Cathy Tisher

Southern Hills Baptist Church,
Disaster Relief Chaplaincy, Healthcare Chaplaincy
Southern Hills Baptist Church
November 25
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About My Family

I was born in Springfield, Mo. I am single, never married. I am blessed with three sisters and brothers-in-law and nephews and nieces, including greats, with whom I enjoy spending time whenever possible. None live where I do, so traveling to see them is one of my hobbies. I also enjoy traveling to new places and spending time with "old" friends when time allows. In my younger years, I loved playing tennis and softball.
I did not grow up in church but thankfully was witnessed to during my teen years. I asked Jesus Christ into my life when I was 18 years old. Four years later I sensed God's call on my life to enter full-time ministry (1979) and surrendered to that under the pastorship of Rev. Don Moore, Grand Ave. Baptist Church, Ft. Smith, Ark. I then pursued a college degree, receiving a B.S. from Southwest Baptist Unversity, Bolivar, Mo. From there I attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, Texas, and earned a Master of Arts in Religious Education in May 1986. I have been a member of Southern Hills Baptist in Oklahoma City, Okla., since 2003, when the Lord led me to Oklahoma to serve. I have served as the staff liaison over our homebound ministry, training and encouraging more than 50 volunteers regularly in this ministry, for the past nine years. Prior to that, I taught a senior adult ladies Sunday School class.

About My Ministry

I have been privileged to serve in full-time ministry for almost 32 years, most of that being in healthcare chaplaincy. Currently, I serve as the president/chaplain of Called To Care, Inc., a nonprofit ministry providing spiritual support to long-term care and assisted living facilities in the Oklahoma City area. The Lord led me to begin this ministry in 2002 after seeing the loneliness and lostness within the walls of these places. This is a self-funded ministry, as I am a self-funded missionary commissioned by the North American Mission Board.

SBC Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy is a "frontline" ministry that is vital to the extension of the local church. Chaplains reach the lost among the thousands of men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces, correctional facilities, healthcare settings, public safety, disaster relief sites and corporate environments. SBC Chaplains care for the broken, offer hope to the hopeless, and advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ in hard to reach places. The qualifications expected of a Southern Baptist applying for endorsement as a chaplain or counselor are established by the using agency and the Chaplains Commission, SBC. These qualification requirements vary according to the type of chaplaincy or counseling ministry involved but all are expected to meet a high level of ministerial competence. A basic qualification from the Chaplains Commission, SBC, is that an applicant is a Southern Baptist who is a member in good standing with an SBC church. Additional qualification requirements may involve certain age limits, educational background, ministry experience, physical condition, financial and credit history, citizenship eligibility for a security clearance, certification by certain national organizations, and other qualifications specific to the Using Agency or Chaplains Commission, SBC. If you are interested in pursuing next steps as an SBC endorsed chaplain from your church, explore the possibilities at Send me. For more information about SBC Chaplaincy, visit


For wisdom and direction daily to impact lostness and loneliness in the care centers, including the witness to staff. For churches and individuals to partner with my work in nursing homes and to give of their time, talents and resources. For the Father to send more workers into His harvest to impact these facilities. Prayers for stamina due to the fact that a good deal of my ministry involves end of life support.


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