Meet Our Chaplains
Rev. Thomas Arner
Rev. Arner has served as an Augusta Health Volunteer Chaplain since 1997, offering weekly services as part of the Rehabilitation and Skilled Care teams ever since. He served as a pastor in the United Church of Christ for 38 years where he had a variety of leadership roles. His academic work includes degrees from Franklin & Marshall College and a BD from Lancaster Theological Seminary. He pursued advanced studies at Lancaster Seminary and Penn State University and has worked with both Lutheran and UCC congregations. Rev. Arner is a member of our leadership team, and is an active participant in our clinical training programs. He and his wife (former Marian E. Sterling) have three adult children and seven grandchildren. They reside in Staunton. He and his wife bring a special "concern for health care and ministry to our 'more mature adult population.'
Rev. David Cunningham
Rev. Cunningham has served as an Augusta Health Volunteer Chaplain since late 2009. He is a member of our leadership team, provides hospital rounds, carries the emergency pager, supports occasional hospice patients and is an active participant in our clinical training programs. He is ordained as a Minister of the Gospel in the Pentecostal Church as a member of Oak Grove Restoration Ministries. He earned a Certificate in Religious Studies and Certificate in Pastoral Care from the Evans-Smith Leadership Institute Samuel Dewitt School of Theology Virginia Union University and has two units of CPE from Eastern Mennonite Seminary. He is a Waynesboro native with 28 years service with E.I. Dupont Company in operations and management. He and his wife Barbara owned two businesses. They currently reside in Lyndhurst, Virginia.
Rev. Glen Holman
Rev. Holman has served as an Augusta Health volunteer chaplain since April 2015. He is the pastor of Hope Community Church in Waynesboro and also serves as a chaplain for the Waynesboro Police Department. Glen has served churches in Ohio, Kansas, and Virginia, as well as serving as a chaplain of a retirement community. Glen attended the College of Wooster, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Phillips Theological Seminary, where he received his doctorate in pastoral counseling. Glen is married to Kim, and they have three children, ranging from 29 to 15. Glen enjoys spending time with his wife and family; reading, traveling, bowling; and watching movies.
Rev. William Kopp
In addition to his volunteer service to Augusta Health, Rev. William Kopp serves as the pastor of Stuarts Draft Baptist Church, a position he has held since 2006. A graduate of the University of Virginia, he holds the M. Div., M. R. E., and D. Min. degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In his 30-plus years of professional ministry, Rev. Kopp has served churches in Maryland and Virginia. Residing in Stuarts Draft with his wife, Carol, his hobbies include playing guitar, trout fishing, and bee keeping.
Susan Peyton joined the Volunteer Chaplain team the spring of 2014. She provides hospital rounds, carries the emergency pager and is working towards becoming an AAPC "Pastoral Care Specialist" through our clinical training program. She is seeking ordination as a deacon in the Episcopal Church, and is currently a candidate for Holy Orders. She graduated from Waynesboro High School, Mary Washington College, and attended diaconal classes in the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania. Susan is an Adult Development Manager for the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline, and worship volunteer at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. She and her husband Douglas live in Staunton and are active members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
Rev. Michael Turner
Rev. Turner has served as an Augusta Health volunteer chaplain since June of 2014. He is the senior pastor at Ebenezer Church in Staunton, has been in ministry since 1976. His career in case management and counseling services spanned the years from 1984 to 2014 in various state agencies. He completed the Pastor Parish Program at the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care and a quarter of Clinical Pastor Education (CPE) at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He brings a caring commitment to hurting persons to this volunteer chaplaincy at Augusta Health.
Rev. Joseph Walker
Rev. Walker has served as an Augusta Health Volunteer Chaplain since 2007 and has been a 'dedicated volunteer' in the Augusta Health Recovery Choice Substance Abuse Treatment Programs since 1988. He is a member of our leadership team and an active participant in our clinical training programs. Rev. Walker is a graduate of the Evans-Smith Leadership Training Institute and was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Virginia University of Lynchburg. He is a past president of the Ministers Alliance of Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County and surrounding areas and served as pastor of Morning Star Baptist church. His life experience includes a 20 year career in the U.S. Army (Special Forces and 82nd Airborne) and 20 years working with Dupont. He is a resident of Waynesboro where he resides with his wife, the former Ms. Evelyn Brooks. They have four adult children, seven grandchildren and four great- grandchildren.
Rev. Mark Westebbe, MDIV, AAPC Fellow
Rev. Mark Westebbe is the Chaplaincy Program Coordinator for Augusta Health where he serves as Chaplain for Hospice of the Shenandoah, Palliative Care Chaplain and coordinates the hospital's Volunteer Chaplaincy program. Mark holds an MDIV with honors from Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond and is certified as a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, coming to this calling after careers in Law and Construction. Mark hosts spiritual formation and pastoral counseling programs for community and staff and is responsible for Augusta Health's AAPC Category One Training Center. He is currently restoring "Shalom Springs" (circa 1850) as a place of respite and retreat for his wife Carlene, their five children and others in the community.