Chaplain Services Staff

Duke University Hospital

John OliverRev. John P. Oliver, DMin, ACPE Certified Educator, and director, earned bachelor's degrees in arts and music from Samford University, his master's degree of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a doctorate of ministry from Columbia Theological Presbyterian Seminary. John's doctoral work focused on the provision of pastoral care to those who have experienced traumatic events. Much of his energy has been dedicated to training clergy in the art of caring for people with mental health challenges. John is certified as an ACPE Certified Educator by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education and endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Prior to returning to Duke in 2018 John provided spiritual support to Veterans, their families and loved ones as Chief of Chaplain Service and CPE Educator at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center. While at the VA he also served as the Principal Investigator for an IRB study exploring moral injury after war, a study from which over 10 articles have been published. John grew up in Colombia, South America as the son of missionaries. He and his wife Karin have three grown children. John finds great joy in making music. Email John.

Ashley AckenAshley Acken, MDiv, is a graduate of Catawba College (BA) and Duke Divinity School (M.Div).  She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education internship and residency here at Duke. She also participated in Clinical Pastoral Education at the Durham VA Medical Center. Ashley is currently in the process of becoming a diaconal minister for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). Prior to chaplaincy, Ashley worked in campus ministry and higher education student affairs. Ashley’s interests include the intersection of mental health and spiritual care, staff care and resiliency, and measuring religiosity and spirituality in hopes of providing better care.  Email Ashley.

Amanda AlexanderAmanda Alexander, MDiv, is an ordained Baptist minister, endorsed by the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Columbus State University, and earned her Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the McAfee School of Theology. During her studies at McAfee, Amanda developed a passion for offering clinician support as a Chaplain at the bedside for patients, families, and staff throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area. As of date, Amanda’s career as a Chaplain afforded her the opportunity to serve as a Intern at the Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, Resident at Emory University Midtown Hospital and Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children, and a PRN Chaplain at Emory University Midtown Hospital. Amanda is currently a Certified Education Candidate at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. Email Amanda.

Theresa BaylessTheresa Bayless, MDiv, MSW, BCC, has 30 years’ experience in corporate management and administration. She has also served as Director of Community Services for United Way where she was a liaison between community leaders and the organization with oversight of United Way’s 40+ allocation volunteers. Since 2017, Theresa has provided care in the human service field at Duke University Hospital.  Theresa earned her MDiv from Duke University and her MSW from UNC Chapel Hill. She completed her MSW internships at Duke University Hospital in their Emergency Department and at SAFEchild caring for domestic violence survivors. Theresa went further to complete a Residency in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Duke University Hospital. She is now a Board Certified Chaplain and a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains.  Currently, Theresa is Senior Clinical Administrative Chaplain at Duke University Hospital where she provides administrative and clinical oversight of the Heart Center and Emergency Department. Theresa also provides administrative oversight for Chaplain Services and Education volunteer program. Theresa is passionate about holistic care of patients, families, and staff. She has created innovative programming reaching well beyond her clinical areas. Theresa is committed to caring for the human spirit. Email Theresa.

Peggy GoldPeggy Davis Gold, MDiv, ACPE Certified Educator, is a Baptist minister and a graduate of Agnes Scott College (BA) and Duke Divinity School (MDiv). She completed her residency in pastoral care at this center (1997-1998) and served for two years as a chaplain with Partners In Caring, an HIV/AIDS ministry. She is endorsed for chaplaincy by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. She is certified as a ACPE Certified Educator by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. Email Peggy.


Michael GrossMichael E. Gross, DMin, BCC, Senior Clinical Administrative Chaplain, Children's Services, is a board-certified chaplain and an ordained Baptist minister. He is endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship for specialized ministry. He received the Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University. He received the Master of Divinity from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Virginia. Prior to joining Chaplain Services and Education, he served as the Lead Chaplain and Staff Chaplain for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He has served as the Coordinator of the Pastoral Services Department at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, AL, and as a Clinical Chaplain with the Partners in Caring program, which was part of Duke Chaplain Services and Education. He served in churches in Virginia and Alabama. Michael's research interests include pediatric spiritual care, spiritual assessment, pastoral formation, narrative therapy implications for spiritual care and resiliency influenced preventive spiritual support. Email Michael.

Artie HendricksArtie Hendricks, M.Div., Th.M, BCC, Clinical Chaplain—Palliative Care and Bereavement Services, is an ordained minister endorsed for chaplaincy in the United Church of Christ and a board certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains.  He received his BA from Wofford College and both the Masters of Divinity and Masters of Theology from Duke Divinity School.  He formerly directed the Partners in Caring program, a component of the Department of Chaplain Services and Education and the Duke Division of Infectious Diseases, where one of his duties was to provide spiritual care in the Duke Infectious Diseases Clinic.  He currently serves as the chaplain for the Adult Palliative Care consult service and as coordinator of the Duke Hospital Bereavement Services program.  Artie is a former hospice chaplain, Army National Guard chaplain, and bereavement coordinator.  His interests include community outreach, palliative spiritual care, grief support, spiritual care to military veterans, and project development. Email Artie.

