Chaplaincy CPE (Clinical Pastoral Educ) Classes Starting Soon! (FEB 2021)

ATTENTION NACM MEMBER CHAPLAINS interested in acquiring CPE Training (towards Board Certification for Professional Chaplain)

Our NACM Member Chaplain & trainer for CPE (Clinical Pastoral Educ.), Chaplain “Chappy” Ron Ringo (PhD, CPE), has opened registration until the end of this month of January, 2021, for classes starting early FEB.  Chaplain Ron provides a very reasonable tuition for CPE units to our NACM member chaplains; he also works in connection with WSHO (World Spiritual Health Org.), a Christian Certification Board for Chaplains, for assisting chaplains in obtaining their Board Certification.

So if you are interested, PLEASE CALL CHAPPY RON for more information & how to register at:  619-855-5446


Rodger Niemeier, Exec Elder (29)

Born 1952 in Pittsburgh, PA; Born AGAIN in 1972 at Kent State University, OH.Education: Westminster College PA ( BA in Bible & English, 1974); Asbury Theological Seminary KY (MDiv in Pastoral/Cross-Cultural Missionary, 1986)Ministries: New Wilmington UMC, PA (youth/ass't pastor: 1972-4); Bowersville UMC, OH (ass't pastor: 1975-6); Brookville United Brethern (Adult Teacher: 1976); Life Anew Ministries, OH (urban residential recovery ministry: ass't pastor/street ministries/nursing home ministry/jail ministry 1975-1981); Dayton Christian Schools, OH (Bible/English teacher: 1976-1981); Short Term Mission trips in Nome, AK (Inuit (Eskimo) outreach: 1975 - 1980); Nicholasville C&MA, KY (ass't pastor; young adults; church plant: 1982-86); Seattle Intertribal Alliance Church (C&MA), WA (Native American church plant: 1988-2001); Hands of Creation Native Artists Co-op, Seattle, WA (director - cross-cultural outreach: 1994-2002); Immigration Detention Center, WA (Bible study outreach: 1994-1995); Seattle Indian Health Board (Thunderbird Inpatient Treatment Ctr), WA (chemical dependency recovery teacher; vocational counselor: 1999-2013); Eagle Wings Native American Ministries, WA (founding director: abuse/chemical dependency recovery: 2003-present); National Association of Christian Ministers, Online Ministerial Association (Vice President/Executive Elder: 2010 to present).Ministry focuses: Bible Teacher; Pastoral; Counseling (chemical dependency & abuse recovery); Educator (Christian living; ministry training); Administrator; Cross-cultural Missionary (Native Americans/Indigenous People).Testimony: Though raised in a "nominal" Christian home, I did not come to Christ until my first year at college, at Kent State Univ. in 1972, amidst Vietnam War protests and riots on that campus. Inner emptiness drove me to seek God, and I came to Christ in my university dormitory room on my knees after reading the Gospel of Matthew for the first time. There Christ made Himself and His love clearly known to my heart. Immediately I lost interest in architectural studies and transferred to a Christian college, majoring in Bible and English (writing). I was fortunate to have a wonderful Methodist minister to mentor me in those early growth years, and soon sensed the Lord's leading to pursue more biblical training through seminary. After 2 disappointing experiences at 2 seminaries, I got involved in an inner city, live-in street ministry that helped young people come to Christ out of drug addictions. I also became a secondary Christian school teacher for a few years, did 5 short term missions in outreach ministry to Eskimos in Alaska, got married and had my first and only son.Later I became convinced I needed to complete my seminary training, finding Asbury Theological Seminary in KY: no disappointments this time. The training for pastoral and cross-cultural ministries was excellent, as well as being a tremendous time for my own spiritual formation. I met Christian & Missionary Alliance people there and felt led to join them, preparing to plant a church for Native People, I hoped, in Alaska. However, circumstances placed me in Seattle, WA, instead, and with a ministry partner we planted an urban Native church (1988). This challenging work continued for 16 years. Over those years, the Lord showed us that there was a debilitating, unresolved Native problem that was not being addressed: the widespread experience of Native People with past abuse related to having the highest alcoholism rater of all people in the USA. . As a result, by God's grace I, and a couple Native Christians from our former Seattle Intertribal Alliance church, started a new ministry: Eagle Wings Native American Ministries (2003). Though officially "retired", my wife (recovering from 30 years of domestic violence and abuse - father, former husband) and I continue to minister to area Native People in recovery from past abuse and chemical dependency.In 2010 I came across the NACM seeking Christian ordination. Later that year I accepted the invitation to be an Executive Elder and Vice President. I greatly enjoy ministering to fellow ministers and receiving encouraging ministry from them!

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    • Hello Ted – thanks for your good question.  Please do call CHAPPY RON at his phone number posted above to get an answer to that question.  I know in the previous year it was $700+ per unit (there are 4 units of CPE); and that is considerably less than what is usually charged (averages around $1,000 per unit/semester).  The great thing is that it is an online training, though you do your internship locally, setting yourself up with a board certified professional chaplain (hospital staff chaplain or other).  

      Hope that helps and you have a good conversation with Chaplain Ron Ringo.

      • I'll add that this cost seems very reasonable. Fifteen years ago when I did my units, they were $500 each based on 7 free nights of in house on call plus, I think, about 400 free floor hours.  I was told that the free time was to offset the approximately $3000 per person per unit cost to the hospital for the Supervisor, staff support time and miscellaneous costs.

  1. I just found an inquiry from one of our new Ohio Group members who is searching for God's direction in ministry with a focus on prison ministry and/ or nursing home ministry, both of which would benefit her from having completed a unit of CPE. I just replied to her that a unit of CPE would be helpful, suggesting she apply for this coming unit. However, she also indicated that she struggles with negotiating the NACM website. This is all this is to say, perhaps it would be good to reach out to her (Jeanine D Roberts) with a helping hand in regard to getting connected with the new CPE group being offered.

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