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<p style=”margin: 0px; padding: 1px 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 1.4; overflow-wrap: break-word;”>Good Morning! My name is Rev. Mark Pedersen. I serve First United Methodist Church of Grand Saline as their pastor. The church is a part of the Texas Annual Conference. I have been in ministry for 30 years as a Youth Director, Associate Pastor and Senior Pastor. I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and from Texas Christian University’s Brite School of Theology in 1995. I have done two CPE Units so far in my career. One at Terrell State Hospital in 1994 and one at Mother Francis Hospital in Bryan, Texas. I look forward to our time together!</p>
Mark, I am also in Texas. What is Grand Saline close to? I hear such good things about Brite! And your two CPE units sound interesting due to the places. Look forward to getting to “know” you in this class.
I am Deanna Stringer. I started this course last year but never finished it. I have just been hired as a hospice chaplain about 3 weeks ago and it is only about 5 miles from my home. I am a mom of 6. 4 grown children, 3 grandsons and 1 on the way in Sept. We adopted our 2 godchildren this past Dec. and it has been a real adventure. I am excited to step back into chaplaincy professionally again and not just as a volunteer. My next step is to start to look at the paperwork to get my BBC and work toward specialty certification in hospice and palliative care so this course is a beginning step in that direction for me.