Spiritual Care & Education

Our hospital chaplains are ministers specializing in pastoral and spiritual care, and they can be helpful in sorting out emotional needs. They are available to listen and talk with you, to pray with you, and to assist in finding other sources of help.

When your life is interrupted by illness or accident, addressing your spiritual and emotional needs is an important part of your care. We have several resources available when these needs arise. Please let your nurse or caregiver know that you would like to speak with a Hospital Chaplain.

Staff Chaplains
Steve Spidell, Elvin Fortune, and Laban Njoroge

Our Chaplains are Board Certified ministers who specialize in Spiritual Care for you spiritually and emotionally. A chaplain is available to listen and talk with you, to pray with you, and to help in finding other sources of help for you.

If you wish to have a minister or other clergy from your personal place of worship to visit you, we want to assist you in contacting them. If you would like to have a priest to provide the Sacrament of the Sick or the Sacrament of Confession, we can ask a local priest to come. If you want Holy Communion, this is available from several sources.

The Department of Spiritual Care and Education is staffed by a chaplain Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m and can be reached at 281.428.4401. If you need a chaplain or other clergy for an emergency after hours or on weekends, the Volunteer Wesley Chaplains are prepared to assist. Please ask your nurse or call 281.420.8600.

Online Resources
In addition to our spiritual offerings at Houston Methodist, additional religious services and institutions are available for your needs:

Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church

United Methodist Church

Association of Professional Chaplains

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

National Association of Catholic Chaplains

Oates Institute

John Templeton Foundation

Jewish Federation of Greater Houston

National Institute for Health Care Management

Islamic Society of Greater Houston

Texas Out-of-Hospital Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Program