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Chaplaincy and Care Ministry is the office that develops and promotes the ministry of chaplains and ministries of care with Christian Reformed pastors, congregations, and other CRCNA agencies and ministries.

What’s New

Chaplaincy and Care Ministry changed its name from Chaplaincy Ministries to underscore the vital importance of the caring ministry of the entire body of Christ. When hired, the new director of Chaplaincy and Care Ministry will work with chaplains, churches, and denominational ministries.

Chaplains bring the love of Christ into a variety of settings, including the workplace, hospitals, hospice, the military, and extended care facilities. They need the support and prayers you offer on their behalf individually and in your congregations. Pray that our chaplains and the members of your own congregation may be faithful in loving a broken world in need of God’s shalom.

Contact info:

Rev. Mark Stephenson, interim director
616.224.0733 or 224.0844

Quick Facts

  • Because chaplains are paid by the institutions for which they work, every dollar invested in chaplaincy and care ministry through donations and ministry shares yields about 35 dollars in ministry by chaplains.
  • The CRC has 117 chaplains: 96 full-time, of which 18 are full-time military; and 21 part-time, of which five are in the National Guard and Military Reserve.
  • Currently 24 students are in training for chaplaincy.
  • Rev. Mark Stephenson serves as the interim director of the Chaplaincy and Care Ministry as well as the director of Disability Concerns. Rev. Herm Keizer continues to do chaplain endorsements.

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