8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Please follow these visiting hours. Some units have limited visiting times and they will be posted.
The hospital chapel is open 24 hours a day. It is located on 2 South adjacent to the visitor elevators.
Carilion Clinic does not require identification badges for clergy or religious leaders.
Please observe and follow all isolation room requests. These rooms will be designated by signage on the door and the appropriate protection will be available. Ask hospital personnel for assistance if needed.
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is a 400-hour training program for professional clergy and laypersons to learn about ministry. The CPE curriculum provides the student the opportunity to deeper their pastoral identity, explore and solidify their theological paradigms and integrate the behavioral sciences. The unique clinical method of action-reflection-action offers the opportunity for adult learning. Students are offered a rich curriculum that is geared toward achieving the Objectives and Outcomes of ACPE. This curriculum utilizes a number of elements that encourage self-reflection, as well as the development of theoretical foundations and skills for the work of chaplaincy.
Providing excellent patient care is the foremost priority of the Carilion Medical Center’s Department of Chaplaincy Services and CPE. Chaplains (students, staff and certified educators) are providers of chaplaincy services and members of the health care team. This experience offers interprofessional opportunities for learning about the uniqueness and the commonality of the care provided. Our intrinsic concern for patient care provides the context for the development of personal and professional identity and enhanced professional competence as ministers. It is to these important pedagogical objectives that this curriculum is addressed.
The CPE curriculum is enhanced and supported by the Carilion Clinic’s five core values, which are:
- Collaboration: Working together with purpose to achieve shared goals.
- Courage: Doing what’s right for our patients without question.
- Commitment: Unwavering in our quest for exceptional quality and service.
- Compassion: Putting heart into everything we do.
- Curiosity: Fostering creativity and innovation in our pursuit of excellence.
visit ACPE.edu for a detailed description of the CPE educational philosophy and curriculum design.
Department Director and CPE Certified Educator
Richard B. Brown, D.Min., B.C.C., A.C.P.E.
ACPE Certified Educator
Director of Chaplaincy Services and Clinical Pastoral Education, Carilion Medical Center, Roanoke Virginia
Assistant professor, Interprofessional Education, Radford University Carilion (formerly Jefferson College of Health Sciences)
Assistant professor, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
B.A., Religion, Averett College
M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
D.Min., Erskine Theological Seminary
Professional Affiliations, Advanced Training and Committees
Board-certified chaplain, Association of Professional Chaplains
Certified educator, Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
Member and consultant of the Carilion Medical Center Ethics Committee
Persons are admitted to Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programs at Carilion Medical Center regardless of race, gender, age, faith group, national origin, sexual orientation or physical disability. Equal access to educational programs is extended to all qualified persons. Diversity in our educational programs is highly valued.
All persons accepted into CPE programs shall be able, with reasonable accommodation, to physically perform the responsibilities described in the Program Manual for the CPE programs.
Persons in CPE need to sustain sufficient physical and emotional health to deliver chaplaincy services. Each person must demonstrate the capacity to consistently establish and maintain relationships at significant levels and be open to learning, change and growth. Each person must demonstrate a capacity to tolerate some ambiguity, which is a normal part of institutional culture.
The minimum educational requirement for Level I CPE at this center is a high school diploma and reference by their local religious body. A bachelor’s degree is preferable. For Level II CPE, a master's of divinity or equivalent is expected. Ordination or participation in an ordination process is preferable.
If you are interested in applying for the program, these forms and documents will help get you started.
Carilion Medical Center's CPE programs are accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
One West Court Square, Suite 325
Decatur, GA 30030
Level I and Level II programs are the designations by ACPE that are connected with the students learning objectives and outcomes.
In Level I CPE, the curricula design and primary educational tools enable students to look inwardly to support, discover and ground who they are as persons. Level I curricula, supervision and didactic presentations provide the opportunity to gain insight and reflection on who they are as persons as related to pastoral formation, pastoral competence and pastoral reflection.
The Level II curriculum builds on Level I outcomes of learning about oneself to being able to use oneself in ministry. Level II CPE utilizes the core competencies of pastoral formation, pastoral competence and pastoral reflection and expects students to demonstrate consistently deeper theoretic skills and reflection while integrating the combination of behavioral science, multiple theological paradigms and personal reflections in encounter and post-encounter self-evaluations.
Extended units are part-time programs that meet for two days a week. Extended units meet October - March.
What is the difference between an internship and a residency?
An internship completes one unit of CPE over a given period of time, with a commitment of two days per week. A residency is a year-long commitment, providing regular, full-time chaplaincy responsibilities while acquiring three units of CPE. At this time Carilion is not offering Residency.
