Vic Dippenaar, CPE Supervisor

Rev. Vic Dippenaar

Rev. Vic Dippenaar

Director of Spiritual Care and CPE

Before coming to UAB, Vic was the ACPE Certified Educator at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, CA. He was born and raised in the town of Sasolburg, Free State, South Africa.  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. He did his residency for his counseling degree in private, federal and psychiatric hospitals in South Africa. During this time he was introduced to the value of Narrative Therapy for ministry. For the last fifteen years he has been an avid follower and practitioner of Narrative Practice. In addition to his healthcare experience, Vic also has five years of fulltime parish ministry experience. He holds a B.Th., M.Div., Lic.Theol, M.Th., and a Postgraduate Degree in Education from the University of Stellenbosch. He received a Masters in Healthcare Administration (MSHA) from UAB in 2018.

Vic lives in Birmingham along with his partner and their two children. Vic enjoys braais, 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.

55 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, Suite 835, Atlanta, GA 30308

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 & 2 Clinical Pastoral Education and Certified Educator Candidate (CEC) training.  The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. is recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.