Clinical Pastoral Education Faculty

Meet our Pastoral Education faculty members. 
Doug Vardell
Pastoral Care Coordinator  
(269) 341-7526

Doug Vardell is a southerner transplanted in Michigan, ordained in the American Baptist Churches USA. His degrees are from Bob Jones University in South Carolina, and Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He was Board Certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains in 2000, and has pastored a local congregation for 5 years and served as a hospital chaplain for 14 years. In 2008 he became the department’s Supervisory Education Student, and was certified as an ACPE Supervisory Candidate in 2010.

“CPE is life-giving to me. I find the mixture of clinical education, theological reflection, and multicultural diversity invigorating. Persons called to pastoral care come together in a temporary family, challenging them in all the ways the diverse Family of God can. Learning to live within that family, and love through that family, prepares us to offer spiritual support that refreshes like “rivers of living water.”




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