Memorials

ACPE Retired Educator Emeritus Dr. Coyle Allen Stephenson, November 07, 1931-February 17, 2019, was born in Shreveport, LA on November 7, 1931 to Thomas and Lula Estelle Coyle Stephenson and passed away on February 17, 2019. He graduated from Baylor University, Southern Seminary and Southwestern Seminary before pastoring Cherokee Park Baptist Church in Shreveport, LA for 15 years. He moved to Dallas to serve as chaplain of Buckner Children’s Home for five years and retired from Baylor Hospital as Assistant Director of Pastoral Care after 18 years.

Coyle married Guianna Ann Haley on March 8, 1958. In the last of his journals he said, “Among the best choices I made in my life was marrying the woman God gave me 60 years ago.” Their love, commitment and joy were a blessing and encouragement to everyone who knew them. Coyle is survived by his wife Guianna, and an extensive family of sister, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Although Coyle Stephenson earned a Ph.D. in pastoral counseling, was beautifully eloquent with words and full of wisdom and insight, his most profound sermons were preached as he loved people. Neither race, social position or religious affiliation changed how he expressed God’s love through respect, honor, care and concern for everyone he met. He loved life but especially when living it alongside his loving wife. He had a silly side that was brightest when she played the “straight man,” or when there was a child nearby that he could coax into some kind of innocent mischief. He loved spending time with his family and friends, reading, writing, teaching, gardening, and being outdoors. His unassuming wisdom was powerful but his unwavering and sincere faith made him a giant in the eyes of many people.

He believed in the power of prayer, the truth of God’s word, the importance of contemplative silence and the blessing of community. We never witnessed a time when he thought he had “arrived” because he knew there was always more of God to know and more love to give. This humble attitude of being teachable made him a beloved friend, teacher and mentor. Coyle was a gracious and loving husband, brother, father and grandfather. His grandchildren called him Gaga and affectionately remember many hours of playing baseball in the front yard, holding the doves, fishing in the pond, playing pickup sticks, drawing, reading, taking care of honey bees, and how he tried to convince them that he wasn’t spoiled by Nena. Although he will be missed greatly, we have full assurance that he is more alive today than he has ever been and excited about welcoming us home when our day comes.

The family is deeply grateful for your love and support. In lieu of flowers, they would be honored if you give to your favorite charity.

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Pastor Roger S. Johnson was born February 19, 1931, in Barrett, MN, and died January 29, 2019, at the age of 87.
 
He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1954, and from Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN, in 1958. He attended Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, (1955-56) and served a year of internship at Nommensen University, Siantar Sumatra, Indonesia.  He was ordained March 8, 1964. In 1965 he earned his Ph.D. in Psychology and Pastoral Counseling from STC, Claremont, CA.
 
Pastor Roger served Christ Lutheran Church, West Covina, CA (1964-1967). He then served as Director of Clinical Pastoral Education and Clinical Supervisor for Lutheran Social Services at California Hospital Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA (1966-1976), and Director of Department of Religion and Pastoral Care, Chaplain Supervisor for Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix, AZ (1976-1996). 
 
He retired in 1996 and moved to the Elkhorn Slough area near Watsonville, CA.
 
Pastor Roger is survived by two daughters, Kristina Johnson and Linnea Johnson, and two grandchildren, Caleb Johnson and Rowan Smaldone. He was predeceased by his wife, Dr. Eva Hendrickson, whom he married in 2009. She died in 2017.

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ACPE Educator Emeritus The Rev. Dr. A. Patrick "Pat" L. Prest Jr., died on the first full day of Spring, March 21, 2019. He was born to A. P. L. "Tom" and Naomi Prest in Detroit, Michigan, on February 28, 1928. He grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and Darien, Connecticut. Pat attended prep schools in New England, earned a business degree at Lehigh University, a master's degree of divinity at Episcopal Divinity School and was awarded an honorary doctorate of divinity in 1976 from the University of the South. As an Episcopal priest, Dr. Prest was ordained in Connecticut and served a parish in Meriden, Conn. He did a residency in clinical pastoral education at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston, Texas. After a brief stay at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, he came to the Medical College of Virginia on March 1, 1958, as Director of Religious Activities and Chaplain Supervisor. In 1968, he cofounded and served as the First Director for the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Inc. an organization that remains active in counseling and education. In the 1970s, he helped create the Board of Professional Counselors and served on that board for 11 years. During that time, he served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Board of Health Regulation and Dr. Prest chaired the board from 1985 until 1987. Pat served as a professor at MCV/VCU for 35 years, retiring in 1993. He served as an adjunct professor at Virginia Union University for 32 years, teaching pastoral counseling.

