LISTEN: Healthcare Chaplaincy, Part 1 (Ordained Chaplains: The Work of the Chaplain #33 with Daniel Whyte III / Gospel Light Society University)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

Our Work of the Chaplain passage for this episode is Mark 10:45 which says, “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Our Work of the Chaplain quote for this episode is from George Washington. He said, Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.”

In this podcast, we are going through the fine book: “The Work of the Chaplain” by Naomi K. Paget and Janet R. McCormack.

Our topic today is: Healthcare Chaplaincy (Part 1)

United States chaplaincy in hospitals is a fairly modern phenomena—it developed in the mid- 1920s. Thus, it is incredible that to speak of US healthcare chaplaincy in the twenty-first century is to locate chaplains both inside and outside hospital settings—although most care still takes place in a hospital.

Chaplains within hospital walls may be generalists who are normally assigned to particular floors for continuity. However, in this age of medical specializations, chaplains have learned to specialize. They may become chaplaincy experts in medical specialties as diverse as emergency care, psychology, oncology, pediatrics, neonatal, surgical-trauma, intensive care, gynecology, obstetrics, transplants, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, burn medicine, palliative care, infectious diseases—and even acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) as a specialty within a specialty.

Geriatrics is a particularly specialized specialty. Healthcare-related agencies have evolved to meet the needs of a graying America. Chaplains have moved into those areas as well. Sometimes these related needs are met within local hospital walls. Other times they are met in stand-alone settings that may or may not be related to a local hospital. The two primary geriatric settings are hospice and palliative care—which exist for the terminally ill regardless of age—and eldercare—which often includes ambulatory retirement
homes, long-term care, assisted living units, in- and outpatient care, and hospice care within an eldercare setting. With society’s anti-aging mindset almost bordering on panic, plastic surgery, transplants, and bionic replacement parts are becoming more and more available to the mainstream middle classes. These treatments and their recovery care may take place within traditional hospital settings, in specialized clinics, and outpatient settings where chaplains may be found as well.

If the Lord tarries his coming and we live, we will continue learning about the Work of the Chaplain in our next podcast.



If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here’s how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

God bless.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.