ACPE Supervisor John Galloway died on December 12, 2016. 

He was a United Methodist pastor for 10 years before going through the CPE Certification process in Birmingham, AL. His pastoral education ministry was lived out in Birmingham, Pensacola, Sarasota, Asheville, Orlando, and Tallahassee. He established the CPE program at Tallahassee General Hospital, but after a few years had to retire due to Parkinson's Disease. He and his wife Judy moved back to Orlando to be closer to their children. John resided in an Assisted Living/Memory Care facility for the last two and a half years. 

He was a steadfast friend, a stimulating colleague, a caring pastoral educator, and a good man. For those who might want to contact Judy, her address is 14169 Sapphire Bay Circle, Orlando, FL  32828.



ACPE Supervisor Rev. Dr. Harold Monroe Yoder of Columbia, SC, died November 24, 2016, the day after his 94th birthday. His was a lifetime of service as an ordained (1950) clergyman of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. He spent his career as a hospital and institutional chaplain for the Washington, DC, Council of Churches, Lutheran Hospital of Baltimore, MD, and Richland Memorial Hospital of Columbia, SC. He was a pioneer in the Clinical Pastoral Education movement, training many students to minister to the distressed, sick, dying, and bereaved. Growing up in Hickory, NC, he graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College in 1943. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, serving in the Pacific theater during World War II. After discharge, he graduated from Gettysburg Lutheran Theological Seminary. As the young pastor of Grace Lutheran Church in Liberty, NC, Harold met the love of his life, Selena Kime, whom he married in October 1951. They raised four children, impressing the values of education and faith while instilling a love of music. After his retirement in 1989, Harold and Selena traveled through Europe and the Holy Lands and spent time trout fishing and square dancing. Indulging his lifelong love of learning, he received his doctorate of ministry at age 61 from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and studied Greek into his 80s. He achieved a second degree black belt in karate, was an avid runner, grew grapes and made wine. He was open-minded and openhearted, encouraging others to "take people as you find them." Harold was predeceased by his son, William Craig Yoder, and beloved wife. He is survived by his son, Eric Monroe Yoder, daughter-in-law, Claire C. Yoder of Virginia Beach, daughter, Frances Kathryn Yoder, daughter, Mary Ann Watson, son-in-law, Jeff Watson of Columbia, grandchildren, Emily Yoder Wilcox, Maggie Stewart, and Glenn Yoder; Joshua Yoder, Jessica Yoder, and their mother, Barbara Yoder, and grandson Jeffrey Watson. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories and condolences may be shared, and additional information is available at


ACPE Supervisor Emeritus Kate Sullivan died due to complications from glioblastoma. Her wake was on August 21st at the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA. Her funeral was on August 22nd at St. Anne’s Church, 757 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA. Arrangements are pending for a memorial service in Milwaukee.

Look for updates on the North Central Region website. While there you can also read a tribute by her sister.



ACPE Supervisor Frank L. Irvine, a dedicated advocate for peace and justice, passed away in Concord on July 27, 2016, at the age of 81. The son of Frank and Rosalyn (Birchall) Irvine, he was born in Nashua on August 29, 1934. He graduated from Nashua High School and earned degrees from Gordon College, Gordon-Conwell Divinity School and Andover Newton Theological School. He was married to Frances (Allen) Irvine on October 3, 1959, and they celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary last year.

He served as a member of U.S. Army Intelligence, and later as an Army chaplain in Virginia, Korea and California. He was the minister of multiple churches in Maine and New Hampshire and co-director of the Department of Pastoral Services at New Hampshire Hospital before co-founding a group practice of pastoral psychotherapy in 1979. He left the group practice in 1994 to serve as Chaplain/Director of Clinical Pastoral Education at Havenwood-Heritage Heights in Concord. A licensed pastoral psychotherapist, he was a member of the NH Association of Chaplains, NH Pastoral Psychotherapy Association, and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. As a Supervisor in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, he trained others to become pastoral psychotherapists and served on their National Certification Commission. He was a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), teaching and training others how to supervise pastoral psychotherapy students. He served on the AAPC's Northeast Region Ethics Committee, Northeast Region Professional Concerns Committee, and chaired the National Ethics Committee. In 1989 Governor Judd Gregg appointed him to the New Hampshire Board of Examiners of Psychology and in 1996 he received the AAPC Distinguished Service Award for the Northeast Region. 

In his retirement, Frank made many trips to Guatemala and worked with the organization Mayan Hands to help Guatemalan women and families living in extreme poverty. Passionate about promoting peace and justice, he was active in New Hampshire Peace Action and Veterans for Peace. He was a longtime member of South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, and loved to sing in the choir and play jazz piano during worship services. His great admiration for the tenets of the Quaker faith led him to also become a member of Concord Friends Meeting. He was an associate of the Northeast Guild for Spiritual Formation and participated in retreats in order to deepen and expand his spiritual life. An avid sailor, he achieved the highest level of certification through United States Power Squadrons and educated others in safe boating practices. He was a licensed amateur radio operator (Call sign K1FLI) for more than twenty-five years and enjoyed attending meetings of the Contoocook Valley Radio Club in Henniker. Never one to sit idle, he was also an active member of the New Hampshire Weavers' Guild and the Pawtuckaway Beekeepers' Association.

