Below is a list of three focuses on my ministry. To view my current and past ministry experiences, click here

Healthcare Chaplaincy

I believe as a healthcare chaplain, one must be a spiritual presence to patients, families, and hospital staff.  As patients and their families deal with difficult illnesses and diagnoses, it’s the role of the chaplain not to have answers, but offer reassurance of God’s presence amidst difficult moments. Starting with my experience as a resident hospital chaplain at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center in 2014 where I earned four Clinical Pastoral Care units, I learned the art of spiritual listening and the importance of being a spiritual presence and how spiritual care is an essential element in the healing process.

Through my experience as a resident hospital chaplain at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center where I spent a year working with patients and family members through the Clinical Pastoral Education program, I offered religious and spiritual guidance to patients/residents/clients, staff, and administrators, I also served the families of deceased patients/residents/clients and patients/families in crisis situations. Earning four CPE credits, I spent a year also assigned to the psychiatric, hospice, and emergency units. I also spent time assigned to the local nursing home. Through my CPE experience, I gained Level I and Level II experiences totaling 2,000 hours of clinical pastoral education and patient spiritual care.

My experiences in chaplaincy Include:

  • Emergency Spiritual Care
  • Spiritual Counseling
  • Nursing Home Spiritual Care
  • Ecumenical/Interfaith Chaplaincy
  • Hospice/Palliative Spiritual Care
  • Small Group Faith Formation
  • Ethical Decision Making Consultation

Military Chaplaincy

For our men and women in uniform, having spiritual support is essential especially as they seek to carry out the mission of our military while also provide love and support their family members when they are home.  Starting in December 2016 when I took an oath to become an Air Force Reserve chaplain, I have the privilege of being a spiritual presence to our men and women in uniform while also serving my country. For me, serving as a chaplain to our service members is a gift as I seek to be a spiritual presence in their lives despite the difficult challenges and situations they may face. 

While I am still at the beginning of my call as a reservist chaplain, I’m working first hand with members of our military and their family members to provide them with spiritual care regardless of their faith beliefs or religious traditions. Serving United States members of the military and their families, when I serve I provide spiritual counseling while also helping them process loss and grief, family issues, and spiritual discernment. I also have worked with airmen in the detention unit providing spiritual care.  I also have served with my base chaplains, providing leadership for different workshops and events.  Additionally, I refer airmen to social workers, psychologists, or medical personnel as required. While there will be much more for me to learn through my time as a military chaplain, I look forward to giving back to my country and those who protect our freedom because as an American they have given so much to me.

Experiences in military chaplaincy I am gaining:

  • Advocacy Briefing
  • Ethical Dilemmas Consultation
  • Emergency Spiritual Counseling
  • Ecumenical/Interfaith Chaplaincy
  • Small Group Faith Formation
  • Spiritual Growth and Formation Promotion

Congregational Ministry

I believe the church is a sacred place where individuals not only experience the spiritual divine, but also a place which reflects inclusivity, openness, and compassion. I believe the church is a place where one feels part of a beloved community of brothers and sisters in Christ.

As the Minister for Community and Campus Relations at UniPlace Christian Church, I formed 30 relationships between student, civic, and businesses organizations at UniPlace. I also oversaw its community dinner program which feeds approximately 150 people weekly and oversaw the 300 university students from the University of Illinois who volunteer to operate the program each year. I also created a service-learning program, providing a field study location for students in the Department of Social Work and Education at the University of Illinois which mentor students to become community leaders. Additionally, I created a successful ministry called “Beer and Theology” which consists of a bi-weekly pub style ministry which covers theological conversations in a casual setting in Champaign-Urbana. With a variety of diverse speakers and attendees, Beer and Theology allows individuals to talk about theological issues in a safe and comfortable environment.  Additionally, I performed weddings, provide pastoral care, and preach on an occasional basis at UniPlace Christian Church.

My experiences in Preaching, Teaching, and Congregational Ministry Include:

  • Preaching
  • Pastoral Care
  • Workshop Planning/Meeting
  • Innovative Ministry
  • Committee Leadership
  • Outreach/Mission Ministry
  • Special Services (Wedding, Funerals, Lent, & Advent)

Education, Training, Certifications

Commissioned Officer Training School, United States Air Force (2017)
Clinical Pastoral Education Residency (4 CPE Units of Level I & Level II), Bon Secours Health System (2014)
San Francisco Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity (2013)
Slippery Rock University, Bachelors of Science in Communication (2008)