The Commissioned Lay Chaplain Program

The Commissioned Lay Chaplain (CLC) program was developed to meet the increasing demand for qualified, educated, and trained Chaplains to function in secular settings, such as hospitals and community settings, that do not require the Chaplain to be ordained.  CLCs may be vocational or volunteer, and may or may not require formal ecclesiastical endorsement.  However, in order to represent the ACNA, they must be commissioned, charged, and endorsed by the Bishop of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy on behalf of the ACNA to their mission work.

Because CLCs are laity, the need to ensure spiritual and life disciplines, and moral and ethical practice and behavior, are fully followed and under the authority of the Church, the Order of Saint Martin de Tours was created as an “active”and non-cloistered religious order.  All laity commissioned to serve as chaplains representing the ACNA must also accept monastic vows as part of the Order of St. Martin de Tours.

If you believe you are called to serve as a lay chaplain, please contact the Coordinator of Vocational and Volunteer Chaplaincy, The Venerable Patrick W. Malone at

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The Very Reverend Norman Beale- Chaplain/Supervisor of Chaplaincy, NJ Dept. of Military & Veterans Affairs
Chaplain Johanna Baker
, Hospital Chaplain, St. Augustine, FL
Chaplain Noel Dawes, PriorAssociation for Christian Conference, Glens Falls, NY
Chaplain Carol Evans, Counselor and Community Chaplain, Christ Church Fallbrook, CA
Chaplain Matthew Frankenberry, Western Maryland Correctional Institution, Cumberland, MD
Chaplain Alicia Head
, Prioress, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Lexington, KY
Chaplain John Bart Kingsley, Comfort Care Hospice, Montevallo, AL
Chaplain Scott Pullon, Allendale Correctional Institution in SC
Chaplain Charyl Chandler Stevens, Maine Veterans Home, Bangor, ME
Chaplain Christie Lynn Stevens, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Boise, ID
Chaplain Carol VanHoosier,
Acts 4 Healing Ministry, Richmond, VA (DOMA)
Chaplain Michael VanHoosier, Acts 4 Healing Ministry, Richmond, VA (DOMA)