FACULTY

Supervisors (Candidates) & Faculty

All supervisors-in-training are Board Certified Clinical Chaplains and Board Certified Pastoral Counselors.

Diplomate, Training Supervisor, Consultant

Rev. Dr. Cesar G. EspinedaRev. Dr. Cesar G. Espineda, is a pastoral psychotherapist, clinical theologian, and educator in private practice in Manhattan, New York City. He is the Founding Director-Training Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at One Spirit Learning Alliance, Inc. in Manhattan. He has conducted CPE programs in Manhattan, White Plains, New York, and Hartford, Connecticut. He is currently doing supervisory education program in CPE at Harlem Hospital Center, and at the Good Shepherd Church in Lakewood City, California.

He was Vice President for Counseling Services and Ethics Program at Continuum Hospice Care-Jacob Perlow Hospice, where he founded a hospice-palliative based CPE program. His trained lay and ordained professionals included persons of all faiths including orthodox rabbinic students from Yeshiva University in New York City.

While pursuing his graduate studies, his pastoral and sacramental assignments included ministries at Holy Family, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, and Epiphany Church in Manhattan, and Christ the King Church in the South Bronx, New York. His missionary activities took him to Australia, New Zealand, and Western and American Samoa.

He holds a Master of Philosophy in ecumenical studies, a post graduate degree, from Union Theological Seminary, New York City. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in administration and supervision, an Advance Professional Diploma in religion and religious education, and a Master of Arts in pastoral care and counseling from Fordham University, New York City. The Divine Word Seminary in the Philippines awarded him a degree in theology and philosophy, and UTS recognized his graduate theological studies with a Master in Sacred Theology degree.

He is a Diplomate-Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AETS); Diplomate-Training Supervisor in CPE, Board Certified Clinical Chaplain, and Board Certified Pastoral Counselor in the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy. He is an associate member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and a member of Asia-Pacific Palliative Care Network, New York Citizens’ Committee on Health Care Decisions, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, and Southern Gerontology Society.


Supervisors (candidates)

Rev. Brian DelvauxRev. Brian Delvaux, completed twenty years of Catholic education in the Los Angeles area before his ordination to the priesthood by Cardinal Timothy Manning on May 25, 1974. He earned his M.Div. degree at St. John Seminary in Camarillo, California.

Father Delvaux served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as associate pastor at two Roman Catholic parishes, St. John Fisher Church in Rancho Palos Verdes and St. Patrick Church in North Hollywood. He completed additional graduate courses in counseling at California State University, Long Beach.

Before he was appointed pastor of Good Shepherd American Catholic Church, which he founded on February 1, 1993, Father Delvaux was associate pastor of St. Matthew Church in Orange, California.

Fr. Brian currently serves as a board certified resource chaplain at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center/Miller’s Children’s Hospital. He is involved in patient, family meetings, bio-ethics orientation for resident physicians, and is a facilitator of bereavement support groups. He also holds board certification as a pastoral counselor.


Rev. Joe HolguinRev. Joe Holguin, a native Angeleno, was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Timothy Manning on July 5, 1975.  He earned his Master of Divinity degree at St. John Seminary, Camarillo, California, after attending St. John College, Camarillo, and El Instituto Superior de Estudios Eclesiasticos, Mexico City.  Joe served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as associate pastor at St. Joseph, Hawthorne, St. Margaret Mary, Lomita, and St. Agatha, Los Angeles.  After completing graduate studies in Religious Education at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, he was appointed priest-secretary to the bishop of the newly formed San Fernando Pastoral Region.  Other appointments include pastor of Guardian Angel, Pacoima and St. Finbar, Burbank.

Joe currently serves as associate pastor at Good Shepherd American Catholic Church, Lakewood, where his duties include Pastoral Counselor, Wedding Officiant and Funeral Celebrant.  He is also a certified clinical chaplain and staff member of the Spiritual Care Department at Long Beach Memorial/Miller Children's Hospital, Long Beach.  Joe is bilingual in English and Spanish.


Rev. Annie R. McCaryRev. Annie R. McCary
Ordained Minister of Religious Science since 2008 by United Church of Religious Science, now known as United Centers for Spiritual Living.

She received a Master of Consciousness Studies , 2005, through Holmes Institute of Consciousness Studies, San Diego California.

Reverend McCary is a Registered Nurse Practitioner, and has worked in the Healthcare field for over 30 years.  She is currently Employed with Los Angeles County+USC Healthcare Network in the field of Hospital  Infection Prevention and Epidemiology.

