Hood Seminary has received a grant from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) to establish a Center for Chaplaincy to foster awareness, information exchange, and collaboration about the opportunities and practices in the field of professional chaplaincy. Dr. Ken Walden, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, is the Center’s Director. Dr. Walden has in-depth experience in military and hospital chaplaincy as well as church pastoral leadership.

HTS recognizes that professional chaplaincy is a growing area within the practice of ministry. Presently, the Seminary has the most number of students in the chaplaincy program in the over 100-year history of the school. More and more students are seeking to support and counsel constituencies outside of congregational ministry. The chaplaincy program addresses students’ desires to seek these opportunities.

Chaplaincy is also a dynamic vocation within a variety of settings including hospitals, higher education, retirement communities, military institutions, correctional settings, law enforcement, fire protection and emergency response organizations, and business and industrial agencies. The Center will extend the Seminary’s image through expanded professional relationships.

The Center for Chaplaincy at Hood Theological Seminary will partner with chaplain practitioners from representative professional organizations to fulfill the following objectives:

  • Educate students about the various types of chaplaincy
  • Provide opportunities for professional chaplains to participate in continuing education programs and workshops
  • Create and sponsor visitation opportunities for students to network with chaplain professionals
  • Facilitate formal and informal student learning opportunities within selected chaplain organizations

The Center for Chaplaincy at Hood Theological Seminary will also be a clearinghouse on chaplain organizations, with basic informational brochures on graduate student membership being located in the NeighborHOOD. The following are some selected electronic resources:

The Center for Chaplaincy at Hood Theological Seminary will have an Advisory Board consisting of chaplains representing various settings.

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