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A Ministry of Mutuality & Befriending

Goodwin House Bailey's Crossroads is an accredited site for Clinical Pastoral Education. CPE is a professional theological training program that helps students from all faith traditions learn pastoral skills and develop genuine pastoral relationships with older adults in a supervised clinical setting. A theological emphasis in our program is a ministry of mutuality and befriending. Relationships are forged in ways that respect and receive the gifts of the other. Thanks to the financial support of the Goodwin House Foundation, Goodwin House can offer this unique and meaningful training, which benefits GH residents, the CPE students, and the communities where the students ultimately serve.

CPE students have the opportunity to learn in GH’s unique communities that value older adults and provide compassionate services to them. Seminars cover depression, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, and the care of frail elders. This milieu provides a wide range of opportunities for learning about mutuality in pastoral care and counseling, extending from residents to their families and to the staff who care for them. Students learn by engaging in ongoing pastoral support, hospital visits, crisis and transition intervention, group leadership, public worship, and pastoral administration. Graduates take what they learn from elders at GH into their own diverse ministry settings.

Goodwin House began CPE in 1998. It is the only CPE site in Northern Virginia and one of about 350 centers in the U.S. CPE is a requirement for ordination for many denominations for the training of pastoral/spiritual ministry. GH residents support CPE through their involvement with students, membership on the CPE Professional Advisory Group, serving as professional consultants, presenting seminars, and financial gifts that support the students and the ongoing CPE program.

Chaplain Liz Pomerleau, ACPE Associate Certified Educator, is the Director of Clinical Pastoral Education, ext. 7576. 

CPE students for the Fall 2022 term are: 


Amy Moorhus Baumgardner is a Master of Divinity student at United Lutheran Seminary, following a career in financial services.  She lives with her husband and younger son in Bethesda, MD and has an older son living in Washington DC. She is following her call and passion for compassionate and respectful end-of-life care as the Goodwin Hospice CPE Chaplain Resident.


Donna Arrendell is a licensed Associate Minister at Alfred Street Baptist Church.  She recently received her M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary in May 2022. She is currently in preparation for Ordination at Alfred Street Baptist Church. Minister Arrendell is passionate about people and serves on the Pastoral Care Team and serves as a Chaplain for the Social Justice Ministry at Alfred Street Baptist Church.


Gary Breads is working to deepen his education and commitment to his work as a hospital chaplain. Starting the 3rd Unit of CPE this Fall, he is in a residency program at Goodwin Living with clinical services in partnership with Inova Loudoun Hospital. 


Rhyan Hance is a recent graduate of the Master of Divinity program at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He is excited to begin a year of CPE with Goodwin Living and Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, three children, and their sweet wheaten terrier. A fun fact about him is that he loves to travel. One of his favorite trips was a safari to the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.


Barb Schweitzer is a native of Ohio. She has served as an army nurse, a missionary nurse, and a teacher in several different countries. She's married and a mother of 2 adult sons. She loves helping people grow in their love of God and Neighbor and overcome the challenges life brings. She graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2020 and is looking forward to getting to know everyone at Goodwin Living as she continues to grow towards becoming a chaplain and spiritual director. Her current hobbies are kayaking, quilting, and studying theology, Biblical Hebrew, & the Bible.

Barb, an experienced pastor and nurse, will begin her Chaplaincy internship at GHBC August 23, 2022. She will be with us for 20 ministry hours a week until early December. Her phone number at GHBC is Ext 7328 if you wish to meet her or leave her a message.


Ivan Sindell has been given the privilege to lead a life in the spirit, implementing communications technology in urban Detroit in the early ’70s, demonstrating small satellite earth terminals in Asia, Africa, and South America, and ensuring communications with the International Space Station. He studies the Hebrew Bible for sustenance, “It is a tree of life for those who hold it fast.” Entering CPE, Unit 2, he finds himself humbled and energized to be learning and serving.  

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