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The Leadership Team
Mr. Thomas Y. (Ty) Crowe, II, M.Div., B.C.C.
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, and is a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains.
The Rev. Christopher V. Brown, M.Div., B.C.C.
Director of the Clinical Pastoral Education Program
Ordained Baptist minister and member of the National Baptist Convention USA, is the Director of the Clinical Pastoral Education program and a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains. 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, M.Div., B.C.C.
Chaplain of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
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, M.A., B.D., B.C.C.
Family Advocate Coordinator and Surgery Chaplain
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, M.Div., B.C.C.
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. Kat Kowalski, M.Div.
Neonatal ICU Chaplain & Perinatal Palliative Care Support
Serves as the Neonatal ICU Chaplain in the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, providing care to the very youngest hospital patients and their families. She is a valued member of the pediatric team with expertise in perinatal palliative care and ministry. An ordained interfaith minister, Kat received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and women's studies from University of Maryland at College Park, and was awarded the master of divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry (Berkeley, California). The video Holding Space: Palliative Care in the NICU highlights Kat's work.
Rabbi Dr. Tsvi G. Schur, D.C.P.C.
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.
Fr. Patrick Besel, M.A., M.Div.
Serves as the Roman Catholic Chaplain for the hospital. Fr. Patrick earned the master of divinity degree from St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, and a masters degree in pastoral counseling from Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore). He has served as a pastor in local parishes and as a counselor at a mental health clinic and crisis center. Before answering the call to religious life, Fr Patrick was an intelligence officer in the Army Reserve.
The Rev. Joshua Rodriguez-Hobbs, M.Div.
Serves as the Episcopal Chaplain for the hospital. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Biblical Languages from Lubbock Christian University in Texas, and the master of divinity degree from Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. He also received a diploma in Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Before assuming his pastoral duties at Johns Hopkins Hospital he served as a parish priest and a hospice chaplain. He is a Certified Educator Candidate, in training to educate chaplaincy students in the ACPE program.
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 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.