Chaplain Paul Byrd Awarded the Carl Hart Award
2021 General Assembly / Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling / Featured

Chaplain Paul Byrd Awarded the Carl Hart Award

by Caleb Mynatt With a nearly 30-year career as a chaplain under his belt, Paul Byrd can’t imagine his life being any different. But before his career began as a resident in a Clinical Pastoral Education program, Byrd had never really considered pursuing a career in chaplaincy. In childhood, Byrd thought he would grow up … Continue reading

A Prayer & Thanks for Healthcare Workers
COVID-19 / General CBF / Leadership Scholars / Prayers / women in ministry / young Baptists

A Prayer & Thanks for Healthcare Workers

By Hannah Moody Throughout this pandemic, all have been affected. No matter one’s background or social standing, each of us has been affected. Coronavirus is relentless that way, not caring where you are, who you are, anything. If not physically, you have likely been affected mentally, emotionally, financially and spiritually.  I know my own stress … Continue reading

Emotional Healthcare for Those Who “Help Feed the Nation”
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling

Emotional Healthcare for Those Who “Help Feed the Nation”

Since 1985, the Network on Ministry in Specialized Settings (“COMISS”) has observed the last week of October as Spiritual Care Week – a time when we celebrate the sacred work of chaplains and pastoral counselors. This year’s Spiritual Care Week theme is “Collaborative Healthcare: Chaplains Complete the Picture.” Sometimes a picture is more informative and revealing than words. Often … Continue reading

Captain John Ray Roberts: Army Reserve Chaplain and Developer of Leaders
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling / Feature

Captain John Ray Roberts: Army Reserve Chaplain and Developer of Leaders

By Liz Andrasi Deere John Ray Roberts, CPT, USAR is the Coordinator for Leadership Assessment at The Citadel’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. On staff at The Citadel, his alma mater, Roberts engages Cadets in service learning and reflection. He invites them to explore different points of view on campus, in the surrounding community … Continue reading

Dedicated to Death Row: Part time prison chaplain invests full-time in face-to-face ministry with inmates awaiting execution
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling / Featured

Dedicated to Death Row: Part time prison chaplain invests full-time in face-to-face ministry with inmates awaiting execution

By Jennifer Colosimo   When Rev. Cari Willis started her professional career, she was climbing the corporate ladder, preparing Human Resources reports; she was not writing sermons. Little did she know then, that God was prepping her for a path toward something very different. Plenty of incarcerated men and women will tell you they’re glad God did. Twenty years into her career, an eye-opening conversation with her grandmother drove her to leave … Continue reading

CBF’s Hutchinson announces retirement from chaplaincy, pastoral counseling post
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling / Newsroom

CBF’s Hutchinson announces retirement from chaplaincy, pastoral counseling post

January 17, 2020 By Jeff Huett Gerry Hutchinson, who has served as the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Manager since January 2014, has announced that he will retire later this year. Under Hutchinson’s leadership, CBF endorsed nearly 200 chaplains and pastoral counselors, including CBF’s 1,000th endorsement in 2016. Over his tenure, Hutchinson increased … Continue reading

Experiencing compassion post-crisis in the Bahamas
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling / Disaster Response

Experiencing compassion post-crisis in the Bahamas

By Rev. Elizabeth Denham Thompson As a pastoral counselor and a congregational consultant, I have facilitated quite a few retreats, trainings, and workshops over the years, and am trained in crisis response work. So, when the email arrived from CBF at the end of September, asking if any endorsed counselors were available to be spiritual … Continue reading

Not just mucking out—CBF disaster relief chaplain Mary Nell McCoy ministers to those experiencing crisis and disaster 
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling / Disaster Response

Not just mucking out—CBF disaster relief chaplain Mary Nell McCoy ministers to those experiencing crisis and disaster 

By Ashleigh Bugg   In June of 2019, Mary Nell McCoy co-led the first Disaster Spiritual Care training as a part of the CBF General Assembly in Birmingham. The Disaster Spiritual Care program is used to train chaplains to work with teams deploying to help people during crisis and disasters. According to McCoy, the DSC chaplains minister to emotional … Continue reading

Spiritual Care Week 2019 Part 6: Hospitality in abundance
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling / Disaster Response

Spiritual Care Week 2019 Part 6: Hospitality in abundance

Each year the COMISS Network promotes Spiritual Care Week. It is an occasion to recognize the different disciplines who offer spiritual care to persons. The theme for 2019 is Cultivating Space. Throughout this week you will hear from CBF endorsed chaplains and pastoral counselors as they focus on this theme. Below is Part 6. Learn more about … Continue reading

Spiritual Care Week 2019 Part 5: Cultivating Space…for Death?
Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling

Spiritual Care Week 2019 Part 5: Cultivating Space…for Death?

Each year the COMISS Network promotes Spiritual Care Week. It is an occasion to recognize the different disciplines who offer spiritual care to persons. The theme for 2019 is Cultivating Space. Throughout this week you will hear from CBF endorsed chaplains and pastoral counselors as they focus on this theme. Below is Part 5. Learn more about … Continue reading