Center for
Cultural Diversity
Clinical Pastoral Education Supervised Ministry
Experience Program
Volunteer Chaplain Association Spiritual Advisory Group

Spiritual and Pastoral Care Department History

  • 1987 - Concept began with Calvin Ross, Ph.D and Emmanuel School of Religion.
  • 1989 - Proposal Approved for Director of Pastoral Care and Department Creation
  • 1991 - Rev. Carl Petering, Director
  • 1992 - CPE Provisional Accreditation for JCMC
  • 1995 - Final Accreditation for JCMC as an accredited Center for Clinical Pastoral Education
  • 2004 - Department expanded to become MSHA Department of Pastoral Care and Center for Cultural Diversity 
  • 2006 - Rev. Larry Easterling became Director for Pastoral Care and the Center for Cultural Diversity
  • 2007 - Therapeutic Music added to the department by Deborah Eller-Nichols
  • 2008 - CPE Residency Program was added to the JCMC Pastoral Care Department.  This is five students for a yearlong contract.
  • 2010 - Department name changed to Spiritual and Pastoral Care to reflect inclusiveness of services
  • 2011 - Rev. Gary Metcalf began tenure as Corporate Director, Spiritual and Pastoral Care
  • 2012 - Therapeutic Music became part of Patient-Centered Care.  With expanding system needs, Doug Fox joined us in a new position as Clinical Systems Chaplain.