
He is the proud father of two wonderful children, Proctor Jr. (PJ) and Haley Elizabeth. The Beards reside in Midlothian, Virginia.