Alumni Stories of CPE
Courtney Alvarado '21
Lorrie Aikens MDiv '18
I will always be grateful for the reflective process that lead to my understanding
of how I respond to the pain of others.
- Lorrie Aikens is pastor of the Bath United Methodist Charge
Shawn Gerber MDiv '04
A unique gift of CPE is integrating the behavioral sciences with our theology. It
has been deeply meaningful for me to see the way that God is made known when I am
present to another person, compassionately listen to their story and facilitate how
they find meaning in their journey.
- Shawn Gerber is the director of spiritual care and chaplaincy services at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital and the chaplain manager for the south central region of Indiana University Health.
Phil Kanagy MDiv ‘16
CPE helped me to listen better – to see more, and to pay more attention to what patients
are saying, where they might be trying to lead the conversation, and therefore what
matters to them.
- Phil Kanagy is lead pastor at Weavers Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia
Anne Kaufman Weaver MDiv ’16
Assisting residents and families to find meaning and connection in the final months
and weeks of life is gratifying and healing.
- Anne Kaufman Weaver MDiv ’16 is a chaplain at Landis Homes
Melanie K. Lewis MDiv ‘14
CPE equipped me for the ministry of meeting people where they are in traumatic or
critical situations, and walking with them, supporting them emotionally and spiritually,
and sitting with them in their pain.
- Melanie K. Lewis is lead chaplain for Valley Health System’s six hospitals.
Lisa Meyer Vineyard
I loved coming to class because I was challenged to grow and become a better person.
— not by being beaten over the head but encouraged to look deep within to find the
beauty and grace of God within. I didn’t have to be 100% better, just 2%. I could
- Lisa Meyer Vineyard is a Carilion Clinic chaplain