pastoral care counselor chaplain resume example with 20+ years of experience

(555) 432-1000,
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Ordained pastor, educator, and spiritual director with years experience in education, parish ministry, pastoral care, counseling, and hospice, working with a diverse population. Counsel persons on spiritual journey, also those undergoing difficulties in their lives, or facing end of life issues. Worship leader, and spiritual support to fellow staff members and care providers. Life-long learner seeking to incorporate educational background and pastoral ministry into a college environment.

  • Ordained ELCA Minister
  • Spiritual gifts as Pastor/Shepherd
  • Outstanding worship leader
  • Experienced educator
  • Spiritual Director
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent administration skills
  • Organized and self-motivated
  • People person - caring and compassionate
  • Strong leader
  • Team player
  • Good collaborator
  • Calming presence in times of difficulty
  • Excellent listener
  • Creative thinker
Kairos School of Spiritual Direction Jesuit Center Wernersville, PA Expected in 2012 Certification : Spiritual Direction - GPA :
  • Trained as Spiritual Director
  • Small private practice
Moravian Theological Seminary Bethlehem, PA Expected in 2005 M.Div : Theology - GPA :
  • Graduated magna cum laude
  • Faculty award
  • Attended Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia for "Lutheran" year of study
Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown, PA Expected in Summer 2002 Internship : Clinical Pastoral Education - GPA :
  • Chaplain for patients in need of spiritual support
  • Organized several memorial services for staff
  • Led weekly chapel services
  • Participated in IPR ( interpersonal relations) group sessions
  • Growth in developing pastoral identity
Kutztown University Kutztown, Pa Expected in B.S : Elementary/Special Education - GPA :
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  • Core values of integrity, accountability, self-management, balanced judgment and initiative
  • Work comfortably within a team environment, communicating respectfully across cultures and with persons of different faiths
  • Maintain a high standard of ethical behavior, professionalism, and confidentiality
  • Pastoral skills and the respect, dignity and 'sacred' nature in relating to and connecting with others
  • Proven ability to develop and deliver meaningful programs, workshops, retreats, grief/bereavement support groups
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Experience and skill in working with young adults and other groups
  • Outcome and results-driven focus
  • Creative energy and passion working with others in their spiritual journey
  • Discipline in living the Fruits of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, generosity and self-control
Chaplain - Life Choice Hospice - Pastoral Care Counselor/Chaplain
City, STATE, 10/2011 - Current
  • Called ministry to Word and Sacrament
  • Spiritual support to patients and their families
  • Ministry of presence to dying patients and their families
  • Approach stressful situations with a calm and reassuring demeanor
  • Provide a friendly, compassionate, and approachable "ear" for those who need comfort and guidance
  • Organize and lead annual memorial services
  • Preside at funerals for former hospice patients
  • Grief support to LCH staff and facility staff
  • Prepare and lead weekly devotions for team meetings
Sacred Heart Hospital - Bereavement and Volunteer Coordinator
City, STATE, 05/2011 - 10/2011
  • Grief support to families of patients served
  • Organized bereavement support groups
  • Planned children's bereavement camp program
  • Trained and supervised many volunteers for hospice support to patients
Minister ­ St. John's Lutheran Church - Minister
City, STATE, 04/2007 - 05/2011
  • Ministry of Word and Sacrament increasing frequency of communion services
  • Spiritual leader to congregation
  • Organized collaborative confirmation program with seven area churches
  • Established youth group program
  • Led five youth on mission trip to Mahanoy City, PA
  • Led six youth to National Youth Gathering in New Orleans - trip involved servant projects to the community
  • Facilitated Bible Studies
  • Contributed to membership growth of over 100 new members in 3 ½ years
  • Wrote grant for increasing youth and music program which was awarded
  • Formed ecumenical pericope group Bible study for area pastors
  • Facilitated bereavement groups for Lutheran Congregational Services
  • Organized community Blue Christmas Service for persons dealing with loss during the holidays
  • Facilitated Ryan's Tree Bereavement Programs for children
Becker's St. Peter's/Zion Moselem ELCA - Minister
City, STATE, 05/2005 - 04/2007
  • Called Ministry of Word and Sacrament
  • Spiritual leader of two congregations- two councils and joint parish council
  • Taught confirmation classes
  • Led mission trip to Louisiana and facilitated Camp Noah program for children affected by floods
  • Contributed to increased church membership in both congregations
  • Facilitated bereavement groups
Atonement Lutheran Church - Student Pastor/Vicar
City, STATE, 08/2003 - 08/2004
  • Shared ministry with preaching and teaching experience
  • Facilitated bereavement groups for adults facing grief and loss
  • Developed an inner city after school program for at risk youth
  • Visited the sick and homebound members
  • Received outstanding evaluations from the lay committee as well as the supervisor
  • Trained as a Stephen Minister and Stephen Minister Leader
Northwestern Lehigh School District - Elementary/Special Education Teacher
City, STATE, 08/1977 - 05/2001
  • High school special education - grades 7-12
  • Elementary special education - grades K-6
  • Elementary second grade
  • Instructional Support LeadTeacher
  • First grade Reading Recovery Teacher

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School Attended

  • Kairos School of Spiritual Direction Jesuit Center
  • Moravian Theological Seminary
  • Kutztown University

Job Titles Held:

  • Pastoral Care Counselor/Chaplain
  • Bereavement and Volunteer Coordinator
  • Minister
  • Minister
  • Student Pastor/Vicar
  • Elementary/Special Education Teacher


  • Certification
  • M.Div
  • Internship
  • B.S

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