Caroline’s theology, alumni experience, and call to listening ministry brought her to this point—dedicating her time and passion to finding a way to care for seminary alumni.
“The classroom atmosphere at Palmer enriched my understanding of the Body of Christ. When we learned that ‘The Trinity is community’ and that as image-bearers of God we are built to know and to live out our strengths in community—that was big for me. After graduation, I quickly realized that 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 reconnecting alums and by providing pastoral care to them. Strong alumni can help to strengthen the communities of churches, neighborhoods, and cities where we serve.
Ministry is hard, leading ministry is even harder and many pastors have no one to share the deep burdens of their heart. Alumni Chaplains can stand in the gap. “For me, chaplaincy is simply the intentional creation of a temporary, sacred, and safe space to offer a listening ear.” Chaplains are not counselors, they simply offer the refreshingly open space to think out loud [sometimes through anger or tears] that often brings clarity, relief, and even joy. Caroline is humbled to be part of Palmer’s Alumni Care Initiative and its good work. “Oh, how good God is!”
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 an international prayer ministry in France. She is currently a chaplain at her local hospital and serves as Adjunct Faculty at Eastern University.