Dr. Dallas E. Speight, Executive Director - an ordained Southern Baptist minister, he is a certified chaplain, CPE Supervisor, Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Approved Supervisor Florida for LMHC and MFT, a licensed professional counselor (TN) and a licensed mental health counselor (FL). Throughout a ministry career which has spanned more than forty years, he has served as pastor, interim pastor, Director of Pastoral Services for Baptist Healthcare, Pensacola, Florida, and a military chaplain, where he retired from the U.S. Army as a Chaplain (Colonel) after serving 30 years. His education included: Bachelor of Arts, Bob Jones University, Master of Divinity, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Master of Science in Counseling degree and Human Development, Troy State University, Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling , Colombia Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology, Argosy University. He and his wife, Sheila, have two children and seven grandchildren.
Dr. Rich Behers, Secretary/Treasurer-Rich Behers, DMin, BCC, CFHPC is the Spiritual Care Program Manager with Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care. He is credentialed as a Board Certified Chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains and a Clinical Fellow in Hospice and Palliative Care by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. He leads a team of 20 Chaplains in the 7 county service areas for Cornerstone Hospice. Dr. Behers is the author of Spiritual Care for People Living with Dementia using Multisensory Interventions (Jessica Kingsley Publishers). Also, he authored these pastoral care resources: Toward Excellence in Pastoral Care; Algorithms for Spiritual Care and The Users’ Guide; Spiritual Care According to Disease Process; How to Write Clinically.
Dr. Phil Conner, Associate Credentialing Chair- an ordained Southern Baptist minister has been a professor at Gateway Seminary since 2009. Prior to that he completed 22 years as a United States Army Chaplain. His pastoral experience included ministries in Kentucky, Alaska, and Florida. He completed a CPE residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, and served at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI, 121st Army Hospital, Yongsan, Korea, and Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, GA. Additionally, he served with the Army Medical Command Center and School and the Army Medical Command, Fort Sam Houston, TX. His Doctor of Ministry project documented the development of a Chaplain training course in Addiction Ministry. His Doctor of Education dissertation addressed the correlation of complex reasoning and resilience among combat veteran chaplains. He has led CPE groups for DMin students, Masters students, and a group in ministry. His family includes his wife, Dee, 2 adult children, and 4 grandchildren.
Rev. Al Henager, Credentialing Chair, is an ordained Presbyterian minister, healthcare chaplain, and clinical pastoral education (CPE) supervisor. He has served as pastor or associate pastor in churches throughout Arkansas and Texas and served in healthcare chaplaincy for over twenty-five years. Al is a certified clinical chaplain and pastoral counselor. He is also a certified chaplain specialist in hospice and palliative care, as well as a certified CPE supervisor and CPE training supervisor. He currently serves as the Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor for chaplain education at the University of Kansas Health System. He and his wife Katy live in Lenexa, Kansas, with their puggle Annabelle. They have five children, ten grandchildren, and one great-grandchild on the way.
Dr. C.J. Malone, Accreditation Chair, CJ is Executive Director and CPE Supervisor at the Merchab Institute and Director of Pastoral Care at Northwest Health System in Springdale, Arkansas for the past 19 years. He is a graduate of Calvin College and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. CJ contracts with several entities seeking accredited CPE (traditional and online) and Supervisors In Training. CJ is the founder of Corporate Interfaith Chaplains (cichaplains.org) and has trained chaplains who serve in the Military, Tyson Foods, Simmons Foods, Cobb-Vantress, Colleges, Juvenile Justice Systems, Hospice Organizations, y Healthcare systems and many other settings. CJ has authored books on Corporate Healthcare Chaplaincy and Process Education available at Amazon.com. CJ and Donise, his wife, live in Pineville, Missouri. Together they have nine children, eighteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Dr. Larry Mitchell, Standards Chair, Larry Mitchell is an ordained Baptist minister, chaplain, and a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor. He has served a number of churches as pastor. The most recent was the Buckner Baptist Church of Fayetteville, Arkansas where he pastored for 28 years. He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy. He completed his basic and advanced CPE through the Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City. His education as a CPE Supervisor was completed through the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is board certified as a chaplain, pastoral counselor, and clinical pastoral education supervisor. He is also certified in hospice and palliative care chaplaincy. His work in chaplaincy began in 1985 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His ministry at Washington Regional involved the development and implementation of an accredited CPE program. He served for a number of years at WRMC as Director of Pastoral Care and Clinical Pastoral Education. He and his wife, Mary, live in Fayetteville, Arkansas and have three sons and six grandchildren.
Dr. Kay Myers, Accreditation Associate Chair, is an ordained minister, Presbyterian Church (USA). She is a certified Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor and holds specialized training in Marriage and Family Therapy. Beyond the Master of Divinity, she holds a Masters degree in Family Studies (Marriage and Family Therapy) and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, both from the University of Kentucky. She is a Diplomate of the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, Inc., both as a CPE Supervisor and Pastoral Psychotherapist; a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists; and, a Board Certified Chaplain of the Association of Professional Chaplains. Her career includes 36 years as a hospital chaplain, 20 years as a Director of Pastoral Care Departments, serving 6 parishes as pastor and, 15 years in private practice as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
.Dr. Ed Outlaw, Credentialing Committee, a United Methodist minister is also a certified CPE Supervisor and clinical chaplain with a specialization in mental health. He has served in a variety of roles throughout his long career: pastoral psychotherapist, and marriage and family therapist, licensed in Kansas before retirement and a military chaplain retiring from the Army as a Chaplain (Colonel). Ed lives in Olathe, Kansas with his wife, Kathy. They share a son and grandson; he also has three other children who have provided him with eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He holds educational degrees from Arkansas A and M College (presently University of Arkansas at Monticello), Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL from which he received a Doctor of Ministry degree
Rev. Scott A. Fleming, Communications Director– Scott is an ordained minister with significant experience in clinical chaplaincy and parish ministry. He is a Board Certified Chaplain, pastoral counselor, clinical fellow in hospice and palliative care, and a fellow in thanatology specializing in traumatic grief. He currently serves as a Spiritual Care Manager and resident clinical ethicist with Orlando Health, a major hospital system in the Central Florida area. Scott also serves as a professor for multiple institutions teaching pastoral care / counseling, ethics, and Christian education courses. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from The Baptist College of Florida, Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and is a Doctor of Ministry candidate in Pastoral Care and Counseling at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Scott is happily married to Melanie, a registered nurse, and proud father to Abigail Grace Fleming.
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