In retirement, he assisted at various churches and served as Priest-in-Residence at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Richmond, Virginia. Pat leaves behind his beloved wife of 62 years, Joan Moynihan Prest; and five children, daughter, Elizabeth Albee, her husband, Rick and children, Lauren (Grant) and Eric (Rachael), son, Alan Prest and Kristin Stanley, son, Tom Prest, his wife, Jeannette and their sons, Ryan (Callie) and Jake, daughter, Margaret "Maggie" Johnson, her husband, Drew and their children, Lindsey (Evan) and Zach and daughter, Martha "Marti" Prest. Pat, also known as "Pops," loved family get togethers that were filled with joy, openness and humor. His secret joy was classical music, meditating on the Bible, especially the words of Jesus, writing as therapy and composing prayers for any occasion. Pat was grateful for the visits by former students and friends. A celebration of Pat's life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Church of the Holy Comforter, 4819 Monument Avenue. A reception will be held after the service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Pat's memory to the MCV Foundation, P.O. Box 980664, Richmond, VA 23298 and designate your gift to the Prest Lecture, an annual educational event. Donations may also be made to the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care
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ACPE Retired Educator Rev. Verlin "Lin" Barnett, Jr.  died in January 2019.  A memorial service has been scheduled for March 2, 2019  at the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Cuyahoga falls, Ohio. The service will begin at 11:00am.  


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ACPE Educator Emeritus Rev. Dr. William T. Scott, Jr. (Bill Scott) of Avondale, PA, died Sunday, January 27th, on the 29th anniversary of his marriage to his wife, Susan. He was a month and a day shy of his 75th birthday. Born on Leap Year Day, 1944 in Providence, Rhode Island, Bill liked to say he was still a teenager, given that he’d had so few actual birthdays! Growing up in Barrington, R.I., he was active in the Barrington Congregational Church. At age 8, upon the death of his grandfather, he heard a voice calling him to Christian ministry - a call he eventually answered as an ordained clergyman in the United Church of Christ.  

A 1967 graduate in Economics from Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan, Bill went from there to Andover Newton Theological Seminary, receiving a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1970. He returned there in 1976, receiving a Doctor of Ministry in Psychology and Clinical Studies the following year. From 1974 to 1982, Bill served as pastor of a sequence of three United Church of Christ parishes: Christ Reformed in Alexandria, PA, Somersville Congregational in Somersville, CT and United Church of Ware, MA.  

In 1982, Bill began a career in specialized ministry as a healthcare chaplain and ACPE certified chaplain educator in hospital settings: The Williamsport Hospital (1982-1990); The Stamford Hospital (1990-2002); VA San Diego Healthcare Center (2003-2010). Over a 27 year period, he designed and led numerous units of training for clergy, laity, religious, and military chaplains focused on the art of pastoral care. Bill was graced with particular gifts in providing support in crisis situations in the ICU and emergency room and counseling crisis responders. With students, Bill was a keen judge of behavior, an enthusiastic encourager of their personal and professional growth, and a strong advocate for self care. At the Stamford Hospital, Bill designed a CPE residency program in which chaplain residents consistently followed the same patient as they moved between settings and services of the health care system. At VA San Diego Healthcare System he piloted a CPE program for military chaplains that equipped them to serve in military and private sector healthcare institutions. This collaborative program between the VA Hospital and  the Balboa Naval Hospital still exists today. For periods of time, Bill served on the Development Committee and the Accreditation Committee for the Eastern Region, and in the Pacific Region he served a term on the Peer Review Committee. Following his 2010 retirement, he was granted supervisor emeritus status by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Bill was particularly proud of his service as a fire department chaplain with the Old Lycoming Township Fire Department (1987-1990) and his American Red Cross volunteer service as a spiritual responder to the following airline crash events: Egypt Air, the 9/11 event in NYC and the November, 2001 crash of AA Flight 587 in the Rockaway section of Queens (NYC). Following his retirement in late 2010, and prior to moving back to the east coast, Bill participated in the San Diego Sheriff Department’s Senior Volunteer Program, providing support services to law enforcement. 

Bill was pre-deceased by his mother and father, William T. and Anna (Gistedt) Scott of Barrington, RI, and a cousin, Peter H. Scott formerly of Palm Coast, FL. He is survived by his dear wife, Susan (Avondale, PA), and four beloved adult step-children, Carol Royer (Drew Bjorke) of Kennett Square, PA, Lucas Royer (Heather) of Cooper City, FL, Beth Royer, of Hinesburg, VT and Jacob Royer, also of Hinesburg, VT. Bill had three grand daughters in whom he took great delight: Rose Royer, Lily Royer, and Greta Bjorke. He is also survived by his cousin John Gistedt of Sparrows Point, Maryland. 

Bill will be remembered for his sense of humor, hearty laugh, corny comebacks, warm encompassing presence, and his love of everything New England: seafood, the Boston Red Sox, lighthouses, and the UConn Women’s Basketball Team. 

A memorial service will be held at New Ark United Church of Christ in Newark, DE on Saturday, February 23rd at 11 a.m. Rev. Andrew Webber and Rev. Robert Cassels will officiate. Interment of Bill’s cremains will take place at Forest Chapel Cemetery in Barrington, Rhode Island at a later date. 


