Cory R. Rowe, D.Min., M.Div, BCC, associate professor of Religion and Pastoral Care/Pre-Chaplaincy Coordinator, successfully passed the Board Chaplain Certification Interview with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Oakwood University is now strategically positioned to continue developing the OU Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program that is critical to the Master of Science in Chaplaincy. With this Board Chaplain Certification, the future of Oakwood’s CPE Training Center in the School of Religion now has credibility, integrity, competence, and the professionalism needed to move forward. During the past three years, OU students, and growing numbers of the Huntsville community are seeking education and training in chaplaincy, which is a viable ministry in the 21st Century. The starting date for the OU CPE Program is not determined, although the program could start as early as Fall 2019. The plan is to develop a curriculum for an MS in Chaplaincy (36 credit hours). “When we combine the MAPS (36 credit hours), we will create an M.Div. Equivalent in Pastoral Care/Chaplaincy. The CPE Units are a part of the MS Chaplaincy Program, said Dr. Rowe.
On Sunday August 11th, Oakwood University conducted a certification symposium at the Millet Activity Center for the incoming freshmen class of 2019 with the focus