Rev. Laurie Garrett-Cobbina is the Shaw Family Chair for Clinical Pastoral Education at San Francisco Theological Seminary, where she implements and supervises the Clinical Pastoral Education program. Besides being a certified ACPE supervisor, she is a Ph.D. candidate in Interdisciplinary Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley, CA. Her main research areas include education and pastoral care.
Rev. Garrett-Cobbina is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, where she earned both Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees. She completed her undergraduate work at Syracuse University where she earned a B.S. in Mathematics. Garrett-Cobbina is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Prior to working at SFTS, Rev. Garrett-Cobbina served as the Assistant Director of Chaplains for Carolinas HealthCare System where she was CPE supervisor faculty, hospital chaplain, and pastoral care and education manager at CMC-Mercy Hospital in Charlotte, NC. She was also the pastor of Smallwood Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC. Rev. Garrett-Cobbina is originally from Indianapolis, IN.
She is married to Michael Cobbina, who is originally from Ghana, West Africa. Michael serves as a board certified chaplain at a local hospital.
Rev. Paul Gaffney was born and raised in western Pennsylvania, the son of a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Rev. Gaffney received his Bachelor of Arts from Hiram College, where he majored in Sociology, minored in Music, and met his wife, Annie. He then attended San Francisco Theological Seminary. During his third year at SFTS, Rev. Gaffney began working with the Marin Interfaith Homeless Chaplaincy (now the Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy). In 2004, he graduated from SFTS with a Master of Divinity degree, and in 2005, Rev. Gaffney became the sole chaplain of the Street Chaplaincy, providing emotional and spiritual support to people in transition. Rev. Gaffney was ordained into Christian Ministry by the Northern California/Nevada Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on June 4, 2006. Rev. Gaffney also is a lay-ordained student of Taigen Leighton in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition. Rev. Gaffney entered Supervisory Education at SFTS in 2014, becoming the first person selected as the John and Julia Shaw Supervisory Education/Chaplaincy Fellow.
Rev. Ruth T. West was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. She serves as the Program Manager for Clinical Pastoral Education and the Program in Christian Spirituality at SFTS. After earning a Master’s in Business Administration and working several years in the business world, Rev. West attended San Francisco Theological Seminary, where she received a Master of Divinity. Rev. West is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).