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Pastoral Care at Baptist Health is a Christian service ministry dedicated to serving the needs of patients, families, staff, and the community. We are committed to offering compassionate spiritual care and emotional support as resources for healing. Jesus Christ is our example and model of ministry to each individual we encounter.
We also provide quality education for our pastoral care providers through our Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program as well as through educational in-services and trainings. See below for further CPE information.
A Chaplain is available 24 hours a day. If you would like to share a prayer request, or if you need other assistance, please contact us.
Chaplain Brown began working with Baptist Health in 2013. He holds a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Waxahachie, TX, and is pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also a bi-vocational pastor at Thousand Hills Baptist Church, Little Rock, AR. Josh and his wife, Rachel, have three children.
Shirley Harrod, Staff Chaplain at BH-Forth Smith and Van Buren
Chaplain Harrod has managed the Fort Smith Pastoral Care Department since 2012. She trains and directs a team of fifteen volunteer staff to meet the ever-present spiritual needs of patients.
Shirley is a team builder who leads and teaches by example. After retiring from Walmart where her career centered in management and human resources, Shirley trained to become a hospital chaplain. She completed the requirements of CPE, accredited by the College of Pastoral Care and Psychotherapy, Springdale, Arkansas. She is also an ordained minister whose passion for people currently extends to both her church congregation and the patients and staff of Baptist Health–Fort Smith and Van Buren.
Shirley is the founder of Heaven’s Babies Grief Support Group for Prenatal Loss. Married for 49 years, Shirley and Kenneth have three daughters, three sons-in-law, and eleven grandchildren.
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.
Mary L. Hull-Lovett, Staff Chaplain
Chaplain Hull-Lovett holds earned degrees from William Woods University in Fulton, MO, and Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, TX. She has extensive Clinical Pastoral Education training through ACPE. In addition, Mary has served twenty years in ordained Pastoral Ministry within the AME denomination and ten plus years as Hospice/Hospital chaplain.
She is married to Jeff, a retired educator. She has an adult son and daughter and her cherished grandchildren. Mary enjoys reading and singing.
Caleb Lewis, Senior Chaplain
Chaplain Lewis has been with Baptist Health since 2015. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an MDiv and is pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to that he was a 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 two sons.
Dr. Gary Mitchell, Staff Chaplain at BH-Conway
Chaplain Mitchell has been with Baptist Health since 2019. He graduated from the University of North Alabama and earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Gary has over thirty-five years’ experience in the local church and pastoral care ministry. He is also the Senior Pastor at Harlan Park Baptist Church in Conway, Arkansas where he has served fourteen years. He is married to Brenda and they have two children and two grandchildren. Gary is a former college basketball player and an avid bicyclist and sports fan.
Dr. Michael Rogers, Director of Pastoral Care and certified Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) Educator
Chaplain Rogers has been with Baptist Health since 2019. He graduated with a B.A. degree in Pastoral Ministries and Bible from Columbia International University, Columbia, SC, and a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX. He earned his Doctorate of Ministry in Transformative Leadership from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, NY.
Michael is endorsed by the North American Mission Board (Southern Baptist) and duly aligned with the National Baptist. He became an ACPE certified educator in November 2018. He has also served as Senior Pastor, assistant pastor, and adjunct religious instructor. Michael is an accomplished organist, loves listening to music, and is an avid sports fan. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Teresa, and their beautiful daughter.
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 27 years serving as a pastor, professor, and hospital chaplain. Monty is a Healthcare Ethics Consultant certified (HEC-C) by the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. 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.
Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock was a pioneer in the Clinical Pastoral Education movement in the mid 1960s, and since 2010, has been a fully-accredited center with the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. This Baptist health ACPE accredited center does not discriminate against persons because of race, ethnicity, religious/spiritual tradition, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, or disability.
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, increasing personal and spiritual formation as a religious leader, and developing 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 Baptist Health Clinical Pastoral Education program does not charge a fee for taking CPE units.
Interviews for the resident positions begin in January 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.
Residents make a stipend of $29,000 for the year. Resident chaplains also receive competitive health and dental insurance with an option to purchase family coverage, life insurance, earned personal time off, and the other benefits which employees of Baptist Health enjoy.
Email your intentions to apply, along with the completed application materials, to Senior Chaplain Josh Brown at joshua.brown@baptist-health.