Reverend McCary is certified by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy as a Board Certified Clinical Chaplain as well as a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor.

She is one of the founding members of The Good Shepherd Clinical Pastoral Training Center.


Fr. Ramon PedrosaRev. Ramon Pedrosa was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest by Archbishop Oscar Cruz in San Agustin Church, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines on March 12, 1978. He finished his Philosophy at Adamson University, Manila, in 1973 and Theology in 1978 at the University of Santo Tomas Central Seminary, Manila. After ordination, he continued his postgraduate studies earning his Master of Arts in History in 1981 and PhD in History passing the comprehensive exam in 1985. Fr. Ramon was assigned in the Augustinian Seminary for Theologians and Philosophers in 1978 and 1982 respectively teaching as Professor and Formator at the same time. After a stint of five years, he was sent to Spain and commissioned to gather Official Archival Documents for the newly created Filipino Augustinian Province of Santo Nino de Cebu and to research for his doctoral dissertation which he finished in 1986 pending oral defense. Fr. Ramon served the Order of St. Augustine (OSA) in various capacities aside from seminary formation. He was Associate Pastor in San Agustin Church, Intramuros, Guadalupe Church in Makati, Rizal, Professor in San Agustin Major Seminary in Quezon City, Guidance Counselor in Colegio San Agustin, Binan, Laguna, Parish Priest of St. Jerome Church in Chrysantemum Village, San Pedro, Laguna, Spiritual Director and Consultant of Cursillo Movement, Diocese of San Pablo, Laguna. In the United States, he was assigned as Associate Pastor and Chaplain of the University Parish in the Diocese of Lubbock, Texas in 1998. He was also appointed as Presbyteral Council Secretary in the same Diocese.  He was appointed Associate Pastor in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in the Diocese of San Bernardino, Indio, California.

Fr. Ramon currently serves as Associate Pastor of Holy Trinity Church in Long Beach, California, in the Diocese of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion of Orange (ECC). He teaches First Communion and Confirmation classes in the Parish as well as performing masses, baptisms, marriages, quincenearas, funerals and other sacramentals like house blessings. He is also a Board Certified Clinical Chaplain and Board Certified Pastoral Counselor. He works as a Resource Chaplain and Staff member of the Spiritual Care Department at Long Beach Memorial and Medical Center/Miller Children's Hospital in Long Beach. He also serves as Chaplain to two Hospices: Nurses Plus Hospice in Cerritos and Bayside Hospice in Lomita. At present, he is undertaking Supervisory-in-Training (SIT) in Chaplaincy at the Good Shepherd Clinical and Pastoral Training Center in Lakewood, California. Fr. Ramon is trilingual - Filipino, Spanish and English.


Rev. Gwen M. PowellRev. Gwen M.  Powell completed over twenty years of metaphysical education in the Los Angeles area before being ordained as an interfaith minister in 1999.  After four years of studies she became a Religious Science Practitioner serving in Guidance Church. She earned a Bachelor of Art degree in Cultural Anthropology from Arizona State University; a Master Degree in Metaphysical Science and a Doctoral Degree specializing in Pastoral Counseling Psychology from the University of Sedona.

Dr Powell is founder and director of See More Family Unity, a nonprofit organization specializing in reuniting family members who are separated by divesting life events.

Dr Powell is a board certified Pastoral Counselor in the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.  In addition, she currently serves as a certified clinical chaplain in the Spiritual Care Department at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, California. She is one of the Founding Members of The Good Shepherd Clinical Pastoral Training Center.


Feleti Ngan-WooRev. Malietoa Tauasa Feleti E. Ngan-Woo,
MDiv MA-Bioethics BCCC BCPC

Ordained Minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
Certitifed Clinical Chaplain
Certified Pastoral Counselor
Palliative Care Chaplain, LMMMC & MCH / Pastor
Lecturer, Bioethics/Compassionate Care/End of Life Care
Lecturer, Cross Cultural Communication 
Member of the MHS IRB (Memorial Healthcare Systems
Institution Research (Human Subject) Board
Members of the Bioethics Committee of LBMMC & MCH
Founding Chaplain & Convener, Lakewood Chapter, CPSP
Founding Chaplain & Convener, Long Beach Chapter, CPSP
Member, Interfaith Community Organisation of Long Beach/PICO
Former Member and President Elect, SCIC
Paramount Chief, Manase, Samoa
Author, FAASAMOA: The World of Samoans 
Bilingual & Bicultural

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