James Lane

Restored Church, Pennsylvania
Healthcare Chaplaincy, Professional Organizations Chaplaincy
Forty Fort Pennsylvania
Restored Church
August 4
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About My Family

I met and married my wife, Helene McMichael, in 1986 and entered graduate studies (Master of Theology) at Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary. I worked as a housekeeping director for Cornerstone University while attending graduate school.

I have five wonderful children—four girls and one son. We are active in church and responsible for counseling at our church in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

About My Ministry

I am an SBC-endorsed full-time staff chaplain at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital. Clinical pastoral care is essential in performing my duties as a hospital chaplain. Since Geisinger is a level 1 trauma center, I am called upon to provide spiritual and emotional support rooted in the understanding that God provides His presence, grace and love as a balm for our brokenness.

SBC Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy is a vital frontline ministry and 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 their institution 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.


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