Foundations of Faith
As a Christian, I believe in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Also known as the Trinity, I have come to understand the importance of all three in my life.
Ever since I was a small child, I’ve strongly believed in God even though my parents did not teach me about God. I can even remember feeling the early presence of God at a young age on the farm I grew up on in Pennsylvania and feeling the presence of a loving creator that was looking down on me and everyone else. As I grew older and went through different life experiences, I started to believe there was a God that not only created humankind, but there was a God that watched over all of us and loved us like a parent loves a child. I believe this is the same God from the beginning of time and is in control of our world. As I grew older and began to learn about Jesus Christ I learned how salvation and redemption come through him.
While I believe we live in a fallen world and cannot escape from sin and evil that exists around us (Romans 3:23), I believe its through Jesus Christ that we find not only redemption for our sins, but that we also find salvation through Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). To me, Jesus Christ saves us from not only our fallen world but our own fallen selves. I view Jesus Christ as the one who not only liberates us individually but will someday liberate all of mankind (2 Corinthians 3:27) from the oppression and evil that exists in our world. All of us, no matter who we, what our ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or how we identify ourselves, are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26).
I also believe the Holy Spirit exists in our lives as a way to not only guide us during our life journey but exists to remind us of the love, compassion, and hope, that comes from our God who is above watching over us (John 3:6-8). I also believe the Holy Spirit exists as a reminder of a new life that we can find through Jesus Christ and that even though we live in a fallen world, God still is here speaking to us (Isaiah 55:11). It’s the Holy Spirit that reminds us that love will always triumph over hate (1 Corinthians 13:13) and hope will always overcome fear. It is only through God, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit that I can understand the presence of God and his influence in my life.
These three elements define why I am a Christian, but also give strength in my faith in God’s presence, Jesus Christ’s forgiveness, and the Holy Spirit’s guidance in my life.
Foundations of Chaplaincy
My role as a chaplain is not to tell someone what to impose my religious beliefs. Rather, it’s my role to help them identify spiritual meaning in their lives, providing resiliency during life’s challenges.
As a chaplain, I seek to respect the values and traditions while safeguarding the confidentiality of those whom I am providing spiritual care. Additionally, I seek to respect the opinions, beliefs, cultures, and professional endeavors while maintaining clear boundaries while refraining from imposing my own values and beliefs on those whom I serve. As a chaplain, I seek to provide professional spiritual care to all people, regardless of their age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or social background. Additionally, I understand the limits of their individual expertise and make referrals to other professionals when appropriate while not directly or by implication claim professional qualifications that exceed actual qualifications or misrepresent and affiliation with any institution. Finally, I will honor all consultations, whether personal or client–related, with the highest professional regard and confidentiality.
It’s imperative I provide quality spiritual care while adhering to a code of standards and ethics that provides accountability and affirms the dignity of the individual while respecting the religious or non-religious traditions of those whom I am providing spiritual care. As a healthcare chaplain, I follow the ethical guidelines set forth by the Association of Professional Chaplains. And as a chaplain in the United States Air Force, I adhere to the mission of the Air Force Chaplain Corps.
For a complete code of ethics set forth by the Association of Professional Chaplains, please click here to learn more about the standards for chaplains and the code of ethics we adhere. For the mission of the United States Air Force Chaplain Corps, click here.