ABOUT
PEDIATRIC CHAPLAINS NETWORK

About PCN

The Pediatric Chaplains Network is a non-profit organization with the mission of enhancing the spiritual care of children and families in healthcare. Our vision is that of advocating and inspiring innovative pediatric chaplaincy.

The Pediatric Chaplains Network began in 1995 as a pre-conference gathering of pediatric chaplains that met in conjunction with the Association for the Care of Children’s Health (ACCH) annual conference, an interdisciplinary group. The gathering came about as the result of an informal meeting the year before (1994) at the ACCH Conference in Toronto, Canada. The Network was officially organized in 1997 and was received as an affiliate organization of ACCH at that time. When the ACCH dissolved as an organization, the PCN established itself as an independent group. The PCN incorporated in the fall of 1999 and was received as a member organization in the Coalition on Ministry in Specialized Settings (COMISS) in December 1999. Chaplains from a variety of children’s health care facilities and organizations are members of the Network. 

Our goals are to: 

  • To advocate for the unique spiritual needs of children and families in health care;
    To establish and maintain a network designed specifically for pediatric chaplains to provide nurture, support, communication and other collegial opportunities;
  • To create continuing education opportunities to improve the quality of professional development in pediatric chaplaincy, to share important resources and to promote excellence in clinical skills of pediatric chaplains;
  • To encourage theological and spiritual edification and reflection;
  • To speak for the interests of pediatric chaplaincy in relationships with other professional chaplaincy organizations and with individuals and groups making public policy decisions.

Our Diversity Statement

The Pediatric Chaplains Network honors, includes, and advocates for all members and all persons served by our members. We uphold the inherent dignity of every human person. We embrace the unique gifts of all persons, individually and collectively, as they relate to identity, orientation, ethnicity, socio-economic status, accessibility, ethnicity, culture, ability, spirituality, and belief.

The PCN is committed to an environment of inclusion in our communication and interaction with one another. Values and practices of inclusion extend to all PCN activities, including but not limited to the following:

  • The list serve
  • Websites
  • Special interest groups
  • Settings of practice
  • National conference
  • Circles of support
  • Business practices
  • Publications

The PCN is committed to transparent and ongoing dialogue regarding our dedication to inclusive policies and practices. The PCN Advisory Council encourages, receives, and responds to all questions and concerns from the membership related to policies and practices of diversity and inclusion.

Mission

The Pediatric Chaplains Network has a three fold mission:

EDUCATION

…providing up to date continuing education

SUPPORT

…creating opportunities for pediatric chaplains to collaborate with, and support, one another

RESEARCH

…promoting spiritual care research

Advisory

COUNCIL MEMBERS

MEET THE TEAM

(From Left to Right)
TOP ROW: Brent Fairchild, Lindsay Bona, James Denham, Ryan Campbell, Anthony Britten-Campbell.
MIDDLE ROW: Kathleen Ennis-Durstine, Stacey Jutila, Paul Durstine.
BOTTOM ROW:
Jennifer Prechter, Lavender Kelley, Erin Babb Krasowski, Kate Gerne.

PRESIDENT

Lavender Kelley

(2017 – 2019)
Children’s National Medical Center
Washington, D.C

member at-large

Kate Gerne

Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

MEMBER AT-LARGE

Jennifer Prechter

Arnold Palmer Medical Center
Orlando, FL

PRESIDENT Elect

Lindsay Bona

(2017 – 2019)
Advocate Children’s Hospital
Oak Lawn, IL

MEMBER AT-LARGE

Ryan Campbell

Children’s Medical Center Dallas
Dallas, TX

MEMBER AT-LARGE

Brent Fairchild

Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Little Rock, AR

treasurer

Stacey Jutila

(2016 – 2018)
Essentia Health
Duluth, MN

MEMBER AT-LARGE

Anthony Britten-Campbell

St. Joseph’s Children’s and Women’s Hospitals
Tampa, FL

Immediate past president

Mark Brown

(2017 – 2019)
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

MEMBER AT-LARGE

James Denham

(2016 – 2018)
Texas Children’s Hospital
Houston, TX

MEMBER AT-LARGE

Erin Babb Krasowski

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
Chicago, IL

business manager

Paul Durstine

Children’s National
Washington, DC

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