Meet the Team

The Spiritual Care Department has four full-time permanent staff, 10 chaplain residents in our Clinical Pastoral Education program, and eight on-call chaplains.

Spiritual Care Department Staff & Faculty

Marty AdenMarty Aden, Director, MDiv, BCC, ACPE CPE Supervisor

Marty is the Director of the Spiritual Care Department. She has a B.A. in The Arts of the Church (Christian Education, Music, and English) from Bethel University and an M.Div. from Memphis Theological Seminary. She is a ordained Cumberland Presbyterian minister and a member of Red River Presbytery. She is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains, and is certified as a CPE Supervisor by The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. She brings experience in providing ministry in diverse settings. She has served in various ministries in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas. Her hobbies include playing guitar, singing, song writing, painting, writing, and playing with computers.

Elizabeth StroopElizabeth Stroop, MDiv, ACPE CPE Supervisor

Elizabeth joined the Spiritual Care Department on August 11, 2008, after serving as CPE Supervisor/Associate Director of the Department of Pastoral Care at UNC Chapel Hill. She is an ordained American Baptist minister, endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists. Elizabeth was certified as a CPE Supervisor in 1995 by The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. She was an associate pastor in a Baptist church in New York, an interim chaplain in a state facility serving people with developmental disabilities, and chaplain of a Baptist long-term care facility in New York before entering supervisory education. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Colgate Rochester/Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, N.Y. In line with her lifelong love of all things domestic, Elizabeth enjoys entertaining friends, cooking, scrapbooking and swimming with her family.

Cynthia VaughanCynthia Vaughan, MDiv, BCC, ACPE CPE Supervisor

Cynthia joined the Spiritual Care Department in September 2009. Cynthia is a Board Certified Chaplain, certified by The Association of Professional Chaplains, and a CPE supervisor, certified by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. Prior to joining the Spiritual Care Department, she was on staff at the Emory Center for Pastoral Services in Atlanta, GA. In addition to being a CPE Supervisor, she was also the staff chaplain for the Long Term Acute Care Hospital and Associate Director of Pastoral Care at the Wesley Woods Continuing Care Retirement Community of Emory University Hospital. She has served as associate pastor of two churches in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church where she is an ordained elder. Cynthia has her M.Div. from Gammon Theological Seminary of ITC in Atlanta, an MA from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and a bachelor's from Winston Salem State University in N.C. Prior to answering the call to ministry, Cynthia was assistant director of admissions at Southern Poly-Technical University (formerly Southern Technical Institute) and a manager for BellSouth (formerly Southern Bell) for nearly 20 years. She is an enthusiast of art and the arts and enjoys traveling, fine dining and antiquing. Cynthia is a native of Ahoskie, N.C.

Paula BradleyPaula Bradley, MDiv, Administrative Associate/Oncology Chaplain

Paula is the department's administrative associate and chaplain. She has a BA in Human Services from Springfield College in Massachusetts, and a M.Div. from Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine. She has worked as a claims coordinator in a physician's office, case manager for Tri-County Mental Health in Lewiston, Maine, activity director in Victorian Villa Rehabilitation and Living Center in Canton, Maine, and student associate pastor at Belfast United Methodist Church in Maine. Paula did her CPE residency at NHRMC, specializing in Oncology. Paula is an ordained non-denominational minister.

Chaplain Residents (CPE) 2015-16

We have 10 chaplain residents who have joined us through our Clinical Pastoral Education program.


Richard Aylor

Richard AylorAfter successfully completing a first year CPE residency program here at NHRMC, Richard will be staying with us for a second year residency where he will be assigned to the oncology units. Originally from Roanoke, Virginia, he received his Master of Arts in Religion and History from Emory & Henry College in Southwest Virginia. After college, he attended Princeton Theological Seminary, where he graduated in 2015 with a Master of Divinity. He is currently a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Richard did his first unit of CPE at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, New Jersey. He also has two years of field education experience working as a student intern in congregational ministry. He has been married to his wife Elizabeth for 3 years. In their free time, they like spend time outdoors with their recently adopted dog Martin, particularly at the beach. Richard’s hobbies include exercising, singing bass in the church choir, reading history, and watching T.V. shows.

