September 29, 1994
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Stephen L. Mann, M.Div., who served as a physician's assistant in an east Los Angeles hospital emergency room before eventually forsaking a medical career for a life of ecclesiastical service, has been appointed director of chaplaincy services at The Johns Hopkins hospital.
Mann, 38, comes to Hopkins from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, where he had been director of pastoral care services since 1986.
A certified chaplain and fellow of the College of Chaplains, Mann succeeds Clyde R. Shallenberger, D.D., who retired in June 1993 after devoting more than 30 years to tending the spiritual, religious and pastoral needs of Hopkins hospital employees as well as patients.
"It will not be an easy task serving in the shadow of Clyde Shallenberger, a man who obviously was loved by all as he strove to fulfill his mission at Hopkins," Mann observed as he assumed his duties earlier this month. "But I accept the challenge offered at Hopkins and pledge to dedicate the utmost of my talents, energy and strength to alleviating the pain associated with spiritual fears and life crises ever so present in our midst."
Mann's initiation into a hospital atmosphere began in Los Angeles at the age of 14 when his family's general practitioner began taking him on rounds and into surgery, with the hope of encouraging him to consider medicine as a vocation.
Soon, he was working as an orderly in critical care units and then trained as an emergency medical technician in the early 1970s. His stint as a physician's assistant followed.
As an undergraduate at the University of California at Irvine, Mann worked as a research associate with a cardiologist at the Orange County Medical Center, assisting in his investigation of cardiac arrest. The goal was to improve techniques used in emergencies by paramedics.
After a year of study at Leeds University in England, Mann completed his degrees at Irvine, receiving a bachelor's of science in biological sciences and a bachelor's of arts in English literature.
In the midst of seeking admission to medical school, he was inspired to follow the ministry instead. Mann then abandoned his medical pursuits and attended Princeton University, where he received his master's of divinity degree while serving as student pastor in a local congregation and as a chaplain at the Princeton Medical Center.
He completed postgraduate clinical pastoral education at Middlesex-General University hospital, the teaching hospital for Rutgers University in New Jersey, and at Hermann hospital in the Texas Medical Center, a class I trauma teaching facility for the University of Texas Medical School. Mann specialized in trauma/ER, critical care and acute psychiatry during his clinical training.
He then became a staff chaplain at Hermann hospital, working in LifeFlight/Trauma/ER and providing coverage for the new psychiatric teaching hospital at the Harris County Psychiatric Center, where he eventually became founding director of its pastoral care services.
While at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Mann was active in numerous community, professional and denominational activities at the local, state and national levels, including serving as president of the Association of Chaplains of Texas, as a board member for the Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association and as editor of the Presbyterian Association of Specialized Pastoral Ministries Newsletter.
Mann and his wife, Anita, have two sons, Nathaniel, 5, and Benjamin, 2.