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Rev. Uwe C. Scharf, Ph.D. 

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Chaplain ScharfThe Rev. Uwe C. Scharf, Ph.D. is an ACPE-certified Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Supervisor and an ordained Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). A native of Cologne, Germany, Uwe came to the United States in 1987 and became a permanent US resident in 1992.

He holds a Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.) degree from the European Baptist Theological Seminary, formerly in Rueschlikon, Switzerland (1987), a Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) degree from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana (1988) and a Ph.D. In Philosophical Theology from the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA (1995).

Uwe’s Ph.D. dissertation on Paul Tillich got published in 1999 an enlarged and revised version by De Gruyter, Berlin and New York as “The Paradoxical Breakthrough of Revelation: Interpreting the Divine-Human Interplay in Paul Tillich’s Work 1919-1965."

Dr. Scharf did his CPE residency at UVa and a three-year Supervisory Education Fellowship at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC and became a certified ACPE Supervisor in 2002.

Prior to coming to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Uwe has been an Associate Director of Pastoral Services at Duke University Health System in Durham, NC (2000-2005) and the Director of Pastoral Care and CPE at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD (2006-2011).

Uwe is the father of a 15-year old daughter Uma Klara Goel Scharf, who is a rising 10th grader at Friends School of Baltimore, MD. Uwe enjoys swimming, walking on the beach, speaking and teaching German, CPE curriculum development, biomedical ethics, preaching, going out to eat and going to the movies. He is a Star Trek fan of all generations as well as of (almost) all incarnations of Sherlock Holmes, Batman, and Spiderman. “Columbo” and “Lie to me” are among his favorite TV shows. Uwe has a library of ca. 3,000 books and 2,000 DVDs and is happy to share his collection of books and DVD’s with others.


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