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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 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. 

Interns enrolled in the fall CPE program, September to December, 2020, include Marcus Terel Bailey Sr., Sienna Lotenberg, and Jon Scarffe. Their ministry at GHBC involves meeting with residents, both virtually and one-on-one in the especially designated spaces where family visits occur.

FALL 2020:

My name is Marcus Terel Bailey Sr. and I am an active duty Army Officer.  I have served in the military for over 19 years as an Infantry/Information Operations Officer.  I received my undergraduate degree from Alcorn State University in Lorman, MS and M.DIV from Liberty University Rawlings School of Divinity.  I have been married for 16 years and have three kids (ages 4, 11, 15).

Sienna Lotenberg is a rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Originally from Arlington, VA, she has lived in Brooklyn, Jerusalem, and Providence, RI, where she did her bachelor’s degree in history and Judaic studies at Brown University. Sienna likes to cook, sing, and study Talmud, and is greatly looking forward to getting to know the Goodwin House community.

My name is Jon Scarffe. I moved to the DC area from the UK in January this year. I am married to Ron an Air Force veteran. We met when he was deployed in the UK. We now live in Alexandria with our two cats Jakob and Eddie. I recently completed the Summer CPE unit. I was based at Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Centre and I am looking forward to starting on my next CPE unit and meeting members of the Goodwin House Community going forward.


CPE Devotional/Spiritual Videos
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Marcus Bailey

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Dawn Barnes
MedStar Palliative Care

Sienna Lotenberg
Vanessa Rodriguez
Inova Fairfax
Leslie Roraback
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Jon Scarffe
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Liz Pomerleau         X                    
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