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Joel has been providing spiritual care in various capacities and contexts, including long-term care and pediatric medicine, since 2007. Joel is currently serving as the Manager of Spiritual Care and Pastoral Education for the North Region of Allina Health. He has a Ph.D. in Pastoral Care and Counseling and Master of Divinity with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy . His research focuses on the intersection between spirituality and grief. These experiences have equipped him well as a chaplain. In times of unrest, he seeks to partner with patients and families in order to co-create narratives of strength, hope, and peace.
Ken is a full-time chaplain at Abbott Northwestern Hospital having worked there since 2011. Ken holds a Master of Divinity degree in cross-cultural ministry and is certified through the Association of Professional Chaplains. He also works as an on-call chaplain at Children's Hospitals of Minnesota. Ken teaches a weekly Wellness Class at Abbott in the cardiology unit and conducts bi-monthly Wisdom Legacy Circle sessions at The Waters on 50th Senior Living Community. He has served 25+ years as a pastor in churches in Philadelphia, PA, Upstate NY, New Hope, MN and Northfield, MN. He has suffered through the sudden death of his wife in 1999 and teaches grief recovery from his own experience and through the incorporation of helpful related materials.
Mark is a board certified Clinical Pastoral Educator, hospital chaplain and ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He received his master of divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary while he trained as a chaplain at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Mark is strongly rooted in a holistic philosophy of health and believes that attending to the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of our being can enhance the quality of our lives. He loves to be part of others transformational learning and growth.
David wants to live in a world where peace exists for everyone, where donuts and ice cream burn calories, and where kids do their chores without giving excuses or complaining. As a chaplain with ten years of clinical work, he has previous experience at Regions Hospital and North Memorial, and joined Abbott last year after leaving a staff position in Grand Forks. It was in Grand Forks that he received numerous invitations to speak at local businesses, public health meetings, and regional health care conferences on matters of diversity and self-care. When he's not at work, he�s fixing up meals or his house for his wife, dog, and two teenage sons, enjoying the creativity of the Marvel and DC universes, or looking for a quiet place to read or draw. David is a Twin City native who is thrilled to be back home where his extended family still lives. He and his family live near Lake Nokomis.
Verlyn is Director of the Allina Health Metro Hospitals Spiritual Care and Pastoral Education Department and is a CPE Supervisor at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. His undergraduate degree is in psychology from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. He has an M. Div. and a D.Min. from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. He has been a congregational minister for 20 years and has worked for Allina Health since 1997 as a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor and as the director of the department since 2012. He has been married to his wife Kay for 42 years. Together they have a son and a daughter (both married and each with a son and a daughter). In his down time, Verlyn enjoys sports, folk music, movies, and riding his 1999 Harley Davidson Springer.