Fall Newsletter 2013


Welcome to the Fall 2013 newsletter!

Please read for information on the upcoming Fall Education Day as well as Membership Opportunities

Below you will find information on the upcoming Fall Education Day at The Summit at Haw River. We encourage you to register online today (see the registration tab below) to attend this conference on Thursday, October 3, 2013. If you do not plan to attend but would like to renew your membership or join for the first time, please click on the Membership tab above.

NOTE:  Registration for Fall Education Day has now closed.

Please click on the tabs below to read more!

From the President’s Pen

My last newsletter article was about the changes we have experienced with our upgrade to a more electronic way of conducting business.  This article is a continuation of that theme.  Since I last wrote, some board positions have shifted and we have a vacancy to be filled.  In addition, we voted at our spring educational meeting in Salter Path to contract with a strategic planner to help us envision a future for our association.  With all the changes happening in healthcare, both nationally with the Affordable Care Act and statewide with privatizing insurance, the future of healthcare is in limbo.  I choose to see this as an opportunity to re-envision our purpose and identify trends in healthcare to remain relevant to the industry and you our members.  Our strategic plan is an attempt to do this.

Our strategic planning consultant is Pamela Barrett from Barrett and Associates out of Greensboro. She conducted 15 individual interviews of Executive Committee members and the general membership.  In addition, she emailed a survey to all active members to receive your input on our association.  With that information, she led us in a one day retreat to develop goals for our leadership team.  The themes that came from her research were to develop a process to bring new leadership into the executive committee, to market directly to agencies for corporate sponsorships and to individuals in healthcare and professional settings to gain diverse membership. A very important recommendation was to consider hiring a part-time administrative coordinator to keep the daily functions of the association running smoothly.  Our strategic goals are posted in the members only section of the website under “Membership” (click here – you  must log in to access this section).  Please review the strategic plan and consider where you may be of service.

With the focus of healthcare moving back into the community, it is timely for chaplains to claim our skill sets while expanding our role. Keeping people home and healthy is a challenge to healthcare.  Persons coming to our hospitals frequently have psycho/social/spiritual symptoms that manifest physically.  Having chaplains conduct a spiritual assessment can often uncover problems that can be treated with compassionate listening and care.  Collaborating with other team members, like case managers, can help patients receive the care they need and maintain a better quality of life.

I recently attended a workshop on how to develop a program that brings healthcare systems, community agencies and local congregations together to provide a support network that assists persons recovering from illness.  The real benefit of this program is that it creates healthy caring communities that are attractive places to live and work.  Dr. Gary Gunderson, Vice President of Faith and Health at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, has been a pivotal leader in this movement.  He was called to work with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tennessee to develop a program to reach underserved communities and his work has caught fire.  Named the “Memphis Model,” Dr. Gunderson envisioned this program to be built on trust between churches and the healthcare system.  The results were remarkable.  The congregations that participated had less hospital visits, were more educated on practical aspects of caring, and accessed the right service when it was needed.

Finally I want to draw your attention to one of our own, Chaplain Melanie Childers, who has received the outstanding local leadership award from the Association of Professional Chaplains.  Melanie has worked diligently in her role as BCCI area 6 certification Chair since 2010 and her peers chose to recognize her accomplishments at our national conference in Orlando in June.  Please read the press release in the Advocacy portion of this website for further details.  Congratulations Chaplain Childers!

These are the ways in which chaplains continue to reinvent ourselves as we care for the spirit of others.  With all that is going on in our lives, I hope you’ll take time to care for you.  Our fall education day will help you do just that.  I and we look forward to seeing you at Haw River State Park.




Who will be the 2014 NC CHAPLAIN OF THE YEAR? 

Chaplain Marcia McQueen was recognized as our 2013 NC Chaplain of the Year at our Spring meeting in May. Several members of her family were able to attend and celebrate this event with her!  Please click here for more details on Marcia and her work.

Now is the time to consider who you might nominate for 2014. We want to promote our profession by recognizing those among us who have promoted excellence in our profession. Please consider nominating a colleague who has inspired you through their service!  A nomination form is available under the Advocacy tab (or click here).

Please contact Beth Jackson-Jordan if you would like to receive more information on the nomination process!




50 New Faces for our 50th Year!

Marcia McQueen, interim membership chair


A prominent cosmetics company just celebrated its golden anniversary this summer and consultants were encouraged to do facials on 50 new faces in one quarter.  What a great idea!  Why don’t we borrow that idea and discover 50 new faces to join our 50 year old organization between now and April 2014?  Will you join me in making that happen?

As of today, we have 99 dues-paying members for the calendar year 2013.  There are fourteen accredited ACPE centers in NC.  There are approximately 140 APC-certified chaplains who hail from NC.  There are certainly 50 potential members out there!

As you enlist new members, here are some key facts to remember:  You do not have to be a full-time chaplain to join. You do not have to be a certified chaplain to join.  You do not have to have a certain number of units of CPE to join.  The website gives more detail about the categories of membership, but any professional with interest in chaplaincy can be an associate member and a full member if ordained, endorsed, or commissioned by his/her faith group and employed as a chaplain in NC. So, there are certainly 50 potential members out there!

Let’s have a strategy!

