CPE Supervisory Staff

GarrettGarrett Starmer, M. Div., PsyD., BCC is the Manager of Franciscan’s Clinical Pastoral Education. He is an Association for Clinical Pastoral Education Certified Supervisor, Association for Professional Chaplains Board Certified Chaplain and Presbyterian Church (USA) Minister. He is married, the father of two adult sons, one adult bonus son, two adult bonus daughters and their husbands and four adorable grandchildren.


The Reverend Patricia McElroy is an ACPE Supervisor and an ordained Presbyterian (USA) minister. She received her Masters of Divinity from Yale University Divinity School, summa cum laude, in 2004. Prior to entering Yale, Patricia practiced law in Philadelphia for many years. She completed her supervisory training at the HealthCare Chaplaincy in New York City where she served several hospitals including North Shore University Hospital and St. Luke’s–Roosevelt Hospital. Prior to her arrival at the CHI Franciscan Health in Tacoma Patricia was supervising at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill. She lives in Gig Harbor with her dog, Birdy, who (according to Patricia) is the sweetest dog…ever.

Timothy ShipeTimothy Shipe, MDiv. is certified by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc as an Associate Supervisor and is an Ordained Disciples of Christ Minister. He is married and the proud father of two young daughters and husband to Mia. He coordinates the Chaplain Interns and Residents placed at Franciscan’s Hospice House as well as supervising Interns within all of CHI Franciscan Health’s programs.

Contact for Admissions to Extended Units and Supervisory CPE

Garrett Starmer, M. Div., PsyD., BCC
Clinical Pastoral Education
St. Joseph Medical Center
PO Box 2197, Mail Stop: 1-16
Tacoma, WA 98401
Phone: 253-426-6735
Direct line: 253-426-4151
Fax: 253-426-4924
GarrettStarmer@FHShealth.org

Contact for Admissions to the Year- Long Residency or Resident Associate program

Patricia McElroy, M.Div. JD
Clinical Pastoral Education
St. Joseph Medical Center
PO Box 2197, Mail Stop: 1-16
Tacoma, WA 98401
Phone: 253-426-6735
Fax: 253-426-4924
PatriciaMcElroy@FHShealth.org