Clinical Pastoral Education Faculty

Clinical Pastoral Education faculty group photo
Rev. Denise Hill (left), Rev. Bob Green, Rev. Joanna Tarr, Rev. Marc Giedinghagen

Rev. Marc Giedinghagen is married and has two adult sons and three children, our three energetic granddaughters. He is an ordained Presbyterian Church (USA) Minister. He served as the pastor of three different Presbyterian Churches in Ohio, Michigan and Kansas. He has a B.A. in psychology/sociology; a M.Div. and A Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling. He has been the Palliative Care Chaplain at Saint Luke’s and is a Certified Educator (Supervisor) with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). He is currently the Director of Pastoral Education at Saint Luke’s Health System of Kansas City. Marc grew up on a wheat/sorghum farm and cattle ranch near Hutchinson, KS and now manages the farm. He enjoys going to antique auto and tractor shows, tennis, hiking, Kansas University basketball games and time with his granddaughters.


Rev. Denise Hill grew up in the Kansas City area. She is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ (UCC). She received her MA (Religious Education) and M.Div. from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, KS.  She also completed training at St. Thomas Aquinas Institute and serves as a Spiritual Director. Following her CPE residency at Harris Methodist Health System, Fort Worth (2007-2011) she received certification as Associate Supervisor in November 2011. Prior to serving as an ACPE Certified Educator, Denise was Director of Christian Education, parish pastor, Associate Conference minister in Missouri; then while living in Texas she was an interim minister and hospice chaplain. She is married to Richard and they learn everyday how to be in relationship with their cat, Patches. They love to hike in National Parks and gather with family.


Rev. Joanna Tarr is an an ordained Cooperative Baptist Fellowship minister currently serving as a Certified Educator Candidate (ACPE) for Saint Luke’s Health System. She is in the process to become an ACPE Certified Educator (Supervisor). She was on active duty with the U.S. Navy for 8 years in Norfolk, VA. She is currently a Navy Reserve Chaplain.  Prior to joining the Navy, she was a youth minister and as a missionary to Russia. She grew up in Arlington, Texas. She has degrees from Baylor University, Eastern Virginia Medical School and The Baptist Theological Seminary of Richmond. She loves art; nature; spending time with her son, daughter and husband; and hanging out on the lake in their pontoon boat.