futureconference-90Join us in November for this year's online conference ...

By bringing together presenters and participants from around the world, we seek to join in conversation around the future we see and seek to create for pastoral and spiritual care. Dr. Carrie Doehring from Illif Seminary in Denver and Dr. Mark Grace from Baylor Health Care System in Dallas are two of the 17 presenters already committed to being part of this conference. The conference, which will be held at the Oates Institute, Online, November 6-15, will bring together a collection of voices to envision future possibilities and opportunities for pastoral and spiritual care at the intersections of in-patient, out-patient, congregation, corporate, and community care. Our goal is to explore how we work together to create the future we prefer and discover what will it take to develop and prepare for the new possibilities and opportunities that are emerging?

Dr. Carrie Doehring

Dr. Carrie Doehring is an Associate Professor of Pastoral Care at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.  She joined the Iliff faculty in 2003, having taught for 11 years in the masters' and doctoral programs at Boston University's School of Theology, and in the Counseling Psychology and Religion Ph.D. Program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and Colorado, and a diplomat in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.

She was ordained in 1978 in the Presbyterian Church in Canada and has had 17 years of congregational ministerial experience in Canada and the United States.  Her passion for teaching pastoral and spiritual care is evident in her books and numerous chapters and articles, including recent articles about teaching spiritual care as well as self care in an online format. 

Her three book publications are Internal Traumatization (University Press of America, 1992) an empirical study of women’s images of God and their history of childhood abuse, Taking Care: Monitoring Power Dynamics and Relational Boundaries in Pastoral Care and Counseling (Abingdon, 1995), and The Practice of Pastoral Care: A Postmodern Approach (Westminster John Knox, 2006).  She currently is writing a second edition of The Practice of Pastoral Care, which is used as a textbook in introductory courses and clinical pastoral education.Dr. Mark Grace


Dr. Mark Grace is the Vice President of Mission and Ministry at Baylor Health Care System in Texas, where he has served for 26 of his 30 years in health care. He has served as a CPE Resident, chaplain, pastoral educator, and health care executive. Both he and his wife, Linda Wilkerson, also serve as co-senior pastors of Iglesia Bill Harrod in West Dallas, Texas.  IBH is a vibrant, bilingual, multi-ethnic congregation with a sixty year history of serving the poor. 

Mark is also a contributor to the Oates Journal and serves as part of the Oates Institute's Publications Committee.

Others who will be presenting at the Envision the Future of Spiritual Care conference in November include:

  • Patricia Appelhans, JD, CEO, Association of Professional Chaplains
  • Wendy Cadge, Ph.D., Author, Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine
  • Patricia Donahoo, D.Min., Director of Women's Ministries, Disciples of Christ
  • George Handzo, M.Div., BCC, Healthcare Chaplaincy and Chaplaincy consultant
  • Clifford Kuhn, MD, Psyciatrist known as the Laugh Doctor, specialist in integrative medicine
  • Dallas Little, D.Min., Air Force chaplain (Major) working with PTSD, Travis AFB
  • Malcolm Marler, D.Min., BCC, Director of Pastoral Care, UAB Hospital, Birmingham
  • Ron Oliver, Ph.D., BCC, Systems Vice-President of Mission and Outreach at Norton Health Care, Louisville
  • Doug Ronsheim, D.Min., Executive Director, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • Bruce Rumbold, Ph.D., Palliative Care Senior Lecturer, Public Health, Australia
  • Paul Simmons, Ph.D., Bioethicist, University of Louisville Medical School
  • Joseph Steier, JD, President, Signature Healthcare
  • Valerie Storms, M.Div., BCC, President, Association of Professional Chaplains
  • John Swinton, Ph.D., Spirituality and Health, Kings College, Aberdeen, Scotland
  • Dianne Timmering, Vice President of Spirituality, Signature Healthcare

participateYou may participate in this conference from wherever you are as long as you have Internet access. Presentations and some of the discussion and other activities will be available at your convenience. There will be a series of scheduled Live Discussions with the presenters providing the opportunity for real time interaction around their presentations. Prior to the conference, we will hold a how-to workshop to help participants get the most out of this online conference.

Registration for the conference is $49 for Oates Institute members and $120 for non-members. Registration includes:

  • Admission to the Pre-Conference Workshop on How to Get the Most Out of the Online Conference
  • Access to all of the presentions
  • Access to all of the Plenary Live Discussion Sessions
  • Access to the Bookstore and Virtual Exhibit Hall
  • Opportunity to participate in small group discussion
  • Continuing education credit for chaplains, counselors, pastors, and social workers
  • Access to everything in the Conference Center for at least three months following the conference

For non-members, there is a special offer providing a full year of Oates Institute membership with all of the continuing education opportunities we provide plus conference registration for only $189 (Oates Institute membership is $165 per year). (It is also a pretty good way for members to add a year to their memberships at a discount as well.)

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 Checks may be mailed to the Wayne Oates Institute, 1733 Bardstown Road, Louiville, Kentucky 40205. Or call the office at 502.459.2370.