Do I have to have a seminary degree to take CPE?
The minimum educational requirement for Level I CPE at this center is a high school diploma and reference by their local religious body. A bachelor’s degree is preferable. For Level II CPE, a master’s of divinity or equivalent is expected. Ordination or participation in an ordination process is preferable
Can I get academic credit for CPE?
Academic credit is not offered by the Carilion Medical Center. However, if you are currently enrolled at an institution of higher learning, they may offer credit to you at the conclusion of the CPE experience. You will have to contact them directly for this information.
How many hours does CPE require each week?
The extended program requires 2 days per week and an overnight on-call, thus allowing many students to take CPE while fulfilling responsibilities of employment.
What does it cost?
Interns have a $700 tuition charge and a $50 application processing fee. Residents have a $100 processing fee and no tuition charge. Both interns and residents will have an additional $100 fee for a criminal background check and a drug screen, which must be complete for admittance into the program.
Do residents and interns get paid? What about housing?
Residents get a yearly stipend and medical benefits. There is no stipend for interns. Housing is not provided for residents or interns.
Does submitting an application qualify me for an interview?
No. Your completed application must first be reviewed. You will be contacted if you are a candidate for an interview.
The Clinical Pastoral Education Scholarship shall provide financial assistance of up to $1,000 to a Pastoral Education student at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital who demonstrates financial need. Funds from the scholarship may support CPE tuition; required background checks and drug testing; and required textbooks. This scholarship is made possible by generous donations to the Carilion Clinic Foundation.
- Be accepted into CPE program at Carilion (the scholarship recipient will not be notified until acceptance in the program is confirmed)
- Demonstrate a financial need
- Have permanent residence within 50 miles of a Carilion hospital for a minimum of 2 years
- Demonstrate a commitment to serve in lay, licensed or ordained ministry within 50 miles of a Carilion hospital.
- Submit a copy of the most recent tax return.
- Complete the unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. If recipient withdraws or is dismissed from the unit, the recipient must reimburse the Foundation for the full scholarship amount plus an administrative fee of $100 within 90 days of withdrawal from the program.
- Sign an agreement with the Foundation regarding the terms of scholarship and the responsibility for those terms.
All application materials must be received by the Carilion Clinic Foundation on or before August 1 at 4:30 p.m.
Department Director and CPE Certified Educator
Richard B. Brown, D.Min., BCC, ACPE ACPE Certified Educator
Director of Chaplaincy Services and Clinical Pastoral Education, Carilion Medical Center, Roanoke, Virginia Assistant professor, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
B.A., Religion, Averett College M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary D.Min., Erskine Theological Seminary
Professional Affiliations, Advanced Training and Committees
Board-certified chaplain, Association of Professional Chaplains Certified educator, Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. Member and consultant of the Carilion Medical Center Ethics Committee
Senior Vice President
Nathaniel L. Bishop, D.Min. Senior Vice President, Chaplaincy Services Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Lisa Vineyard, M.Div., BCC A.A., Belleville Area College B.A., Southern Illinois University M.Div., Eden Theological Seminary Reiki, Level I and II Certification
Cindy Meadows, M.Div., BCC B.A., Gardner-Webb University, Religious Education M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Keith Little, M.Div., BCC B.S., North Carolina State University M.Div., Campbell University Divinity School
James Bunch, M.Div., BCC A.A., Craven Community College B.S., Mount Olive College M.Div., Wake Forest University School of Divinity
Andrew Tressler, M.Div., BCC B.A., Liberty University M.Div., Liberty University School of Divinity
Jacque Green, M.Div. B.S., Liberty University M.Div., Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond M.S., Virginia Commonwealth University
Loresa Heyward, M.Div. B.A., Gardner-Webb University M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Leah Ryan, M.Div. B.A., Maryville College M.Div., Liberty University School of Divinity
Robin Williamson, M.Div., BCC Carilion New River Valley Hospital Chaplaincy Program Manager B.S., Radford University M.Div., Columbia Theological Seminary
Connecting with Chaplaincy Service
Carilion Medical Center is staffed 24/7 for emergent chaplaincy needs and consultations.
Each staff chaplain is responsible for coordinating and providing care for the service lines to which they are assigned. In addition, after hours, the hospital is supported by a variety of part-time chaplains and students in the CPE programs of the Carilion Medical Center.
For emergent needs, contact the chaplain on service by calling 540-981-7000 and asking for the chaplain to be paged.
Non-emergent and non-patient-related requests can be left on the Chaplaincy Services business number at 540-981-7255.