  • Think about chaplain colleagues you had in your CPE training days.  Are any of them involved in chaplaincy in NC but not members of NCCA?  Invite them to become members.
  • Contact your chaplain peers in your denomination or faith group and see if they are members of the NC Chaplains Association.  If they are not, invite them to join.  If your denomination requires continuing education, let them know of NCCA’s educational opportunities.
  • Consider contacting the CPE center nearest to your current location and ask them to put up an informational flier about the benefits of NCCA and the link through which chaplain residents, supervisors or supervisory candidates, staff chaplains or other chaplains can join.  I will have some fliers available at the Fall Education Day for you to post at your facility and/or at a CPE center near you!
  • Do you know any chaplains serving in correctional facilities, hospices, long-term care facilities, or the military you could inform and invite?  Just do it!
  • Do you know APC certified chaplains from NC who have not joined the NCCA?  Surely they need to be a member to get the additional educational credits provided by NC Chaplains.  Let them know of that great advantage.
  •  If you know someone always looking for a bargain, this is it!  For a fee not much more than your credit card annual fee, you can be a member of the NC Chaplains Association!
  • And, remember to inform each of these prospects of the benefits of membership—networking, education, support and more!

How many of the 50 new faces will you enlist?

Fall Education Day Seminar

“Education is a lifelong process. Anything that we can do to help us grow and enrich the lives of others is a blessing to all of us.” – Betty Rich, Hospice Volunteer


On Thursday, October 3, 2013, The North Carolina Chaplain’s Association will continue its tradition of enriching ourselves at our 2013 Fall Education Day at Haw River State Park in Brown Summit, North Carolina. This year’s Fall Education theme is “Living Well while Caring for Others,” which is centered around Compassion Fatigue. We will be led by Rev. Dr. Ann Charlescraft, Chaplain for Staff Ministries at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Compassion Fatigue was the focus of Ann’s doctoral thesis and she has been offering presentations on Compassion Fatigue to many hospitals and other entities.  We will be offering a total of 4.5 CEU credits for attendees.

Registration begins at 8am and the sessions begin at 9am. Lunch will also be provided.  For those who wish to stay Wednesday night, please indicate this on the registration form (see Registration tab).

The Fall Education Day will also be the beginning of NCCA’s Golden Anniversary. At the Spring Conference on April 24-25 (Save the Date!), we will celebrate 50 years of the North Carolina Chaplain Association and the wheels have begun rolling to have a grand time of “Honoring our Past, Celebrating our Present, and Envisioning our Future.”  Plans have begun, but we would like for the total NCCA body to get involved. If you have any ideas or interest in helping to be part of this great day, please let anyone on the board know of your interest.

We know that the Fall Education Day and the upcoming 50th Anniversary Spring Conference will be great days.  Please make sure you are part of it!

Darryl Jefferson – Education Chair


Rev. Dr. Ann Charlescraft

Rev. Dr. Ann Charlescraft’s Biography

The Rev. Dr. Ann Sidney Charlescraft joined the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Department of Chaplaincy & Pastoral Education in May 2012 after 17 years at Virginia Commonwealth University where she served as Manager for Bereavement Services and Assistant Professor in Patient Counseling.  Her position of Chaplain for Staff Ministries is unique to WFBMC and a cutting edge position for health care.  She provides support to staff both individually and in groups.  She is engaged in research to develop support for nursing staff experiencing compassion fatigue and moral distress.

Ann completed her DMin at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond in 2005 with her dissertation focusing on Supporting Compassion Fatigued Pediatric Intensive Care Nurses through Pastoral Care.  In addition to her DMin, she completed a Certificate in Patient Counseling at VCU in 1996, an MDiv in 1988 at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and her MEd and BS from UNC-Greensboro 1976 and 1974 respectively.

Ann’s claim to fame is her work with the Charlotte Hornets from 1990-1993 as an assistant chaplain while serving as full-time Minister to Children and Families at Providence Baptist Church in Charlotte.  Prior to beginning full-time ministry in 1988, Ann taught in the NC public schools new kindergarten initiative.  She is a born and bred North Carolina girl who loves the coast, the mountains and everywhere in between.


Fall Education Day Schedule – Thursday, October 3, 2013


Living Well While Caring for Others 

Dr. Ann Charlescraft


Fall Education Day Schedule
Time Event Leader
8:00 am Registration
9:00 am Welcome Barry Morris
9:15 to 10:30 am Session I:  Compassion Fatigue – What It Is and What It’s Not Dr. Ann Charlescroft
10:30 am Break
10:45 am to 12 noon Session II:  The Danger Zone – Interventions for Caring for Self and Others Dr. Ann Charlescroft
Noon Lunch
1:15 to 2:45 pm Session III:  Living Well While Caring for Others Dr. Ann Charlescroft
2:45 to 3:00 pm Question & Answer and Evaluations Darryl Jefferson
3:00pm Closing Barry Morris

Participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between Compassion Fatigue and Burnout
  • Identify symptoms of compassion fatigue and burnout
  • Explore self care and its implications for well-being
  • Define spiritual well-being and identify ways to enhance spiritual well-being for self and others
  • Evaluate interventions for mitigating compassion fatigue
  • Develop interventions for self and others to mitigate the effects of compassion fatigue
  • Create a 30-day self care plan that is sustainable within their current work/life environments

Conference Fees

Registration Fees (registration includes lunch)


Members – $45.00

CPE Students – $35.00

Non-members – $65.00

Add Late Fee (after September 16th) – $15.00 additional


*Room Rates for Wednesday night

Single occupancy                    $90.00

Double occupancy                  $70.00/per person

(*Dinner and breakfast included in room rate)

Note: No refunds can be granted after September 28th


Sorry – registration has closed for Fall Education Day.  We hope to see you at the Spring Conference in April 2014!