The Rev. Dr. Beth Faulk Glover is an Episcopal Priest and serves as the Corporate Director of Pastoral Care & Education for NewYork-Presbyterian, the University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell. NYP includes five campuses: Columbia University Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medical Center, the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, the Allen Hospital and the Payne Whitney Psychiatric Hospital, Westchester Division, and has approximately 2,400 beds. There is one unified department of Pastoral Care & Education across the five campuses with a total of 24 staff and an extensive CPE program with residents, interns and supervisory education students.
Rev. Glover is certified as a supervisor by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. She has worked at several major hospitals in New York City and in the inner city and suburbs of northern New Jersey. The Rev. Glover is canonically resident in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.
Originally from Virginia, Rev. Glover attended The College of William and Mary, ('88) then moved to New York City to attend Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York ('91). She received her Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Pastoral Supervision from the New York Theological Seminary in 2007 and her Master of Sacred Theology in Christian Spirituality (S.T.M.) from the General Theological Seminary in 2008. She has also done extensive training in Modern Group Psychoanalysis and in Family Systems Theory with Rabbi Edwin Friedman and Monica McGoldrick. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Religious Education at Fordham University in New York City, where she is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (the only all disciple honor society).
Chaplain Leslie Kirzner is Manager of Pastoral Care at NYP/Columbia. Her education includes studies at Franklin & Marshall College and Caldwell University, where she earned a B.A. in English; studies at the Academy for Jewish Religion, New York and the Institute for Traditional Judaism at Teaneck, NJ in Talmud/Torah. She completed NYP’s management training program Building Tomorrow's Leadership. She is Staff Advisor for the Patient and Family Advisory Council, and a member of the Advance Team for Survey Rounding. In the area of complementary medicine, she is certified in the Isabell Gatto Method (IGM) of Intentional Wellness, therapeutic acupressure and Reiki.
The Reverend Dr. R. Kevin Johnson is Administrative Chaplain and serves as worship coordinator and CPE Co-Registrar. He is an ordained Baptist minister who is active as a freelance author. Presently, he is researching intersections between Christian worship and pastoral care.
Joel Nightingale Berning is a chaplain at NYP/Columbia University Medical Center. His undergraduate degree is from Pomona College, and his M.Div. is from Union Theological Seminary.
Joel's research focuses on the spiritual care of patients on mechanical ventilation.
Fr. Melchor Ferrer has been a chaplain and Catholic Priest at NYP/CUMC for ten years. He is board certified by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. Ordained a priest in 1974 in Manila, Fr. Ferrer attended the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. He was a financial administrator of various schools in the Silesian congregation in Manila until he moved to the United States in 1999.
Seigan Ed Glassing is a Zen Buddhist monk, chaplain at NYP/Columbia and for the Palliative Care team. He also works on the psychiatric unit, where he leads several weekly meditation and spirituality groups; he also leads several support groups throughout the hospital. He initiated three weekly meditation groups at NYP open to all on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:30 PM to 1PM at the Milstein Chapel 5th floor. Seigan has been practicing Zen since 1985 both in America and Japan. He studied art at Pratt Institute, paints on his own time and brings his art background into his work.
Chaplain Linda S. Golding earned her Masters in Jewish Studies and the Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the Jewish Theological Seminary (NYC) and is a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains. Following a substantial career working with classical music composers and performers at the New York City Opera, Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. and The Reservoir, Golding changed paths in order to integrate her increasing spiritual inclinations with work. Golding serves as chaplain at NYP/Columbia University Medical Center and Coordinator of Pastoral Services at Milstein Hospital. She is the chaplain member of the hospital’s Ethics Committee and Organ Donor Council; leads didactics on Ambiguous Loss, Spiritual Pain, and Pastoral Care to Non-Responsive Patients; serves as a preceptor for medical student clerkships; runs Reflection Rounds with nurses and a Wellness Group for Neurology Residents. Her research interests include the impact of spirituality on patients with chronic pain; the use of text as pastoral intervention; caregiver compassion fatigue; and the intersection of pastoral and medical bioethics. She is an adjunct professor in the Bioethics program at Columbia University where she teaches PASTORAL CARE AND ETHICS. Publications include “The Evolving Role of Hospital Chaplains at the End of Life” co-authored with The Reverend Martha R. Jacobs in OUR CHANGING JOURNEY TO THE END (Praeger/ABC-CLIO 2014); “Derech l’Shalom: A Path to Peace.” (PlainViews 2015), and “A transdisciplinary group on pain and spirituality: A model.” (PlainViews 2015) and book reviews for APC Forum.
Fr. Jean-Ridly Julien is a chaplain at NYP/Columbia and Roman Catholic priest. He is from Haiti; after his ordination, he was appointed the spiritual leader of his community and Executive Director of the Haitian-American Community Center which he founded. Fr. Ridly also founded the Anne Clemande Julien Foundation/Haiti School and orphanage in 2002 helping unprivileged children and orphans to have a good education. His education includes a M.Th. from the Dominican College University of Ottawa-Canada, and a Bachelor-equivalent in Philosophy and Theology. Fr. Ridly is a board certified chaplain, National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) and also serves as a member of the Board’s Interview team. He joined NYP/Columbia in November 2013, and is very happy to be an interfaith priest chaplain serving patients, families and staff. His interests and other certifications are in education, pastoral administration, leadership and travel agency.
Rabbi Ralph Kreger is a chaplain at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, and is board certified.
He was ordained at Mirrer Yeshiva Rabbinical Seminary in Brooklyn, New York. His interests include Jewish medical ethics.
Sargeant Reynolds Community College, earned a B.A. from Wells College, and M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary. His specialization is in pastoral care by creative arts and volunteer chaplaincy training. He is an ordained Baptist minister and pastor of Anointed Grace Ministries. His pastoral emphasis includes cardiac, emergency department, pediatric care and general medicine.
Fr. Clement is a chaplain and Catholic priest from Nigeria. Ordained in 1996, he has worked in many pastoral institutions within and outside Nigeria. He earned a B.Phil in 1989, and a B.Th. from Bigard Memorial Seminary Enugu, Nigeria, Magna Cum Laude. In the United States, he earned Masters in Systematic Theology and Ed. Admin. and Supervision from St. John’s University, New York. Rev. Clement is a board certified chaplain National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) and is a serving member of the board’s interview team. He joined NYP/Columbia in 2014 as priest chaplain, and feels highly privileged and happy to be part of the pastoral care team of NYP. His hobbies include reading, listening to news, playing table tennis, soccer, traveling and caring for the sick.
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