Meet Our Pastors

Our pastors lead the charge at the forefront of cancer care ministry. They work to help other pastors and ministry leaders launch and grow cancer care ministries in their local churches and communities. Each of our pastors have specialized in-depth experience working with patients, caregivers, local churches and other pastors. They are here to equip leaders with practical tools, to mentor and to provide support in the journey of beginning successful cancer care ministries.

We would like to introduce you to a few members of this vital spiritual resource:

    “We are here in the pastoral care department to nurture the idea that one’s relationship with God is personal, precious and powerful. Our job is to make sure that is being allowed to happen on a continual basis while patients are disconnected from their faith-based community.”

    Rev. Percy McCray, Jr.
    Director of Pastoral Care

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    Overcoming cancer often requires a heroic amount of physical, emotional, and spiritual strength. No one understands this better than Rev. Percy McCray and his dedicated staff in our pastoral care department.

    Every day in the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Midwestern Regional Medical Center, the clergy persons, social service workers, and various volunteer community pastors help people like you build a bridge from despair to hope.

    As Rev. McCray says, “The goal of the department is to provide an ecumenical umbrella of spiritual support for patients, family members, and staff, whereby persons of any faith can be strengthened, motivated, and inspired to combat cancer.”

    In creating an environment conducive to healing and recovery, the department exists as a great source of comfort for patients and families.

    A fully ordained minister, Rev. McCray is a member of the United States Chaplains Association and an executive board member for Eternal Light Ministries in Chicago. He has been recognized as one of the “most influential African Americans in Lake County (IL)” by The People’s Voice newspaper for his religious and leadership roles within the community.

    Pastoral Training

    • Rhema Bible Training Center: Broken Arrow, OK
    • Inter-Denominational Coalition of Christian Churches: Detroit
    • Executive Council of the Church of God, Anderson, IN

    Certification

    • Fully ordained minister

    Practicing since 1993

    Info taken from http://www.cancercenter.com/midwestern/doctors-and-clinicians/percy-mccray/

  • "It is my duty to be a resource to cancer patients, helping them to find a better, more hopeful place of peace, rest, renewal and healing. The greater the hope, the greater the likelihood that patients will find the fortitude and strength, purpose and desire to fight cancer."

    Rev. Michael Barry, DMin
    Director of Pastoral Care

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    The whole-person approach to cancer care at Cancer Treatment Centers of America incorporates faith as both a practical and often necessary resource for healing. Rev. Michael Barry, director of pastoral care at CTCA Eastern Regional Medical Center, works daily with cancer patients and their families as they cope with the disease and move toward recovery.

    “I am thrilled that an organization like CTCA exists and understands the connection between the spiritual and physical self, and between faith and healing,” says Rev. Barry.

    Rev. Barry specializes in the connection between spirituality and health, particularly as it relates to cancer. He has written two books on the topic: A Reason for Hope, which deals primarily with issues related to faith and physical well-being, and A Season for Hope, a daily devotional for those battling cancer. His third and most recent book, The Art of Caregiving, deals with how to lend support and encouragement to loved ones with a chronic illness.

    Rev. Barry earned a doctorate degree in ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary and a master’s degree in divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout his 20-plus years of ministry, Rev. Barry has conducted numerous radio and television interviews around the country on the topic of spirituality and health.

    Degrees

    • Doctor of Ministry: Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA
    • Master of Divinity: Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
    • Bachelor of Arts: University of Texas at Austin

    Practicing since 1990

    Info taken from http://www.cancercenter.com/eastern/doctors-and-clinicians/michael-barry/

  • Michael Langham

    “To fail to treat the whole of a patient’s body, mind and spirit is to fail to wholly treat the patient.”

    Rev. Michael Langham
    Director of Pastoral Care

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    Rev. Michael Langham serves as the director of pastoral care at Cancer Treatment Centers of America Southwestern Regional Medical Center. Rev. Langham will tell you that one of the strongest medicines is hope. He believes hope is as critical to spiritual healing as conventional treatments are to physical recovery. His team is dedicated to helping create an atmosphere conducive to healing and recovery for you and your family.

    Rev. Langham is supported by a staff of four chaplains, all of whom have received denominational endorsement and two of whom are certified grief and bereavement counselors. The entire team takes their commitment to your spiritual needs seriously. Rev. Langham and the pastoral care team also provide spiritual support through the      Our Journey of Hope® program.

    In 1995, Rev. Langham earned a bachelor’s degree in pastoral care from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa and a standard teaching diploma from the Evangelical Training Association in Wheaton, Illinois. He is a certified grief and bereavement facilitator. He received clinical pastoral education credits at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Rev. Langham is a member of the United States Chaplains Association, the American Academy of Bereavement, and the Grief Recovery Institute.

    Active in ministry since 1984, Rev. Langham has served as an associate pastor at churches in Kentucky and Oklahoma, and is currently head of membership care ministry at From The Heart Church Ministries in Tulsa. Additionally, he speaks on a variety of cancer-related and spiritual topics on TV and radio, and at conferences.

    Degree

    • Bachelor of Arts, Pastoral Care: Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK

    Certifications

    • United States Chaplains Association
    • Certified Grief and Bereavement Facilitator

    Practicing since 1984

    Info taken from http://www.cancercenter.com/southwestern/doctors-and-clinicians/michael-langham/

  • Chip Gordon

    “It is important in the journey of cancer for patients and their caregivers to realize that they do not have to fight this battle alone.”

    Pastor Chip Gordon, MDiv
    Director of Pastoral Care

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    After learning about the mission of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Pastor Chip Gordon, director of pastoral care at Southeastern Regional Medical Center, was instantly impressed. He knew right away that he wanted to be a part of the team.

    In addition to the opportunity he sees for ministry to make a difference with patients, caregivers, and the staff, Pastor Gordon appreciates the CTCA focus on treating the whole person, rather than just a physical ailment.

    Pastor Gordon earned a master of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Auburn University. Throughout his more than 20 years of ministry experience, he has served as a youth pastor and senior pastor for various churches in North Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia. Most recently, he was the LifeCare pastor at a church in Newnan, Georgia, where his outreach was in counseling, hospital, funeral, grief, and bereavement.

    “My goal is to always be a good listener, as many times patients simply need to be heard,” says Pastor Gordon

    When working with patients, Pastor Gordon sees his role as helping them to understand that there is hope, and then guiding them to find that hope. He is also available to answer any questions that patients may have at any time concerning faith.

    Passionate about the community, Pastor Gordon serves on the board of directors at Bridging the Gap, a community outreach program providing food and other resources to people in need. He is also an advisor to the Newnan Youth Council.

    Born and raised in Newnan, Pastor Gordon met his wife Jo Ellen at Auburn University. She is currently a mathematics teacher at Newnan High School. In his free time, Pastor Gordon enjoys playing tennis with his two daughters.

    Degrees

    • Master of Divinity: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
    • Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communications: Auburn University, Auburn, AL

    Certification

    • Ordained and Licensed: First Baptist Church, Newnan, GA

    Practicing since 1993

    Info taken from http://www.cancercenter.com/southeastern/doctors-and-clinicians/chip-gordon/