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.