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So You Want to Be a Chaplain/Counselor?

“So You Want to Be a Chaplain/Counselor” is a new audio story series from CBF Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a chaplain or pastoral counselor? What training is needed? What is a typical day like? What do chaplains & counselors find fulfilling in their ministry? Hearing someone else’s journey may aid you in your own discernment about pursuing pastoral counseling or chaplaincy ministry.

Now you can listen on SoundCloud to “CBF Stories” to hear from CBF endorsed chaplains & counselors about their perspectives on this specialized ministry.

Those featured in the So You Want to be a Chaplain/Counselor series include:

C.H. “Skip” Wisenbaker is a staff chaplain at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He has many years of chaplaincy experience in a variety of settings. Skip is a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains. He holds the M.Div degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and he has completed 8 Units of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Daniel A. Shadix served as a chaplain with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs for 16 years. He retired in 2017 as Director of Chaplaincy Services for the VA Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. Daniel received his M.Div degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and he has a Doctor of Ministry from Drew University.

Rev. David Johnson is currently serving as Pastor of Overland Baptist Church in St.Louis, MO. He has also served as a Hospital Chaplain. David serves on the CBF Council on Endorsement.

Joanna Tarr is a Certified Pastoral Education Candidate at St. Luke’s Healthcare in Kansas City, MO. She is also a Chaplain in the U.S. Navy Reserve holding the rank of Commander. Joanna did her theological studies at Baptist Theological Seminary of Richmond where she received the M.Div. She also completed 4 Units of Clinical Pastoral Education prior to beginning her training as a Certified Pastoral Educator.

Kelley Woggon is Director of Pastoral Care for Norton Healthcare in Louisville, KY. Kelley earned the M.Div degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and she has completed 4 Units of Clinical Pastoral Education. She is a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Robert L. Cooke is a Pastoral Counselor with Triangle Pastoral Counseling in Raleigh, NC. He is also a member of the N.C. Board of Fee Based Practicing Pastoral Counselors. Robert received his M. Div from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a D.Min from Columbia Theological Seminary. He has 6 Units of Clinical Pastoral Education and he received 3 years of supervision through the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia.

To ensure the privacy of her parishioners this chaplain felt it prudent to remain Anonymous. She works as a Correctional Chaplain with youth and young adults in a State facility. She is a graduate of Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She has completed 3 Units of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Stephanie McLeskey is University Chaplain at Mars Hill University in N.C. She holds both her B.A. and M.Div from Emory University. Prior to serving at Mars Hill she was a part time campus minister at the University of Georgia.

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