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2016 Annual Leadership Awards

APCTM Annual Leadership Awards were presented on June 24 & 25, 2016 at the 2016 APCTM Annual Conference in Lake Buena Vista, FL during the Grand Banquet and Member Recognition Luncheon programs. Congratulations to this year's award recipients:

In addition, the Oskar Pfister Award, given by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in collaboration with APCTM, will be presented to Allan M. Josephson during the Institute on Psychiatric Services, October 8-11, 2015, in New York City

We extend our gratitude to these individuals for their contributions to professional chaplaincy and the Association of Professional ChaplainsTM.

Distinguished Service Award
George Pickle PhD

The Distinguished Service Award is given to an individual or organization who may or may not be a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains™, and who has exemplified or promoted the standards of professional chaplaincy. The 2016 recipient is Rev. Dr. George C. Pickle, whose credentials reflect his calling as a professional minister, educator, chaplain and pastoral counselor.

As Director of Pastoral Care at Brotman Medical Center in Culver City, CA, Dr. Pickle exemplified the work and tasks of chaplains and advocated for spiritual care in the hospital setting. His primary presence was in the critical care units, the Michael Jackson Burn Unit, and the E.R. He was present through the night of the Rodney King riots,ministering to many patients and families injured in those riots. While at Brotman, he coordinated the bereavement outreach program by selecting, training and supervising the facilitators of three bereavement support groups.

When Dr. Pickle made the professional move from chaplain to religious endorser, he did so with experience both as a certified chaplain and also as one who had experienced the endorsement process. As the Director of Healthcare Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling for the Chaplaincy Division of the Home Mission Board/Chaplaincy Associate, Chaplaincy Unit, North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, he coordinated endorsement for 803 healthcare chaplains and 246 pastoral counselors. He also promoted healthcare chaplaincy and pastoral counseling in state conventions, associations, churches and potential employment agencies.

In 1992, Dr. Pickle requested having his endorsement changed from the Southern Baptist Convention and received endorsement from the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship as an APC™ Board Certified Chaplain. He maintained that endorsement through his retirement in 2013.

His endorsement was more than a process of credentialing. It was an ongoing relationship of pastoral care, concern, edification, nurture and challenge. Dr. Pickle offers the chaplains who were endorsed under his leadership and others he has encountered along his journey the privilege of having him as a mentor, a pastor and a friend. He is the epitome of a distinguished servant leader in diverse circumstances, embodying well the qualities this award seeks to honor.

During his career, Dr. Pickle has led courses on “Death and Dying” and “Journey of Grief” for hospital staff and church groups. He often developed meaningful relationships with course participants that became as significant as the course content itself.

Dr. Pickle is proudest of the years he was the USC-LA campus minister for the Progressive National Baptist Convention, invited to that position by the Reverend Doctor Thomas Kilgore. There, he was privileged to meet Rosa Parks, Andrew Young and Alfred Smith, and preached from the Second Baptist Church pulpit where Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached.

Dr. George Pickle has rendered a lifetime of distinguished service as chaplain and endorser, reflecting the highest aspirations of the profession.

Anton Boisen Professional Service Award
Robert A. Kidd MDiv BCC

The Anton Boisen Professional Service Award is given to a board certified chaplain of the APC™ who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in professional chaplaincy and has made unique contributions to contemporary chaplaincy care. This year, we honor Chaplain Robert A. Kidd, who has been a key player in the collaboration between The Methodist Hospital, Houston, and the Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy to offer the first Intensive Bioethics Course sponsored by these two institutions.

Chaplain Kidd is described by his peers as well-rounded, compassionate and a consummate learner. From the time he entered Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Houston’s Memorial Southwest Hospital in the fall of 1985, he was focused on becoming the best chaplain he could be. He was later hired as a Staff Chaplain at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, where he mastered the skills and knowledge of the position so well he was promoted to the Director of Pastoral Care. With that promotion, he became the first non-Methodist Director in the history of the institution. On January 1, 2016, he became the first System Director of Spiritual Care and Values Integration for The Methodist Hospital, Houston.

Chaplain Kidd contributed to the successful launch of the first Intensive Bioethics Course sponsored by The Methodist Hospital, Houston, and the Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy. The course focuses on issues that are applicable to all types of health care professions, including physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, patient advocates, and health care attorneys. Anyone involved with or interested in the resolution of potentially complex ethical challenges is invited. This collaboration and resulting course became the springboard for the APC™ to begin work on a Specialty Certification in Bioethics, with Chaplain Kidd being a part of the task force to develop the guidelines for the application process.

Most recently, he has been successful in developing the financial support to lay the groundwork for establishing an endowment that will provide the support for an annual Pastoral Care lecture to be held at The Methodist Hospital, Houston. In addition, the endowment will provide at minimum a Clinical Pastoral Care (CPE) scholarship for one student in the CPE program, with the goal of adding other CPE scholarships as the endowment grows.

Chaplain Kidd hopes to add a bioethics component to APC™ education on a recurring basis. He’s also worked with a team to find ways to enhance how to document and store patients’ advance care planning preferences in an electronic record medical record. Ultimately, he and his team would like to shift the emphasis of advance directives away from treatment modalities and more towards patients’ stories and specific burdens they are trying to avoid. This should allow for making decisions that are congruent with patients’ preferences.

Chaplain Kidd will continue to personify one who meets the criteria of the Anton Boisen Professional Services Award: a commitment to excellence in professional chaplaincy, making unique contributions to contemporary pastoral care in education, spiritual care planning, quality, delivery, counseling, multi-disciplinary involvement, bioethics, multi-cultural or interfaith ministry, and advocacy. He demonstrates interpersonal skills, ethical and deliberate decision-making, professionalism, and—above all else—a sincere commitment to learn and make a difference for those he serves.

Outstanding Local Leadership Award
Rev. Laurie Peterson Jeddeloh BCC and Rev. Dirk van der Vorst MDiv BCC

The Outstanding Local Leadership Award is given to a member in good standing who has exhibited outstanding dedication to and promotion of APC™ through active involvement at the local level. In 2016, we recognize the Colorado State Representative Rev. Laurie Peterson Jeddeloh and APC™ State Continuing Education chair Rev. Dirk van der Vorst.

In Laurie’s six years and Dirk’s three years of service, they’ve provided a robust state education program for the Association of Professional Chaplains™ in Colorado and the surrounding areas. Together, they have produced more than ten conferences for chaplains to attend lectures and connect with their peers. The Pastoral Theology Departments of local seminaries and other organizations (including Neshama: The Association of Jewish Chaplains and the National Association of Catholic Chaplains), count on Dirk and Laurie to help promote various events throughout the year.

Laurie and Dirk also provide ongoing notifications for chaplain position availability in the Colorado and Wyoming areas. Leaders of spiritual care departments across the state turn to Laurie and Dirk when they need to find qualified, well trained candidates for their teams.