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On Friday, January 11, 2019, in Asheville, NC, The Rev. Dr. C. Roy Woodruff, Sr. died peacefully holding the hand of each of his beloved sons. Roy, age 80, built his life around helping others through his work as a Chaplain, Pastoral Counselor, Minister, Executive Director and through his relationships with his family, church, and community. Roy was born on Sept. 27, 1938, in Anniston, Alabama, to Dr. Gerald G. Woodruff and Flora (Campbell) Woodruff who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Kay Carolyn Jernigan; a son Charles, Jr. and wife, Amy; a son, Earl David and wife Leslie; a brother Gerald and wife Betty; brothers-in-law Ted Lucas and Skip Jernigan, wife Bonnie; and sister-in-law Sue Harris, husband Roger. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Charles III, and Maia Grace; fifteen nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews and cousins. | Read more

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With great sadness, the family of Dr. Walter C. Jackson, III wishes to inform you of his passing on Friday, January 11, 2019 at the age of 85. 

Born to Walter C. Jackson, Jr. and Elsie Mae Jackson, Walter began a lifetime of ministry with his baptism at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Chester, PA on Easter Sunday, 1945. He graduated from Chester High School in ‘51 and from the University of Richmond in ‘55 with a Bachelors Degree in Religion. He was ordained as a Baptist Minister at the Belmont Baptist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, September 11, 1955.

In 1956, while serving at the Brighton Street Mission in Newport, KY, Walter met Jacqueline Jean Rhoads; the two fell in love and married the following year. While studying at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Walter pastored a succession of Kentucky churches, Paynesville Baptist Church, Mt. Eden Baptist Church, and then Vine Street Baptist Church in Louisville. | Read more

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Former ACPE Executive Director Duane Parker died on January 8, 2019. Duane was certified as an ACPE Supervisor in 1967. He served as ACPE’s second Executive Director from 1984 to 1994. 

Duane’s service was documented in “A ‘Snap Shot’ History (1975-2000) of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.: A Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of CPE” by John Rea Thomas. Thomas writes: 

“The next choice for Executive Director was Duane Parker. Duane had been at the Topeka State Hospital prior to his move to the Interfaith Health Care Ministries in Providence, RI. He had been a regional director in the South Central Region and was active on many national committees prior to his selection. Duane served from 1984 through May 1994. 

Duane was also described accurately by [former ACPE President] James Gebhart: 

Administrator, communicator, friend, adversary, advocate, and theologian, sensitive soul – which was Duane. He was devoted to and absolutely respectful of his predecessor. Yet he immediately reshaped the central office in its new Decatur location with his own personality and values. It was to become a place of friendship, openness, candor, appreciation, inquiry, diligence, and trust. When he chose Helen Patton to be his colleague, ACPE entered an era of unprecedented grace and hospitality. And, he absolutely trusted that ACPE leadership was forthcoming from many different sources. And so it was not surprising that with Duane, the Association literally leaped forward with new energy, optimism and focus. 

Duane Parker was credited with vision and with the ability to empower creative people to take leadership challenges. He personally was interested in international outreach and conferences. He was very involved and worked very cooperatively with other cognate groups.” 

Duane returned to Interfaith in Providence, RI in 1994. He spent his final years Bellevue, WA with his wife Barbara.

A service celebrating Duane's life will be held on January 19, 2019, at 2pm PT at the Bellevue First United Methodist Church, 1934 108th Avenue NE, Bellevue WA 98004.  In lieu of flowers, his family requests blood or platelets donations in Duane’s honor.

Jonelle "Jodi" Simmons, 69, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 6, 2019. She was surrounded by her husband, son and his wife, and her three grandchildren. She's looked at clouds from both sides now. Jodi was born in Marshfield, WI, March 19, 1949, and spent her childhood in Kalamazoo, MI. She married Vernon Moore in 1972; they were married for ten years and had one son, David Moore, in 1976. She married Bill Simmons in 1983. Her three beloved grandchildren, Nala, Leo, and Sabina, were born in 2011, 2012, and 2018.

Jodi graduated from the University of Michigan in 1971, then taught high school French in Smithtown, NY. She returned to Ann Arbor and worked at the Institute of Social Research at the University of Michigan; moved to Arlington, MA, and worked at the computing center at Harvard University; moved to Huntington Woods, MI in 1978, worked at the computing center at Wayne State University; worked at Henry Ford Health Systems Information Systems from 1983 to 1999. She moved to Raleigh, NC, in 1997. She then took a great leap of faith. |  Read more

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Thinking of You

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Certified Educator Candidate Dave Spence who remains in ICU. Cards can be sent to Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, 1814 Clairmont Rd., Decatur, GA. 

Congratulations

Congratulations to ACPE Certified Educator George Fitchett, PhD on receiving the COMISS medal at the COMISS Network Annual Forum last week in Arlington, VA.  COMISS periodically awards individuals who have made a significant impact in the field of spiritual care. 

Congratulations are in order for Brooks Heard who was married on December 1, 2018 in South Carolina. Brooks is an ACPE Associate Educator at the University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. He is also an ACPE Foundation Champion and the 2019 Annual Campaign Chair-elect.  He welcomes well wishes via phone or email from his ACPE colleagues.