Spiritual Care Team

Spiritual Care Administration

Chaplain William Victor Trogdon, BCC, director, spiritual care services, has undergraduate training in religion and psychology and graduate training in pastoral care and counseling. He is a twelve-year veteran of the Navy Seabees and Air Force Chaplaincy whose hobbies include spending time with his family and building and riding motorcycles.
Chaplain James Bennett, D.Min., BCC, is an ordained Lutheran (ELCA) pastor endorsed for specialized ministry, earned his Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in 1981 and his D.Min. from Eden Theological Seminary in 1999. He is a Certified Supervisor by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and has been the clinical pastoral education coordinator at Barnes-Jewish Hospital since 2003.
Chaplain Cheryl Palmer, BCC, manager of spiritual care services, joined Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 1989. Published and presented on topics such as outcomes oriented pastoral care giving; spiritual assessment of lung transplant patients; end-of-life care; and spiritual dimension of care for persons living with cystic fibrosis.
Betty Repka office coordinator, spiritual care services, joined Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 1987. She has taken courses at Southwestern Illinois College for Microsoft Office volume I, marketing and accounting. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, children and grandchildren.
Chaplain Lisa M. Scott-Joiner, D.Min, BCC, Chaplain Supervisor, is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, receiving a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Eden Theological Seminary. She holds a master of divinity and a doctorate of ministry in pastoral care and counseling and has more than 25 years of pastoral and chaplaincy experience in both parish, community outreach and hospital settings.

Staff Chaplains


Chaplain Pat Baker, M.Div, M.ED, BCC, is an endorsed member of the Archdiocese of St. Louis Catholic Church and has been on the Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Extended Care staff for four years. Her areas of special interest are crisis and critical care chaplaincy, and working with positive, emotional, and spiritual aging among older adults and those with cognitive diminishment.
Chaplain Julie Allen Berger, D. Min., BCC, is ordained in the Presbyterian Church, USA, with degrees from Eden Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School. On the full time Barnes-Jewish Hospital staff since 1992, her areas of special interest are oncology, palliative care and compassion fatigue among health care workers.
Chaplain Charles Dey, M.Div., is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and has served in the spiritual care department since 2010. His areas of professional interest include thoracic surgery, acute pulmonary services and psychiatry.
Luke Gleaves graduated from Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles and received a bachelor's degree in philosophy and religion from Truman State University and a master's of divinity degree from Denver Seminary. Luke is an officer in the Army pursuing military chaplaincy along with hospital chaplaincy. He met his wife, Amy at Truman State and has been married six years. Luke is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and anything else that lets him be outside.
Chaplain Ellen H. Hiatt, BCC, is an ordained United Church of Christ minister who received her Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in 1979. She has served in a local pastorate as well as chaplain at Lakeside Juvenile Center, St. Louis State Hospital, Deaconess Hospital and Anderson Hospital in Maryville, Ill. Gardening, singing, Reiki and family time are important self-care practices for her.
Fr. Augustine Kizhakkedam is a catholic priest of the Carmelite Religious Order. He received his master's degree in sociology and special training in addiction counseling and psycho-therapy in India. His ministry has included administrative and leadership opportunities, as well as invitations to share his teaching and preaching ministry. His hobbies are reading about classical spiritual writers, visiting people and sight-seeing.
Chaplain Lawrence Olatunde, M.Div. is an ordained minister in the non-denominational Christian church and has been on the Barnes-Jewish Hospital staff since 1994. A National Crisis Intervener, his areas of special interest are Emergency and Trauma, Victims of Violence Care, and Mass Casualties.
Father James C. Gray, Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, has been at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital for 10 years as their catholic chaplain. Fr. Gray also serves as pastor of a parish in Maplewood, Missouri.
Rabbi Larry Glestein was ordained as rabbi in June 1986 at Rockland, NY, rabbinical seminary and graduated from Adelphi University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in education. Joining the staff of Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 2010 after 20 years in elder care, his interests are oncology and general medicine.
Shana graduated with an M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. She is certified ready to seek a call by the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA). Her hometown is Columbus, OH, where her first career was in corporate communications and design. Shana covers clinical areas including hospitalist and colon/GI units.

Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister with the United Pentecostal Church International. She holds her M.Div. from Urshan Graduate School of Theology and a BA in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal is currently a board certified chaplain with APC and holds a clinical membership with ACPE. Crystal has served as a chaplain in the Medical Intensive Care Unit, High Risk Cardiology, General Medicine, Infectious disease, Colo-rectal Surgery and Urology, and has experience working in diverse settings throughout the hospital. She is currently a CPE Supervisory Education Student. Professional interests include serving as a committee member for Schwartz Rounds, Spiritual Care Professional Development Committee and the Second Victim Debriefing We Care Team at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Triage Chaplains

April D. Hughes, BA, contract chaplain, is a Consecrated Deaconess of the Lutheran Church Missouri. She has completed 6 clinical pastoral education units, serving at veteran's administration hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital since 2003. April plans to pursue her Masters of Divinity in the near future.
Chacko Issac is an ordained priest from the Indian Orthodox Church. He serves as a Triage Chaplain for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In addition, he works as a parish priest at St. Mary's Orthodox Church in Hazelwood, Missouri. He completed his theological studies at the Orthodox Theological Seminary Kottayam, India and acquired a Bachelor of Divinity from Serampore University Calcutta, India.
Jack Swank began working as a contract chaplain in May 2012. He has earned the degrees of A.A.S., B.S., M.Div., and D.Min. as well as a certificate in spiritual direction. Professionally and personally, he maintains a small spiritual direction practice, well-being and fitness coaching, as well as spending time with his wife, kids, grand kids and three dogs. He regularly reads and engages in various methods of physical, spiritual and mental health development practices.
Barbara Tumminia, MA, contract chaplain, has been with Barnes-Jewish Hospital since 2009. She has a master of arts in Christian pastoral counseling and is seeking ordination through the National Conservative Christian Church (NCCC).
Isaac Wanyoike, D.Min, ordained in the Presbyterian church of East Africa, serves a Kenyan Presbyterian congregation in St. Louis through the local Presbytery of Giddings - Lovejoy. A graduate of Kenyan and American seminaries, he holds Masters of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. He enjoys family life and pastoral care both at the hospital and with his congregation.

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