Seamen’s Church Institute appoints Pamela Stephens as chaplain

Pamela Stephens, the new full-time chaplain with The Seamen’s Church Institute

(NEW YORK, NY — October 8, 2007) The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) has appointed Pamela Stephens as a new full-time chaplain based in the Port of Houston for its Ministry on the River program.  Chaplain Stephens will help coordinate SCI’s pastoral care network along 2,200 miles of America’s inland waterways.

Stephens has lived in Ohio for 13 years, where she became certified as a lay minister in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, and began the Masters program in Pastoral Care at College of Mount St Joseph in Cincinnati. A church organist since her college days, she also completed her Bachelor and Master degrees in music from California State University, Chico, and Stanford University.

In 2006 she joined the Chaplain Residency program at MD Anderson in Houston where she ministered to cancer patients and their families.
“Pam’s home base at SCI’s Houston Center will mean that the resources of the Institute are available to her as she provides pastoral care to more river and coastal mariners working in this region.  A ministry of presence in the Gulf Region will take her from the bayous of Texas and Louisiana to the everglades of Florida,” said the Rev. David Rider, SCI’s Executive Director.

By Professional Mariner Staff