The Rev. Dr. Jacob Luther Mauney was born December 21, 1937 in Pulaski, VA into a family of clergy– father, grandfather, uncles, cousins, to name a few. After graduating from Roanoke College in 1960, he attended Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC where he eventually finished with a D. Min. in 1980. In 1964 he was ordained into the Lutheran Church in America and married Judy Patterson. During a four-year stint in a rural Lutheran parish in NC, he experimented with Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, NC. Smitten with experiential learning, he entered a CPE residency at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University in 1968.
After his certification as a CPE Supervisor in 1971, he accepted a faculty position at the Medical College of Virginia until his retirement in 1997 as an associate professor in the Program in Patient Counseling. After the Rev. Dr. A.P.L. Prest, Jr. retired in 1993 with 35 years of service to MCVH and the pastoral care community, Dr. Mauney was appointed as Chair of the Program in Patient Counseling and Director of the Pastoral Care Department.
Dr. Mauney received certification as a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, was a member of the College of Chaplains (now the Association of Professional Chaplains) and a member in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He was licensed as a professional counselor (LPC) in Virginia and served as a chaplain at Westbrook Psychiatric Hospital, Henrico, VA. After retirement he moved to Smith Mountain Lake, renewed his interest in tennis, joined an ecumenical parish and majored in volunteering. He and Judy have two sons, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren.