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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