Faculty for Fairview’s Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program have extensive training, certification and experience in the field. They are committed to helping students from a wide range of faith traditions develop their knowledge and capabilities in providing spiritual care to people in various health circumstances and care settings.
The Rev. Deaconess Diane Greve, manager, Clinical Pastoral Education Center
Diane manages Fairview's CPE program and serves as a CPE educator at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. She has worked in churches, social service agencies and care settings around the Midwest. She is a consecrated deaconess with the Lutheran Deaconess Association in Valparaiso, Ind., and a minister of Word and Sacrament with the Minneapolis Area Synod, ELCA.
Diane is certified by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) as a Supervisor and by the state of Minnesota as a licensed independent social worker. She holds a master’s degree in religious leadership from United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, Minn., a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University.
The Rev. Bonnie Forsman, CPE educator
Bonnie is a chaplain at Ebenezer senior housing campus in Minneapolis. She has worked as a chaplain for hospitals and senior housing in the Twin Cities and has been a pastoral care and visitation minister at a large church in Minneapolis.
Bonnie is a CPE supervisory candidate and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She holds a master’s of divinity degree from Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio, and a bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University in New York. She also has had spiritual direction training with Oasis Ministries in Camp Hill, Penn.
The Rev. Jay Hillestad, CPE educator
Jay is a CPE educator at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. He has worked as a chaplain supervisor, palliative care chaplain and chaplain resident at hospitals and nursing homes in Minnesota, Maryland and South Carolina.
Jay is an ACPE-certified Supervisor and is ordained into the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He holds a master’s of divinity degree from Columbia Biblical Seminary in Columbia, S.C., and a bachelor’s degree from Bethel College in St. Paul.
The Rev. Elizabeth BJ Larson, CPE educator
BJ is a CPE educator at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville and Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. She also serves as the director of Spiritual Health Services for both facilities. In addition, she is the strategic lead for Spiritual Health Services across Fairview and is the director of Fairview Youth Grief Services.
BJ is an ACPE-certified Supervisor and is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). She served as a parish pastor in the Northwest Wisconsin Synod of the ELCA. She has a master’s of divinity degree from Luther Seminary and a master’s in organizational leadership from St. Catherine University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and religion from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.
The Rev. Sheryl Stowman, CPE educator
Sheryl is a CPE educator at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. She has worked as a church youth director, assistant pastor, spiritual director and CPE supervisor at churches and CPE centers in the Twin Cities.
Sheryl is an ACPE-certified Supervisor and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She holds a master’s of divinity degree from United Theological Seminary in St. Paul and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She also has completed a spiritual direction training program at the Center for Spiritual Guidance in Minneapolis and is a student of the Ridhwan School, a path for spiritual development.
The Rev. Nancy Ruth Wigdahl, CPE educator
Nancy is a CPE educator at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville. She has been a CPE supervisor with hospital systems in Iowa and Minnesota.
Nancy is an ACPE-certified Supervisor and is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She has served parishes in Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Nancy has a master’s of divinity degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and a master’s in organizational leadership from St. Catherine University. She has a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Stout.