Chaplain for CORE Center
|I have been in healthcare chaplaincy now for about twenty years. I had been involved in pastoral and worship ministry in a local church when I felt drawn to explore this profession. At that point I did a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and, challenging as it was, I knew that this was where I belonged vocationally. I followed that CPE unit with a one-year residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, and subsequently led the Department of Spiritual Services at Resurrection Medical Center (Chicago) for sixteen years. After retiring I met Rev. Tommy Rogers through a mutual acquaintance. I had some awareness of Bishop Anderson House but Tommy shared some ideas that intrigued me, and offered me the chance to do chaplaincy part-time, without the administrative load I had carried previously.
I am passionate about the importance and value of chaplaincy for persons who are dealing with issues of health and/or loss. The prospect of being able to provide spiritual care to persons whose hospital had no professional chaplaincy of their own (Stroger) intrigued me further. The patients I visit have some connection with the CORE Center - the Cook County clinic that specializes in treating people with HIV/AIDS - but while they are hospital inpatients. They are mostly black and mostly poor. Their faith background, when they have one (they often do) is usually Baptist/Pentecostal, and I am quite comfortable praying accordingly (or not), as they wish. Many people of course do not have a "religious" background but it is my conviction that hospitalization by definition raises issues of meaning, by thrusting one into a situation of vulnerability, dependent upon others. Being able to be present to such persons is what my job entails, expressive of our BAH mission statement: "Advancing the well-being of individuals and communities where healthcare meets the human spirit." I get to see firsthand the value of reminding people that they matter, to God, to others; that they are not alone, that there is a community that cares about them and what is going on in their lives.
I live with my wife of forty-six years, Janalee, in Evanston, where we moved in 1976, both of us having grown up in Peoria. I am also a singer/songwriter, whose songs have in some cases been recorded by others (as well as myself), such as Sandy Patti, Noel Paul Stookey, Steve Bell and others. We enjoy singing together, which we do with some regularity. We have three adult children and three grandchildren.
B.A.: Lincoln Christian University (Lincoln, Illinois)
Master of Pastoral Studies: Loyola University (Chicago)
Clinical Pastoral Education Residency: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (Park Ridge)
Board Certification: Association of Professional Chaplains
Director of Development
|My passion for nonprofit work grew after serving as a Julian Year intern for two years with the Episcopal Service Corps. After spending many years volunteering for many different Chicago area organizations, including Bishop Anderson House, I decided to pursue a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Organizations. After graduating from the University of Georgia with my MA, I came back to Chicago to get to work! After working part-time with BAH and part-time with a music therapy nonprofit (which combines my passion for music and social service), I joined the BAH staff full-time as Director of Development in 2016.
I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, and grew up in Denver (no, not that Denver—Denver, NC, we call it Denver of the East). I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (go Tar Heels!), where I majored in History, and double minored in Music and Native American Studies. Currently, I live in Ravenswood with my boyfriend Nathan and our dog Butch.
Some unusual things about me include:
- My current hobbies includes cake decorating, calligraphy, and watercolor painting.
- I’ve run 6 half marathons, but not brave enough yet to step up to the full 26.2 miles.
- I can play the piano, clarinet, French horn, and sing.
- I can speak a little bit of French, a little bit of Greek, and some Cherokee.
- When I was growing up, I wanted to be a Supreme Court Justice.
As the daughter of a nurse, I know first-hand how important it can be to serve those who give so much of themselves in caring for others. My mother always puts others’ needs before her own, and every time we host a self-care event for nurses, doctors, and social workers, I see her in the face of each of the caregivers with whom we’re working. It fills me with great joy to give hard working caregivers the respite they deserve.
I love that Bishop Anderson House is committed to transformative change. We provide chaplains in places that are hungry for spiritual care. But we do not stop there. We also work to help those places understand the positive impact that spiritual care has for everyone in their whole system, and then convince them to increase their own commitment to spiritual care resources.
I am a rock drummer. In 2008, my band, Berry, toured the Western United States for thirty days, using solely public transportation like Amtrak and Megabus.
