ACPE Hires Three Area Managers
ACPE News  |  July 6, 2017


ACPE enthusiastically announces the hiring of three new area managers: Katherine Higgins, Steven S. Ivy, and Wayne L. Menking. The three positions were created when the association adopted a new governance structure in the fall of 2016. They will work closely as a team primarily to: liaise with multiple small, large, and complex programs; represent ACPE at functions across designated territories as well as internationally; help establish new programs in under-represented areas; facilitate area educational events in coordination with communities of practice; and facilitate the provision of certification meetings for aspiring educators.

They will meet in Decatur, GA at the national office the week of August 14th for orientation, staff team building, and to further define their roles. During the week’s meeting we expect to clarify their assigned territories. 

At such an important moment in the life of ACPE, we believe we have identified the ideal people to help move the association into the next decade of its work.


Rev. Katherine Higgins

Katherine Higgins is an ACPE Certified Educator and a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). A graduate of Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH and Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY, she is currently pursuing a PhD in Transformative Learning at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Katherine completed her ACPE training in New York City and was certified in 2013. She has worked as an educator at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC. In addition to her work as Associate Director at UNC Hospitals, Katherine is active on the Hospital Ethics Committee and the Critical Incident Stress Management team. She teaches in an innovative year-long program designed to bring reflective and resilient practices to third year medical students at UNC School of Medicine. She has served on certification at the regional level and recently convened the North Carolina cohort of SESs. Prior to her work in pastoral care and education, Katherine worked in congregational ministry. She is a member of the Presbytery of New Hope.

She lives in Chapel Hill, NC with her husband John and daughter Sara Beth, their dog Theo, and a small flock of chickens. She is an avid knitter and quilter and an enthusiastic alto in her church choir.

Rev. Steven S. Ivy, PhD

Steven Ivy has served in a variety of roles in clinical pastoral education, pastoral care, pastoral counseling, and theological education over the course of his 40 year ministry. Most recently, he took early retirement in December 2016 as Senior Vice President for Values, Ethics, Social Responsibility, and Pastoral Services of Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, IN after almost 17 years of service. IU Health was accredited as a system center during his tenure.

Prior posts include Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX; V.A. Medical Center in Nashville, TN; and Highland Baptist Hospital in Louisville, KY. Steve has served as affiliate teaching faculty with five graduate theology schools. He has published research and essays in various professional journals and books, and authored one book. He has served on various not-for-profit agency boards and been active in his church.

Steve is a Baptist clergy (Cooperative Baptist Fellowship). He was certified as a CPE Educator in 1986. He is also a Fellow with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a member of other professional associations related to medical ethics and to counseling.

He is married to Karen who is a music educator. They enjoy their four grandchildren (and their parents). He relaxes through gardening and golf.

Rev. Wayne L. Menking, STD

Wayne Menking is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is certified by the ACPE since 1992. His career has included parish ministry; Associate Director of Pastoral Care at Children’s Medical Center, Dallas, TX; Director of the Ministry Development Center in Arlington, TX; faculty member of Wartburg Theological Seminary serving as director of its extension program with Lutheran Seminary Program of the Southwest; and Director of CPE at Texas Health Resources, Fort Worth, TX.

He received his BA from Capital University, Columbus, OH; MDiv from Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, MN; and a STD from San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Francisco, CA. He also authored the book "When All Else Fails: Rethinking our Pastoral Vocation in Times of Stuck.” 

Wayne is presently the Regional Director of the Southwest Region and the Transitional Regional Director of the South Central Region. Within ACPE, Wayne has served on the Accreditation Commission, the Southwest Region Certification Committee, the ACPE Board of Representatives, and the ACPE Foundation Board of Directors.

He is married to Nancy and they have four children and four grandchildren. They reside in Fort Worth, TX where his hobbies include photography and cooking, along with taking care of their Great White Pyranees, Panda!
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