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Oakwood University Partners with Huntsville Hospital and AdventHealth for Chaplaincy Training Program


The School of Religion at Oakwood University recently announced that it has partnered with Huntsville Hospital on the local level, and AdventHealth on the national level, to begin a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program. 

Through this dynamic partnership, Oakwood University will be providing classroom training and clinical learning opportunities in conjunction with the spiritual care team of Huntsville Hospital for pastors interested in earning their CPE. After 400 hours of training, 100 in the classroom and 300 in the field, students will be prepared to serve people from all faith traditions in a variety of venues. 

“As a former community Chaplain, I was blessed to serve women and men in their deepest valleys. In our city, and in our nation, the need for spiritual care and support is undeniable. In higher education, corporations, professional athletics, hospitals, criminal detention centers, the military and across all populations, people are dealing with great difficulties. Chaplains are trained to help persons navigate challenging and stressful circumstances,” commented Oakwood University President Dr. Leslie Pollard. “Along with the support of our partners we will equip students to fill this great need,” he continued. 

“Huntsville Hospital has provided full time chaplaincy services for our patients and staff for more than four decades. We’re very pleased that we can work with Oakwood University and AdventHealth in the training of more certified chaplains for organizations across this state and nation,” said David Spillers, CEO of Huntsville Hospital Health System. 

In the first stage of implementing the CPE program at Oakwood working toward its own accredited program, AdventHealth is lending its accreditation to establishing this new program. “We are happy to begin to receive applications from potential students and look forward to a meaningful relationship of learning and community service together,” said Ramona Reynolds, BCC, ACPE Educator, the Executive Director, Ministry Education and Research at AdventHealth Orlando, Institute for Ministry Education and Research at AdventHealth University. 

To learn more about this new CPE program, or to apply, please visit:


This article originally appeared on the Oakwood University e-newsletter Inside Oakwood.

Photo courtesy of the Oakwood University.


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