Clinical Pastoral Education of Central California

Clinical Pastoral Education is a key component of the professional training and

certification for hospital, jail and prison chaplains as well as for clergy caring for
those who have special needs in a time of crisis. Our purpose is to provide
experience based theological education for seminarians, clergy, and faith
community nurses, of diverse cultures, ethnic groups and faith traditions.


The lack of local educational opportunities results in a shortage of qualified
individuals who can provide professional pastoral care to our valley neighbors
and families. Recognizing this disparity between the great need for qualified
pastoral care and the lack of educational opportunities, CPE of Central
California set out to bring an accredited training program to central California. 


                                       Training Center

Accreditation of the Center
The Clinical Pastoral Education program at CPE of Central California is
fully accredited to offer programs of Level I, Level II, and Certified Educator 
program CPE by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.,
One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, Georgia 30030
(Phone 404/320-1472; Fax: 404/320-0849; Website:  

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) is nationally recognized as an accrediting agency in the field of clinical pastoral education by the U.S. Secretary of Education through the U.S. Department of Education.

Confirmation of Status Available
The United States Department of Education 
Accreditation and State Liaison Division 
Office of Postsecondary Education
1990 K Street,  Room 7105
Washington, D.C. 20026-8509
Fax: (202) 219-7005

CPE of Central California is a collaborative representing hospitals,
faith communities and local educational institutions responding to train
and to keep dedicated professional chaplains here in our own communities.
Students will receive training consisting of both academic and direct
clinical supervised experiences. 

             The Affiliated institutions, hospitals, hospices, etc. 

  • Saint Agnes Medical Center, Fresno, CA
  • Community Medical Centers, Fresno, CA
  • Valley Children’s Hospital of Central California, Madera, CA 
  • Kaiser Hospital, Fresno, Ca
  • Kaweah Delta Health Care, Visalia, CA
  • Catholic Diocese of Fresno, CA 
  • Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary, Fresno, CA 
  • Muslim Spiritual Care Services, Fresno, CA
  • Workforce Chaplain, Visalia, CA
These partners are supporting this vital endeavor by providing classroom
space as well as clinical experience placements. 

                                            Primary Goals

  1. Develop ministry skills with diverse populations
  2. Excel in Clinical Pastoral Education
  3. Prepare students for certification
  4. Educate in Spiritual Care, Palliative Care and Hospice Care
  5. Develop partnerships with community resources




We have raised enough money to hire a director of CPE. We will need
to raise a total budget of $200,000 each year. This supervisor has  prepared
the academic and clinical aspects of the program. 


Your partnership and tax-deductible donation will help ensure that qualified,
certified men and women in pastoral care will be available in your family’s
time of need. We are a federally approved not for profit 501 (c) (3).


                                      CPE of Central California
                                              Rev. Ki Do Ahn
                                   St. Agnes Hospital, MS. 965
                                      1303 East Herndon Ave.
                                           Fresno, CA 93720
                                  For more information contact:
                                   Rev. Ki Do Ahn 559-492-7055

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