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Chaplaincy Salon: Exploring the Vocation of Spiritual Care

Chaplaincy presents unique opportunities to provide spiritual care in contexts that are most often closed to the general public. It’s also a means to practice pastoral ministry outside of a traditional church environment.

In a society in need of soul care, the role of the chaplain is deeply important and resonates across a multiplicity of faiths and traditions. We are grateful for the opportunity to facilitate a conversation about this unique work and calling.

We are excited to welcome practitioners from the fields of hospitality and military chaplaincy to speak to their experience of providing spiritual care within their distinct contexts.

We will set a table for you to explore vocational potential that chaplaincy may hold for you. Whether you are an alumna/us, current student (in any degree program), or curious individual exploring your calling and the possibility of graduate school, this gathering is for you. We’d love for you to come and join us for lunch and conversation about chaplaincy.

This event is free and open to the public. Kindly RSVP by Wednesday, February 28 to assist us with preparations.

Meet the Panelists

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Hillary B. Kimsey graduated from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology with her MDiv in 2017. She serves as a Spiritual Care Resident at Harborview Medical Center where she provides care for Burns, Pediatrics, Trauma, and Psychiatry patients and families. Hillary is a writer, with published devotional and curriculum materials as well as poetry, fiction, and articles. When’s she’s not working or writing, she can be found worshiping at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bremerton, or watching superhero movies with her husband, Tom. She is pursuing ordination to the Episcopal Priesthood.

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Rev. Jill Rasmussen-Baker, ACPE (Association for Clinical Pastoral Education) Certified Educator/Supervisor, is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a  board certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC).  She joined Harborview Medical Center’s CPE faculty in 2015 to support Harborview’s mission in providing high quality, cross-culturally sensitive spiritual care and supervision.  She became Interim Director of the department in July 2017.

A Montana native, Jill brings rich experience as a pastor in the congregation, chaplain and CPE educator/supervisor in a variety of medical centers.  Her passion for chaplaincy, begun with her first unit of CPE in Colorado, was further fueled by her CPE Residency with St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend, Indiana.  In Columbus, Ohio, after her Supervisory CPE  education at Riverside Methodist Hospital and Grant Medical Center, she served as CPE program manager at  Mount Carmel Health System.  Then she served as CPE Program Manager at Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw, Michigan. Using Relational Cultural Theory and Bowen Theory, she enjoys empowering students in building connections while growing their autonomy. 

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Mike Beck graduated from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology in 2008. He has been serving in the Army as a Chaplain with the Christian and Missionary Alliance since 2012. He and his wife Libby have been married for 13 years and have two boys, Atlas (7) and Levi (3). Although a PNW native, he currently resides in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

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Chaplain Andrea Baker has served as an Episcopal priest in Northern California and Honduras,and as an Army Reserve chaplain in Sacramento, Tacoma, Portland, Afghanistan and Germany. She earned her MDiv from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA in 2010. She also holds a Master’s degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Hawaii and a Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. During seminary, Andrea
learned the Army needed chaplains, and in 2011 she answered a long-felt call to serve service members and their families. She has been married to her high school and college sweetheart since 1984 and they have two young adult children. Andrea is eager to share her story with others about the rewarding ministry of Army chaplaincy.