David HormenooDavid Hormenoo, PhD, CPE, Certified Educator, is an ordained Baptist pastor from Ghana. He graduated from the Ghana Baptist Theological Seminary with a BTh degree and later from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, with degrees of MDiv with Biblical Languages, MA in Religious Education, and PhD in Pastoral Care and Counseling. He served as a professional chaplain, multicultural minister-in-residence and the coordinator of the Visiting Clergy Partnership Program at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He is certified as a ACPE Certified Educator by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, is a board-certified chaplain with the Association for Professional Chaplains, and is endorsed by Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. David joined our department in May 2007. Email David.

Omoviekovwa NakireruOmoviekovwa Nakireru, PhD, Catholic Priest, is an ordained Roman Catholic priest from Nigeria. He is a Board-Certified Chaplain and endorsed by the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. He graduated from SS Peter and Paul Major Seminary Ibadan, Nigeria with a BD degree. He studied at San Francisco State University, where he earned a BA in Philosophy and Religion, and a MA in Educational Technology. He also earned a MS in journalism and PhD in Communications from Ohio University. Fr. Nakireru is the author of three books was a professor of Communications at Methodist University, Fayetteville State University, and Shaw University. Fr. Nakireru’s areas of interventions include Marital Crisis Intervention, Anger Management Intervention, Grief Counseling, and Suicide Prevention.  He served as a contract chaplain for Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg for 18 years. He worked for the US Air Force and the US Marines at Cherry Point, NC. He also worked as a staff chaplain for the Veterans Administration hospital in Columbia, South Carolina. He joined Duke Chaplain Services and Education in October 2013. Email Father Nakireru.

Annette OlsenAnnette Olsen, MDiv, BSSW, IHC, CH, BCC: Duke Cancer Institute & Cancer Center, ABMT Service Inpatient Oncology. A graduate of the Chicago Theological Seminary (Clinical Theology), the University of Wisconsin (Social Work), and the Duke Integrative Medicine's Professional Training program for Integrative Health Coaches (IHC), Annette arrived Duke in 1999 as the first full-time Duke Children's Hospital (15-yrs) and Women's Services Chaplain (15-yrs), while conjointly serving Neurosciences (12-yrs) and Surgical Services (3-yrs). She now serves Adult Oncology (since ‘14). Her passions include research, and was the Duke IRB’s Theology Appointment (1999-2013) as well as National Project Chaplain, Interventionist and Co-PI for a multi-site Templeton Foundation Grant awarded to Duke in 2012 for introducing Board Certified Chaplains to professional research. Prior to Duke she worked several years as an adolescent and adult psychiatric social worker and counselor, public school educator/coach, and Chaplain (Adult Acute/LTC/HIV, and Peds). Spiritual assessment, care-planning, ritual/ceremony, and spiritual health programs with diversity in mind is her passion. She has grown our Community Spiritual Care Referral Network from 4-community groups in 1999 to 65+ different religions, spiritual paths, and cultural groups with 166+ responders. Annette serves on our Sexual and Gender Diversity Advisory Council (SOM), 2-Duke and 1-Joint NCCU & UNC Community Health Equity and Research Boards, and since 2017 is an adjunct Duke OIE Staff Diversity Trainer. Email Annette.

Yoshiya TakahashiYoshiya Takahashi, MDiv, BCC, senior clinical administrative chaplain for children’s and women’s services, is an ordained elder and endorsed by the United Methodist Church. He is board certified as a chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains. Yoshiya earned his master’s degree of divinity from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. Before joining Duke, he was a staff chaplain at the University of Virginia Medical Center for six years. Before that he served as associate and senior pastor for two churches in Illinois for ten years. He also served as chaplain in a Christian kindergarten in Japan from 2002 through 2005. Email Yoshiya.

Stan YanceyStan Yancey, M.Div., MSW, ACPE Certified Educator, is an ordained minister endorsed by The Alliance of Baptists. He is a North Carolina native and grew up on a small farm near Raleigh. He received a bachelor’s degree in religion with a concentration in youth ministry from Campbell University, a master’s degree of divinity from Southeastern Seminary, and a master’s degree in social work from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He completed his CPE internship, residency, and educator training at Duke. Stan’s additional clinical training includes a two-year pastoral counseling training program, Licensed Clinical Social Work certification, and a yearlong Virginia Satir training. He previously coordinated a CPE program for seven years that placed students in homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and medical clinics for the uninsured. He envisioned and created a faith community partnership position as his social work field placement that facilitated faith groups and county human services collaborating with the goal of coordinated and enhanced care.  He has a special interest in how chaplains respond to the poor, as well as the addicted or those that live with mental illness. Stan spent a decade in the addiction field as chaplain and administrator serving as inpatient director for a county addiction treatment facility. He has a small private practice as a spiritually integrated psychotherapist at his home office, where he sees individuals, couples, and adolescents. Email Stan.

