Pastoral Care Staff

Pastoral Staff

Steve Sexton, Director

Steve is endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and is Board Certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains. He earned his M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has completed two years of post-graduate training in Bowen Theory at the Georgetown Family Center. He joined the Pastoral Care Department in 1991. He serves on several community boards and is a graduate of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2002.




Randy ShounRandy R. Shoun, M.Div, Director of Clinical Pastoral Education

Randy is an ordained minister and a member of the United Church of Christ. He earned his M.Div. from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, TN. Randy did post-graduate work in pastoral supervision at the University of Tennessee Medical Center from 1994 - 1997. He is a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains and a Certified Supervisor with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Before returning to the medical center in 2010, Randy served as the Coordinator of Clinical Pastoral Education for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and the School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Greensboro, NC.




Coy CallicotCoy Callicot - Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education

Coy is an ordained minister, endorsed through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He is Board Certified as a chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and is a Certified Supervisor through the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). Coy has a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Western Kentucky University, and received a Master of Divinity degree in Pastoral Counseling from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Prior to his coming to UT Medical Center, Coy served Spartanburg Regional Medical Center as a chaplain and Coordinator of Pastoral Care. 

George DoeblerGeorge Doebler, Special Adviser to Pastoral Care

George Doebler, ordained Lutheran pastor (ELCA), M. Div. from Wartburg Theological Seminary. Special Advisor to Pastoral Care Department, University of Tennessee Medical Center. Prior to coming to The University of Tennessee was trained at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Washington, D.C. and became Chief of Chaplains for Tennessee Department of Mental Health in 1972. George began the Pastoral Care program at UT in 1985 and then became Special Advisor in 2007. His ministry has been in the area of mental health, family systems (Bowen Theory) and the clerical teaching of community clergy and laity. Board Certified Chaplain with the A.P.C.


Brad Hood

Brad Hood - Staff Chaplain

Brad Hood has been a hospital chaplain for twenty-three years. His primary area of service is the Emergency Department and Trauma Intensive Care Units. Brad's experience includes responding to the spiritual/emotional needs of all aspects of patient care. He is married to Cindy and busy raising an eight-year-old daughter.  In between all of that, he will be running, biking or swimming.




Benjamin E. Lewis, Jr., M. Div., BCC, Staff Chaplain

Ben is an ordained Baptist minister, board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and has served at the Medical Center as a CPE resident and staff member since 2004. He holds a certificate in pastoral care from the Knoxville Interdenominational Bible Institute and a Master of Divinity from Earlham School of Religion.

Rev. Lewis is the chaplain for the Heart, Lung, Vascular Institute, the facilitator of the Community Health Ministry through the Pastoral Care Dept., a member of the Medical Center Ethics Committee and is the Independent Living Donor Advocate (ILDA) for living kidney transplant donors.



Heather ShireyHeather Shirey - Staff Chaplain

Heather earned a M. Div from Gardner-Webb University’s School of Divinity.  She is a staff Chaplain whose primary area of service is The University Palliative Care team.  Prior to coming to UT Medical Center, Heather completed her Clinical Pastoral Education training at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.  In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, baking, and sharing life with family and friends.




Anne SprouseAnne Sprouse, Staff Chaplain

Anne is a staff Chaplain at the medical center, her primary area of service is the Cancer Institute. She is an Episcopal Lay woman, an active member of St. John’s Cathedral, and a graduate of the University of Tennessee. She completed her CPE training at UT Medical Center. Anne has been involved in the community for many years, having served on the Susan G. Komen Board, the Mental Health Assoc. board, Helen Ross Mcnabb Center board, Chancellor’s Associates, Leadership Knoxville, and the UTK Religious Studies board of visitors.Anne currently serves on the Pat Summitt Foundation Board and is a member of the Executive Women’s Association.  




Lisa Casey -  Administrative Support Assistant

Lisa Casey earned a Bachelor of Science degree from East Tennessee State University in Computer and Information Sciences. She has previously worked as a medical secretary, transcriptionist and records manager for several physicians’ offices.  Lisa and her husband, Brian, have two children, Sean and Christina ages 15 and 12.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading (with a cup of coffee in hand), researching subjects of interest (cooking, antiques, genealogy and more) and spending time with her family.

Pastoral Care Services are available to the entire hospital community by calling 865-305-9704.