Dr. Ronald Sunderland is co-founder of Interfaith CareParnters, together with his colleague Dr. Earl Shelp. The two pioneered innovative volunteer caregiving programs first among early victims of HIV/AIDS, and later extended their successful Care Team® model to serve individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, physically impaired adults, children with special needs, and the caregivers of all of these populations.
Dr. Sunderland is a minister in the Uniting Church in Australia, received his Doctor of Education from the University of Houston in 1978, and served as Adjunct Professor with Drew University School of Theology and Houston Baptist University.
In 1997 Dr. Sunderland was honored by the Rosalynn Carter Institute of Georgia Southwestern University as the recipient of the Rosalynn Carter Caregiving Award for his pioneering work in equipping laypeople for ministry. He currently serves as a chaplain at The Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center.