Hospital Lay Chaplaincy Program

Welcome to the Hospital Lay Chaplaincy Program

The Hospital Lay Chaplaincy Program is a multiple-part training program that provides the lay with the skills to provide the presence of Christ within the hospital. Our mission is to provide trained lay chaplains to visit the bedside of every hospitalized Episcopalian at least once before he or she is discharged.

To get into the program, you must complete the following steps:

Download the application found here on this page

Meet with your parish clergy. They need to work with you to answer six questions that are on the application and are explained in the Clergy Approval Guideline Brochure

Send the completed application to the address at the bottom of the form

If approved for the training, you will receive an email from the Hospital Lay Chaplaincy Program Board to join the next in person training

The in person training is an 8 week in person training. It is critical to be part of the in class discussions

Upon successful completion of the 8 week in person training, if you have successfully completed the requirements, the Hospital Lay Chaplaincy Program Board will invite the candidate to the next phase of the program visiting patients with a Certified Lay Chaplain Mentor

Upon successful completion of the 12 weeks of mentored visits, the Hospital Lay Chaplaincy Program Board will certify the Lay Chaplain to visit patients of their own

Board Members

Our Board Chair

The Rev. Ed Shiley, Associate Rector of St. David’s, Radnor
Rev Shiley attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and taught high school vocal music and directed church choirs in NJ until he was drafted in 1968. Rev Shiley joined the Navy and served as Assistant Director of the Bluejacket Choir at Great Lakes, III, before being stationed in Nha Be, Vietnam. There he served as Chaplain’s Assistant, Director of the Nha Be Choir, and worked with Armed Forces Television, receiving the Navy Medal of Commendation for his public relations work. Rev Shiley worked for twelve years in the marketing and customer service side of the health insurance industry (Cigna and Aetna) before answering the call to ordination. Rev Shiley has been ordained since 1997 serving as rector at several churches in his career. He retired in August of 2016. Rev Shiley has served on Diocesan Council, various committees and commissions, and as Dean of the Delaware Deanery.

Executive Program Director

The Rev. Kenneth McCaslin, Deacon of St. David’s, Radnor
Rev McCaslin has an undergraduate degree in Business Management and he has a Masters in Religious Arts. In his secular career, he has been in Healthcare Information Technology for over 35. Rev McCaslin served on the board of Health Level Seven, International (HL7) a not for profit healthcare standards body, was Chair of their Technical Steering Committee and is an HL7 Fellow. Rev McCaslin has served on the Diocesan Liturgical Committee, the Board of the Dolphins, and the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Board at Cooper University Hospital, Camden. From 2008 to 2015 Rev McCaslin was a co-chair of healthcare initiatives under Health and Human Services federal advisory committee. Rev McCaslin is the author of the Hospital Lay Chaplaincy Program and the training workbook.

Board Secretary

Ms. Susan Nagy
Ms Nagy is employed as a Litigation Claims Specialist for 22 years with ERIE Insurance.  A lifelong Christian and an Episcopalian since college days, she has been a member of St David’s Radnor since 1984.  Susan just completed a four year term on the Vestry sitting on Outreach and Fellowship Commissions.  She is a trained Stephen Minister, as well as many other ministries at St Davids. 

Board Director

Ms. Gillian Waldron
Ms. Waldron received her J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law. She is a 2019 graduate of the Shalem Institute’s Nurturing the Call Spiritual Guidance Program and serves as a spiritual director at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Radnor. Additionally, she serves on the Vestry of St. David’s for Worship and Discipleship, as a trained Stephen Minister and Leader, and as a Eucharistic Lay Minister.

Board Director

Mr. Tom Yates
Mr. Yates is a graduate of Drexel University (Industrial Administration) and served in the Air Force. Mr. Yates worked in for the Sun Pipe and Line Company taking early retirement and became a Financial Advisor for Lincoln Financial Securities after earning a Certificate in Financial Planning from The American College. Mr. Yates is a dedicated member of St. David’s Episcopal Church serving in many different capacities.

Board Director

Ms. Susan Teti
Ms. Teti is very active in her parish St. David’s Episcopal Church Radnor serving on many committees in various capacities.

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