A Day in the Life of a Chaplain


I have been involved in ministry my whole life. I was raised in a pastor’s home and my husband and I have been in ministry for thirty-five years. We have pastored or evangelized throughout these years, but I found my personal calling when I became a chaplain. 

Not everything I do would be considered spiritual. I love to talk with people, hear their stories, comfort them, laugh with them and sometimes just sit with them. I have held the hands of the dying patient, sang to them, swabbed their drying lips, wiped the tears of family members and prayed at many bed sides. I enjoy distracting the agitated or redirecting those that are confused with an activity, a walk or a song. 

I have stopped at a nurses cart and prayed quietly with them when I know they are having a particularly rough day. I have listened to many stakeholders that are having difficulty at home and have no one else to talk to. I have rejoiced with them when they have good news and they need a cheering section in their life. 

All these come as a joy to me because I am reminded that I am His hands and feet. I am humbled and honored to serve this community as their Chaplain and friend.

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His Grace is Enough

I had been asked to give a short devotion and a prayer at the Louisville Women’s Club, an honor that I didn’t take lightly. I had a thought about life being a box of chocolates and never knowing what you were going to get. Each day was a mystery and we needed to rest in the fact that God was going to help us.

That morning I awoke early and the following scripture was running through my head. 

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12: 9 (NIV)

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Compassion Fund helps another Stakeholder!

Alicia Stamper is a valued Stakeholder here at Signature Healthcare of Spencer County. After having some health issues, it was determined by her physicians that she would need to have a heart transplant. To assist her, our facility has had several fundraisers. Because she will be off work for several months, we applied to the Compassion Fund and she was able to receive a very generous check to assist her and her family during this time! She is currently on the heart transplant list and we are praying for a great outcome to this situation. We will post updates to Alicia’s story soon.

Chaplain Suzanne

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Compassion Fund Helps a Stakeholder Family

Since he was seven years old, JC has experienced seizures and through the years his family and physicians has tried to help him with multiple treatments. As a last recourse it was decided that he needed to undergo brain surgery. The week of August 12th of this year he had two separate brain surgeries that resulted with a stroke on his left side.  Since that time he has been in aggressive therapy and hopes to return home in the next few weeks. 

His mother, Alice, is a Stakeholder in our community here at Signature Healthcare of Spencer County. Since the surgery she hasn’t been able to return to work and we saw this as an opportunity to petition the Compassion Fund. The Compassion Fund is a resource that our Stakeholders can donate to, to help the needs of our community, Stakeholders and Residents.

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We want to introduce our New Chaplain Suzanne Priddy

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV)

The above scripture is one of my favorites. Although we may not see how it’s going to work out, God has our best interest in mind. I take comfort that he wants me to prosper, have hope and a future! 

My journey in ministry has allowed me to serve in the Chicago area, Memphis, Houston, California and back in my hometown of Louisville,KY. As a Pastor, I have been involved with music, women’s, children’s and senior adult ministry departments. My husband Steve and I have been married for 31 years, have a daughter, Natalie, a son Cameron and a miniature Schnauzer, Lacie. I like to cook, entertain, decorate and enjoy good company!

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