May 11, 2018

Professional Organizations

We have identified several dozen professional associations that support chaplains and spiritual caregivers from a range of backgrounds working in a broader range of settings. Please let us know of any we are missing.

SectorFaith TraditionOrganizationInformationContactEmail
Seventh-Day AdventistAdventist Chaplaincy MinistriesThe mission of Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries is to promote Adventist chaplaincies throughout all the divisions of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.Mario E. Ceballos, D.Min., B.C.C.,
PrisonAmerican Correctional Chaplains Association (ACCA)Affiliate of the American Correctional Association.Tim O’Dell,
CatholicArchdiocese of the MilitaryThe Archdiocese for the Military Services was created by Pope John Paul II to provide the Catholic Church’s full range of pastoral ministries and spiritual services to those in the United States Armed Forces.Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D.,
Assemblies of GodAssemblies of God Chaplaincy MinistriesSpirit-empowered service to people at their point of need.Manuel Cordero,
Senior Director Chaplaincy Ministries
EducationAssociation for Clinical Pastoral EducationACPE is the premier, DOE-recognized organization that provides the highest quality CPE programs for spiritual care professionals of any faith and in any setting.Trace Haythorn, Ph.D., Executive
Higher EducationAssociation for College and University Religious AffairsNurturing the religious and spiritual life of students is a critical part of the mission of higher education in the 21st century.Joanne Sanders,
MuslimAssociation of Muslim ChaplainsThe Association of Muslim Chaplains (AMC) supports the professional development of Muslims who provide spiritual care as chaplains in communities and in public/private institutions in the United States, while promoting the advancement of the field of Islamic Chaplaincy.Salahuddin M. Muhammad, D.Min.,
GeneralAssociation of Professional ChaplainsChaplaincy care is grounded in initiating, developing, deepening and closing a spiritual and empathic relationship with those receiving care.Martha H. Rucker,
BuddhistBuddhist is dedicated to developing the field of Buddhist spiritual care.Jennifer Block,
TravelCatholicNational Conference of Catholic Airport ChaplainsThe United States Conference of Catholic Bishop's Committee on Migration established an organization of airport chaplains in 1986. The mission of the National Conference of Catholic Airport Chaplains (NCCAC) is "to teach and witness to the word of God and to serve His people by fostering their growth and renewal through prayer, study and Catholic service for airport personnel and travelers" (NCCAC Constitution).Fr. Michael G. Zaniolo, STL, CAC,
WorkplaceCorporate Chaplains of AmericaAs global economies rise and fall, one need remains the same – the need of souls to find lasting hope.Larry Griffith,
PrisonCorrectional Ministries and Chaplains Association (CMCA)Connect, encourage, equip and strengthen Christians as they fulfill the Great Commission in Corrections.Joseph Williams, Executive Directorn/a
CrisisDisaster Chaplaincy ServiceDisaster Chaplaincy Services is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, nonsectarian organization whose purpose is to assure skilled and appropriate interdisciplinary spiritual care for all people affected by disasters in the New York tri-state area.Janise Poticha,
Public ServiceFederation of Fire ChaplainsTo bring together persons interested in providing an effective chaplain service; to give aid, comfort, and help to firefighters and their families; to work toward the betterment of all areas of the fire and emergency service; to serve God, to aid humanity, our communities, our government, our religions, our Country, and the quality of life; to help mankind in developing their most noble characteristic, that of serving others; to help bring about a better understanding among all people with mutual harmony and respect regardless of one's level of authority; and to achieve a single healing, unifying spirit of love for God and each other.Ed Stauffer, Executive
HealthcareHCMAThe mission of HCMA is to select, train, certify, and encourage Christian Chaplains who are professionally competent to provide pastoral / spiritual care to people of all faiths at healthcare institutions worldwide.Jonathan Harrell, Chair of the
HealthcareHealthCare Chaplaincy NetworkWe help people and families facing illness and suffering find spiritual comfort and meaning.Eric J. Hall, President and
AirInternational Association of Civil Aviation ChaplainsThe International Association of Civil Aviation Chaplains (IACAC) is the professional association for Civil Aviation Chaplains, who are drawn from a number of world faiths.George Lane,
MaritimeChristianInternational Christian Maritime Association ICMA is called to promote unity, peace and tolerance.Jason Zuidema, General
Public ServiceInternational Conference of Police ChaplainsDeveloping professional law enforcement chaplains through dynamic education and support.Mark Bardsley,
GeneralInternational Fellowship of ChaplainsThe International Fellowship of Chaplains (IFOC) Inc. will provide practical community support and spiritual counsel to emergency service workers, those in crisis, secular society and those persons in transition by meeting their needs.Wayne A. Williams, Presidentn/a
GeneralJewishJewish Chaplains Council (under the JCC Association of North America)Our role, since 1917, has been to safeguard the rights, fulfill the spiritual needs, combat the loneliness and isolation and honor the service of Jews in the United States armed forces.Irving Elson,
WorkplaceMarketplace ChaplainsMarketplace Chaplains exists to share God’s love in the workplace by providing an employee care service through Chaplain Teams.Doug Fagerstrom, Executive President and
