Chaplain Sample Resume

Jonathan Spencer
1234 Stonewood Drive
Greenbelt, MD
Home: 727-555-5555
Cell: 727-555-5556
Email: john_spencer@frontfocus.com

Objective
Experienced chaplain seeking an opportunity to engage myself in pastoral and social justice ministry in a multi-cultural setting that provides opportunities for growth in counseling, preaching and other spiritual endeavors.

Qualifications Summary
  • More than 10 years experience as chaplain.
  • 5 years of hospice experience (3 years as a volunteer chaplain and 2 years as a paid staff member).
  • Level II learning standards of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (Certificate of Completion).
  • Experience in managing projects from conception to completion and a conscientious and dedicated worker.
  • Strong analytic and problem solving skills, skilled in decision-making, organization, and analysis of information.
  • Expertise in service orientation and high quality interpersonal skills.
Education
Largo Theological Seminary, Largo, MD
  • Master of Divinity (1999)
Prince George's College, Largo, MD
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (1997)
Work Experience
Chaplain: Bethlehem/Fairview United Methodist (Largo, MD), Sept. 2004 - Present
  • Lead worship and preach 4 services weekly.
  • Lead an adult bible study class and visit hospitals and homes as needed.
  • Other responsibilities include providing stability in leadership to congregations that have experienced a decline in worship attendance, leading the congregations in their witness and outreach to the community and increasing worship attendance through the blending of contemporary worship with traditional worship.
Hospice Chaplain: Southern Care Hospice (Largo, MD), Sept. 1999 - Aug. 2004
A 120-patient hospice specializing in medical care for terminally ill patients in the patient's homes.
  • Provided emotional and spiritual support to hospice team members and 50 terminally ill patients and their families.
  • Documented all pertinent chaplain activity and audited patient's charts.
  • Planned and led annual memorial worship service for families of deceased patients.
  • Other activities included: Leading Coping with Stress, Effective Communication, and Grief Education continuing education classes for staff, facilitating monthly grief support group meetings, developing bereavement plans of care for families of deceased patients.
  • Received bonuses for enrolling new patients during Southern Care's Pass It On campaign and was presented with Southern Care's Circle of Care award for outstanding service.
Senior Pastor: Divine Unity Methodist Church (Largo, MD), Nov. 1997 - Aug. 1999
  • Led the congregation in worship service, prepared and preached sermons.
  • Taught New Members Class on Sunday mornings and taught Bible Study on Wednesday evenings.
  • Other duties implied providing pastoral care and counseling on the weekends, administering religious ordinances, performing weddings and funerals and visiting the sick.