Chaplain

Mission and Ministry
Lt. Cmdr. Genevieve Clark, chaplain, conducts an Easter sunrise service on the flight deck of the hospital ship USNS Mercy in Los Angeles, where it has been deployed in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response. Clark is an elder in the Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan M. Breeden.

Military chaplains deployed in pandemic

United Methodist clergy in Navy, National Guard hold Holy Week services and offer general support to military personnel involved in coronavirus response.
Evangelism
The Rev. Kellie Sanford (right) practices social distancing while visiting with a resident of the CC Young Senior Living community in Dallas. Sanford, a licensed local pastor in The United Methodist Church, serves as chaplain for the facility. Photo by Jennifer Griffin.

Chaplains comfort and share grief during COVID-19

As infections and deaths from the coronavirus mount, chaplains are challenged to do their jobs in a world where physical contact is forbidden.
Local Church
In his role as a funeral chaplain in Zimbabwe, United Methodist Elison Kamupira uses his faith to comfort the grieving. He serves with a unique combination of compassion and humor. Photo by Kudzai Chingwe, UM News.

Funeral chaplain puts faith to work

United Methodist Elison Kamupira is a ‘pillar of strength’ for grieving families, an evangelist and a lively master of ceremonies.

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