Meet our Chaplain Fellows, Residents and Interns

In October 2018, Jade Minkin joined the Vallejo/Vacaville CPE cohort as a chaplain resident.

Jade Minkin, BA, MFA, BMsc, MMsc –Chaplain Resident

D94F62AC-5CEE-4459-BF8F-7C8426021EBEJade received her bachelor’s degree in Human Communication from California State University – Monterey Bay and her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Antioch University. She subsequently earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Metaphysical Science and is currently in the Doctor of Divinity program at the University of Sedona.  Jade is ordained through the International Metaphysical Ministry—a transpersonal, transcendent, theocentric, holistic, New Thought oriented faith group.

Before becoming a Chaplain Resident, Jade volunteered at Hospice of the Conejo and Los Robles Hospital for the No One Dies Alone (NODA) Program. Through her volunteer work, she offered compassionate companion care to people approaching the end of life and provided support to their families.

In her free time, Jade enjoys writing about higher consciousness and the great mysteries of life, practicing Qi Gong, and cooking for her family.


Our program continues to attract outstanding candidates from diverse backgrounds for chaplaincy training. In July 2018, Doris Ng, MDiv, DMin; Royce Tanaka, MDiv; and Victor Gan, MBBS, MS, MAR, were slated to begin their training in the Vallejo/Vacaville based program.

Victor Gan, MBBS, MS, MAR – Chaplain Resident

IMG_4582A native of Singapore, Victor qualified as a physician with an MBBS from University College London (England) and subsequently worked in infectious diseases and public health in the Communicable Disease Centre in Singapore. After obtaining a Master of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and working in public health policy at the national level, he extended his exposure to the practice and performance of well-being to the spiritual arena graduating with a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School’s Institute of Sacred Music and a Certificate of Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School. He also completed the two-year Scholar’s Program at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Victor was active in lay ministry in Church of England parishes in London and in interfaith community dialogue in Singapore. He speaks Mandarin Chinese in addition to English.


Doris Ng, MDiv, DMin – Chaplain Intern

IMG_4586Originally from Singapore, for 20 years Doris lived in St. Paul, Minnesota. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from North Central University and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Bethel Theological Seminary. She was ordained in the Assemblies of God denomination in 1997, and served for seven years as a pastor of a Cantonese church in St. Paul.

In 2011, Doris received a call to serve as senior pastor at Grace Lao Lutheran Church in Richmond, CA, a community of mostly ethnic minority Tai Dam refugees originally from Laos, and became rostered clergy of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She continues in that role to today. Doris is also in demand as a medical and legal interpreter-translator. She is fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, Fukkienese, and Thai, as well as English.


Royce Tanaka, MDiv – Chaplain Resident

IMG_4580Royce was born and raised on a coffee farm in Kona, Hawaii. After high school he moved to Oahu where he received his BA in Music from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and after graduating from Gordon served as a staff pastor serving in children and youth ministries while also volunteering as a prison chaplain.

In 2001 Royce and his wife moved to the Bay Area for her to earn her PhD in Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley. For the past 11 years Royce has served as senior pastor at East Bay Free Methodist Church in nearby El Cerrito. He enjoys doing all things outdoors including (but not limited to) fishing, hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, and rock climbing. Royce speaks the creole language Hawaiian Pidgin English.


As of June 2018, the Vallejo-Vacaville cohort included a diverse group: Flora Athena Agharanya, BSN; Nigel David, MA; Christopher Kazuo Doi, MDiv; John Lee Hooker, Jr.; Grace Paraguas Jainga, MDiv; Harrison Coleman, MDiv; and Matthew Real, MA. Read about them here…

Flora Athena Agharanya, BSN – Chaplain Intern

IMG_4523-1A native of California, Flora earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Texas Woman’s University. She formerly worked as an Ob/Gyn Advice nurse with the Vallejo Appointment and Advice Call Center for nearly 15 years.

