Rev. Jerry P. Alexander
, CPE Supervisor, died on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at home in Columbia, SC. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, February 22nd at 1:00 PM at the Spring Valley Presbyterian Church (125 Sparkleberry Lane) in Columbia. A family visitation will be held at the church following the service.
Jerry, who was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), was 83 years old. He had been in declining health for the past several years.
He was a native of Charlotte, NC. He was in the U.S. Army serving in Europe as a Military Policeman.  He then graduated from both Erskine College and the Erskine Seminary in Due West, SC.
He served Presbyterian churches in South Carolina,Texas, and Kentucky. 
Jerry's clinical pastoral education was received from the William Hall Psychiatric Institute in 1967-69, including supervisory education. He became employed at the Columbia Area Mental Health Center of the SC Department of Mental Health in 1969 as the Coordinator of Pastoral Services. 
He was certified as a CPE Supervisor by ACPE in 1972. He supervised accredited Basic CPE programs at the CAMHC until 1983. At that point, his CPE supervision was done with the merged SCDMH Academy for Pastoral Education Pastoral Education until his retirement in the mid-1990s. He then provided part-time CPE supervision at the Palmetto Baptist CPE program
The Southeast Region, ACPE benefited greatly from Jerry's skills, leadership, and organizational  interest. He was on various committees as well as serving a term as the Chairperson of the Region. He also received the J.Obert Kempson Distinguished Service Award.


Rev. Kenneth E. Reed
, 88, of Franklin, Indiana and Fort Myers Beach, Florida, passed away on January 2, 2017.  

He was born in Powell County, Kentucky, the son of the late Vernon and Nora (Collier) Reed. After graduating from Francis Joseph Reitz High School in Evansville in 1946, he served in the United States Navy during WWII as Machinist Mate 3rd Class aboard the USS Scania (AKA-40). Following his military service, he received a BS in Elementary Education from University of Evansville, as well as a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree & PhD in Psychology and Counseling from Boston University.

In 1948, he married Alinda "Linda" Rogers, who preceded him in death in 1998. They had two children, Deborah (Reed) Fletcher and Michael Kent Reed. He married Sandra (Drummond) Reed in 2002, who he leaves behind, along with his brothers Roger & Elvin, 5 step-children, 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brother Chester and sister Thelma.

Dr. Reed was ordained by the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church and was appointed to serve Methodist Hospital of Indiana from 1958 to 2000 as Associate Chaplain; Director of Chaplaincy Services; and retiring as Senior Vice President for Values, Ethics, Social Responsibility, and Pastoral Services. During his tenure, he served on the hospital's Medical Ethics Committee, started a Clinical Pastoral Education program, and created Buchanan Counseling Center.

Life was his work - he wanted to share his knowledge and insights with all. As best he could, he practiced what he preached and taught on a daily basis. Ken was active in his local community. He was a member of Meridian Street United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin, and Faith United Methodist Church in Fort Myers, Florida. He enjoyed traveling, sailing, and learning. Memorial gifts in Dr. Reed's memory can be made to the American Heart Association or the National Kidney Foundation. Family and friends are encouraged to view Dr. Reed's extended obituary information online at




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



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:


Linda Wilkerson’s mom died peacefully early on the morning of March 18, 2017 ending her two years of suffering. Her funeral was March 21st at First Baptist Church, Mauldin, SC. Linda is a CPE Supervisor at Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas, TX. She also currently serves as ACPE’s Treasurer. 

Mychal Springer's mother passed away peacefully on February 27, 2017 in the loving embrace of her family. May her soul rest in peace. Mychal is the ACPE Supervisor at Center for Pastoral Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Please keep Mychal and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steven Ivy's mother died on February 14, 2017, a day before she was scheduled for heart surgery. She was ninety-one. Steven is the ACPE Supervisor at Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, IN. Please keep Steven and his family in your thoughts and prayers. 

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.

Phyllis Toback's husband, Dr. Gary Toback, died on July 20, 2016 at the age of 74, when he was struck by a vehicle while jogging near his home.  Phyllis was the the first Jewish woman to become a CPE Supervisor, serving at Advocate Health until her retirement.  You can find Dr. Toback's 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.