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Pastoral Education

The chaplains at Valley Baptist Medical Center provide spiritual care for patients and families coping with health challenges and life-changing events. Our Pastoral Education program is dedicated to educating students so that they are able to offer kindness and strength to patients, families and staff. The CPE program helps students develop and deepen their spiritual reserves.

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Chaplain Interns

As the Pastoral Education program grows, the Extended Program has been introduced to give lay people the opportunity to expand their ministry skills in a classroom setting as well as visiting patients.

Other Pastoral Education

Valley Baptist chaplains may be available to provide an educational program for your church or civic group on a topic related to healthcare ministry or chaplaincy. Call the main office (956) 389-1194 for more information.

Ministers’ Day 

Ministers’ Day is an annual educational conference provided for area clergy that focuses on topics related to pastoral/spiritual care, counseling and ethics. This event provides an excellent opportunity to network and fellowship with area ministers. 

NOVA (National Organization for Victim Assistance) 

NOVA training is a five-week course held each year to prepare ministers and church leaders in how to help people cope with their immediate reactions when a crisis occurs. A hospital can be a hard place for loved ones to be, and our training equips our spiritual leaders to help them handle anything, including long-term emotional support.

Pastoral Care

Open to both professional ministers and lay church members, this eight-week program meets once a week for three hours, providing training for providing ecumenical ministry in healthcare settings. Class size is limited and a pre-registration and a non-refundable fee of $25 are required. 
Questions regarding services may be directed to the main office (956) 389-1194 or to karen.smith@valleybaptist.net