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CPE faculty

Meet our faculty

Faculty for Fairview’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program have extensive training, certification and experience in the field. They are committed to helping students from a wide range of faith traditions develop their knowledge and capabilities in providing spiritual care to people in various health circumstances and care settings.


The Rev. Michael Doane, CPE, educator and manager, Clinical Pastoral Education Center

Greve_Diane_headshotMichael manages Fairview's CPE program and serves as a CPE faculty member at University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. His former ministry experience includes multiple roles as parish pastor, ACPE Supervisor, Director of Spiritual Care, and Manager of CPE. His secular work includes positions as Executive Director of Palliative Medicine, Chair of Clinical Ethics, and Director of Outpatient Services. Michael is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ (UCC) and is certified by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) as a Supervisor. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MS-HA) from Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas.



The Rev. Jay Hillestad, CPE educator

Hillestad_Jay_headshotJay is a CPE educator at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. He has worked as a chaplain supervisor, palliative care chaplain and chaplain resident at hospitals and nursing homes in Minnesota, Maryland and South Carolina.

Jay is an ACPE-certified Supervisor and is ordained into the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He holds a master’s of divinity degree from Columbia Biblical Seminary in Columbia, S.C., and a bachelor’s degree from Bethel College in St. Paul.





The Rev. Karen Hutt, CPE educator

Karen_Hutt_headshotKaren is a CPE educator at University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. She has worked as a pediatric chaplain, a trauma chaplain and chaplain educator at hospitals in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Karen is an ACPE-certified Supervisor and is ordained into the Unitarian Universalist Association. She holds a master’s of divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School and she did her undergraduate studies at Boston University.





The Rev. Elizabeth BJ Larson, CPE educator

Larson_BJ_headshotBJ is a CPE educator at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville and Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. She also serves as the director of Spiritual Health Services for both facilities. In addition, she is the strategic lead for Spiritual Health Services across Fairview and is the director of Fairview Youth Grief Services.

BJ is an ACPE-certified Supervisor and is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). She served as a parish pastor in the Northwest Wisconsin Synod of the ELCA. She has a master’s of divinity degree from Luther Seminary and a master’s in organizational leadership from St. Catherine University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and religion from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.


The Rev. Sheryl Stowman, CPE educator

Sheryl_Stowman_headshot Sheryl is a CPE educator at University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis. She has worked as a church youth director, assistant pastor, spiritual director and CPE supervisor at churches and CPE centers in the Twin Cities.

Sheryl is an ACPE-certified Supervisor and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She holds a master’s of divinity degree from United Theological Seminary in St. Paul and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She also has completed a spiritual direction training program at the Center for Spiritual Guidance in Minneapolis and is a student of the Ridhwan School, a path for spiritual development.



The Rev. Nancy Ruth Wigdahl, CPE educator

Wigdahl_Nancy_headshot Nancy is a CPE educator at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville. She has been a CPE supervisor with hospital systems in Iowa and Minnesota.

Nancy is an ACPE-certified Supervisor and is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She has served parishes in Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Nancy has a master’s of divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and a master’s in organizational leadership from St. Catherine University. She has a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Stout.



The Rev. Mirjam Berger, CPE educator

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Mirjam is a CPE educator and also serves as the corporate director of spiritual health for the Ebenezer Society. Mirjam is an ACPE-certified supervisor and is ordained in the United Church of Christ (UCC). Her previous ministry experiences include work as a Spanish speaking women’s services chaplain, oncology chaplain, co-pastor, coordinator of community chaplaincy programs, and manager of CPE in Texas. Mirjam is originally from German. As part of her theological studies she spent one year in Chile. Mirjam holds a Master’s of Theology degree from the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.

 
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