Learning to Care for the Spirit

Combining ACPE accredited spiritual education with the premier medical care of North Memorial Health – Robbinsdale Hospital.


Learn the sacred practice of ministry and reflection with a supervisor and peers. Clinical Pastoral Education, or CPE, includes in-depth study of “living human documents,” meaning both the people who are receiving care and the self.

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Clinical Pastoral Education

Students meet as a group to review case studies, discuss issues of practical theology, critique each other’s pastoral work, and participate in didactic seminars. Students also receive individual consultation with an ACPE Certified Educator. Accredited by ACPE, we are devoted to providing education and improving the quality of ministry and pastoral care offered by spiritual caregivers in a multicultural, multi-faith setting.

North – Robbinsdale Hospital Advantage

Our program offers a respectful, safe, small-group environment that focuses on action-reflection learning.

We foster your professional development through:

  • Personal goal-setting and ongoing reflection
  • Theological and spiritual reflection
  • Facilitated peer discussion
  • Collaboration with hospital staff and patients
  • Mentorships with chaplains
  • Consultation with ACPE Certified Educator
  • Evaluation process

Why North Memorial Health? See what our medical residents have to say!

North – Robbinsdale Hospital’s wide range of clinical settings offers incredible opportunities for practicing ministry, including:

  • Cancer care
  • Emergency Care
  • Heart and Vascular
  • ICU
  • Level I Trauma Center
  • Medical and Surgical units
  • Neonatal ICU (NICU)
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Palliative Care

Our Team

Kim has been a Certified Educator with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) since 2010. She has her B.A. from Concordia College, Moorhead, and M.Div. from Luther Seminary in St. Paul. She did congregational internship in an Anglican church in the suburbs of London, England, and completed CPE residency at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Kim is ordained in the Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.). Kim is certified as a Healthcare Ethics Consultant through the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. She previously served as a clinical ethics consultant at Abbott Northwestern as well as CPE educator, and before that at United Hospital as an educator and board certified chaplain with a focus on oncology, hospice and mental health. Kim lives in Bloomington where she encourages her kids, husband and dog to get lost daily in the woods behind their house along the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

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Verlyn has been a Certified Educator since 2005. His undergraduate degree is in psychology from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. He has an M. Div. and a D. Min. from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. He has been a congregational minister for 20 years – serving three different churches – and worked for Allina Health from 1997 to 2019 as a Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor and as the director of the department starting in 2012.

In addition to Verlyn’s role at North – Robbinsdale Hospital, he works one day each week at Peace Reformed Church in Eagan. He has been married to his wife Kay for over 45 years. Together they have a son and a daughter (both married and each with a son and a daughter). For fun, Verlyn enjoys sports, folk music, movies and riding his 1999 Harley Davidson Springer.

Karin has her BA in Sociology from North Park University in Chicago, MA in Congregational and Community Care from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, and M.Div. also from Luther Seminary. Karin has served in higher education administration, congregational ministry, did her CPE internship at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, completed CPE residency at North Memorial Health, and worked at Children’s Minnesota. She is a trained spiritual director and spiritual direction supervisor.

Karin lives with her husband, kids, and dog in south Minneapolis where she can be found surrounded by books and yarn and wandering by the lakes.

North – Robbinsdale Hospital CPE Program

North – Robbinsdale Hospital offers Internship and Residency programs.


Summer Internship

North – Robbinsdale Hospital is offering a full-time, 11 week-long unit of CPE that will run May 28 to August 9, 2024. Students will serve as hospital chaplains and will provide on-call chaplain coverage during daytime/evening hours. Overnight coverage is provided by chaplain residents.

Extended Internship

North – Robbinsdale Hospital is offering an extended unit of CPE that will run from November 3, 2023, to April 6, 2024. The group will meet one day per week for five hours, TBD. Students will serve as hospital chaplains covering day and weekend shifts for an additional 13 hours a week. Clinical shifts are negotiable. Expectations for the weekly didactic sessions include (but are not limited to):

  • Creating specific learning goals
  • Five ministry encounter reports (verbatim presentations)
  • Weekly reflection journal
  • Reading assigned texts and articles
  • Mid-unit and end-of-unit evaluations

Individual consultation is scheduled once every two weeks. There is no application fee. The unit tuition is $750.

If you are interested, please contact Kim Goodman at kim.goodman@northmemorial.com. Applications can be sent to CPE@northmemorial.com.


We are accepting applications for the 2024-25 CPE residency program (12 month, 3 units) that will run from August 26, 2024, until September 5, 2025.

There is no application fee. The first unit tuition is $750, and the following units are $450. The stipend for the current year is $35,568. Employee benefits include medical, dental, 401k, and tuition reimbursement. Admissions requirements include one previous unit of Level 1 CPE. Interviews will be arranged by the CPE Lead.

Materials can be emailed to CPE@northmemorial.com or mailed to North – Robbinsdale Hospital – C/O Pastoral Care at 3300 Oakdale Ave N, Robbinsdale, MN 55422.

Applying to the Program


It’s free and simple to get started with us. Download the standard application form and email the completed document to Rev. Kim Goodman, CPE Certified Educator and Program Supervisor.

Download CPE Application


$750 (deposit due upon admission, balance due on the first day of the CPE unit)

Student Rights

North Memorial Health has been and continues to be committed to equal employment opportunity. North Memorial Health does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, or any other characteristic protected by law (“protected classes”).

North – Robbinsdale Hospital CPE Program guarantees to its students the right to inspect and review education records, to seek to amend them, to specify control over release of record information, and to file a complaint against the program for alleged violations of these Family Education and Privacy Act (FERPA) rights.


North – Robbinsdale Hospital is an accredited center to offer programs of Clinical Pastoral Education by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education Inc. (ACPE). ACPE is the premier, DOE-recognized organization that provides the highest quality CPE programs for spiritual care professionals of any faith and in any setting.

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Contact Information

North – Robbinsdale Hospital CPE Program

North – Robbinsdale Hospital Pastoral Care

Rev. Kim Goodman