Meet the pioneers of Spiritual Healthcare Placement

Thorne Consulting recruits leaders for Spiritual Care and CPE positions within healthcare settings. Since 2008, we have come to know many of the passionate, committed individuals and employers who care so ably for the spiritual wellness of patients around our country. Theirs is an unusual and vital component of healthcare.

Members of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) recognize Thorne Consulting as the only search agency dedicated solely to their profession. We enjoy this specialized focus that makes us the leader in Spiritual Healthcare Placement.

Part of the Thorne Consulting difference is that we are the only leadership placement firm in the USA:

  • Specializing in Spiritual Healthcare Leadership
  • Showing and presenting at ACPE national conferences
  • Having served as a visiting scholar, trainer, and coach throughout the Texas Medical Center

In total, we have 35+ years of experience in placement and consulting for the healthcare industry.

Richard Thorne, Search Consultant

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  • Certified Career Management Coach
  • Registered Corporate Coach
  • Masters of Labor and Industrial Relations (MLIR), Michigan State University
  • BA, Psychology, Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL)
  • Consultant to the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)

Richard is well known to ACPE leadership and members. He believes that humans are multi-dimensional beings and that quality spiritual care makes the road to physical wellness much smoother.

After founding Thorne Consulting in 1990 as a general healthcare search firm, Richard gravitated to the specific area of spiritual care. He has served as a visiting scholar at St. Luke’s Episcopal(Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center) Hospital, Houston; there he taught development training and led coaching for Spiritual Healthcare Leaders, CPE supervisors, and students throughout the Texas Medical Center.

Richard’s early career began at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital in Dixon, Illinois. He progressed from Housekeeping Manager to Director of Educational Services. A few years after a move to The Memorial Hospital in Owosso, Michigan, he was named VP of Human Resources and Special Services. Eventually he was recruited to Stratton-Cheeseman, then the largest medical malpractice insurer in Michigan, as Director of Sales and Marketing.

In that last position, Richard again assumed responsibility for human resources and recruitment, as well as strategic planning. Thus he continued to gain the knowledge and experience that would serve his clients so well when he stepped into private consulting.

Richard has three adult sons and numerous grandchildren. He volunteers at Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Drepung Loseling Monastery, and at various outlets that allow him to help children further their education and unemployed adults learn job search skills.

It is difficult to find anyone who is more equipped to help identify and retain excellent leadership for clinical pastoral education than Richard Thorne. Our national office relies on his network, his knowledge of the profession, and his wisdom to make sure we can support and guide our centers across the United States in making decisions about hiring the best “fit” for their context.

Trace Haythorn
Executive Director, ACPE