Elwood Spackman

As Executive Director for the Emory Center Pastoral Services, Chaplain Woody Spackman is responsible for pastoral care for patients, ethical consultations and staff support throughout Emory Healthcare, clinical pastoral education (CPE) through Emory University’s Center for Pastoral Services, and the services of Emory Clergy Care.

Chaplain Spackman is an ordained United Methodist Minister, a certified supervisor in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, a certified Chaplain in the Association of Professional Chaplains, and a Certified Grief Counselor and Educator in the Association of Death Education and Counseling. 
In addition, he is the Chair of the SE region Clinical Pastoral Education certification committee.

 Woody holds faculty appointments at the Candler School of Theology and the Emory Center for Public and Policy and the Professions , co-chairs the Ethics Committees of the Emory Hospitals and Wesley Woods Hospital, and is a member of  numerous staff and patient-focused care committees throughout the Emory system and the nation’s professional chaplaincy network.

In addition to these primary duties, he often teaches on spirituality and health, ethical and spiritual issues in aging, ministry to persons experiencing grief, memory loss or chronic illness, palliative care, Advance Directives, bio-ethical dilemmas, and other issues of interest to health professionals and faith groups.