Clinical Pastoral Education Faculty
Meet our Pastoral Education faculty members.
Pastoral Care Coordinator
Doug Vardell is a southerner transplanted in Michigan, ordained in the American Baptist Churches USA. He earned a Th.M. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. He pastored a local congregation for 5 years, completed a CPE residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and was Board Certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains in 2000. In 2008 he began training at Bronson as a CPE Supervisory Education Student. In 2012 he was hired by Bronson as Pastoral Care Coordinator / Clinical Educator, and in 2015 was certified by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education as an ACPE Certified Educator.
“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.”
Pastoral Education Coordinator
Elaine Forrest has been a chaplain and ACPE Certified Educator for nearly 25 years. She has held positions in medical centers and mental health facilities in Cleveland, Ohio; Portland, Ore.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; and 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 spent a January term at the Jungian Institute in Switzerland. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). When not supervising students, Elaine enjoys travelling, reading and listening to classical music.