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.


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


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.  


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. 


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


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


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


Rev. Arthur Weswig Johnson, of Ottertail Lake, MN, died peacefully at the Battle Lake Good Samaritan Center, on December 12th, 2018.

Art was born on October 15, 1931, in St. Paul, MN, to Arthur S. and Constance Johnson. Pastor Johnson graduated from St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. He married Faith on December 15th, 1956. After Faith graduated from St. Olaf’s second ever nursing class, they moved to Manitowoc, WI, where Art became the assistant pastor at First Lutheran Church. He soon answered the call to serve society’s more vulnerable and the couple, with their two young daughters, moved to Chicago where Art’s counseling and chaplaincy training began in earnest at Lutheran General. Eventually, they settled in Fargo, ND, where they raised their four children. In 1965, Rev. Johnson began his career at St. Luke’s Hospital of Fargo, where he created a chaplaincy department. He was a fierce patient advocate and helped develop standards for hospital based social services, while mentoring over 600 students within the clinical pastoral education program he had developed. He also lectured on medical ethics throughout the region, was a co-founder of the first local hospice program, and drove a local medical ethics conference, bringing in national speakers to the Fargo/Moorhead area for many years.


Reverend Vernon Maxa, 85, of Brainerd died peacefully Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society – Bethany Village. 

A Memorial Service for Vern was held Saturday, October 27, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church in Brainerd. Interment was in Vern's hometown of Seaforth. Memorials can be made to First Presbyterian Church, Brainerd for Presbyterian Disaster Relief.
Brenny Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services was in charge of the arrangements.

Vern was born at home July 8, 1933 in Seaforth to Ed and Alvina Maxa. He graduated from Wabasso high school in 1951, St. Paul Bible College in 1955, Macalester College in 1959 and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Iowa in 1962. He was ordained to ministry in Presbyterian Church USA June 1962 in First Presbyterian Church, Foley. Read more.


Chaplain Eugene L. Reddel, age 79, of Hampton Township, passed from this life on November 15, 2018 and was welcomed into heaven by our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Eugene was born in Gurley, Nebraska on November 22, 1938. Since his early childhood Eugene wanted to become a Pastor. He left home at the age of 16 to attend St. Paul’s Academy to start preparations. When he finished attending Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, his first call was to start a church in North Chicago, Illinois. Before leaving to take his first call, he married Miriam R. Dorn. While living in Chicago, Miriam and Eugene had two sons, John and Paul, who brought them great joy. Eugene’s next step in Ministry was CPE training at Lutheran Hospital in Park Ridge Illinois. Once the training ended, Eugene accepted a call to St Jacobus Parish in Queens, NY. Three years later, he became a chaplain for the Veteran’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. He continued his CPE training and became a Supervisor. Eugene then accepted the position of Chief of Chaplains for the Veterans Administration in Pittsburgh, PA. He retired in 2008 but continued to work three days a week at the Veterans Hospital until 2016. Read more.


It is with sadness that the family of Randolph Lee Jones announces that he died on November 16, 2018. Randy was born the youngest of five in Norfolk, Virginia on October 5, 1924 where he was raised by his parents, Harry Tudor Jones and Catherine Wylie Roddey Jones, and spent his childhood summers with his extended family (including many, many cousins) in Montreat, North Carolina.Randy attended Virginia Military Institute prior to serving in the United States Army in World War II. Upon returning home, he graduated from Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia and then the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. After being ordained as a United Methodist minister, Randy served as a missionary in Japan for a total of ten years at Kwansei Gakuin University holding positions of teacher and chaplain. When he returned to the US, Randy worked as a teaching hospital chaplain at Overlook Hospital in Summit NJ, at Bergen Pines County Hospital, Paramus NJ, and eventually retired as Director of Pastoral Care from The Presbyterian Hospital in New York City where he did co-ministry with his wife, Emily Jean Gilbert.


Rev. Henry "Harry" Munro Bruen, Jr., 82, of Sevierville, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. He was a graduate of Blair Academy, Princeton University, and Princeton Theological Seminary. Harry became a Presbyterian Minister and began his ministry in Sitka, Alaska. He then went on to become a Supervisor in Clinical Pastoral Education until his retirement. Harry enjoyed building and flying airplanes, and belonged to the Experimental Aircraft Association. He was a master craftsman and especially enjoyed wood working. Harry was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, who will be missed by all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clara and Henry Munro Bruen, Sr.; and his sisters, Anna Klerekoper and Harriette Davis. Harry is survived by his wife of 40 years, Charlotte Mobley Bruen; children, Rachel Bruen Sloan (Kevin Sloan), Harry Bruen III (Stephanie Bruen), Brett S. Okhuysen (Lisbeth Alfaro), Catherine Feenstra (Ron Feenstra); grandchildren, Lawson Bruen, Isabella Bruen, and Annaleisa Bruen; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of loving extended family members and friends. A private family gathering will be held to celebrate Harry's life. Online condolences may be made at www.atchleyfuneralhome. com


