Patient Services

Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Care Staff at Baptist Health ministers to patients, families and staff with 24-hour care, which includes:

  • Visiting patients and families providing emotional and spiritual support

  • Assisting patients and families in need of meals, transportation and prescriptions

  • Providing crisis intervention and grief support

  • Leading patient and employee support "emotional first aid" groups

  • Conducting chapel services on a regular basis

  • Leading worship service at 11 a.m. every Sunday at Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute

  • Officiating at weddings and funerals

  • Holding memorial services to remember and honor deceased Baptist Health staff and patients.

  • Teaching college and seminary courses

How Can We Assist You?

A Chaplain is available 24 hours a day, every day, whether in-house or on-call. If you would like to share a prayer request, or if you need other assistance, please contact us through one of the following methods:


A prayer request card can be filled out and left in one of the boxes at our chapels.


Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock - (501) 202-2569
Baptist Health Medical Center-North Little Rock - (501) 202-3405
Baptist Health Medical Center-Conway - (501) 585-2029
Baptist Health Counseling Center - (501) 487-6010
Baptist Health College Little Rock - (501) 202-7721
Baptist Health Hospice - (501) 202-7796
Hospital Operator - (501) 202-2000


Pastoral Care
9601 Baptist Health Dr.
Little Rock, Arkansas 72205

Meet the Pastoral Care Staff

Josh Brown, Staff Chaplain
Chaplain Brown began working with Baptist Health in 2013. He holds a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Waxahachie, TX. He is also a bi-vocational pastor at Thousand Hills Baptist Church, Little Rock, AR. Josh and his wife, Rachel, have one son. 

Laurie Cox, Staff Chaplain
Chaplain Cox joined the Baptist Health Pastoral Care team in 2015. Prior to chaplaincy she served in church preschool and children’s ministry for over fifteen years. She has degrees from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Laurie is married to Daniel and they have a son and a daughter.

Dr. Kay Hardin, D.Min—Senior Chaplain
Dr. Hardin has been with Baptist Health since 1994. She holds a Doctorate of Ministry in Spiritual Formation from Asbury Theological Seminary as well as additional degrees from Belmont University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to chaplaincy she was assistant editor for The Student magazine at LifeWay Publishing and then became associate director of Baptist Campus Ministries at Baylor University. 

Rusty Howard, Chaplain Associate
Chaplain Howard began working with Baptist Health in 1997. He holds an Associate of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Rusty is married and has two daughters and three grandchildren. 

Caleb Lewis, Staff Chaplain
Chaplain Lewis has been with Baptist Health since 2015. Prior to that that he was a fee-basis chaplain with the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System and worked on a grant with the South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center. He is also a bi-vocational pastor at Anchor Baptist Church in Brown Springs, Arkansas. Caleb is married to Brooke, and they have one son.

Robert McDaniel, Chaplain Associate
Chaplain McDaniel has been with Baptist Health since 2004. He has pastored numerous churches for over 50 years and is presently pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in North Little Rock. He is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He is married to Nancy (54 years and counting), and they have four children, 13, grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Monty Self, Senior Chaplain
Chaplain Self has earned degrees from Ouachita Baptist University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has been in ministry for over 24 years serving as a pastor, professor, and hospital chaplain.  Prior to joining the pastoral care staff in 2006, he served as the Associate Academic Dean at the Kiev Theological Seminary.  Monty is married with children.

Clinical Pastoral Education

Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock was a pioneer in the Clinical Pastoral Education movement in the mid 1960's, and since 2010, has been a fully-accredited center with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an intensive experiential educational program for those interested in developing their clinical/pastoral skills. Students engage in pastoral ministry and reflect on their experience with an ACPE Certified Educator and a peer group. Key areas for learning include integrating theology into pastoral practice, formation as a religious leader, and self-reflection for deeper growth and knowledge. CPE can be an excellent tool for discernment, self-care and renewal.

Clinical Pastoral Education is the only chaplaincy training program that opens the door for Board Certification as a chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains. Each unit of CPE is 400 hours, and in the year-long residency, students earn four units of CPE.

The CPE Residency at Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock

Interviews for the four resident positions begin in December each year for the program that starts in late August. The program consists of a one-year, full-time CPE Residency program from August through August. For exact dates, please contact our center. (Numbers and emails listed above.)

Benefits currently include:

Stipend of $24,000 for the year; competitive health and dental insurance with an option to purchase family coverage; life insurance; earned personal time off, and the other benefits that employees of Baptist Health enjoy.

How to Apply:

The application and instructions can be found at ACPE.EDU under the drop-down Resources tab and then forms. Email your intentions to apply along with the completed application materials to Chaplain Josh Brown at There is no application fee or tuition for the Residency at Baptist Health. Previous CPE is not necessary. We do require a bachelor's degree in religion and prefer seminary hours. If you have questions, please contact Chaplain Josh Brown at (501) 202-2569 or at the above email addresses.