Mercy Hospital Fort Scott Mission services introduces Tyler Whipkey as hospital chaplain effective June 2. Whipkey accepted the part-time position in late May and has relocated to Fort Scott.
Whipkey previously served as Senior Pastor for a church congregation in Springfield, IL. “Healthcare chaplaincy was where I always wanted to be,” Whipkey says. “Fortunately, the pieces fell into place for me to be here.”
He shares that he stumbled into the healthcare ministry several years ago but knew it was the right fit.
While participating in clinical pastoral education, he would make frequent visits to the hospital. “Every time I went to the hospital to help a patient or family, I found the visit fulfilling.
There is something profoundly meaningful about being involved with patients and their loved ones during a sacred time. I hope the time I share with them might help to serve as a healing, spiritual presence and a source of encouragement and resource for inspiration.”
The chaplaincy role is varied. Whipkey will minister to patients, develop awareness of pastoral care, and provide spiritual support to co-workers. He will also serve as a member of the community Ministerial Alliance.
Whipkey was raised in Baxter Springs, KS and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministry from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO and a Master’s of Divinity Degree from Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, OK. He is an ordained minister in The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Previously, Whipkey served as a hospital chaplain in Iowa and Illinois. He also devoted one year as an AmeriCorps volunteer. He also has several works published.
For more information about Mercy Pastoral Services, call 620-223-8481.