When to call a Chaplain
TMH chaplains are clinical healthcare professionals who bring all the resources of spiritual care to support the spiritual and emotional well-being of our patients, their families and friends, so that they may better cope with the challenges of a hospital stay. Chaplains are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide spiritual support through compassionate listening and pastoral presence, prayer, ritual, sacrament, or to help patients connect to their faith.
Chaplains meet with patients and families who:
- Desire spiritual support as they undergo medical or surgical treatment
- Would like to talk with someone how their illness or hospitalization is affecting them
- Request sacramental ministry
- Want to have a better understanding of their relationship with God or a need for spiritual guidance and direction
- Would like prayer
- Are wrestling with religious issues such as unresolved grief, lack of faith, inability to pray or abandonment by God, or experience loss of hope or meaning of life
- Would like information about local community religious congregations
How to contact a Chaplain
Patients, their family members, or friends can request a chaplain, and chaplains are available to assist clergy or other pastors coming to visit members of their faith community.
To contact a chaplain, we provide the following convenient options.
In person: Ask the attending nurse to page the chaplain on call.
By phone: Dial 0 to call the hospital operator to ask for the chaplain on call to be paged.
- Chaplain On Call: 850-489-0066
- Spiritual Care General Information: 850-431-5867
The Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare (TMH) is accredited by the Association For Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE, Inc.) in Decatur, GA. ACPE, Inc. is the premier, U. S. Department of Education-recognized, organization that provides the highest quality CPE programs for spiritual care professionals of any faith and in any setting.
CPE is interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings theological students, laypersons, and faith leaders of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounter with persons in crisis. The curriculum for CPE involves a unique, action-reflection methodology, which includes an in-depth study of “the living human documents,” meaning both the people who receive care as well as a study of us, the givers of care. Through the practice of ministry and the reflection thereon with ACPE Certified Educators and peers, the experiential learning that is CPE takes place.
CPE at TMH provides students with the opportunity to learn and demonstrate their spiritual care-giving skills, develop their pastoral/spiritual identity, and explore their reflections on spiritual care ministry in a diverse setting. The CPE program’s hallmark is the peer group of 3 or more students, where the participants learn by presenting their spiritual care work to other CPE Students to receive feedback that allows the presenter to evaluate their learning process.
The CPE program at TMH offers part-time CPE in an “extended” format. Two programs at Level I and Level II CPE a year are offered:
More information coming soon.
Tuition per unit is $350.00. Upon acceptance, a non-refundable admissions deposit of $125.00 will be required, and will be applied towards your tuition. Tuition must be paid in full by the first day of the CPE program.
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The ACPE Program at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare offers Level I / Level II CPE as an Accredited Center for Clinical Pastoral Education by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) One West Court Square, Suite 325; Decatur, Georgia 30030; ph:(404) 320-1472. For more information regarding ACPE CPE, go to www.acpe.edu.
Rev. Jenny T. Lannom
Director of Spiritual Care
Rev. Jenny T. Lannom is a native Houstonian and Texan. She grew up in Houston and in Southeastern Texas. She graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, with a B. A. in Sociology and a minor in Religion, where she experienced a call to ministry. As a United Methodist, Jenny attended Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated with a Master’s of Divinity degree, and did her initial four units of CPE as part of her seminary coursework at Georgia Baptist Hospital in Atlanta.
Jenny began her chaplaincy career in the Texas Medical Center of Houston, as a Staff Chaplain at The Methodist Hospital. She served as a cardiac/nephrology chaplain for 11 years. While at Methodist, she became Board Certified as a professional Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains and trained to become a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Supervisor in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). She completed her Supervisory Training, and eventually received a call to manage the CPE program at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jenny has also served as a Director of a Level I Trauma hospital in Lakewood, Colorado and as the first full time out-patient chaplains at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Within ACPE, Inc., Jenny has served on the national ACPE Board initially as Secretary and then as the Southwest Regional Representative. While a regional representative, Jenny chaired the taskforce on ACPE Governance Revision for the Board. She also served on the Certification Committee of the South Central Region of ACPE, prior to the re-structuring of ACPE, Inc.
Jenny has been married to Gerry for over 35 years and they have two adult sons. One is a middle-school teacher in Katy, Texas, and the other one is a Food Services Director with Aramark Corporation at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona. Both have red hair, like Jenny. When she is not working, Jenny enjoys cooking, baking, watching classic movies, and traveling with Gerry and her family.
Andrae Lamar Ransom, M.Div.
Board Certified Chaplain
Andrae Lamar Ransom is an ordained non-denominational minister who has served in churches located in Sanford and Tallahassee, Florida. He has a radio ministry that broadcasts weekly throughout the central Florida region.
A native of Sanford, Florida, Andrae received his Bachelor of Social Work from Florida State University and his Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. His Master of Divinity concentrated in health care chaplaincy. He plans to continue his education by earning a Ph.D. of Theology in Philosophy and Apologetics. Another goal for Andrae is mastery of the classical Hebrew and Greek languages and an in-depth knowledge of the patristic writings.
Andrae has been actively involved in ministry for ten years and has served as an interim pastor and guest speaker at various churches. In 2013 he enrolled as a student in Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program. Upon completing his first unit of CPE and finishing his Master of Divinity degree, Andrae was offered a full time position as the evening hospital staff chaplain. In 2014, he became the Palliative Care chaplain and serves on the Palliative Care interdisciplinary team.
