Born in West Virginia, Rev. Cecil Fike graduated from
high school in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He received his
Bachelor of Arts degree from Bridgewater College in Virginia,
and his Master of Divinity from Bethany Theological Seminary in
Oak Brook, Illinois.
He did his clinical training at Elgin State Hospital in Illinois
and Bowman Gray/North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem,
North Carolina. Ordained in the Church of the Brethren, Cecil
has served pastorates in Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois,
and North Carolina.
His chaplaincy career began in Roanoke Virginia, where
he served as the Roanoke Valley Institutional Chaplain. In 1973,
he organized the department of pastoral care at Kennestone
Hospital in Marietta, Georgia, and recently retired as the
Director of Pastoral Care for the WellStar Health System. The
which includes Kennestone, is a vertically integrated system
consisting of five hospitals, retirement and nursing facilities,
a hospice, over a dozen neighborhood health centers, and a
physicians group with more than 300 physicians. He was co-founder
and department head for the first hospital-based hospice in Georgia.
That hospice, which includes a new residential facility that
Rev. Fike also helped to start, now serves over 100 patients.
While serving as hospice bereavement counselor, he began
Good Grief Groups in 1985.
Good Grief Groups have been provided for over 2000 persons
through the WellStar Health System, and is currently being offered
in churches and health care institutions in Georgia,
Tennessee, Virginia, and California. Rev. Fike continues to
Good Grief Groups for the WellStar Health System.
Rev. Fike has studied with Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and
Granger Westberg and has attended many seminars, workshops
and symposia, including the Harvard Medical School Eric Lindeman Grief
Symposium, the Herbert Benson Behavioral Medicine Course, and the
Hans Selye Symposium on Stress Management. In addition, he has
conducted seminars and workshops for the Cobb County and
Georgia Departments of Education, the Department of the Navy,
the Veteran's Administration, Clemson University School of Nursing
and many other state and local organizations. Cecil received the
Kellogg Career Enhancement Award to study hospice and grief
programs in Europe.
In 1991, through the Friendship Force, Rev. and Mrs. Fike
served as Ambassadors to the Soviet Republic of Georgia,
where he visited hospitals and doctors to discuss health
care and grief rituals. The Georgia Society of Health Care
Chaplains chose Rev. Fike as Chaplain of the Year in 1993,
and he has served on numerous local, state and national
chaplaincy boards and committees. He also served as
president of the Cobb County Ministers Association, Georgia Society
of Health Care Chaplains, and was co-founder of the
Metro Atlanta Chaplains Association. His civic activities
include being a charter member and president of the
Marietta-Metro Rotary Club where he was named Rotarian
of the Year on two occasions.