Josh Houston was a pastor who longed to leave behind administrative duties to focus on soul care. Lorena Villa had six years of hospital experience as a Spanish interpreter, but wanted to offer more meaningful support to patients and their families.

As part of an inaugural class of six in Community Medical Centers’ chaplain residency program, they’re helping each other learn how to minister to patients’ emotional and spiritual needs during a pandemic.

“Being in the hospital during COVID there’s been a heightened sense of loneliness and spiritual longing from the patients,” said Houston. “But I think, what a perfect time to learn and train into this skill set.”

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