May 23-31, 2020

Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors

Cecelia Walker serves as the director of clinical pastoral education for the Brookwood Baptist Health System and as the director of pastoral care at Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala. She recalls how a hospital chaplain affected her call to ministry. After her husband’s sudden death, a hospital chaplain came to offer support and asked if she would like to go see her deceased husband. The chaplain encouraged her and said he would be with her. “When we went to see my husband, he was in a bed and looked as if he were sleeping. We were able to have that last time with him in such a peaceful way and to say our goodbyes. As I was nearing the end of my studies at Beeson Divinity School, I was thinking about what a Baptist woman in Alabama could do in ministry. I thought about that hospital chaplain and I called him. He told me about clinical pastoral education and that started my journey toward chaplaincy.”

Pray for:

  • those participating in Clinical Pastoral Education to enhance their ministry.
  • those who serve as clinical pastoral educators and for the ministry they offer to clergy as they grow in self-awareness and add to their knowledge and skills to minister with persons in crisis.
  • chaplains and counselors who walk with people during times of crisis and trauma in their lives.

God gives the desolate a home to live in; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious live in a parched land.
Psalm 68:6


May 23-31 Birthdays

Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors
23 Polly Barnes, Brandon, MS (CH)
23 John Schumacher, Columbia, SC (CH)
24 Paulette Porter-Hallmon,
Spartanburg, SC (CH)
26 Stephanie Coyne, Conyers, GA (CH)
26 Valerie Hardy, Loganville, GA (CH)
28 Hardy Clemons, San Antonio, TX (PC)
28 Kenneth LeBon, Fayetteville, NC (CH)
28 David Smith, Alpharetta, GA (PC)
29 Aleesa Naish, Birmingham, AL (CH)
31 Stacey Buford, Murfreesboro, TN (CH)
31 Blake Miller, Atlanta GA (CH)
31 LouRae Myhre-Weber, Twin Bridges, MT (CH)
31 Kelley Woggon, Louisville, KY (CH)

Field Personnel and Engagement Partners
24 Meron Acker, 2000, Uganda (FPC)
25 Stephanie Vance, Athens, AL (FP)
25 Rick Burnette, Ft. Meyers, FL (FP)
26 Hunter, Thailand (FP)

Staff Members
24 Harold Phillips (S-Heartland)
26 Gerry Hutchinson (S-Decatur)
26 Daniel Todd (S-Decatur)
30 Lane Riley (S-South Carolina)


CH = Chaplain
CST = Church Starter
EP = Engagement Partner
FP = Field Personnel
FPC = Child of Field Personnel
PC = Pastoral Counselor
S = CBF Staff Member