Gordon J Hilsman Resume


Professional Certifications:

  • ACPE Supervisor - Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, 1981
  • Board Certified Chaplain, Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) 1984
  • Chaplain Supervisor, National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) 1991


 Employment: (retired November 2011)


  • Manager of CPE, and Clinical Educator, Franciscan Health System, Tacoma WA 1991-2011

  • Director of Pastoral Care, Memorial Medical and Treatment Centers, Ashland WI 1979-1991

  • Alcoholism Counselor, Bell Hill Recovery Center, Wadena MN 1977-1979

  • Parish Priest and Catholic school teacher, Dubuque Archdiocese 1967-1977

                                                             Clinical Education:

Supervisory CPE: Rush-Presbyterian Medical  Center, Chicago IL 1974-5


Advanced CPE:Alcoholism Treatment Unit, Dept. of Psychiatry, Rush-Presbyterian Medical Center, Chicago IL 1974


Basic CPE:


  • Lutheran Social Services, Eau Claire WI, County Hospital and Bar Ministry, 1970;

  • Kettle Morraine Boys School, Plymouth, WI, Youthful Offender Corrections, 1971;

  • Rush-Presbyterian Medical Center, Chicago IL Coronary Care, 1972


Awards and Professional Involvements:


  •  - Researcher of the Year 1989 – Joint Committee on Research in Pastoral Care - For list of publications see Publications page on this website 

    ​Professional Involvements:
    ACPE National Standards Committee (2007-2011) Joint Committee on Creating Common Standards for Pastoral Educators, (2004-2005) ACPE Manual rewriting committee (2005-2006) ACPE  - National Certification Commission, ACPE, 1998-2004 ACPE National Finance Committee (1987-89) ACPE Pacific Region - Certification Committee, ACPE, 1992-2003 (Chair 1998-2003) ACPE North Central Region - Treasurer, (1985-89) ACPE North Central region Accreditation Committee (1989-1991) NACC - Certification Interview Team, NACC Pacific Northwest, ~1994-2007 NACC Certification Commission, 2013- present

    NACC – Certification Appeals Panel – 2008-2-12

    ACPE Appeals Panel 2012 - present Board Member, The Mental Health Chaplaincy of Pierce County, WA, 1998-2005
     Personal:Married thirty-four years, to Nancy, a retired Mental Health RN. Three children, ages 31, 29, 27.
    Enjoy writing, walking, dogs, folk singing, public speaking, and Seattle Seahawks football and Mariners baseball