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Spiritual Life 

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 

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 opportunity 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 Interns Fall 2019:

  • Arum Kim:
    Born and raised in South Korea, Arum moved to the U.S. in 2008. She attended Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and has seved several United Methodist Churches in Virginia.
    She currently serves Graham Road UMC in Falls Church.
  • Taiwo Inman: 
    Father of six and grandfather of nine, Taiwo spent much of his career as an entrepreneur and head of school. He is ordained with New Thought Metaphysical Ministries and is pursuing a call to ministry in community chaplaincy.





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