Vic Dippenaar, CPE Supervisor

Rev. Vic Dippenaar

Rev. Vic Dippenaar

Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor, UAB Medicine, Pastoral Care

Vic was previously the Coordinator of Clinical Pastoral Education at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, CA. He was born and raised in the town of Sasolburg, Free State, South Africa.  He is a Certified Educator with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). Vic is ordained and endorsed through the Dutch Reformed Church and in the USA is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America (RCA).

Before coming to the USA in 2007, Vic ministered in a variety of settings. As part of his yearlong practicum training for his M.Th (Pastoral Care and Counseling) degree, he ministered to patients, families and employees in private, federal and psychiatric hospitals in South Africa. During this time he was first introduced to the value of Narrative Therapy for ministry. For the last ten years he has been an avid follower and practitioner of Narrative Practice. Vic has five years of fulltime parish ministry experience. He served one year as a Youth Director in an inner city (Cape Town) context, one year as an Associate Pastor in the picturesque town of Franschhoek and three years as the sole Minister, Melmoth – Zululand. Vic holds a B.Th., M.Div., Lic.Theol, M.Th and a Postgraduate Degree in Education from the University of Stellenbosch. 

Vic lives in Birmingham along with his wife, Rita, and their two children. Vic enjoys braais (BBQ), biltong and rugby. 

UAB Medicine 2Line-WITH TAGLINEYou may contact Vic Dippenaar, ACPE Certified Educator, for questions at jdippenaar@uabmc.edu or call him at 205.934.2085.

What is Clinical Pastoral Education?

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings theological students and ministers of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounter with persons in crisis. Out of an intense involvement with persons in need, and the feedback from peers and teachers, students develop new awareness of themselves as persons and of the needs of those to whom they minister.

From theological reflection on specific human situations, they gain a new understanding of ministry. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping persons, they develop skills in interpersonal and inter-professional relationships.

The Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc.
One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030

Phone: (404) 320 – 1472


The CPE program at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Medicine is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. to provide Level 1 and 2 Clinical Pastoral Education.  The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. is recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.