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Hospital Chaplain Testimony by Rev. Crystal Schmalz

Hospital Chaplain Testimony by Rev. Crystal Schmalz

Rev. Crystal September 12, 2013 0 comments
As a Oneness Pentecostal minister who works in the field of hospital chaplaincy, I feel privileged to share a testimony of the work God is doing daily in hospitals.
I first began my journey into the world of chaplaincy in the summer of 2011. I worked as a ministry staff leader in an interdenominational context in Yellowstone National Park for a summer. After returning to finish my education at Urshan Graduate School of Theology, I still felt the Lord leading me to the field of chaplaincy. I applied to a Clinical Pastoral Education program at a community hospital, and soon found a deep connection being established with patients, staff members, and colleagues as I worked at Barnes Jewish St. Peters Hospital from the fall of 2011 to the spring of 2012. I then applied for a residency position at Barnes Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, MO. I was hired in August 2012, and have been learning about God and the work of chaplaincy ever since.
I’ve experienced many sacred moments over the past two years. I’ve ministered to patients with terminal illnesses, life threatening conditions, and unexpected traumatic events. I have prayed with people, read scripture, sat silently, listened to painful and joyful stories, held hands, and provided spiritual care for people who often find themselves without spiritual support. It has been an honor to work with people from all different religious backgrounds and denominations. As a Oneness Pentecostal I bring a different perspective and background to the spiritual care department at BJH, and am honored to share and learn from others within the field.

My testimony is simply and greatly to tell you God is at work in our hospitals around the work. Healing, wholeness, and the incarnational presence of the Holy Spirit are at work. As a female general licensed minister of the UPCI, I am proud to be a Oneness Pentecostal hospital chaplain, and honored to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and the community of believers everywhere. 
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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.

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