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Samuel Brown-Dawson, ACPE Supervisor, Manager of Clinical Pastoral Services

Born and raised in Freetown the capital of Sierra Leone, West Africa, The Rev. Samuel Brown-Dawson came to the United States in 1980.  He studied for the Ministry in Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Texas where he earned several undergraduate and graduate degrees including his Masters in Divinity.  In 1988, Samuel entered CPE at Methodist Medical center in Dallas for practical training as a bridge to his doctoral program and chose to remain in the healthcare setting.

Brought up in the Methodist tradition, Samuel's religious formation and training took place in the Assemblies of God tradition and he was later ordained in the Church of God in Christ (USA). He is an associate pastor at Center of Praise Ministries where he served as Director of Pastoral Care and later campus pastor at Center of Praise East.

Through his chaplaincy profession Samuel has served as hospital staff chaplain, hospice spiritual care coordinator providing pastoral/spiritual care for diverse patients and families.  In caring for patients and their families, Samuel works to collaborate with others as a member of the interdisciplinary teams to provide holistic care for those person being served. 

As a chaplain, Samuel knows what it means to be on the receiving side of medical care for himself or for a loved one who eventually died of a terminal disease at one of the medical centers he served as a chaplain.

Samuel is married with four children ranging from 7 to 31 years.

admin-assist-karenKaren S. Anderson, Administrative Assistant of Clinical Pastoral Services

Karen Anderson is a full time UC Davis Employee and the Administrative Assistant for Clinical Pastoral Services.  Her duties include coordinating the department’s office, corresponding with prospective and current students as guided by the CPE Supervisor. She also serves as the note taker for the CPE Advisory Committee.

Karen is a Pastor’s wife and serves alongside her husband Dean on the Pastoral Staff at The Rock Church in Elk Grove.   She is completing a Bachelor's degree in Humanities at Hope International University.   Karen is a mother of 3 children who are also heavily involved in various ministries.

Karen has a key interest in helping people become and is in collaboration with worldwide missions, Hope Corps, Helping Children of the World and Apostolic School of Theology.


Supervisory Education Residency

Our Clinical Pastoral Education Center at UCDMC is accredited by ACPE to offer Levels I, II, and Supervisory Education training.  We have an opening and are currently accepting applications.  View Job Description.