Chaplain Volunteer Program

Chaplain volunteers are part of Spiritual Care Services at Johnston Health and provide spiritual care for patients, visitors, and staff at Johnston Health in Smithfield and Clayton, and the SECU Hospice House.

Our chaplain volunteers play a very important role in helping patients and their families through difficult times, regardless of individual’s personal faith background or belief system. Because spiritual care needs can arise at any time, volunteering as a chaplain requires availability overnight and on weekends. Chaplain volunteers assist with a variety of needs, including:

  • Religious support for individuals who are fearful, depressed, or worried
  • Non-judgmental listening and crisis intervention
  • Help in finding a sense of hope, meaning, or purpose
  • Connection to clergy from an individual’s specific faith background
  • Prayer or other religious rituals
  • Religious materials and resources

Application and Requirements

To be considered for our Volunteer Chaplain Program, applicants must:

  • Be ordained or have completed at least one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Complete and submit an application
  • Be approved for service by the manager of Spiritual Care Services
  • Complete a mandatory orientation
  • Complete infection control/safety training
  • Complete Employee Health requirements, including a two-part TB skin test prior to service
  • Comply with hospital and departmental policies, rules, and code of ethics
  • Wear picture ID when on duty

Apply Now

If you prefer to submit a paper copy of your application, please download the Chaplain Volunteer form [PDF]. Applications can be dropped off in person, mailed to Johnston Health Spiritual Care Services, P.O. Box 1376, Smithfield, NC 27557, faxed to 919-938-7928, or emailed to Greg McClain, Director of Spiritual Care Services, at

Additional Information

For more information or for questions about the chaplain volunteer program, please contact Greg McClain, Director of Spiritual Care Services, at or 919-209-3658.

Apply to be a Volunteer Chaplain

At Johnston Health, we are always looking for Chaplain volunteers to make a difference in the lives of others. We would love you to apply to join our team!

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