Welcome to the Congregation-Based Clinical Pastoral Education of Western New York website.

Congregation-Based CPE is a continuing education program offered in Western New York that teaches pastoral care and leadership and systems theory for clergy and lay ministers in the church. It is designed for experienced pastors as well as ministers and seminarians new to pastoral work.

     CPE of WNY Announcements:

The 2016 Buffalo Congregation-Based CPE unit ended in June 2016.

The 2016 Western PA Congregation-Based unit began in Clarion, PA in August and will end in December 2016

The 2017 Buffalo Congregation-Based unit will begin in late January or early February and run until June of 2017. If you are interested in enrolling for the unit, please contact Rev. Bob Spilman (716 479-7933) for information. This will be Rev. Spilman's last unit as he is retiring in August 2017.
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                         Three units are offered each year, fall/winter unit (Buffalo) from October to February (one day per week), spring unit (Rochester) from March to June (two days every other week) and a summer/fall unit from August to November (two days every other week).            

               Reverend Robert Spilman is the CPE Supervisor. He was certified as a Full Supervisor by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) in 1990. He is an ordained pastor of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Rochester and his M. Div. from Yale University. He completed his theological education at Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Church photo

This program is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education as a Satellite of Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo
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               This program is also offered as a component of the ministry offerings of the Samaritan Pastoral Counseling Center of the Niagara Frontier. It is certified for twelve (12) CEU credits by the Eastern District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

           Please look through the entire website to get information on tuition rate, financial assistance, curriculum, program information and how to apply for this program. There are also endorsements from judicatories and students. There is a special section for judicatories to learn about how this program can benefit you and your ministers and seminarians.


If you have any questions concerning this program, contact Reverend Robert Spilman at:  robertspilman@congregationbasedclinicalpastoraleducationwny.org


Accredited As A Satellite of Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo, New York
Accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)