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In Sympathy

In Sympathy AAPC members and the association office extend deepest sympathy to the following AAPC members and their families:

Lewis C. Johnson, AAPC Fellow and longtime Pastoral Psychotherapist, Pastor and Parish Consultant, passed away March 7, 2014.  A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 3 pm at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City.  

Mother of Ron McDonald, AAPC Diplomate, Lois Lee King McDonald, died December 19, 2013, in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Mother of Jim Hightower, AAPC Diplomate died on December 15, 2013.

Edward Johnson, Jr.,87, father of Kyle Johnson, AAPC Member, died December 11, 2013, in Little Rock. 

The Rev. Homer A. Bain, Ph.D., died on November 10, 2013, at the age of 82. Dr. Bain, an ordained Methodist clergyman, served as Director of Education at the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health, San Antonio, Texas, for 33 years. He also co-founded San Antonio's Metro Alliance and coordinated the San Antonio chapter of Contemplative Outreach. Dr. Bain pioneered Spanish language pastoral education in the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico. Visitation will be held Friday, November 15, 2013, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mission Park Funeral Chapels South. A Reception will be held at 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Colonial Hills United Methodist Church ("CHUMC").  Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at  ("CHUMC").

The Rev. Douglas F. Nissing, Priest of the Diocese of Connecticut died on Sunday, September 29, 2013 in St. Louis, MO. Rev. Nissing was a long time member of AAPC and participated in the Eastern Region. His memorial service will be on Friday, October 4, 2013 in St Louis.  A memorial service will be planned in Connecticut at a later time.

Dr. Orlo Strunk, Jr. Fellow, died on September 24, 2013. Please see the obituary in the Journal of Pastoral Care. Orlo received the AAPC Distinguish Contribution Award in 1999.  His Family, Friends, and Colleagues will miss him.  http://www.jpcp.org/bio_strunk.htm

Rev. Dr. Byron A. Lamun, AAPC Diplomate, 78, of Weatherford, died Wednesday morning, May 15, 2013, at his residence.  Dr. Lamun received a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma in music. He also earned a Masters of Divinity, Masters of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He was an ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and was ordained at his home congregation, Crown Heights Christian Church. in Oklahoma City.

Dr. Chaudoin "Shad" Callaway, AAPC Diplomate, 80, of Vernon CT, died Sunday April 14, 2013. Shad graduated high school from The McCallie School in Chattanooga TN, obtained his undergraduate degree at Southern Methodist University in Texas, graduated from Yale Divinity School in CT, was in the second graduating class of the American Foundation of Religion and Psychiatry, now Blanton-Peale Institute in New York City, was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church, founded and led the Pastoral Counseling Service of Northern New Jersey, and obtained his Doctorate of Ministry from Drew University in New Jersey.

Dr. Myron C. Madden, AAPC Diplomate, passed away at his home in Slidell, Louisiana on Tuesday, June 4 at the age of 95. He was a graduate of Louisiana State University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as an Army Chaplain in World War II, and spent most of his life training chaplains and pastoral counselors. He authored several books, including his most noted, The Power to Bless.   A memorial service will be held at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans, on Saturday, June 15 at 10:00am.  Please visit www.honakerforestlawn.com to sign guestbook.

Dr. G. Lloyd Rediger, Retired Diplomate in AAPC, died March 13, 2013. Since writing the religious bestselling book, Clergy Killers, Dr. Regdiger has served as a Consultant to the US Films documentary, "Betrayed."  In 2010 he se up the non-profit organization, Clergy Assistance, Ltd., to serve & support pastors & their families who have been brutalized by malicious members of their congregations.

The Reverend Dr. Benjamin H. Adams, former Retired Diplomate in AAPC, passed away on Friday, February 22, 2013.  Memorial services were held Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the Presbyterian Church of Dover, 54 S. State Street, Dover, DE 19904.

The Reverend Richard N. Robertson, former Fellow in AAPC, died March 9, 2013, in Rome, GA.  A celebration of life for Rev. Robertson was held Monday, March 11, at Heritage Baptist Church.

