In our current culture, nothing is really official until it is announced on social media. Therefore, we want to officially announce that after 18 months establishing Compass, the Gap Year program at Cho-Yeh Camp and Conference center, our time there has come to an end. I have accepted a position with PruittHealth, a private long-term health care company based in Atlanta, Georgia, as their Director of Chaplaincy.
Please know that our leaving Cho-Yeh is not the result of anything negative, and we leave with heavy hearts. We love the people, the work we established with Compass, and of course Cho-Yeh. But this opportunity with PruittHealth is just the next logical step for our family and for my career.
The PruittHealth Corporate headquarters is based in Atlanta, Georgia, where I’ll now be working (Norcross to be exact, a suburb of Atlanta), but has facilities throughout 4 states, (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida) and employs over 16,000 workers. They are a leader in long-term healthcare throughout the Southeast and are a self-consciously Christian corporation. They have deep roots, and will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this September.
As the Director of Chaplaincy, my role is responsible for the provision of spiritual care services to meet the social, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients, families, caregivers, and staff within the PruittHealth family of providers. Needless to say, in terms of scope, this is a major step up from anything I have done up to this point. But I am confident the education and experience I have gathered over the past 20+ years has prepared me for this amazing opportunity. That being said, we covet your prayers.
Moving to a new state, living in a world-class city, and taking on these new opportunities is exciting to be sure, but we step out with a fair amount of trepidation. One of the primary lessons we learned while at Cho-Yeh was to constantly challenge ourselves by asking the question, “What is your next step?” It is a question that has the intent of keeping you out of your comfort zone as you lean forward by challenging yourself and expanding the boundaries that currently surround you. I have seen how answering that question impacted our campers, retreat guests, our Compass students, and even my own family. It is a question that I find myself now having to answer once more as we move from an organization we have loved to an unknown. Thankfully, we can rest in knowing that at the end of the day God is sovereign, and we are His. As I constantly reminded our Compass students, “If God loves us so much that he would sacrifice His own Son, what won’t He do for us?” It is with that understanding that we can move boldly forward, trusting that He has good plans for us and for His glory.