Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) (Decatur, GA)


  • Name:Dr. Trace Haythorn
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)
  • Address:1549 Clairmont Rd. NE
    Suite 103
    Decatur, GA 30033
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:4043201472

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  • Mission:
  • Advancing exceptional experience-based theological education and professional practice to heal a hurting world.

  • Overview:
  • The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE) is a multicultural, multifaith organization devoted to providing education and improving the quality of ministry and pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers of all faiths through the clinical educational methods of Clinical Pastoral Education.

    Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) began in 1925 as a form of theological education that takes place not exclusively in academic classrooms, but also in clinical settings where ministry is being practiced. CPE is offered in many kinds of settings: in hospitals and health care including university, children's, and veterans' facilities; in hospices; in psychiatric and community care facilities; in workplace settings; in geriatric and rehabilitation centers; and in congregational and parish-based settings. The textbooks for CPE include in-depth study of "the living human documents." By "living human documents," we mean both the people who receive care as well as a study of ourselves, the givers of care. Through the practice of ministry and the reflection thereon with supervisor and peers, the experiential learning that is CPE takes place.

    Among the 2,600 members that make up the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education are almost 450 ACPE Accredited CPE Centers and about 600 ACPE certified faculty members (called CPE Supervisors). There are 113 Theological Schools Members and 23 Faith Groups and Agencies who are partners with ACPE in seeking to provide excellence in theological education. Other groups of ACPE members are Clinical Members (over 500), students, individuals, Retired Supervisors, retired members, and ACPE Networks.

    Since ACPE formed in 1967 (as a merger of four CPE organizations), nearly 150,000 units of CPE have been offered to about 65,000 individuals from the United States and many other countries internationally. Approximately 8,500 units of CPE are now completed annually. CPE students come from many different ethnic and cultural groups. Individuals from many faith traditions -- Protestant, Roman Catholic, Judaism, Islam, Orthodox Christian, Native American religions , Buddhism and Humanist -- have taken CPE.

    The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. is nationally recognized as an accrediting agency in the field of clinical pastoral education by the U.S. Secretary of Education through the U.S. Department of Education.

  • History:
  • In 1925, Anton Boisen invited four students, to spend the summer of 1925 with him at the hospital. For Boisen, crisis periods in life have creative possibilities. He associated crisis with religious “quickening.” He writes, “In times of crisis, when the person's fate is hanging in the balance, we are likely to think and feel intensely regarding the things that matter most.” Amidst such circumstances new ideas flash into the mind so vividly that they seem to come from an outside source. They are moments bringing forth change either for better or for worse. By studying what Boisen called the "living human document," students could gain a richer and deeper understanding of what it means to care for people in crisis.

    One of the four, Helen Flanders Dunbar, subsequently a pioneer in the field of psychosomatic medicine, came as a research assistant. Dr. Flanders Dunbar later became the Medical Director of the organization of clinical programs called the Council for Clinical Pastoral Training of Theological Students in New York City. Three other groups emerged through the years that also made CPE the center of their work: the Institute for Pastoral Care, the Lutheran Advisory Council and the Southern Baptist Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.

    In 1967, these four groups merged to become the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Our national headquarters have been located in Decatur, GA since 1984.

    Our programs are located in 46 states across the US. We also have international partnerships with several countries and expect to develop more in coming years. As the only professional training program for chaplaincy recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, we are the primary training program for all Veterans Affairs (V.A.) medical facilities throughout the world.

  • Year established:1967
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:17
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:11

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:

    President David C. Johnson 2015
    Secretary Rhonda Gilligan Gillespie 2014 (1)
    Treasurer H. Douglas Watson 2014 (2)

    Northeast Region Kathleen Gallivan 2014 (1)
    Eastern Region David Fleenor 2014 (1)
    Mid-Atlantic Region Donald Ledbetter 2014 (1)
    Southeast Region Amanda Jones 2015 (1)
    East Central Region Theodore Hodge 2015 (1)
    North Central Region Shawn Mai 2015 (1)
    South Central Region Sheila Hammond 2016 (1)
    Southwest Region Melissa Walker-Luckett 2016 (1)
    Pacific Region Earl Cooper 2016 (1)
    Practitioner Dianna Cox 2016 (1)
    Racial Ethnic Network Bridget Piggue 2016 (1)
    Educational Institution Tapiwa Mucherera 2014 (1)
    Religious Endorsers Carl Yusavitz 2015 (1)
    FCPE Greg Stoddard 2014 (2)

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Trace Haythorn, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Marc Medwed, Program Manager
    Terry Izaguirre, Business Manager
    John Roch, Communications Specialist
    Tonya Beasley, Accounting Specialist
    Clark Goss, Communications Coordinator
    Tobey Willis, Membership Coordinator
    Kimberly Yates, Accreditation Coordinator
    Sheilah Hawk, Certification Coordinator
    Joan Harris, Receptionist
    (Open), Development Manager


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:58-1921094

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:581921094
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% RUSSELL H DAVIS
  • Organization Address:1 W COURT SQ STE 325
  • Organization City:DECATUR
  • Organization State:GA
  • Organization Zip:30030-2576
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 1991
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):029, 149
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other religious activities, Other instruction and training
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:P60B
  • Asset Amount:$4,338,206
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$3,706,392
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$3,545,215
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 9:35:46 pm

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