Rev. James Tyree Manley, Retired Certified Pastoral Counselor in AAPC, died February 13, 2013, in Georgia.  The memorial service was held on February 16, 2013, at the Presbyterian Church of the Resurrection in Conyers.  The family request that donations be made to McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta in his name.

Mr. John Bridges, husband of Rev Gayle Bridges, Retired Fellow, Oklahoma City, OK. John died on January 25, 2013 after several years of couragously fighting several illnesses.  Click to view John's obituary.

The Reverend Coval Bryant MacDonald, PhD, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2012 at the age of 82.
A native Bostonian trained at Fuller Seminary, Harvard University, and the University of Chicago, Coval devoted his life and career to nurturing individuals personally and in community. From being active in the Civil Rights movement to serving parishioners as an ordained Presbyterian minister, from organizing a community's first mental health center to mentoring students while on faculty at Princeton Seminary, Rice University, and Hanover College, from restoring individuals and families as a psychotherapist in private practice to bridging the religious chasm caused by 9/11, Coval leaves a far-reaching legacy of healing and strength in the legion of those who carry it forward.

 Dr. David Alden Steer, Ph.D.  Diplomate, of Louisville, passed away October 19, 2012.  He was a Minister and Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Care and Counseling at the Louisville Presybterian Theological Seminary. Director and Founder of the acclaimed Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the Seminary. He has authored and edited articles on pastoral counseling and marriage and family therapy.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret, their children and grandchildren.  A memorial celebration of Dr. Steere's life was held on October 25 at the Seminary.

Rev James Eckels, Diplomate/Emertus, and his wife Joann were killed in an automobile accident in Andover, MA on August 18, 2012.

Terence J. Flynn, Certified Pastoral Counselor, died peacefully at home on 12/15/11. He maintained a private psychotherapy practice and was a long-valued member of teh Bellwood Health Services treatment team where he dedicated his life to helping others.

Audrey Lee Moseley Pruett, mother of the Reverend Dr. James ("Jim") W. Pruett, AAPC Diplomate and his wife the Reverend Dr. Jean Smith Pruett, AAPC Fellow, died on September 24 at Alpha Health and Rehabilitation in Greer, South Carolina.

Nately Ronsheim, mother of Rev. Douglas Ronsheim, Fellow and AAPC Executive Director died on September 21, 2012 Cadiz, Ohio

Charles Paul McDonald Jr. father of Rev. Ron McDonald,AAPC Diplomate died on September 6, 2012, at Fox Ridge Senior Living Center in North Little Rock, Ark.

Joseph Blaber, husband of Julene W. Jobe-Blaber died 5/13/12 after an 11 year illness of vascular dementia.  He was a college professor, counseling students at Masters level.

Ruth Harris, the wife of 69 years of counselor, Rev. John Harris, AAPC Pastoral Care Specialist died July 1st at 6 a.m. Ruth battled breast cancer for the past two years.

Rev. Dr. L. Edgar Stone, Jr., 83, AAPC Fellow, Emeritus, a longtime Newport resident, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in Santa Fe, NM. For several years he worked as director of the Interfaith Counseling Center in New Bedford, MA.        For those who would like to memorialize Rev. Stone with a donation, the family suggests it be made to the United Baptist Church, 30 Spring Street, Newport, RI 02840 or the Alzheimer's Association - Rhode Island Chapter, 245 Waterman Street, Suite 306, Providence, RI 02906.

Barbara Hagedorn, wife Dr John Hagedorn, AAPC Diplomate died on February 8 after a long bout with pain and illness. A service to celebrate her life will be held Saturday, April 14, at 1 pm at the Bedford Presbyterian Church in the Village of Bedford, N.Y. Donations in her honor can be sent to the Colgate-Rochester Crozer Divinity School, the Women and Gender Studies Program Endowment.

Rev. David C. Wayland, AAPC Fellow/Retired, husband of Dr. Rose Herr Wayland, AAPC/Fellow, died on January 20, 2012 in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Leslie Robinson, AAPC Diplomate/Retired, died on January 10, 2012 in Palm Harbor, Florida.

James Mathews, AAPC Professional Affiliate, died on January 4, 2012 in San Angelo, Texas.

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