Spiritual Care

SpiritualCareOur mission is to promote the value of the human spirit in the healing process. Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare is committed to transforming care, advancing health and improving lives. Spiritual Care facilitates this process by ministering to the human spirit, soul and physical body.

Contacting a Chaplain

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
       

CPE Program

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.

CPE Residency Program

August 19, 2019 – August 31, 2010

The CPE Residency is full-time yearlong program, yielding three units of CPE. There are five positions available. The salary for these positions is $32,000 with the opportunity to purchase benefits at employee pricing.

Early applications are encouraged. The application deadline is June 1, 2019.

Requirements for Admission:

  • Successful completion of a first unit of CPE.
  • Graduate level theological education from a CHEA accredited seminary
  • Completed and up-to-date ACPE application, including copies of both self and educator’s evaluation
  • Onsite interview with the Admissions Committee
  • Application fee of $25.00 (made out to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare) which may be sent to:
    Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare
    Department of Spiritual Care and CPE
    1300 Miccosukee Road
    Tallahassee, FL 32308

 

Tuition

Tuition is $500.00 per year. Upon acceptance, a non-refundable admissions deposit of $125.00 will be required and will be applied towards your tuition.

 

Application

Download the APCE Application for TMH

 

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.


Volunteering

Volunteering with Spiritual Care

Are you looking to share your gifts and volunteer with Spiritual Care? Contact Jimmie Jones to get your application started at Jimmie.Jones@TMH.ORG or call the Spiritual Care Office at 850-431-5867.

 

Our Team

Jenny T. LannomRev. 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.

 

andraeRansomAndrae 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.

DannyWhitfield

Danny Whitfield, M.Div.
Chaplain

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.

 

LeighVandermeerLeigh 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. 

 

Rose Archer, M. Div.
Chaplain

Rose Archer is an ordained Elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church and a native of Memphis, TN. She received her Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) and a Graduate Certificate in Theology, Medicine, and Culture from Duke University where she graduated magna cum laude. During her masters, Rose’s research focused on grief and mourning practices in the African American community. She received her B.A. from Birmingham-Southern College where she studied Piano Performance. During her time in college, Rose served as the Worship Leader at West Princeton CME Church and created a college ministry entitled L.O.O.P. (Living Out Our Purpose) with her twin sister, Iris. During her time in Durham, NC, Rose worked with various ministries and nonprofit organizations, including Urban Ministries of Durham, StepUp Ministry of Raleigh, and Russell Memorial CME Church.

In 2015, Rose completed her first Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) unit at Duke University Hospital where she served as a cardiac/thoracic chaplain. She later completed her chaplaincy training with Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, GA, where she served as a Chaplain Resident specializing in geriatric care and hospice.

Prior to her role at TMH, Rose served as the Co-Pastor of St. Paul CME Church and St. Mary’s CME Church with her husband, Andrew Archer. In her spare time, Rose enjoys writing music, meditating, traveling, reading, and learning with and from her only daughter, Anyah. Rose is grateful to join the team at TMH and looks forward to nurturing the gift of spiritual wellness and holistic care throughout the local community.

Paul Jonsson, M. Div.
Chaplain

Paul Jonsson is a former cross cultural missionary who served with WorldVenture for nearly twenty years. Collaborating with the local churches of Madagascar and Spain, the primary

emphasis of his ministry laid in the areas of evangelism, discipleship and church development. Upon his redeployment to the United States in 2007, Paul initially continued his same

missionary work with Hispanic immigrants living in the New York Hudson River Valley. Later he went on to pastor a small nondenominational church in south central Wisconsin for seven years before eventually sensing God’s call to chaplaincy. Throughout all his years of missionary, pastoral and now chaplaincy service, Paul and his family have always found God to be both good and faithful; their lives to be so rich and rewarding.

Paul is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he received his BA in International Relations and his Masters of Divinity from Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul. He completed his residency program in Clinical Pastoral Education at Houston’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Texas Medical Center; a 950 bed acute care hospital with one of the busiest Level 1Trauma centers in the US.

Originally from Clearwater Florida, Paul feels very blessed to finally be “back home” in the Sunshine State! He returns with his beautiful wife Karen of 29 years and two of their five children.

 

BruceFerrisBruce Ferris, M.Div.
Flex Chaplain

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.

 

VictorLPowellVictor L. Powell
Flex Chaplain

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.

 

JimmieJonesJimmie Jones
Administrative Coordinator

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.