Clinical Pastoral Education Faculty

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Clinical Pastoral Education Faculty

Meet our Pastoral Education faculty members.


Doug Vardell

Doug Vardell

Pastoral Care Coordinator
(269) 341-7526
vardelld@bronsonhg.org

Doug Vardell is ordained by the American Baptist Churches USA. He was graduated from Bob Jones University and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1990), then taught at Pillsbury College and pastored a Baptist church in Minnesota. He completed his CPE residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and is board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains. He served as a full-time hospital chaplain in Racine, Wisconsin and here in Kalamazoo. Doug became a Supervisory Education Student here at Bronson in 2008 and was certified by the ACPE as an Associate Supervisor in 2013. In 2012 he was hired by Bronson as Pastoral Care Coordinator / Clinical Educator. In 2015 he was certified as a Full Supervisor.


Elaine Forrest

Elaine Forrest

Pastoral Education Coordinator
(269) 341-6341
forreste@bronsonhg.org

Elaine Forrest has been a chaplain and ACPE certified CPE Educator for nearly 30 years. She has held positions in medical centers and mental health facilities in Cleveland, OH, Portland, OR, Colorado Springs, CO, as well as several other places. She is single and a mother and grandmother. Elaine holds a M.R.E. degree from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI and a Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. She also did post graduate studies at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Elaine enjoys travelling and has studied at the Jungian Institute in Zurich, Switzerland and spent a summer in Rome, Italy, studying Christ through art and architecture. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Elaine has completed Level 1 training at the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institution in Broomfield, CO. She most recently completed a 60-hour certification course from The Embody Lab on the topic of Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy. When not supervising students, Elaine enjoys reading, and listening to classical music.

Chris Fankhauser

Chaplain Certified Educator Candidate
(269) 341-6026
fankhach@bronsonhg.org

Chris Fankhauser is an ordained ngakpa in the Bhumisparsha Sangha. He has engaged in intensive study and practice of the Dharma, specifically the Kagyu, Zhije, Chöd, and Nyingma lineages of Vajrayana Buddhism. Chris engaged in 22 months of cloistered Dharma practice, as well as 12 years of dedicated lay Dharma practice. He completed 6 units of CPE here at Bronson and was accepted into the Certified Educator Candidate program in 2021. Along with participating in student units alongside current educators, Chris presents didactic seminars on Buddhism, Internal Family Systems, Somatic Therapy, and Christian Privilege. Chris recently completed a 60-hour certification course from The Embody Lab on the topic of Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy.

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