The Rev. Dr. Eileen Epperson, a compassionate and esteemed Presbyterian minister with 33 years of experience, is a beacon of light in the realm of personal growth and transformation. Born and raised in the vibrant city of New York, her journey has taken her on a profound path of service, wisdom, and expertise.
Throughout her remarkable career, The Rev. Dr. Epperson has garnered extensive training and accolades. She has served as an Interim Minister, skillfully guiding numerous churches through intentional transitions. Additionally, her participation as both a coach and participant in the three-year School for Leadership provided her with advanced training, connecting her with grassroots leaders from Ireland, Israel, and America. This unique experience has enriched her ability to empower and support leaders in their respective journeys.
The Rev. Dr. Epperson's commitment to making a positive impact extends beyond her professional endeavors. She played a pivotal role in revitalizing the Ambassador Program for the Parliament of the World's Religions, serving on the Ambassador Advisory Council for nearly a decade. Engaging in interfaith dialogue for over five decades, she has been a steadfast attendee of modern Parliaments of the World's Religions, contributing her wisdom and insights through various programs.
Passionate about global issues, The Rev. Dr. Epperson volunteered with The Hunger Project, dedicating her time and efforts to support communities in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Her investment in the African Women Food Farmer Initiative exemplifies her unwavering commitment to empowering marginalized populations.
Currently, The Rev. Dr. Epperson's focus lies in her transformative work as a Forgiveness and Communication Coach. Through her program, Freedom from the Past – Power in the Present, she empowers individuals, families, and work teams to break free from the shackles of the past. With grace and power, she guides her clients toward effective communication and cultivates an environment where their voices can be heard.
The Rev. Dr. Epperson's profound expertise in forgiveness has led her to create The Forgiveness Process®, a transformative tool for individual growth. She passionately shares this process through retreats and workshops, fostering healing and spiritual growth. Her dedication to helping leaders find their voices and fulfill their callings is unwavering, expanding their performance and enhancing their satisfaction in making a meaningful contribution to others.
With over 50 forgiveness workshops and retreats conducted across three states, The Rev. Dr. Epperson's impact continues to touch the lives of many. Her commitment to guiding individuals toward freedom from the past and empowering them to live in the power of the present is unparalleled.
The Rev. Dr. Eileen Epperson's presence and expertise bring hope, healing, and transformation to all who have the privilege of working with her. With unwavering compassion and a wealth of knowledge, she is a trusted guide on the path to personal growth and fulfillment.
Spiritual Life-Coach with specialties in forgiveness and communication training and grief support,
2000 - present
Spiritual Director, 2000-present
Facilitator, (weekly) Bereavement Support Groups, Friends of Hospice, Litchfield, CT 4/06 – present
Forgiveness Coach with the African Leadership Transformation Foundation 4/21 – present
Interim and Designated Minister, Stanfordville United Church of Christ, Stanfordville, NY, 2/18 – 11/202.
Pastoral Care Coordinator, Noble Horizons, Church homes, Inc. (a multi-level retirement Community), Salisbury, CT, 1/19 – 12/203.
Facilitator, Caregivers Support Group, Litchfield Health & Wellness Resources, Inc., by Zoom, 6/20 – 9/204.
Hospice Chaplain, Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association, 8/13 – 11/195.
Interim Hospice Chaplain, Visiting Nurse Svces. of CT, 7/17 – 12/176.
Stated Supply, United Presbyterian Church, Amenia, NY 8/08 – 11/127.
Pastor, United Congregational Church, Torrington, CT 9/03 – 5/068.
Supply Preacher, KY and CT, 3/01-9/039.
Interim Consultant, Unitarian Coastal Fellowship, NC, 9/2000-3/0110.
Interim Pastor, First Parish Church United, MA, 9/97-9/9911.Interim Pastor, The United Church in Clinton, MA, 9/96-6/9712.
Interim Pastor, Edwards Church (Congregational), MA, 4/95-3/9613.
Interim Pastor, The Federated Church of Sturbridge and Fiskdale, MA, 12/94-4/9514.
Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Facilitator, MA, 11/89-11/9115.
Hospital Chaplain and Bereavement Facilitator, VA & NY, 9/85-6/8816.
Campus Minister, Herbert Lehman College, Bronx, NY, 9/83-4/85
Doctor of Ministry awarded by Hartford Seminary, May 2021
Graduated October 2014 from an international school for leadership (a3-year curriculum with Irish, American and Israeli participants. www.schoolforleadership.org
Interim Ministry Network 6-month Basic Training, 1995
Nine units of Clinical Pastoral Education in hospital settings (four are required for national certification), 1985-1988
Over forty courses in communication, leadership and forgiveness, 1977 – present
“Communication: Access to Power” and “Communication: The Power to Create,” Landmark Worldwide, 1980 and reviewed several times
D. Min. 2021 Hartford Seminary (now H.I.U.) M.A. 1988
University of Virginia, English Literature M.Div. 1986
Union Theological Seminary, Final Thesis with Distinction, NYCB.A., Dept Honors 1972 Louisiana State University, English