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
Susan C Nagy joined the Board as Secretary in the Spring of 2019. She has her BA degree in Mathematics and Psychology from University of Richmond. She has been a member of St David’s Episcopal Church for 35 years and recently completed her four year term on Vestry, serving on both Outreach and Fellowship Commissions. She is a former chairperson at Devon Country Fair and as a Board member of Historic Sugartown, Inc. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, cooking and playing pickleball.

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

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

Ms. Susan Teti
Susan Bernardin Teti attended Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA where she received an AA degree in Home Economics and Advanced French. With her Father, a physician, as her mentor, she later returned to college to study Hematology. She pursued a career in the medical field with certifications both at the clinical and the administrative levels. With over 30 years in the medical industry, the last 22 years of her career were at Lankenau Hospital in the Division of Nephrology. Ms. Teti has been a Dolphin volunteer and volunteers at the Wayne Art Center serving on the Craft Forms Committee. She is an officer of the Executive Board of the Community Garden Club at Wayne. Ms .Teti has been a member of St. Davids Episcopal Church since 1980. She serves on the Family Ministry Commission and most recently the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN). Her special interests are Bible Study, art history, gardening and gourmet cooking. Since September 2017, Ms. Teti has been a 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.

Lay Chaplain Leader

Jim Pasquarella
Jim Pasquarella is a graduate of Denison University (Political Science). Professionally, he possesses 20 years of experience with an extensive background in advising investors in commercial real estate. He enjoyed serving people as an emergency medical technician, and subsequent opportunities to provide pastoral care proved as formative experiences. His commitment to forging strong partnerships among leaders is at the forefront of his service in the diocesan Hospital Lay Chaplaincy Program. Mr. Pasquarella is a dedicated member of St. Thomas’ Whitemarsh serving in many capacities including its vestry and as its senior warden.

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