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July 2019 Vol. 21 No. 4

A Message from APC President...
by Ronald C. Oliver MBA PhD BCC

The following is the transcript of the President's Address, delivered by APC President Ronald C. Oliver MBA PhD BCC at the 2019 APC Annual Conference, Grand Banquet.

Future Trends: Great Opportunities The President’s Address for the Association of Professional Chaplains, Orlando, Florida – June 22, 2019


During the recent decade I’ve become a bicyclist, again.  For many years my staple has been 100 mile rides, centuries as they’re known.  In fact, you are looking at the Louisville Bike Club’s 2012 Tour de Mad Dog New Rider Champion.  One summer my two sons & I cycled 455 miles from our home in Louisville, Kentucky to our family reunion in Amory, Mississippi.  Amory is a little corner of this world I’m glad to be from.
The Old Kentucky Home Tour is a wonderful cycling event with hundreds of riders through Kentucky’s country roads.   For years lunch has been at the same place – St. Michaels’s Catholic Church in Fairfield, Kentucky.   One year as I headed to the picnic tables I noticed these rows of Black Walnut trees.  What’s significant is that if you can wait 50 or so years, Black Walnut trees can be immensely valuable – a veneer quality log can be worth as much as $20,000.  A church member told me the story.  Over forty years ago 200 trees were planted by Father Nord with this idea in mind, “One day the church will need money for something important and this will be the provision.”  This priest was a visionary leader.  He acted with creativity to ready his little congregation for circumstances long past the horizon of his life.
You are our profession’s leaders.  As Board Certified Chaplains the profession now relies on you and me to ready the profession for its future around values that reflect our calling, our convictions, our competencies, and our craft. 
This evening I will describe the 4 trends shown on the screen that I see impacting our profession.  Each trend also brings opportunities that I will speak to.

  1. Big data and artificial intelligence
  2. The new again relationship of religion and science
  3. Business realities and the impact of secularization
  4. Formation and the soul of the profession

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Watch a recording of the 2019 APC President's Address


APC Announces 2019-20 Board of Directors

The APC is pleased to announce the new officer and director positions on the 2019-2020 APC Board of Directors with terms beginning November 1, 2019. 

Secretary (one-year term)
Rev. John Simon MDiv MTS BCC
Network Director of Chaplaincy Services
Westchester Medical Center Health Network
Valhalla, NY


BCCI Representative (three-year term)
Jana Troutman-Miller MA BCC
Staff Chaplain
Saint John’s on The Lake
Milwaukee, WI


Director (three-year term)
Rev. Jeffery N. Murphy MDiv BCC
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, MS


Director (three-year term)
Rev. Inetta Reddell MBE, MACS, BCC
Staff Chaplain
UMC (University Medical Center)
Lubbock, TX


Director (three-year term)
Rev. Douglas J. Stewart
Chief Chaplain
Memorial Regional Health Services
Belleville, IL


BCCI News and Updates

In the days preceding the 2019 APC Annual Conference, the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. (BCCI) held certification meetings for recent applicants and those requiring subsequent appearances.  In total 47 board certification panels met to interview candidates which resulted in 41 newly certified chaplains passing their certification interviews.
Many of these newly certified chaplains joined with their colleagues at the annual Grand Banquet to celebrate their achievement.  Over 130 newly Associate Certified, Board Certified and Advanced Certified Chaplains crossed the stage...Read More

2019 APC Award Winners

During the 2019 Conference, attendees had the opportunity to congratulate four APC members on receiving prestigious awards for their contributions to chaplaincy and to APC. 

At the APC Membership Recognition Luncheon, APC recognized and thanked George Fitchett DMin Phd BCC on receiving the 2019 Oskar Pfister Award.  The Oskar Pfister Award was established in 1983 in memory of Oskar Pfister, an ordained minister who studied and used psychoanalytic principles in his work...Read More 


Conference Highlights

From June 20-23rd the members and friends of APC met in Orlando, Lake Buena Vista, Florida for the 2019 APC Annual Conference.  The conference theme was “Outside The Lines: Expanding Boundaries” and that theme was lived throughout the conference.

Plenary Speakers: The line up of Plenary speakers included Dr. M. Jan Holton MDiv PhD, Dr. Christina Puchalski, Greg M Epstein, Jason Callahan BCC and Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes.  Each of these amazing presentations pushed our attendees to open their minds to new ideas and approaches to thinking.  Attendees were challenged with how they think, how they approach others and how to evolve their current perceptions of the world around them, it was often inspiring and rewarding.

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APC Members Donate to Charity

The Conference Planning Committee selected Give Kids the World Village as the annual local charity for this year’s conference.  In total those in attendance raised over $2,000 for the organization through cash and online donations. Learn More and Donate


Thank You for All Your Help!

This year's Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida could not have happend without the many many volunteers that worked for over a year to bring the concept into a reality.  The following individuals are just some of the amazing volunteers that helped make the 2019 conference a reality! Read the List & Get Involved



2017-18 APC Annual Report

Members of the Association of Professional Chaplains can now view and download a PDF copy of the 2017-18 APC Annual Report.  The report highlights the activites of the association for the 2018-19 fiscal year and includes information regarding projects, outcomes and finances for the organization.  The report can be viewed by members who are logged into the APC website HERE.


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