Flora has enjoyed writing and directing short skits for her Community Bible Study group; travelling abroad and interacting with diverse cultural groups; being near the ocean and theatre. Flora also enjoys singing with her daughter on the worship team at Grace Freewill Baptist church. She currently resides in Benicia with two of her four children.


Nigel David, MA – Chaplain Resident (specialized fifth unit – Palliative Care)

A native of the United Kingdom, Nigel earned a bachelor’s FullSizeRender-6degree 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. He completed four units of CPE and is completing a specialized fifth unit in Palliative Care.

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.


Christopher Kazuo Doi, MDiv – Chaplain Resident

IMG_4515-1Chris received his BA In Psychology from Azusa Pacific University and his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is an ordained Free Methodist and Holiness minister with 28 years of pastoral experience.

Chris has enjoyed playing all kinds of sports but his passion is the study of the martial arts. During his spare time, Chris has taught workshops to help empower women through his unique E.K.G. method of Self Defense.


John Lee Hooker, Jr. – Chaplain Resident (specialized fifth unit – Palliative Care)

IMG_4529-1John Lee is from the Motor City of Detroit, Michigan and now resides in Roseville, CA. He has completed four units of CPE – two at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, two at Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento (Morse Avenue) and is currently completing a specialized fifth unit in Palliative Care at Kaiser Permanente in Vacaville.

A Gospel musician and a two-time Grammy nominee for “Best Contemporary and Traditional Blues Artist,” John Lee is also the recipient of the Bobby Bland Lifetime Achievement Award. He serves as a prison chaplain at Pelican Bay State Prison, California’s only supermax prison, Folsom State Prison/Folsom Women’s Facility, and the California Medical Facility prison in Vacaville. He loves serving those who are suffering, perplexed, and incarcerated.


Grace Paraguas Jainga, MDiv – Clinical Fellow and CPE Supervisor-in-Training

FullSizeRender-5Grace is a CPSP board certified clinical chaplain (BCCC). She completed her CPE residency in our program and currently serves as Clinical Fellow in Pastoral Care (2018-19) and CPE supervisor-in-training. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Saint Louis University (Philippines), and a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care from the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary.

Before migrating to the US in 1996, Grace served as youth minister for 9 years and was a freelance writer of Sunday School lessons for Church Strengthening Ministries. She is currently the minister of worship of the Vallejo International Baptist Church; a certified chaplain of the California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Ministries, and participates in short-term mission projects locally and internationally. In addition to English, Grace speaks Tagalog and Ilocano.


Harrison Coleman, MDiv –Chaplain Intern

IMG_4522-1Harrison earned his BA degree in economics from San Francisco State University and a Master of Divinity degree from the American Baptist Seminary of the West-The Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley, California. He has pastored several churches in the American Baptist USA denomination and in the Presbyterian Church, USA.

Harrison is a member Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland, CA.,and is ordained by his local church and the national ABUSA board in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Harrison and his wife have been married for twenty-two years. He is a parent and grandparent, an avid reader, enjoys oil painting and playing the saxophone.


Matthew Real, MA – Chaplain Resident

IMG_4518-1Matt earned his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and his Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. He was ordained by the American Baptist Churches of the USA in 2002 and has served as the senior pastor of the American Canyon Community Church since 2005. Previously, Matt spent a decade working with urban youth in Pasadena, Hollywood, and Santa Monica, California.

Matt met his wife Lori when they were in second grade. They have two boys, Caleb , age 9, and Josiah, 13. Matt invests his time in serving the children and youth of his community through elementary and middle school site councils, Little League, AYSO, Relay For Life and the Boy Scouts of America.


As of June 2017, the Vallejo-Vacaville cohort included: 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…

FullSizeRender-2Abraham 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 BushJohn 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.


FullSizeRender-6Nigel 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.


FullSizeRender-5Grace 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.


FullSizeRender-1Linda 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.


FullSizeRender-4Donald 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.


FullSizeRender-7Robert 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.


FullSizeRender-3Kris 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.