ACTS Chaplaincy Program

About Chaplaincy Program | Admission Requirements | Courses

ACTS Seminaries offers foundational chaplaincy training for Christians in a variety of caring professions. The Chaplaincy specialization cultivates spiritual maturity and theological wisdom to provide compassionate listening and immediate support to people in crisis.

Chaplaincy is a well-established career outcome in Canada and across North America for seminary graduates. Our graduates are prepared to work in both private and public sector settings. While the primary contexts for Chaplaincy are in healthcare, correctional facilities, social service centres and military settings, there is an increasing demand for chaplains in the professional workplace and industrial contexts.

Traditionally the Master of Divinity is degree for vocational training of chaplains, however the MA in Christian Studies and the Diploma of Christian Studies program also provide preparation for a career in chaplaincy.

The Chaplaincy program at ACTS values the partnership of practical field experience alongside classroom learning. This value is shared by those currently engaged in the day to day challenges of Chaplaincy, who affirm the importance of field education for those who are called to Chaplaincy.

The Chaplaincy Specialization Includes Courses in:

  • Foundations of Chaplaincy
  • Foundational Skills in Counselling
  • Theology of Pastoral Care
  • Pastoral Crisis Response
  • Theology of Suffering
  • Grief Counselling: Loss, Change, Bereavement
  • Chaplaincy Practicum

Career Possibilities include:

  • University Chaplain
  • Government Chaplain: Prison, Hospital/Health Care, Military
  • Workplace Chaplain
  • Social Service Centre Chaplain
  • Grief Support Worker
  • Spiritual Direction

Gloria Woodland

Gloria J. Woodland, D.Min
Chaplaincy Program Coordinator

Dr. Woodland received her Doctor of Ministry from Providence Seminary and brings with her many years of ministry experience in denominationally based ministry and public sector chaplaincy. Along with teaching courses on chaplaincy, pastoral care, and theology of pastoral care, Dr. Woodland presents at national and international conferences.

For details of how a chaplaincy specialization can be obtained in the MDiv or a Diploma program please contact the Chaplaincy Program Coordinator or talk to the ACTS Director of Admissions. 604.513-2044