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Chaplain services

VA Lebanon's chaplains are trained specialists in spiritual and religious care, available to patients and their families throughout their hospital stays. Daily Mass is at 12 Noon Monday-Thursday. On Federal Holidays, there is not a Mass. On Sundays, the Protestant Service begins at 8:45 a.m. and Mass is held at 10:30 a.m. If you have any questions or concerns, you may call the Chief of Chaplains, Dean Luther at 717-272-6621, extension 6021 or Chaplain Secretary, Vincent Zvorsky, extension 5085.

Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education is an interfaith method of theological education through which a student exercises and learns pastoral skills. It provides a learning situation to develop awareness of the theological and psycho-social concerns of persons in crisis. We seek to celebrate, refine and to enhance your already natural, innate, and honed gifts for spiritual care. This will be done through structured weekly educational elements, peer group engagement, and supervision and instructions from experts in the field.

Upcoming Classes:

Lebanon VAMC Now Accepting Applications for Summer CPE Unit, May 28 - August 9, 2024.

Applications Due March 1, 2024:
Applicants will be reviewed and interviewed as CPE applications are received, until program is filled. It is advised to submit by early fall as student slots are limited. Please contact Dean Luther, or 717-228-6021

No Tuition:
CPE Interns, upon acceptance, must complete a background check and other federal requirements to officially enter the program. They must also provide medical documentation of all immunizations required in this healthcare setting, including a current TB test.

Lebanon VA Medical Center offers three CPE Programs.  Summer Intensive, Year Long Residency and Fall-Spring Extended Unit.

Lebanon VA Medical Center is Accredited by:
ACPE: The Standard for Spiritual Care and Education
1 Concourse Pwky, Suite 800
Atlanta, GA 30328


Chaplain services

Chaplains are available for walk-ins Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The hospital operator must be called to reach a chaplain evening to early morning hours, between :
Monday through Friday; 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday; anytime.


The Chapel is open from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., seven days a week.
For general questions, more information, or assistance please call

Chaplain Secretary:

Administrative Officer

Chief of Chaplains

Staff Chaplains

  • Chaplain Christopher Lehr   (Protestant)   M. Div., BCC.   ext. 4881
  • Chaplain Shellie Sterner  (Protestant)  M. Div., BCC.  ext. 5435
  • Chaplain David Spooner (Protestant) M.Div.  ext. 4576
  • Chaplain Paul Schenck   (Catholic) MS, M.Div, EdD, BCC-MH, BCPC  ext. 5087
  • Chaplain James Franklin (Protestant) M.Div (HBPC)