Notes from the Board President

Dear Friends,

It’s hard to believe we are already halfway through February. It is turning out to be a busy first quarter at Chaplain Partnership. The Executive Director search committee spent time in January interviewing and assessing our final candidate. The Board is pleased to announce the decision to hire Jeremy Lambert, M.Div., MAC, BCC as our next Executive Director. Jeremy will be relocating to Cleveland from Chattanooga in early March. We are very excited to introduce Jeremy to our broader community and we look forward to helping him acclimatize to Cleveland!

One of the things I have enjoyed the most over the last several months has been the opportunity to get to know our chaplains. We have a monthly chaplain “staff meeting” at the Chaplain Partnership office. This time of fellowship over lunch is a valuable opportunity for the chaplains (who are all posted at different locations) to come together and share conversation, best practices, and stories of faith and encouragement. Given that the chaplains work on their own within our client institutions, it can sometimes be a lonely occupation. Getting together monthly has been a long-standing tradition and one we will continue. In January, we had some lively discussions around the topic of “The Future of Chaplaincy” – it was engaging to see all that is possible in the world of chaplaincy, and start to align some of that “future thinking” with our own vision for the future.

Another item of note is that Cleveland will be playing host to the conference of the Association of Professional Chaplains this May. This is the largest conference for professional chaplains in the country. Interestingly enough (and nicely aligned with our own thinking), the conference topic is “20/20 Vision: The Future of Spiritual Care”. We look forward to hearing what our chaplains learn at this event and will share some of the salient points in our next newsletter.

We thank all of you for your continued support of Chaplain Partnership. Without the help of our generous supporters, we would not be able to fulfill our mission of bringing “…the promise of hope, healing, wholeness and balance to persons experiencing the blessings and brokenness of human life.”

Megan Patton, President and Chair, CP Board of Directors

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