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 mentoring visits, the Hospital Lay Chaplaincy Program Board will certify the Lay Chaplain to visit patients of their own.

Board Members

Board Chair

P. Timothy Phelps
After completing his service as the Rector’s Warden of Saint David’s Episcopal Church in 2020, P. Timothy Phelps became the Chair of the Diocesan’s Hospital Lay Pastoral Commission. Prior to his role as Rector’s Warden, Phelps served two years as the Accounting Warden and on various Church committees. Phelps believes his calling is to bring people together in community to learn and witness the teaching, power and grace of God. When asked to participate with the Commission, it was simply yes. In 2013, his wife was diagnosed with colon cancer, and as he witnessed her journey to recovery and recognized the importance of faith. Phelps holds a B.A. in History from Juniata College and designation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organizational Management. He is resident of East Whiteland with his wife Melinda and daughter Anna. For 15 years, they have been active members of Saint David’s Episcopal Church community.

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 years. 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

Bailey Kimmel
Bailey’s home Parish is Saint David’s Episcopal Church where she participated in her outreach programs and committees. She is an alumnus of the Episcopal Service Corps, where she served in Seattle. As of January 2020, Bailey is a postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Pennsylvania. She will be attending Virginia Theological Seminary in the fall to complete her formal formation.

Chair Emeritus

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, II, 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.

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 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

Mr. Michael P. Mayer
Mike Mayer earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. Professionally, he possesses over 30 years of experience with an extensive background in executive talent acquisition, leadership development and talent management for Fortune 500 companies and early stage firms. He held human resources leadership positions within General Electric, Allied Signal, and the Aramark Corporation. At St. David’s Episcopal church, he has served as a vestry Member and Rector’s Warden as well serving on Diocesan committees for Property and Finance. An Eagle Scout, Mike serves as adjunct lecturer at Villanova University and is the Chair of the COPD Foundation Board of Directors.

Board Director

The Rev. Mother Jo Ann Bradley Jones
Retiring from the City of Philadelphia in 2014, Mother Jones became a postulant in the Diocese of Pennsylvania and graduated from The General Theological Seminary on May 17, 2017. She was ordained to the Diaconate on June 17, 2017 and to the Priesthood on December 16, 2107. She is Associate Rector at Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, PA where she is responsible for pastoral care and outreach.

A former longtime member of The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, Mother Jones served as Rector’s Warden, member of the Vestry, chairing the Evangelism and Stewardship Committees; the Altar Guild and Chancel Choir; delegate to Diocesan Conventions. Mother. Jones was a member of the Standing Committee (2009-2014) and its secretary (2013-2014). She was reelected to that body as a clergy member and represents the Standing Committee on the Commission on Ministry. She has also represented the Diocese as a Lay Deputy to General Convention from 1997 to 2015 and has chaired two legislative committees on behalf of the House of Deputies: Social and Urban Affairs (2006) and Congregational Vitality (2015). For the first time in 2018 she served as an Alternate Clergy Deputy to General Convention and recording secretary of the General Convention. Since September of 2017 she as been member of the Board of the Lay Chaplaincy Program.

Board Director

The Rev. Marjorie Oughton
Marjorie Oughton is an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Wagner College, Staten Island, NY with a minor in Secondary Education and a Master of Business Administration degree from Marymount University in Arlington, VA. She completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at the Oregon State Hospital where she worked in the geriatric psych units. Her Level II focus was in the area of dementia care. After completing CPE, Marj stayed on as a chaplain in those same units. After moving to Pennsylvania, she was employed as a staff chaplain at Holy Redeemer St. Joseph Manor in Jenkintown where she served in two personal care units, one skilled nursing unit, and the secure dementia unit. Marj retired from Holy Redeemer Health System in January 2019.

Marj is currently on Diocesan Council serving on the Budget Advisory committee, and the Social Justice committee, and has just begun to serve on the Commission on Racial Justice. She is a Board member for Episcopal Place, a subsidized housing facility for the elderly in Upland, PA which is a part of the Church Housing Corporation where she also leads a group weekly.

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