What Candidates Say

What Employers Say

It is difficult to find anyone who is more equipped to help identify and retain excellent leadership for clinical pastoral education than Richard Thorne. Our national office relies on his network, his knowledge of the profession, and his wisdom to make sure we can support and guide our centers across the United States in making decisions about hiring the best “fit” for their context.

Trace Haythorn
Executive Director, ACPE

Many talent acquisition consultants will suggest they are specialists in certain sectors of healthcare.  My experience is there is only one firm which truly understands the unique challenges of recruiting leaders for Clinical Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care.  Having completed multiple successful searches I can attest that Thorne Consulting is thorough and responsive, producing strong candidate pools resulting in excellent outcomes.

Greg Pope
Chief Mission Integration Officer
Ascension Saint Thomas (Nashville, TN)

It’s no exaggeration that I am at the Cleveland Clinic because of the skill and knowledge of Richard Thorne. I did not even really know I was ready to make a change, but his professional and informative style of communication made me consider a truly life-changing and life-giving move.

Furthermore, when it came time to hire another ACPE supervisor for my center, I immediately contracted with Thorne Consulting.

No one knows the particulars of our profession better in terms of career opportunities and market issues.

Rev. Amy Greene, D.Min.
Director of Spiritual Care, Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spiritual Care
Cleveland Clinic

I am so grateful for the many ways Thorne Consulting supported my efforts for a new position. Richard communicated with me often keeping me in the loop and offering a listening ear for debriefing. He represented both me and the hospital system very well! Thank you!

Carolanne Hauck, BCC
Director, Spiritual Care – East
Trinity Health (Livonia, MI)

Richard was wonderful to work with. He helped guide me through the employer’s expectations and desired outcomes while ensuring my skill set and passion were translated well. His personal care and concern for all involved was a hallmark of his approach.

Jennifer Schimmel (Stanley)
Executive Director
Genesis Spiritual Life & 
Conference Center
(Westfield, MA)

Retiring from the U.S. Navy was a significant challenge.  Finding someone who understands the experience military chaplains bring to the table was an even greater challenge. 

Richard took time to ask the right questions, to listen, and to understand my background.  Most importantly, he was able to convincingly communicate my experience to the organization that eventually hired me.

Richard went out of his way during every step of the process.  From coaching for interviews to helping me manage expectations to talking salary.  He even called to see if I needed anything during the move—and if that wasn’t enough, he checked in on me after my first day on the job.

Any chaplain leaving the military wishing to successfully transition to a civilian healthcare chaplaincy setting should take the time to talk to Richard at Thorne Consulting!

Nick Hamilton, D.Min., BCC  
Director of Spiritual Care
Baptist Health (Montgomery, AL)  

Richard helped me find a new place to be and to serve. He did so with a special blend of personal concern for my well-being and professional aptitude.

I found him patient with me, despite my apprehensions of making “the right” move. I found him very well informed about my prospective employer. And when he did not know the answer to one of my many questions, he said, “I don’t know, but I will l try to find out.” And he kept his promise—in fact, he kept many promises to me as he accompanied through the maze of finding a new job.

Steven Smith
ACPE Certified Educator
AdventHealth Shawnee Mission
Shawnee Mission, KS


Thorne Consulting was very thorough–making sure the position at its client’s organization was the right fit for me. I especially appreciated Richard’s help in preparing for interviews. He followed up with me all the way to my employment starting date, and even after.

This firm brought professionalism to a personal level. Most importantly, Thorne Consulting maintained a high level of confidentiality throughout the process. I was very comfortable with every aspect of the search. Quite simply, whether you are looking to fill a position or whether you are a job seeker, you are in sure hands with Thorne Consulting. Thank you again for helping me find the right place of employment.

The Very Rev. Vasyl Marchak
Manager of Spiritual Care & CPE
WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital

Attentive to all details and engaged at every step, Richard Thorne of Thorne Consulting was a formidable partner in starting a new chapter in my professional development. With Richard by my side and supported by his dedication and his passion to support leadership, the transition from a manager role to one of a regional director was smooth and pleasant. I hope all leaders in this field can benefit from such a resourceful and thoughtful partner.

Very Reverend Calin Tamiian, BCC
Director of Spiritual Care & CPE
Ascension Saint Thomas (Nashville, TN)


Richard helped me discern my career goals and preferred ministry setting. He listened well to who I am called to be in ministry, what my professional desires were, and how I might best match an organization. Thanks to our work together, I have found a professional home where I am encouraged to bring all of who I am to my role as leader in our healthcare system.

Rev. Mary Catherine Cole, ACPE Supervisor
Director of Pastoral Care
St. Luke’s University Health Network (Bethlehem, PA)

As a CPE Supervisor/Director of Pastoral Care with many years of experience hiring chaplains, I felt pretty confident when the time came for me to hire a CPE Supervisor/Program Manager. After a few months of minimal response to our advertising efforts, I began to realize that current market forces for these positions were complex and I needed help.

Richard Thorne was recommended to me, and our decision to engage Richard was critical to our eventual success. With the facts and data that Richard provided, I worked with our HR department to increase our salary range and develop our position to attract high quality candidates. Richard’s knowledge of the hiring market for CPE Supervisors, his contacts in the ACPE community, and his thoughtful advice, coaching skills, and availability to me for consultation were all invaluable to me. I highly recommend Richard to anyone wanting to conduct a successful hiring process for a CPE Supervisor or pastoral care leader.

Hanci Newberry, M.Div., BCC, ACPE Supervisor
Director, Department of Chaplaincy and Clinical Pastoral Education
Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University

Thorne Consulting is a great resource for filling a vacant CPE Supervisor’s position! Richard Thorne took time to listen to our needs and to determine the ideal skill set of a potential candidate. His “matchmaking” helped us hire a perfect fit for our CPE program and for our department in general.

Kathy Bonn
Director of Pastoral Care & Education
Covenant HealthCare

Thorne Consulting helped us find the best fit for our Manager of Spiritual Care position. Consultation throughout the entire process made this a successful experience for all involved. We recommend Thorne Consulting due to their comprehensive approach.

Rev. Peter Kuhn
Director, Spiritual Care & Education
WellSpan Health (York, PA)

During the struggle to find a CPE supervisor for our hospital I would get discouraged, but Richard was always there to encourage and keep me focused on getting the right person for our setting. Richard is wonderful at what he does. I will always appreciate his dedication to excellence.

Chaplain Jill Walter-Penn, Director of Spiritual Care
Christian Hospital, St. Louis