The Rev. Thomas S. Rogers
|The Rev. Thomas S. Rogers, III is an Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. Certified Educator and Episcopal Priest. Tommy grew up in Oklahoma City, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Christian University and a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.
In Fall 2011, Tommy served as a Supervisory Education Student at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Tommy was certified as an ACPE, Inc. Associate Supervisor in May 2015 and moved to Bishop Anderson House as the executive director June 1, 2015. Tommy was certified as Certified Educator March 2017.
In Tommy’s work as a pastoral educator, he draws upon Liberation Theology, Bowen Family Systems Theory, Systems-Centered® Training, and Transformational Learning. He has recently been certified as a Daring Way™ facilitator using Brené Brown’s work.
Tommy loves how open and inclusive our mission statement is, yet how it is clear that our area of focus is in the healthcare industry to make sure that spiritual and emotional needs of patients, families, and staff are being addressed in hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient clinics where we are engaged in ministry.
Tommy lives in Skokie with his husband Jason, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, who works for the Lake County Health Department as a Program Coordinator for the Case Management Program. Tommy’s favorite thing to do in the warm summer months is to walk along Lake Michigan.
The Rev. Matthew Seeds
Professional Chaplain, Stroger Hospital
Matt, a native of Pennsylvania, has been working as a chaplain and manager of spiritual care over three continuing care retirement facilities (there were 26 communities in total that were part of this system). He completed his residency at Houston Methodist Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center, in 2012. He is starting the process of being certified as a professional chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. Matt brings sensitivity, intuitiveness, kindness and conscientiousness to our agency.
The Rev. Micheal Smith
Professional Chaplain, Stroger Hospital
Micheal has just completed a two-year residency program at Advocate Trinity Hospital. He experienced a call to hospital chaplaincy when his wife, now a breast cancer survivor, was first diagnosed. He served for 14 years in parish ministry in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He endeavors to provide affirmation and hope to help people with chronic illnesses and comorbidities regain their existential meaning and purpose. We welcome his passion for community involvement as well as his interest in chaplaincy research. Micheal’s compassion for marginalized and disenfranchised people makes him an ideal addition to Stroger Hospital.
Chaplain for CORE Center
I have been in healthcare chaplaincy now for over twenty years. I had been involved in pastoral and worship ministry in a local church when I felt drawn to explore this profession. After I did a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and, challenging as it was, I knew that this was where I belonged vocationally. I led the Department of Spiritual Services at Resurrection Medical Center (Chicago) for sixteen years.
I am passionate about the importance and value of chaplaincy for persons who are dealing with issues of health and/or loss. The patients I visit have some connection with the CORE Center - the Cook County clinic that specializes in treating people with HIV/AIDS - but while they are hospital inpatients. They are mostly black and mostly poor. Many people do not have a "religious" background but it is my conviction that hospitalization by definition raises issues of meaning, by thrusting one into a situation of vulnerability, dependent upon others. Being able to be present to such persons is what my job entails, expressive of our BAH mission statement: "Advancing the well-being of individuals and communities where healthcare meets the human spirit." I get to see firsthand the value of reminding people that they matter, to God, to others; that they are not alone, that there is a community that cares about them and what is going on in their lives.
I live with my wife of forty-eight years, Janalee, in Evanston. I am also a singer/songwriter, whose songs have in some cases been recorded by others (as well as myself), such as Sandy Patti, Noel Paul Stookey, Steve Bell and others. We enjoy singing together, which we do with some regularity. We have three adult children and three grandchildren.
B.A.: Lincoln Christian University (Lincoln, Illinois)
Master of Pastoral Studies: Loyola University (Chicago)
Clinical Pastoral Education Residency: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (Park Ridge)
Board Certification: Association of Professional Chaplains
Director of Networking
I have been active at Bishop Anderson House since 1988, when my congregation answered a call for toys and Teddy Bears for the children’s’ wards at the old Cook County Hospital. When I saw the conditions in the pediatric wards I immediately wanted to be a part of the work of Bishop Anderson House and am proudest of our long-standing commitment of chaplaincy to the underserved population of Stroger Hospital.
In 2012 I joined the staff and serve as Director of Networking. A graduate of the 2012 Volunteer Chaplain Training, I found the training to be life-changing and am passionate about involving others in the program, as well as spreading the word about our chaplaincy ministries.
My husband Rick and I live in Palatine, but I look most forward to the times I spend in New Orleans, my “spiritual home.” It was there, as a kindergarten teacher in “the projects,” that I gained a true understanding of the disparities in our education and health care systems, and that drives me today to grow our work at Stroger Hospital.
Jonathan Randall Grant
Social Media and Branding Director
The Rev. David Kyllo
Adminstrator and Faculty,
Spiritual Care Visitor Program
The Rev David Kyllo and joined the Bishop Anderson House Spiritual Care Visitor Training faculty in 2012. A graduate of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, David served in several churches before engaging in Clinical Pastoral Education in San Antonio and Austin, TX. In 1989 he moved to Chicago to be the Director of Chaplaincy at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where he was a Senior Ethics Scholar. David returned to congregational ministry in 2010 and is the Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Deerfield, Illinois.
Dave now serves as the administrator for the Spiritual Care Visitor Training program, is a Trustee and is also past president of the BAH Board of Trustees.
The Rev. Trenton Pitcher
Advocate for the Deaf
Trenton is past Executive Director of Bishop Anderson House, and he continues to serve as Chaplain to the All Angels Guild for the Deaf. Trenton is one of a handful of Episcopal priests nationwide who are skilled in American Sign Language, and he uses this skill in providing pastoral care and leadership to a community which has been marginalized throughout history. All Angels Guild is the oldest ministry with the deaf community in the state of Illinois. If offers monthly educational opportunities to help access medical care for the deaf, social programs for Seniors and pastoral care with individuals throughout the Chicago metropolitan region.