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Hospital chaplain discovered her calling in life and is rewarded

As a seventh grader, Peggy Lindsey discovered what her calling in life would be.

While attending confirmation class, the minister addressed the students and said “We need people to be involved in ministry work, both men and women.” It was the first time Lindsey heard women being associated with ministry work and it inspired her.

 

Years later, Lindsey got involved in her church by participating in youth groups, mission trips and teaching Sunday school to handicapped children.

 

Like many other people, Lindsey encountered times where she doubted her abilities to perform as a minister and provide pastoral care to those in need.

 

“There were moments where I didn’t feel worthy to be a minister. I had doubts that I wasn’t a good enough person to be able to provide pastoral care to others,” Lindsey said. “I actually talked to my pastor about it and he said if I have a love and passion for the field, God would provide me with the necessary gifts to do the work.”

 

As a freshman at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, Lindsey regained her focus and found the right path to take in the ministry field. There, Lindsey spent a month shadowing a hospital chaplain and loved every minute of it. “I was able to see the light to my future,” she said.

 

She is a loyal graduate of Yale Divinity School, where she received her Master of Divinity degree. The seminary was where she was trained for ministry and Yale Divinity School was the biggest part of her preparation for ministry work.

 

Now, as a chaplain at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Lindsey offers prayer, crisis intervention and spiritual support to those in need.  She is a board certified chaplain and also was a co-recipient of the John Randall Hunt prize from the McCormick Theological Seminary.

 

The John Randall Hunt Prize is presented to one or more graduating students for an outstanding doctor of ministry thesis and overall academic work. This prize was established by the First Presbyterian Church in Cape Coral, FL., in honor of their pastor, John Randall Hunt. The winners are determined by a vote of the McCormick Theological Seminary faculty.

 

“Peggy’s work will help other chaplains to work alongside residents exploring moral distress and provide a practical model for encouraging health-care providers to grow in courage and moral maturity,” said Dr. Melody Knowles, associate professor of Hebrew scriptures at McCormick Theological Seminary. 

 

Lindsey and her family moved to the area in the fall of 2007 and she started working at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital in February 2008. She has been a hospital chaplain for 25 years and is a Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister.

 

Lindsey earned the Hunt prize after thorough analysis built on biblical and theological reflection.

 

“This program has sharpened my skills in identifying important issues in the practice of ministry, reflecting on them theologically, and responding effectively,” she said. “It is a pleasure to work in a hospital system that places a high priority on spiritual care.”

 

“We are incredibly proud of Peggy’s achievement as a chaplain,” said John Rapp, regional vice president of ministries and mission at Adventist Midwest Health. “Her high level of expertise and professionalism are a true asset to our organization and our mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ.”

 

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.

 

Media contact: Kelly Murphy, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Kelly.murphy2@ahss.org; 630-856-2356




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