He has completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education and is currently pursuing ACPE and BCCI certification with the Association of Professional Chaplains. He enjoys teaching, which has led him to pursue ACPE certification as a supervisor of clinical pastoral education.
In his spare time Andrae enjoys watching college and professional football and Orlando Magic basketball. Andrae and his wife have a new baby daughter, and they enjoy travel, cruises, Netflix, Christian seminars, and football.
Danny Whitfield, M.Div.
Danny Whitfield is an ordained minister in the Missionary Baptist Church. He has lived in Tallahassee for over 40 years. Danny has served as the minister of music in his church for over 24 years. He received his B. S. in Music Education and his Master of Education in Educational Leadership from FAMU, and was a distinguished career educator in the Tallahassee Public School system for 34 years. He served many roles and offered leadership in the public school system, including music teacher, choral director, council member for Leon County Site Based Management Council, Dean of Students, Girls Basketball Coach, and Assistant Principal at both Nims Middle School and Rickards High School.
After retiring from education, Danny responded to a call to ministry, attending Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA and received his Master of Divinity degree there in 2016. He completed four units of CPE at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta in 2017.
Danny has been married 37 years to Rhoda with whom he wrote a book entitled, A Well Rounded Love Affair. They are the parents of two children and four grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys sports (anything with a ball!) and music.
Leigh VanderMeer, M.Div.
The Rev. Leigh VanderMeer is the newest Chaplain to join the TMH Spiritual Care and CPE Team. She is an ordained Episcopalian priest and grew up in Northern Illinois. She received her B.S. in Psychology at Western Illinois University and subsequent work in the community mental health setting in both group and individual therapeutic settings. She attained her Master of Divinity degree from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. Leigh’s ministry in the church has centered on pastoral care, conflict mediation, leadership development, and spirituality.
Leigh’s passion for hospital chaplaincy began in seminary while completing her first unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. She completed her residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at Tampa General, a Level I Trauma hospital, before making her way to Tallahassee Memorial.
A life-long learner, Leigh enjoys reading, traveling, digital photography, movies, theatre, and trying new things. When weather, time, and location permit, she also enjoys biking, camping, hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and gardening. Her favorite spectator sports are baseball and college basketball. Leigh has two adult children. Her son is an Agency Trainer at Farm Bureau Financial Services in Iowa and her daughter is a Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Tech in New Mexico.
Leigh feels blessed with the opportunity to combine multiple interests and passions in the service of caring for God’s people at Tallahassee Memorial and the surrounding communities.
Bruce Ferris, M.Div.
Bruce is an ordained minister with a Master of Divinity from Luther Rice Seminary. His educational experience includes an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Master Degree in Counseling and Rehabilitation from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.
Bruce served as a counselor, supervisor, administrator and trainer over his 35 year career with the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. As a bi-vocational minister, Bruce served as pastor of Antioch Baptist church in Tallahassee from January 1995 to July 1998 and where he returned as interim pastor from January 2009 to September 2011. Bruce completed an interim pastorate at Wakulla Station First Baptist church in Crawfordville, FL from November 2011 to August 2012. He continues to serve as a supply preacher with various churches in the Tallahassee and surrounding area.
Bruce has a deep love for clinical pastoral education and works when called upon as per diem chaplain for Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare (TMH). He enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Bruce and his wife Kathy will celebrate 41 years of marriage in December 2015 and have been blessed with three sons.
Victor L. Powell
Victor L. Powell is an ordained minister and Bishop of Rhema Word Cathedral, a growing congregation in Dougherty County, in South Georgia. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Victor served his country in the U. S. Marine Corps prior to entering the ministry over thirty years ago. He considers himself a “Pastor to Pastors,” speaking nationally and internationally on leadership and ministry.
Victor’s ministry is global as well. He has personally travelled to or sent missionaries to five continents (Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America), Central America and the West Indies. In his ministry tenure, he has been honored with many awards and recognitions.
Victor has a passion for caring for people spiritually, and came to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare to do his CPE training. He was hired in April of 2017 as a chaplain, and is working toward credentialing in the Spiritual Care Association.
Victor is the author of three books: Closet Ministry: The Power of Prayer and the Release of Destiny, The Awakening – The Discovery of You, and most recently, Nuggets: Thoughts and Reflections for Everyday Life, a compilation of quotes throughout the years. He is the father of 3 adult children.
Jimmie Jones is the founder of Breaking Strongholds Conference, under the leadership of Don L. Jones Ministries, Inc. in Monticello, Florida. She is a licensed/ordained through the Don L. Jones Ministries, Inc.
She is employed at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) as the Administrative Coordinator for the Spiritual Care and Clinical Pastoral Education Department. She volunteered at the Tallahassee Christian College Training Center (formerly known as the Center for Biblical Studies) for years and completed classes in pursuit of a biblical counseling degree. She earned an Associate of Arts Degree at Tallahassee Community College and studied accounting at Flagler College. She obtained her Florida Childcare and Education Program Director’s Credential and is a member of the National Notary Association.
She teaches monthly seminars on prayer and breaking strongholds. She is passionate about intercessory prayer and has read most books regarding the subject. For three years, she was the Regional Director of Intercessors for the Apostolic Ministries and Churches International in Brewton, Alabama.
Every year in April, she coordinates the annual Breaking Strongholds Conference. As a CPE student at TMH, she has earned three units of Clinical Pastoral Education. She resides in Monticello, Florida with her husband, Chaplain Don Levon Jones.