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Meet our dedicated Chaplains.
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Jimmy Montgomery is originally from Williamsburg County, Kingstree, SC. He wanted to become a chaplain to help provide God’s love and grace to the infirmed, discerning God’s spirit to those in need of comfort. For him, it is most important for a chaplain to listen without presenting oneself as having all answers. People need a compassionate listener… not someone who thinks he/she has all the answers. His favorite question to ask a person in need of support is “What is your greatest love?” It is the most direct route to what the person values in life at the moment. Jimmy holds a Doctor of Ministry degree.
- Bet you didn’t know… Jimmy’s favorite movie is Barber Shop, and he recommends the book King Among the Theologians by Noel L. Erskine. He cheers on the Carolina Panthers and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and his favorite trip took him to Kenya, Burundi and Zimbabwe Africa. If you ever get an invite to his house for a morning meal, take it -- he makes a divine bacon, egg and grits breakfast!
Originally from Muncie, IN, “home of the Ball jar,” Donna enjoys SC, where she can be close to both beach and mountains. She was introduced to hospital chaplaincy when she volunteered in Morehead, KY, and later was a Chaplain in 3 trauma hospitals in Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana, as well as in a Chicago Housing Authority building. After a break from religious life, she helped her mother for 11 months before her mother died after a long struggle with cancer. Losing her father at age 54 and her mother at age 62, Donna and her family learned to enjoy each day and appreciate each other. “I felt called then to continue hospital Chaplaincy,” she says, and she returned to school to complete her degrees and prepare for certification. Donna feels the most important thing for a chaplain to do is to be truly present with people to see where they are at that given moment. Donna was certified with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains in 2003 and certified with the Association of Professional Chaplains in 2008.
- Bet you didn’t know that… Donna enjoys fishing, participating in Autocross with her husband, and calls Fatima, Portugal her favorite trip.
Chris Wade and his wife and moved to Columbia in 2015 after having living in Eugene, Oregon and Keaau, Hawaii where he served as an EMT, Firefighter and Police Officer, as well as a Fire Chaplain. Chris found his calling as a chaplain while working with a local fire department on a cardiac arrest call. The current Chaplain couldn’t respond because he was starting to feel the effects of ALS. When the Chief learned that Chris had theological training, he was asked to take on the role. “It took me about a month of prayer before I took the position," he admits. “I had been praying about a direction in my life about that time, and the Lord brought this before me.” Chris believes a Chaplain’s greatest asset is listening. He likes to ask people to tell him their story. “I like to hear how God has moved in their life in the past because it reminds us that He will continue to work in their present situation, too.” He and his wife have two children, both in college, and his wife has completed her MA in Intercultural Studies at Columbia International University. Chris is a Master Fire Chaplain and serves as the State Fire Chaplain for South Carolina and as Vice President of the South Carolina Public Safety Chaplains Association.
- Bet you didn’t know… His favorite movie, Always, is about a wildland firefighter. Chris was a wildland firefighter for five years out in the Pacific Northwest. He also roots for the Oregon Ducks, and his favorite book is, of course… the Bible.