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Departments of FaithHealth Chaplaincy and Clinical Ministries and FaithHealth Education


Division of FaithHealth Ministries

The mission of the Division of FaithHealth Ministries is to build, align and animate the full breadth of religious and community health assets to improve access and advance health status beginning with those served by Wake Forest Baptist Health.

The ministry of compassion has been a part of the Medical Center for more than 60 years, and has grown along with the medical center. This history and growth make the chaplaincy and education program not only the oldest in the Southeast region, but one of the largest of its kind anywhere.  The Department of FaithHealth Ministries and FaithHealth Education provide chaplaincy ministry to the Medical Center. Through our accredited programs of ministry training, we combine ministry and education, serving both the patients of the medical center and ministers seeking to become more effective servants of the people.


Ministering to the spiritual needs of patients, families, and staff has always been a part of the care provided at Wake Forest Baptist Health.  Staff, resident, and intern chaplains are available to provide emotional and spiritual support and other services to patients, families and staff throughout the hospital. Chaplains respond to a variety of spiritual needs for all people, with or without a faith tradition. Chaplains serve as members of Medical Center committees, providing expertise in ethics, spiritual care, and education.

Chaplains at the Medical Center serve in a number of capacities. The Department of FaithHealth Chaplains and Clinical Ministries are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.  provides 24-hour on-call ministry within the hospital. Chaplains provide routine visits and crisis ministry to patients and families around the clock, across the full range of medical, emotional, and spiritual crises.  .

Dr. Jay Foster is the Director of FaithHealth Chaplaincy and Clinical Ministries. 


Services Provided by Chaplains


Spiritual Conversations

Chaplains provide emotional and spiritual support for patients, families and staff during routine visits and in times of crisis.


Chaplains can pray and meditate with patients of all faith traditions and cultural backgrounds.

Blessing of Hands

Chaplains offer a ritual for blessing the work of staff members at the hospital.

Religious Services

Chaplains can officiate weddings and preside over funerals or memorial services and baby dedications.

Bibles, Qur’ans and Other Sacred Texts

Chaplains can provide Bibles, Qur’ans and other sacred texts for patients to use during hospitalization.


Chaplains offer religious sacraments such as baptism, communion, dedications and blessings. Chaplains also assist in contacting other faith group or denomination leaders to provide these services.

Advance Directives

Chaplains are available Monday – Friday from 8 am to 5 pm to assist with Advance Care Planning. Chaplains provide education and assist with execution of Advance Directives.


Chapel, Meditation Room and Worship Services     

Davis Memorial Chapel

The Davis Memorial Chapel at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center was erected in memory of Mrs. Annie Pearl Shore Davis and Mr. Egbert Lawrence Davis by their family.  The Chapel was dedicated on March 23, 1956. Learn more about The Story within the Davis Memorial Chapel

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The Chapel is open for prayer and meditation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is located on the first floor of Watlington Hall.   In addition to regular interfaith worship opportunities conducted by chaplains in the Chapel each week, the Chapel is also a place for the observance of holy days from various faith traditions during the year and for weddings, baptisms and memorial services.  The Chapel also affords a space for patients, families, and staff to come for quiet prayer and reflection. 

To inquire about use of Davis Memorial Chapel for a special event, please contact Syveria Hauser at 336-716-3409.

The Meditation Room

The Meditation Room is located on the second floor of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for prayer and meditation.  Other activities for cancer patients and their families, such as chair yoga and mindfulness meditation, are held various times during the year.  

To inquire about  use of the Meditation Room for a special event, please contact Rosalind Bradley at 336-716-9474.

Worship Service

  Sunday, 12 noon, Interfaith Worship Service, Davis Chapel

  Monday 12 noon, Interfaith Intercessory Prayer, Davis Chapel

  Wednesday 12 noon, Interfaith Worship Service, Davis Chapel


Jummah service is held there each Friday at 12 noon.



Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is theological and professional education for ministry. In CPE, theological students, ordained clergy, members of religious orders and qualified laypersons minister under supervision to people with a variety of pastoral needs. CPE proposes to study "the living human document" of both self and other, toward the ends of more authentic and effective ministry. The Department of FaithHealth Education offers CPE year-round in several settings and at various levels of specialization.

The WFBH Department of FaithHealth Education CPE program is fully accredited to offer Level I, Level II and Supervisory CPE by:

The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. 
One West Court Square, Suite 325
Decatur, GA 30030 
Telephone: (404) 320-1472(404) 320-1472 
FAX: (404) 320-0849 

Emily Viverette, M.Div. is Director for FaithHealth Education  

Through its faculty of chaplains and supervisors, the Departments of FaithHealth Chaplaincy and Clinical Ministries and FaithHealth Education offer educational resources and programs to chaplains, congregations, ministers, and church leaders.

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