Paul Yeun equips others to serve. Throughout his career as pastor, Air Force chaplain, and now in healthcare, he has made training lay persons a priority. Now, as Director of Pastoral Services at Chambersburg Hospital, he and his staff provide holistic care to patients, their families, and hospital staff, but also train others to do the same.
“People who come to church not only want to hear a good sermon and be part of the fellowship,” Paul said. “But they also want pastoral care and counseling in time of need.”
Paul has given the chaplaincy services at Chambersburg Hospital, part of Summit Health, a new face. He joined Chambersburg Hospital as Director of Pastoral Services after he retired from the U.S. Air Force as chaplain in 1999.
When he arrived, the department consisted of a staff chaplain and two or three lay volunteers. In response to the great need, Paul recruited 30 qualified community clergy to be chaplains on call and designed a training program to teach lay persons to offer pastoral care to patients and their families in a healthcare setting.
Now, he oversees pastoral care for all 22 healthcare facilities that are part of the Summit Health system. This consists of 30 chaplains on call after hours and on weekends, 32 lay pastoral caregivers to do daily patient visits, and five contracted chaplains.
“I seek to enable people to do ministry,” Paul said. “Teaching laity and pastors in the community to be involved in the ministry of pastoral care not only helps me, but also enables them to witness Christ’s love by finding joy and fulfillment as Christians.”