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Hendrick Mission and Ministry

Hendrick Health began with the vision of a minister and his church in Abilene. Commitment to express the kind of care that Jesus showed during his earthly ministry has been a part of our identity from the very beginning. The Hendrick mission says that we will “deliver high quality healthcare emphasizing excellence and compassion consistent with the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.” Pastoral care addresses the spirit, faith, hope, despair, meaning, purpose, life, death, guilt, forgiveness, fear and doubt. Chaplains offer help for people trying to connect meaning with life circumstances that don’t often make sense or seem fair.

The Mission and Ministry Department serves the spiritual needs of patients and their families as a complement to the efforts of Hendrick Health and ministers to persons of all faiths and those of none.

Chaplains are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To talk with a chaplain at Hendrick Medical Center, call 325-670-2256 during the daytime hours. At night, during the weekend or on holidays, chaplains are available and accessible through the hospital operator at 325-670-2000.

At Hendrick Medical Center South, we're happy to assist with one of our staff or a clergy member of your choosing. A clergy member is available in the hospital Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. and is on-call 24 hours a day. For more information and to arrange clergy representation, you may call the clergy office at 325-428-1940.

If a patient identifies a church affiliation at the time of admission, we will attempt to notify the church. We also assist patients in contacting their own minister or faith group representative.

As a partner in the family of Texas Baptist institutions, Hendrick is affiliated with other Baptist hospitals in Texas that share our vision of Christian healthcare.

Daily Meditations

Daily devotional thoughts are offered over Hendrick Medical Centers’ public address systems. In addition, a scripture card is placed on each patient's breakfast tray.

Education Opportunities

University Level

Courses are currently offered at Hendrick Medical Center for college academic credit through Hardin-Simmons, Abilene Christian and McMurry Universities.

Introduction to Hospital Ministry is an undergraduate course for students to begin integrating theology, psychology, and education in a clinical setting. Preference is given to ministry students for the 10 available slots. Other disciplines are allowed if room is available.

Healthcare Ministry is a graduate course for students to further develop their individualized goals in health care ministry and to engage health care professionals about the needs of various patients and their families. Students are encouraged to pursue Clinical Pastoral Education to further their educational development.

Summer Internship

A 10-week summer internship if offered to a student who wishes to have special individualized training during the summer. A stipend is provided.

Call the Mission and Ministry office at 325-670-2256 or email for more information.

Contact Us

Department of Mission and Ministry

Hendrick Medical Center
1900 Pine Street
Abilene, Texas 79601-2432
Fax 325-670-2293

Bruce Lampert, DMin

Director of Mission and Ministry

Hendrick Medical Center South
6250 HWY 83/84
Abilene, Texas 79606

Kevin W. Bridge, MDiv

Part-time and Volunteer Chaplains

  • Jeff Emery
  • Charles Fischer
  • Jim Nichols
  • Jim Smart
  • Paul Vertz
  • Chuck Webber
  • Darrell Wood