Frank is married to Fran; the person who he says showed him how to love. His military service during the war in Vietnam, and the first of many visits to Guatemala, kindled a passion for peace and justice and compassion for the suffering of those on the margins, those left out and ignored. He would say his was a rich life – The riches of family and many companions along the way who helped him try to live into the values he espoused. Many will remember him as a good friend, a kind person, and a good man.

He is predeceased by his parents, his sister Marjorie Bilbow of Concord, sister Barbara Rollett of Concord, and his son, Todd Allen Irvine of Minneapolis, MN. He is survived by his wife, Fran, his son Jock Irvine and daughter-in-law Dionna Irvine of Concord, grandchildren Walton Irvine, Samuel Irvine, Jillian Irvine, and Frank Irvine, as well as many nieces, nephews, and close friends.


ACPE Supervisor Dr. Albert Lunney Meiburg died on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in the Health Center of Springmoor Retirement Community in Raleigh, after a short illness.

He was born on September 3, 1925 in Seneca, SC, oldest son of Albert and Gladys Burley Meiburg. With his family he moved to Clemson in the second grade, where he attended elementary and high school, graduating from Calhoun-Clemson School in 1941. He enrolled in Clemson College (now University), but volunteered during World War II and served in the United States Navy in the Pacific. After the war he completed his B.S. degree in Chemistry at Clemson, and then earned the Bachelor of Divinity and Doctor of Theology degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he studied under Dr. Wayne Oates. During this time he met and married Virginia McDougald, with whom he shared a deep and abiding love as well as a relationship he described as "best friends" for over 59 years.

Dr. Meiburg served Baptist institutions in a number of capacities, including professor and academic dean at Wingate University, associate director of the Department of Pastoral Care at North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Professor of Pastoral Theology at Crozier Theological Seminary, Colgate Rochester Divinity School and Southeastern Seminary, where he also served as Dean of the Faculty from 1975 to 1981. Al was certified as a Full CPE Supervisor in 1967. He served as the third president of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) from 1972-1973.

After retiring from Southeastern in 1992, he continued to teach, first at the Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity and then as Senior Professor of Pastoral Care at the Campbell University Divinity School, where he won the Dean's Excellence in Teaching Award and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree in 2007. Dr. Meiburg also served as a Visiting Scholar at Union Theological Seminary and at Regents Park College, University of Oxford, and in Hong Kong. In all of these endeavors he was a much beloved professor and friend to generations of college seminary students.

Dr. Meiburg was the author of numerous scholarly articles and several books including Spiritual Therapy (with Richard K. Young), Sound Body, Sound Mind and Called to Minister. He and Virginia were instrumental in establishing the first support group in Raleigh and Wake County for families of patients with Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Meiburg is survived by three children, Albert Stanley Meiburg (Julie) of Washington, D.C., Katherine Meiburg Whatley (Jac) of Washington, D.C. and David McDougald Meiburg (Diane) of Cary, NC; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Eastern North Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, 3739 National Drive, Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27612; to the Springmoor Endowment Fund, 1500 Sawmill Road, Raleigh, NC 27615; or to the Faculty of the Campbell University School of Divinity Scholarship Fund, P. O. Drawer 4050, Buies Creek, NC 27506.





Thoughts & Prayers

Joe Whitwell, ACPE Supervisor and Pastoral Counselor/Director of the Covenant Counseling Center in Snellville, GA had a serious fall from a roof on July 10, 2016.

He has undergone surgery to repair a torn aorta and remains in intensive care at Gwinnett Medical Center. He is struggling with other injuries including the collapse of both lungs, spinal fractures, bruised kidneys and compression to spine. He is paralyzed from waist down. Joe is heavily sedated as stabilization is the current goal.

Please keep Marguerite (wife), Chris (daughter), Joe III and Jon (sons) in your prayers. Remember also his partner at CCI, Kerry Duncan, and the rest of their staff. Messages can sent to the family via Joe’s email:


Brenda Green’s mother died on December 13, 2016 from complications of Alzheimer’s and Lewy Body Disease. She was eighty-one.  Brenda is the ACPE Supervisor at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville, GA.  Previously, she was at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta. Please keep Brenda and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

ACPE Past President David Johnson’s mother, Rev. Annie Louise Johnson, died September 15, 2016 at the age of 94, at the Clear Creek Nursing and Rehab in Mint Hill, NC after an extended illness. You can find her complete obituary here.



NYC Health recognized The Reverend Paul Steinke as person of the month. He will be retiring next month, and will be deeply missed. 

They wrote of The Reverend Paul Steinke: 

It’s impossible to adequately summarize a life devoted so richly to the service of others. However, in coming to know and admire Reverend Paul, I’ve been struck by his commitment to addressing social concerns—especially those surrounding the treatment of the mentally ill.

His strength and humility are reflected in the guidance he offers his chaplaincy students:

  • - He teaches them to really listen to patients in order to hear the "music behind their words", and understand what they need most…
  • - He teaches them to avoid platitudes, and instead to offer a strong comforting presence at a patient’s bedside.
  • - He teaches them to be pastors who "Go into the dark, with a light."

Excellence in patient experience means using every tool at our disposal to make our patients feel better at some of the most difficult moments in their lives. And for many patients, no tool is as powerful as faith, for offering compassion, kindness, and strength…for treating our patients as we would want our own mothers, our own sons, our own daughters to be treated.

Paul’s work has embodied this ethos. He is retiring next month, and he will be deeply missed. But his legacy will endure.