Cindy Coble

Cindy CobleCindy participated in a first year residency at our NHRMC Orthopedic Hospital. She did her first unit of CPE with Alamance Regional in Burlington, NC. Cindy currently resides in Fayetteville, NC, with her family and their two French bulldogs, Gabby and Millie. She is a Bladen County native. She brings knowledge of various religions and spirituality as well as compassion for staff, patients and families. She also has a wealth of experience in CCU, Orthopedics and the ED. She attends St. Matthews UMC in Fayetteville.

Cindy has a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Mt. Olive College and an MDiv from Hood Theological Seminary. She is currently working on a PhD in Counseling and Human Behavior with Capella University. Since Cindy completed her first year residency she has worked in retail, photography and most recently as a Correctional Officer with North Carolina Department of Public Safety. She also spent approximately 10 years volunteering with prison ministries and as a Chaplain Assistant. She enjoys spending time by the pool or ocean, as well as behind a camera photographing people, barns and landscapes.


LaToya F. McLean

Latoya McLeanLaToya is a Georgia native relocating to Wilmington from Fayetteville, NC. LaToya honorably served in the Armed Forces for more than 23 years, achieving the rank of Captain. She is an Ordained Elder in the United American Free Will Baptist denomination and holds a Master of Arts in Christian Ministries and a Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies from Liberty University. LaToya is completing her Master of Divinity at Rawlings School of Divinity in Lynchburg, VA.

LaToya's hobbies include spending time with her husband Ricky and their children, KJ, JLon, Asia and Trinity. The family loves to travel, visit amusement parks, and shop. LaToya recently completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Cape Fear Valley Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, NC.

Jacqueline Montague

Jacqueline MontagueJacqueline is a North Carolina native. She recently relocated to Wilmington from Raleigh to join the team of Chaplains at NHRMC. Jacqueline is an ordained Baptist minister. She has her A.A.S. from Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, NC; her B.S. from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, NC; an M.Div. from Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, NC;.and a D.Min. from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, VA. She completed a unit of CPE at WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh, NC.

Jacqueline served six years as an associate minister at New Bethel Baptist Church in Rolesville, NC. Her roles included youth minister, youth council leader, and Awana Commander. Prior to answering the call to ministry, Jacqueline owned and operated a Family Child Care Home for twenty-five years. One of her greatest joys is spending time with her husband of thirty-four years and their five grandchildren. She also enjoys reading, music, and exercising.

Andy Reynard

Andy ReynardAndy was born in Yorkshire England in 1960. He has lived in England, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Canada and came to the USA in 2000. In the USA he has lived in Chicago , Nashville, Charlotte, and now Wilmington. Andy has a BA in Religion, and an MDiv from Tyndale Theological seminary in Toronto. He is married to Dr Ruth Reynard since 1981, and they have four children: Hannah is a Psychiatrist; Paul is in Long-term Care Insurance; Stephen is an Aid Worker in Africa; and Bethany is a Teacher. They also have five grandchildren.

Andy served as a senior pastor in Toronto, Canada and Nashville, TN. He has also served as a Chaplain for Tyson Foods and for a Fire Dept. He completed a unit of CPE in Charlotte, serving patients in Behavioral Health and Palliative Care. His hobbies include playing Fantasy Football and Fantasy Basketball. He loves exploring new places, meeting new people and going out to the theatre. His favorite football teams are the Titans, Bears, and Panthers. He would love to start a fantasy football club at the hospital. Anyone?

René LaClaire Rice

Rene RiceRené’s hometown is Lawrenceville, Virginia, famously known as the origination of “Brunswick Stew!” Rene’, an executive licensed associate Baptist minister, heralds to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Wilmington, NC from Richmond, Virginia. Her faith background includes a rare conglomeration of Baptist, Apostolic and Pentecostal faiths. René has a strong passion, desire and thirst for knowledge and believes strongly in the value of education. One of her foundational mantras is: “Knowledge is Power!” René graduated from Hampton University with her Bachelor of Science in Biology/Pre-Medicine; earned a Masters of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology; and holds a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Patient Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and Medical College of Virginia Health Systems, Department of Patient Counseling. She concurrently completed her first two units of CPE at VCU. 

