Wik (Vic) Dippenaar, Sr. Director of Spiritual Care and Clinical Pastoral Education

Rev. Vic Dippenaar became the fifth Sr. Director of Spiritual Care on November 1, 2021 and has been the Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor since 2014 at UAB Medicine.

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 Supervisor 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 staff 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 full-time 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 moved to Birmingham along with Rita and their two children in 2014. Vic loves braais (BBQ) and playing rugby.

You may contact Vic Dippenaar, CPE Supervisor, for questions at jdippenaar@uabmc.edu or call him at 205.934.2085