Reverend Robert David Leas, of East Tawas, entered the higher life on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital in Tawas City, age 84. Robert was born on December 12, 1933 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Ralph and Ina (Abney) Leas. He graduated with the class of 1952 from Noblesville High School in Indiana. Robert earned a Bachelor's Degree with honors in history from Indiana University in 1956. During his junior year at IU, he participated in a study abroad program at the American University of Beirut, where he developed a lifelong interest in and love of the Middle East. In 1957, Robert studied at the Faculté de Théologie in Montpellier, France. He earned his Master's Degree of Divinity in 1961 from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, and the same year was ordained in the Presbyterian Church. His first call as a Presbyterian minister was to Collegiate Presbyterian Church in Ames, Iowa, with later pastorates at First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Indiana and Eastminster Presbyterian Church in East Lansing, Michigan. His pastoral career also included over thirty years in clinical pastoral education (CPE) as an educator and CPE Supervisor, training seminary and chaplaincy students in hospital settings in Park Ridge, Illinois; South Bend, Indiana; Saginaw, Michigan; and Ft. Wayne, Indiana, until his retirement in 2002.  Read full obituary here


Rev. Kenneth Joseph Siess , Age 86 of Edina, Minnesota died on August 24 following a progressive illness.  Born October 2, 1931 in Seymour, Indiana to Clarence and Marie (Dau) Siess. Preceded in death by wife, Ellie. Survived by children, Timothy, Jonathan (Candy), Matthew (Linda), Daniel, and Elizabeth (Michael) Edwards-Siess; 10 grandchildren.  Funeral service Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11 AM ~ Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 3045 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407. Visitation Friday 4-8 PM at Mt Olive Lutheran Church and 1 hour prior to service.


William (Bill) A. Derstin died peacefully August 8, 2018. He was born on October 12, 1933 in Perkasie, PA to Abram N. and Ruth H. Landis Derstine. 

Bill graduated from the former West Pottsgrove High School in 1951, Heidelberg College, Ohio in 1955, and from Lancaster Theological Seminary, PA, in 1959. He received a degree in pastoral counseling from Crozer Theological Seminary, PA, in 1969. In 1952, he met Dolores (Dolly) Lamm while both were campers at Camp Mensch Mill, PA. During the summers they worked on staff at Camp Fernbrook; they were married in 1957

He was a parish pastor for nine years, serving the congregations of Lemasters Charge in Mercersburg and Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Penns Creek, before becoming supervising chaplain at Sleighton School for Girls, Darling, PA; Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, KS; and Christ Hospital and Medical Center, Oak Lawn, IL. He was Vice President for Religion and Health at South Suburban Hospital, Hazel Crest, IL. He retired in 2001 and moved with Dolly to Pleasant Hill. During that time he traveled the US, Europe and Costa Rica with Dolly, enjoyed his grandchildren, and volunteered at Pleasant Hill UCC.

The Rev. Dr. William R. Loesch died at his home in Dorchester on Saturday, June 16, 2018.            

He is survived by his three daughters and son: Melanie Loesch; Cathy Loesch; Cynthia Loesch-Johnson (and husband Jeffery Johnson); Christopher (and wife Shannon), and their four children. He is also survived by his former wife, Martha Sanchez, of Dorchester, the mother of their children, and his twin brother, Rev. Dr. Robert Loesch, a United Church of Christ clergy living in Springfield, MA, and four nieces and a nephew.

Born in West Palm Beach, Florida, he lived with his family in several states during World War II, including Melrose, MA, and high school in Glen Ridge, NJ.  He graduated from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, in 1963 with a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology, and Andover Newton Theological School with a Master of Divinity in 1968, and Doctor of Ministry in 1976.  He was ordained into the United Church of Christ fifty years ago in Roxbury in 1968.  He was a member of the adjunct faculty at Andover Newton Theological School, Harvard University, Emmanuel College, and Northeastern University School of Nursing.  


Former ACPE Member Charles "Chip" Moody died on June 21, 2018. Pastor Moody completed his CPE residency through the Spring Grove Hospital Center (inpatient psychiatric) and Francis Scott Key Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, from 1983-85.  Most recently, he was the Vice President for Student Development at Phoenix Seminary.

A Celebration of Life was held at 1000 on Saturday, 30 June, at Grace Community Church, 1200 E. Southern Ave, Tempe, Arizona, 85282.



Miriam Needham’s eldest brother, Walter Dunmore Needham II, Former Lt. Colonel in the US Army, died December 20, 2018 at his home after battling a lengthy illness.  He was buried on January 4, 2019  at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA with full military honors.  

The Rev. Linda Wilkerson's father died on Friday, January 25, 2019.

Rev. Nancy Piggott's father, Bill Wright, died in Needham, MA on Friday, November 2, 2018 at the age of 95.

The Rev. Thomas “Tommy” S. Rogers, III’s (Illinois) father, Tom Rogers, died on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Tom was a financial advisor who could set his own schedule which gave him lots of time to spend with Tommy as he was growing up. It was a gift to have a father who defied gender roles and cherished being the primary caregiver while Tommy’s mom focused on her career. Tom and his beloved wife Betty were married nearly 42 years and supported each other wholeheartedly in their careers and in life. They are a model that Tommy seeks to follow in his marriage to his husband Jason. Tom’s funeral was November 3 in Oklahoma City. Tommy preached and presided at the funeral.

Rev. MaryBeth Hayes’ father died this past week.  John A. Hayes, Jr, 83, from Bloomfield CT, died on October 21, 2018 at home surrounded by MaryBeth, her partner Nan and her mother after a long struggle with multiple medical problems.  A Memorial Service for John will be held at Bloomfield Congregational Church, 10 Wintonbury Ave, Bloomfield CT, on November 17, 2018 at 3 p.m.  


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.