I am the first Critical Care Chaplain Fellow at Bishop Anderson House. I spend the great majority of my time in John H. Stroger Cook County Hospital, offering professional chaplaincy in units where people are often very sick, and they need a lot of support. I help our education efforts by teaching some of our Spiritual Care Visitor classes. I also help out with our community wellness outreach by leading a workshop on advance directives called The End is Where We Begin.
I was born in Oak Park. I've lived in Madison, WI, Costa Rica, Paraguay, and Greenville, IL. And now, things have basically come full circle. I live in the greatest ward in the city of Chicago, the "Fightin' 47th."
The Rev. David Kyllo
Adminstrator and Faculty,
Spiritual Care Visitor Program
The Rev David Kyllo is the Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Deerfield, Illinois, and joined the BAH Volunteer Chaplain faculty in 2012. A graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, David served in several churches before engaging in Clinical Pastoral Education in San Antonio and Austin, TX. In 1989 he moved to Chicago to be the Director of Chaplaincy at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where he was a Senior Ethics Scholar. David returned to congregational ministry in 2010, and is now serving as an administrator for the Volunteer Lay Chaplain Training(Volunteer Spiritual CAre Visitors). David is also a President-Elect of the BAH board of trustees.
The Rev. Thomas S. Rogers
The Rev. Thomas S. Rogers, III is an Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. Supervisor and Episcopal Priest. Tommy grew up in Oklahoma City, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Christian University and a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.
After seminary and before being ordained, Tommy did a clinical pastoral education residency at Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Tommy valued the experience of taking all he learned in seminary and putting it into practice using the action – reflection – new action model that is CPE and experiential education. Although he explored ACPE, Inc. supervisory training after his residency, he chose to pursue parish ministry for the next six and a half years.
In Fall 2011, Tommy returned to CPE as a Supervisory Education Student at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Tommy was certified as an ACPE, Inc. Associate Supervisor in May 2015 and moved to Bishop Anderson House as the executive director June 1, 2015.
In Tommy’s work as a pastoral educator, he draws upon Liberation Theology, Bowen Family Systems Theory, Systems-Centered® Training, and Transformational Learning. He has recently been certified as a Daring Way™ facilitator using Brené Brown’s work.
Tommy loves how open and inclusive our mission statement is, yet how it is clear that our area of focus is in the healthcare industry to make sure that spiritual and emotional needs of patients, families, and staff are being addressed in hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient clinics where we are engaged in ministry.
Tommy lives in Evanston with his husband Jason, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, who works for the Lake County Health Department as a Program Coordinator for the Case Management Program. Tommy’s favorite thing to do in the warm summer months is to walk along Lake Michigan which is a short one mile walk from their home.
Associate for Networking
I have been active at Bishop Anderson House since 1988, when my congregation answered a call for toys and Teddy Bears for the children’s’ wards at the old Cook County Hospital. When I saw the conditions in the pediatric wards I immediately wanted to be a part of the work of Bishop Anderson House and am proudest of our long-standing commitment of chaplaincy to the underserved population of Stroger Hospital.
In 2012 I joined the staff and serve as Associate for Networking. A graduate of the 2012 Volunteer Chaplain Training, I found the training to be life-changing and am passionate about involving others in the program, as well as spreading the word about our chaplaincy ministries. I enjoy building our social media presence and am also involved in our fundraising.
My husband Rick and I live in Palatine, but I look most forward to the times I spend in New Orleans, my “spiritual home.” It was there, as a kindergarten teacher in “the projects,” that I gained a true understanding of the disparities in our education and health care systems, and that drives me today to grow our work at Stroger Hospital.
The Rev. Trenton Pitcher
Advocate for the Deaf
Trenton is past Executive Director of Bishop Anderson House, and he continues to serve as Chaplain to the All Angels Guild for the Deaf. Trenton is one of a handful of Episcopal priests nationwide who are skilled in American Sign Language, and he uses this skill in providing pastoral care and leadership to a community which has been marginalized throughout history. All Angels Guild is the oldest ministry with the deaf community in the state of Illinois. If offers monthly educational opportunities to help access medical care for the deaf, social programs for Seniors and pastoral care with individuals throughout the Chicago metropolitan region.