As of June 2017, the Vallejo-Vacaville cohort includes a diverse group : Abraham M. Alonzo, STL, MTS; John Bush, MA; Nigel David, MA; Grace Paraguas Jainga, MDiv; Linda Walton Jones, MDiv; Donald Miller, MEd, EdD; Robert J. Moore, MDiv, and Kris Widmer, MDiv. Read about them here…
Abraham M. Alonzo, STL, MTS – Chaplain Intern
Abraham received his licentiate in sacred theology and master in oriental religions and culture degrees from the Pontifical University of San Tomaso in Manila, Philippines. He also earned a master of theological studies from Loyola University in Chicago.
A Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga for more than 30 years, Abraham has over 30 years of pastoral ministry experience in Catholic and has been a university and seminary professor. Prior to his clinical pastoral training at Kaiser Permanente, Abraham was a hospice chaplain in the San Francisco Bay Area. He speaks Tagalog, Ilocano, Spanish and English.
John Bush, MA – Chaplain Resident
John received his master of arts in communication degree from Brigham Young University. He spent two decades in the human development arena during which time he was a performance consultant at FranklinCovey and director of coaching services at InsideOut Development.
Prior to coming to chaplaincy, John had his own coaching practice that helped people to overcome self-defeating life patterns. He is the author of Thriving in Turbulent Times: A Practical Guide for Alleviating Stress and Elevating Perspective, Purpose, & Passion (New Horizons, 2014). John completed two units of CPE at Utah Valley Hospital/Intermountain Healthcare and was a hospice chaplain before coming to Kaiser Permanente. He loves being out in nature, camping and fishing with his family.
Nigel David, MA – Chaplain Resident
A native of the United Kingdom, Nigel earned a bachelor’s degree in biblical research through the Open University and a master of arts degree in pastoral ministry through Andrews University at Newbold College in England. He also has a bachelor’s degree in religion from West Indies College in Jamaica.
Nigel has pastored Adventist churches in London, Seattle and Boston, and spent a decade as a consultant clinician/counselor in the Washington State Department of Corrections. He loves riding motorcycles, swimming, football (aka soccer), cooking, writing, and continues to be in demand preaching and teaching.
Grace Paraguas Jainga, MDiv – Chaplain Resident
Originally from the Philippines, Grace and her husband Keith moved to Vallejo, California, in 1996. She earned her master of divinity degree in pastoral care from the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary.
Formerly a youth minister, Grace now serves as minister of worship at the Vallejo International Baptist Church. She loves doing volunteer community work and participates in short-term mission projects including disaster relief, locally and internationally. In addition to English, Grace speaks Tagalog and Ilocano.
Linda Walton Jones, MDiv – Chaplain Resident
Linda earned her master of divinity degree from the American Baptist Seminary of the West, a founding member school of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. For nearly 20 years Linda was an elementary school teacher in Hayward, CA.
Ordained by the Progressive Baptist Church, Linda is an associate minister of Allen Temple in Oakland where she teaches in the Leadership Institute. She is a founder and historian of the Clergy Women’s Institute of the East Bay. When not at the hospital, Linda enjoys fishing, taking long walks along the ocean, and spending time with the apples of her eye, her two grandchildren.
Donald Miller, MEd, EdD – Chaplain Intern
Don earned his master’s degree in counseling psychology from Boston University and doctor of education in pastoral community counseling degree from Argosy University. In 1984, he founded and managed HIS Foundation, a non-profit agency in Vallejo, California, that provided Christian counseling to the public for more than two decades.
Don served as adjunct professor and director of institutional research at Golden Gate Seminary from 2006-2016. Since 2000 he has been bi-vocational pastor of the First Baptist Church in Calistoga, CA.
Robert J. Moore, MDiv – Clinical Fellow
Robert is the Clinical Fellow in Pastoral Care (2017-18) with a focus on trauma and emergency care. He completed four units of CPE as a Resident in our program. Robert earned his Master of Divinity with a concentration in military chaplaincy from Fuller Theological Seminary. He served in the US Air Force, the US Army, as an EMT, and was a police officer for nearly 20 years before retiring.
Robert is the director of training and education for a non-profit organization that teaches the awareness, management and mitigation of stress to first responders, military service members, veterans, and their families. He is also a volunteer chaplain for the Vacaville Fire Department and still finds time to enjoy time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Kris Widmer, MDiv – Chaplain Intern
Kris earned his master of divinity degree from the Seventh Day Adventist seminary at Andrews University. A life-long Californian, except for two brief sojourns in North Carolina and Michigan, for 33 years he pastored churches and for the past 5 years has served as a volunteer law-enforcement chaplain.
Kris completed two ACPE units of CPE before coming to Kaiser Permanente. When he is not doing chaplaincy, you will find him writing a poem, singing a song, propagating a geranium, hitting a golf ball or doing service work in a distant land.