24/7 Pastoral Support—always there; always available. Remember that a chaplain is on call at all times and available to all residents, staff, and other members of the GHBC community (family members, “at Home” members, etc.). Do not hesitate to contact the GHBC Reception Desk (703-820-1488 or “0” or ext. 1488) if you wish to talk to a chaplain. During regular business hours (Sunday through Thursday), you may be able to reach the Chaplain directly at ext. 7224 (703-578-7224). If you receive no answer and need immediate support, call the GHBC Reception Desk to contact a chaplain. If you simply wish to listen to a spiritual thought, call the GOODwin Hope Line at ext. 7241, which offers a brief spiritual thought or story, updated weekly.
Do not forget that our CPE interns are spending ministry hours weekly at GHBC. If you wish a visit, whether by phone, virtual media, or in person, either leave a message on the CPE phone voice mailbox at ext. 7328 (703-578-7328). There is always a chaplain available to you for needed support. Just let the Reception Desk so that they can put us in contact with you.
Rev. Alex Allian, Chaplain
A native of Natchez, Mississippi, Alex received his education at Millsaps College and Virginia Theological Seminary. Alex is a board-certified chaplain, and he has served at parishes in Mississippi, Alabama, Virginia, and Maryland. Prior to joining Goodwin Living, Alex was a hospice chaplain in Northern Virginia for two years. Alex and his wife Kelly live in Silver Spring with their son, Michael, and their cat, Cosmo.
Chaplain Liz Pomerleau
Chaplain Liz Pomerleau, Director of the Clinical Pastoral Education program and American Clinical Pastoral Education Associate Educator, has been at Goodwin House since October, 2015. She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Beloit College in Wisconsin with a B.A. in Religious Studies and Gender Studies. She later earned an M.Div. at Harvard Divinity School. Liz completed a CPE residency at Washington Hospital Center in DC and a second one here at GHBC. She worked as a hospice chaplain in the Northern Virginia community before returning to Goodwin House for Supervisory Education. Liz is a Quaker and a Board Certified Chaplain.
Chaplains and Chaplain Interns are also available to residents, members of the Priority Club, Goodwin Living At Home Members, team members, and families for pastoral care.