Ceil MatthewsCeil Matthews, Business and CPE Program Administrative Assistant, joined the Chaplain Services and Education department in November, 2014. Ceil is a graduate of the university of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a BS in business administration. Email Ceil.



Rochelle PadenRochelle Paden, Administrative Assistant and Community Clergy Liaison, joined Duke Chaplain Services and Education in September 2017. Prior to this, she worked for the Department of Food and Nutrition Services. Email Rochelle.



Duke Raleigh Hospital

Adrian DixonRev. Adrian L. Dixon, DMin, Director, led the development of the Chaplain Services Department in 2003. He was Duke Raleigh Hospital's clinical chaplain from 2003-2005 and has served as the Director of Chaplain Services & Education since 2006. Adrian earned a BA in Religion from Campbell University, an MDiv from Duke University and a DMin from Virginia Theological Seminary. He is an ordained Advent Christian minister and hold memberships with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, the Association of Professional Chaplains, and the North Carolina Chaplain's Association. He is actively involved in the community and speaks in various settings about the role of chaplaincy and ethics. In addition to his full-time role at the hospital, Adrian also pastors a church in Knightdale, NC. Email Adrian.

Amy CanosaAmy Canosa, MDiv, CPE Certified Educator, is a Baptist minister and endorsed for chaplaincy through the Alliance of Baptist. She earned a BS from Campbell University (Psychology and Religion) and an MDiv from Duke Divinity School. Before moving into the field of hospital chaplaincy, Amy served on staff of several churches and as a collegiate minister at UNC-Chapel Hill and Furman University. She completed her CPE residency training at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill and her supervisory education training at Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem. Before arriving at Duke Raleigh in June 2018, she served as the Manager for Clinical Pastoral Education at Greenville Health System in Greenville, SC. While in Greenville, she was an active member of the diversity team for the hospital and was invited to participate in the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership Initiative, becoming a Riley Diversity Leadership Fellow. She also served on the Enneagram faculty for the hospital system. Amy brings a passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion to her work at Duke Raleigh. She is also asked to share her Enneagram knowledge in various religious and secular settings. Email Amy.

Donovan WallerDonovan Waller, M.Div, CPE Certified Educator, is an ordained minister in the Trinity Full Gospel Fellowship and endorsed as a chaplain by Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches. Donovan earned his Bachelor of Science in Child & Family Community Service from Bowling Green State University and a M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary. Donovan completed his internship, residency, and Certified Educator training at Emory Health. Additionally, he served in the U.S. Army for eight years and as a youth pastor for five years in California. Email Donovan.

Duke Regional Hospital

Lisa Brown ColeRev. Lisa Brown Cole, MDiv, Director, is an ordained elder in the NC Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She earned a BA in religion from Elon University and an MDiv from Duke Divinity School. Prior to joining the department, she served as pastor in three United Methodist Churches. She is an endorsed chaplain by the United Methodist Church, and is a member of the NC Chaplains Association. She serves as Co-chair of the Duke Regional Hospital Diversity Team, and is a member of the Ethics Committee, as well as other Administrative Committees. Lisa oversees the Adjunct Chaplain Volunteer Staff, who support DRH by helping cover On Call responsibilities on weeknights and weekends. Lastly, she is involved in the community, speaking in various settings on Advance Directives and Advance Care Planning. Email Lisa.

Kiki BarnesShaquisha (Kiki) Barnes, MDiv, clinical chaplain, is an ordained minister in the Baptist Church, and endorsed for chaplaincy through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.  She earned a BS from Duke University and an MDiv from Duke Divinity School. Kiki brings chaplain experience from her work at the VA Medical Center at UNC Johnston Health, and as a Hospice chaplain, as well as in her leadership in the community through the local church, and mentoring Divinity school students. She serves as the Co-chair of the DRH Ethics Committee. Email Kiki.

Duke Outpatient Clinic

Katherine Henderson Katherine K. Henderson, MRP, M.Div., is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and serves as chaplain at the Duke Outpatient Clinic. Katherine attended seminary mid-career after studying biology at New York University, then urban planning (UNC-Chapel Hill), and working for a decade as a consultant, adjunct professor, and advocate for sustainable communities. Katherine completed her Clinical Pastoral Education training at Duke University Hospital and the Durham VA Hospital while earning her master’s degree of divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary with a focus in chaplaincy studies. At the Duke Outpatient Clinic, Katherine provides individual and group spiritual care with a focus on bereavement support. She works closely with medical and social work colleagues to support patients and their loved ones whose challenges can be complicated by intersecting systems of social injustice. Katherine’s interests include the impact of grief support groups on participant wellbeing and the role of the chaplain in outpatient contexts. She also writes poetry inspired by her work and service to others. Email Katherine.