Jerilyn E. Felton
is a graduate of Seattle University with a B.A. in Fine Arts. Through a series of life adventures, she came to Portland,
Oregon, finding a vibrant community of ice dancers there. Her job permitted her the time to explore her love of
ice dancing and to give back to the sport of figure skating by becoming a judge for Singles, Pairs and Dance. Though
she retired from judging in 2000, she returned to the sport after the death of her husband and ice dance partner,
George. She was reinstated as an Intermediate Figure/ Silver Freestyle and Gold Dance judge, continuing to give back to the
sport that provides a balance to her academic and professional work.
Jerilyn held a variety of increasingly important positions in
international export sales over her 20 year career with a food brokerage firm. Transitioning from this company, she completed
an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies as well as an M.A. in Applied Theology at Marylhurst University. She completed
her Doctor of Ministry at George Fox Evangelical Seminary (Portland Seminary) in 2012. She brings to the real world of
pastoral and spiritual care her model for canine-assisted ministry / pastoral and spiritual care through writing and, publishing
articles and books on the subject.
|Jerilyn E. Felton, D. Min.
|Photo by Jana Castellano, 2012
|Dr. Jerilyn E. Felton & Alya, Four-Footed Minister
Alya, a Labrador Retriever, was born in June 2001 and was not part
of the research conducted in June, 2004. She
was bred for a guide dog program but did not have the qualities necessary to make a good guide.
Dr. Felton adopted her in July, 2005 and was working with her in ministry as she was Pet Partners-registered
in October 2010 and re-registered in August 2012. Sadly, Alya had what appeared to be a stroke on the evening of November
2, 2014 and peacefully passed away on the morning of November 3,2014. Pax et Lux, Alya.