Our Chaplains

He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Quiet! Be still!" The wind ceased and there was great calm. Mark 4:39

Deaconess Hospital chaplains play a critical role in patient care. Through prayer and other pastoral services, they bring peace and healing to our patients. A chaplain is available 24 hours a day.

Meet Our Staff

 Charles Doughty, Religious Life Manager

Margaret C. Matacale, CPE Coordinator

Joseph Foster, CPE Supervisor

Janice Coffing, Staff Chaplain


Carolyn Edwards, Staff Chaplain


Emily English, Staff Chaplain


Jamie Erikson, Administrative Assistant

2015-2016 CPE Residents:


Contact Deaconess Religious Life

Call 812-450-2260 or complete the form below.

Joseph Foster, CPE Supervisor, Manager of the Religious Life Department 1975-2002, is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and the founder of the CPE program at Deaconess. Chaplain Foster earned his Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky and a Master of Arts degree from Butler University, Indianapolis Indiana. Chaplain Foster is a certified Supervisor of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and a Board Certified Chaplain of the Association of Professional Chaplains.

For more information about how Religious Life can assist you and your loved ones, please contact us.

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