Caroline’s theology, alumni experience, and call to listening ministry brought her to this point—dedicating her time and passion to offer chaplaincy care to Seminary alumni. As a founding co-director of the Alumni Care Initiative, she is excited to see how God is moving the ministry forward as the Center for Alumni Care and Seminary Engagement (CARES).
“Palmer taught me Trinity is community, as image-bearers of God we are built to know and live out our strengths in community. After graduation, I quickly realized I had taken for granted the community of diverse voices experienced at Palmer. Now, I try to see alums regularly, not only to enjoy theological banter, but to share stories from the front lines of ministry. We encourage one another and offer accountability.”
Caroline believes the Palmer community can be strengthened by the intentional offering of pastoral care and connection to alumni—connecting them to one another, to chaplains, and to our vibrant Seminary community. “Sharing the Whole Gospel with the Whole World through Whole Persons, starts with students and alumni who feel cared for and attended to - so they can care for one another and the churches, communities, and cities where they serve.”
“For me, chaplaincy is simply the intentional creation of a temporary, sacred, and safe space to offer a listening ear.” Caroline believes Chaplains offer a refreshingly open space to think out loud [sometimes through anger or tears] that often brings clarity, relief, and even joy. “Ministry is hard, but we don’t have to go it alone, we have our Palmer family”. Caroline is humbled to serve CARE as Alumni Chaplain and Coordinator of Alumni Chaplaincy.
Early in her career, Caroline worked in NYC, Paris, and Cardiff, Wales in supplier and media relations. She has been a teacher, retreat speaker, docent at Notre Dame Cathedral, and a founding member of France’s branch of an international prayer ministry. She is connected to the spiritual care department at her local hospital, serves as Adjunct Faculty at Eastern University, and is pursuing her Doctor of Ministry degree in Chaplaincy at Palmer Seminary.