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 Chaplain Theresa Brion 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, don’t forget the GOODwin Hope Line at Ext. 7241, which offers a brief spiritual thought or story, updated weekly.
Do not forget that our CPE intern, Laura Mandeles, is spending 20 ministry hours weekly at GHBC until April. 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) or let Theresa Brion (email@example.com or Ext. 7224 (703-578-7224)) know. Theresa is in the office or available by phone as well (albeit with fewer hours for the next few weeks). Regardless, there is always a chaplain available to you for needed support. Just let either Laura or Theresa know or contact the Reception Desk so that they can put us in contact with you.
Rev. Theresa Brion, Liz Pomerleau, Clinical Pastoral Education Chaplain Residents, and Chaplain Interns are available for pastoral care for residents, Priority Club and Goodwin House At Home members, staff, and families.
Rev. Theresa M. Brion
The Rev. Theresa M. Brion, Director of Chaplaincy Services, has served as the full-time chaplain to the GHBC community since May 2016. Rev. Brion graduated from Longwood University with a B.A. in Social Sciences and from Washington and Lee University School of Law with a J.D. She earned her M.Div. from Episcopal Divinity school, with a Pastoral Theology concentration. An ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, she earlier served on clergy staff with the Episcopal Dioese of Maryland and pastored several Episcopal and Lutheran (ELCA) churches in Western Maryland. Prior to seminary, she completed four units of ACPE- accredited chaplaincy training in North Carolina and Georgia.
Chaplain Brion assists members of the GHBC community in linking with local church congregations. She also works with Catholic members of the GHBC community who are unable to attend services and who wish communion visits by an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.
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.