René’s past work experiences include: Executive Administrative Editorial Consultant with RLR Consulting, LLC; Regional Field Director for E.W. Jackson’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia; and Administrative Associate to VUU Museum Art Gallery Director with Virginia Union University Museum Galleries in Richmond, VA. She brings a cultural, social and educational international experience, having lived and studied abroad in the Caribbean island of St. Lucia for six years. In her relaxation time, René likes to read, watch action movies, cultivate her creative gift of mini-baby scrapbooking, embracing the arts and coloring mandalas.

Timothy C. Stephens

Timothy StephensTimothy recently relocated to Wilmington from Southern California. He has been happily married to Paula Stephens for 31 years. They have two adult children. While living in California he conducted retreats, Christian workshops and conferences throughout the region. He holds a Master of Biblical Studies/ Emphasis in Pastoral Counseling from Friends International Christian University in Merced, CA and is currently pursuing his M.Div. through Liberty Theological Seminary’s online program. He completed his first unit of CPE in Fayetteville, NC.

Timothy is an avid swimmer, enjoys biking and long walks on the beach. He is an ordained non-denominational minister with alliances to the Assemblies of God. His favorite quote is, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke

Sarah Townsend

Sarah TownsendSarah is originally from Hudson, a small town in Western North Carolina. With a life-long goal of being in the medical field, she relocated to the Triangle to attend UNC Chapel Hill, and graduated with a B.S. in Psychology with a Chemistry Minor. She spent some time pursuing hands-on experience by studying to be a paramedic and working as a medical scribe in a local Emergency Department. Although she truly loved the medical field, she felt a different calling in her life after experiencing the grief associated with the death of her grandfather. She has since obtained her Masters of Divinity at Duke University and is planning to be a career Hospital Chaplain.

Sarah was raised as a Southern Baptist but has had an interesting journey, along with her parents and older brother, Luke, into the Catholic tradition. She is the proud pet-parent of her mutt Leroy, and the proud girlfriend of a wonderful Chiropractor, Justin. She enjoys being in the mountains, fly fishing with Justin, cooking, and spending time with loved ones.

Travis Williams

Travis WilliamsTravis had served as an on-call chaplain with NHRMC since February prior to beginning his second year residency. He received a B.S. in Theology and Pastoral Ministry from Johnson University and a Master of Divinity with a Chaplaincy cognate from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.

Travis interned at St. Mary’s Hospice of Knoxville, TN and completed his first year CPE residency at Johnson City Medical Center. He currently serves as the Youth Pastor at Thrive Community Church of Wilmington while his wife completes her graduate studies in elementary education.

Courtney Wilson

Courtney WilsonCourtney was recently ordained through the Alliance of Baptists denomination. Her home church, Grace Baptist, is in Statesville, NC. She is originally from the mountains of North Carolina, but relocated to Wilmington from Salisbury, NC. She has a B.A in Philosophy from UNC Charlotte and a Masters in Theological Studies from Hood Theological Seminary. She completed two units of CPE at CMC-University and had the pleasure of spending the last year as a resident here at New Hanover. Her clinical assignment was Emergency Transport Services. She is so thrilled and excited to say that she gets to spend another year as a resident here and to stay with Emergency Transport Services. The staff of ETS are some of the best people she knows and they have forever impacted who she is.

Courtney looks forward to spending more time with them this year. She is also on the Regional Response CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) team, which includes the counties of New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus, Onslow, Pender, Bladen and Duplin. She is pleased at how well it is being integrated and accepted here at New Hanover. Courtney has an incredible support system of friends, peers, supervisors, a cool fiancé and four rescue pooches. Life is pretty good here in Wilmington. She feels honored to be able to stay on as a Chaplain to ETS and NHRMC.