MethodistMethodist ChaplaincyRecruit spiritually fit and professionally qualified clergy for ministries of pastoral care and counseling in specialized settings; assess and endorse persons for ministry in diverse settings including hospitals, prisons, pastoral counseling and military service; sustain persons by encouraging spiritual growth, advocacy and accountability.Rev. Lewis Mitchell, Director of
MilitaryMilitary Chaplains AssociationThe Military Chaplains Association of the United States of America is a professional support and Veterans Service Organization.n/
RecreationMotor Racing Outreach Association (MROA)It is the mission of Motor Racing Outreach to introduce the racing community to a personal faith in Christ, to growth in Christlikeness, and to active involvement in the church through relationships that provide care in times of stress, knowledge of God’s word, and assistance in the development of leadership skills.n/an/a
RecreationNASCAR: Master's Men RacingOur mission is to lead men to Christ, and disciple them toward maturity in Christ, so that they develop spiritually and become leaders in their sphere of influence.Jim Coté, Founder and
GeneralNational Association of Black ChaplainsNBCA’s Mission is to promote the highest level of pastoral care for patients and members of their family and community; to strengthen the effectiveness of African American chaplains; to assist in the recruitment and retention of African-American chaplains; and to foster the education, growth and development of all federally employed chaplains and professional allies.Michael McCoy, Executive
GeneralCatholicNational Association of Catholic ChaplainsThe National Association of Catholic Chaplains advocates for the profession of spiritual care and educates, certifies, and supports chaplains, clinical pastoral educators, and all members who continue the healing ministry of Jesus in the name of the Church.David A. Lichter, D.Min., Executive
Higher EducationNational Association of College and University ChaplainsTo further the spirit of ecumenicity and understanding among all religious groups as they relate to the university environment; to educate the broader communities of higher education and national religious organizations about the role of religion and spirituality in higher education; to address, as religious professionals, issues in the larger society as they impact higher education and/or as they arise from our context within higher education; to provide means for more responsible and effective participation in religion in higher education by college chaplains and persons with similar functions; to provide for expression of convictions relative to the vital religious concerns of students, faculties and administrations; to search for solutions to common problems in the religious life of colleges and universities and share mutual interest; to provide a continuing professional fellowship for chaplains and directors of religious life; to provide assistance to governmental and not-for-profit organizations with purposes similar to, or with activities in furtherance of, the purposes set forth above; to engage, subject to the limitations set forth below, in such organizational functions as are necessary to achieve those purposes, and in any lawful act or activity for which a corporation may be organized under the Connecticut Revised Nonstock Corporation Act. Jan Fuller,
GeneralJewishNeshama: National Association of Jewish Chaplains (aka Neshama)The NAJC is the professional organization of Jewish chaplains worldwide.Rafael Goldstein, Executive
BaptistNational Baptist ConventionThe mission of the Convention is to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ through preaching, teaching, and healing.Jerry Young,
Armed ForcesNavy Chaplain CorpsTo recruit, train, equip, and organize to deliver combat ready Naval forces to win conflicts and wars while maintaining security and deterrence through sustained forward presence.RDML Brent Scottn/a
MaritimeNorth American Maritime Ministry AssociationNAMMA exists to provide a network for encouragement, training, and coordination of ministries that serve port communities in North America.Jason Zuidema, Executive
HealthcarePediatric Chaplains NetworkPediatric Chaplains Network is working to enhance the spiritual care of children and families in health care.Lavender Kelley,
MultipleBaptistNorth American Mission Boardn/aKevin Ezell, Presidentn/a
GeneralSpiritual Care AssociationThe Spiritual Care Association (SCA) is the first multidisciplinary, international professional membership association for spiritual care providers that establishes evidence-based quality indicators, scope of practice, and a knowledge base for spiritual care in health care.Eric J. Hall, President and CEO
RecreationSports Chaplains NetworkOur Vision is to: develop a national network of gospel-centered sports chaplains who are focused on developing disciples through relational ministry; provide resources for Sports Chaplains around the world as they minister to their respective athletes and teams; encourage community among Sports Chaplains by providing contact information on chaplains across a variety of professional and collegiate sports; communicate stories of and related to sports chaplaincy around the world.Ken
UnitarianUnitarian ChaplaincyThe Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Official Endorser is the only officially recognized endorsing person for Unitarian Universalist (UU) applicants for Military Chaplain Candidate Programs, Active Duty Military Chaplains, National Guard/Reserve Chaplains, Civil Air Patrol Chaplains, Merchant Marines, and other federally recognized military/government branches and agencies.Susan Frederick-Gray,
Armed ForcesVA Chaplains AssociationThe National Association of Veterans Affairs Chaplains (NAVAC) is a professional organization comprised of Chaplains in the Department of Veterans Affairs and its affiliates.Barbara Speyer,