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For a short biographical statement about each staff member, scroll to the end of the list or click on the name of each person to go directly to their information.
Mr. Thomas Y. (Ty) Crowe, II, is the Director of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy. He is an ordained teacher in the Shadhiliyya Sufi Order, and is a certified ACPE Supervisor. Prior to coming to The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Ty served as Coordinator of Clinical Pastoral Education at Sutter Medical Center, in Sacramento, California, for four years and was a part-time chaplain for the Sutter Center for Psychiatry. He has supervised CPE students at Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida; at Vitas Hospice in Ormond Beach, Florida; and at Tallahassee Memorial in Tallahassee. Ty has a particular interest in chaplaincy research and quality improvement.
The Rev. Christopher V. Brown, an ordained Baptist minister and member of the National Baptist Convention USA, is the Manager of the Clinical Pastoral Education program. Christopher served as an associate congregational pastor for a decade before becoming an ACPE supervisor. Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins he was a trauma chaplain at Atlanta Medical Center and Coordinator of CPE at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Alabama State University, and a master of divinity from Morehouse School of Religion's Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta.
The Rev. Rhonda S. Cooper is the Chaplain of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and an ordained clergy member of The Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and holds a master of divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. She served as a pastor for 15 years before becoming a hospital chaplain, and is a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains.
The Rev. John V.P.R. Ponnala, the Family Advocate Coordinator and Surgery Chaplain, is an ordained Lutheran minister of the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church of India, and is a Board Certified Chaplain through APC. John holds a masters of arts degree in history, and a bachelor of divinity degree from the Ecumenical Seminary of The United Theological College in Bangalore, India. He also holds a diploma in the Ecumenical Movement from the Bossey Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland, and advocates for the Dalit people (“untouchables”) of India.
The Rev. Matt Norvell, the Pediatric Chaplain, previously served for five years as the Family and Staff Bereavement Support member of the Harriet Lane Compassionate Care program at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. He also served as a member of the Johns Hopkins Children's Center palliative care team. Matt, an ordained Baptist minister, received his bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and the master of divinity degree from Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. At Johns Hopkins, he is the first full-time Board Certified Chaplain with a primary focus on pediatrics.
The Rev. David Grant Smith, the Episcopal Chaplain, has served parishes in Michigan and New York. He received his bachelor of arts in music education from Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, Illinois, and the master of divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary in Rochester, New York. David has served as a band and music teacher and church musician, and was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2008. At Johns Hopkins, he will provide spiritual care for Episcopal patients and caregivers.
Rabbi Dr. Tsvi G. Schur is the Jewish Chaplain. He received his bachelor of science degree from St. Joseph University, and was ordained by the Ner Israel Rabbinical College. He earned a doctor of pastoral counseling at Hebrew Theological College/Jewish University of America, and is a Certified Jewish Chaplain through the National Association of Jewish Chaplains. He has held rabbinical positions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Rochester, New York; and Miami Beach, Florida, before serving in chaplaincies in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Rabbi Schur served as the Jewish Community Services Chaplain in Baltimore from 1998 until 2010.
Linda Johnson-Harvey serves as the Staff Assistant for the department. In addition to her administrative skills, she is an ordained elder with the City of Hope International Worship Center in Columbia, Maryland. Before coming to Johns Hopkins, she served for 17 years as the Purchasing Coordinator for Owens and Minor, in Hanover, Maryland. She is a student at Chesapeake Bible College and instructor at Freedom Temple Bible Institute in Brooklyn, Maryland. She is also Director of Volunteers for the East Baltimore precinct of the Baltimore Police Department, an advocate for domestic violence and human trafficking with Samaritan Women.