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Pastoral Care

The Department of Pastoral Care provides spiritual and emotional care for patients, families, staff and visitors at The University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Our chaplains understand that assisting with spiritual and emotional needs is an important part of caring for the whole person. Care is available to people of all faiths.

Through clinical pastoral care, chaplains demonstrate the spiritual dimension of the hospital’s mission and strengthen the relationship between the medical center and religious communities at large.

Our Mission

The Department of Pastoral Care supports UT Medical Center in its mission of healing, education and discovery by providing compassionate care and spiritual support to patients, families, and staff while respecting their beliefs, culture, traditions, and values.

Learn more about the medical center.

Services offered by Pastoral Care include the following:

  • Pastoral visits
  • Chapel services
  • 24-hour onsite coverage
  • Respond to all trauma’s and codes
  • Bereavement and grief support
  • Community education

Absher Chapel

Chaplain Services

A Chaplain is available onsite 24 hours a day and can be reached through the hospital operator or by pager. The Pastoral Care staff is an integral part of the healthcare team at the medical center.

Absher Chapel

The chapel is located on the first floor of the hospital’s lobby across from the Gift Shop. It is open 24 hours a day for prayer and meditation.

Services are held Monday-Friday at 12pm.

Our Team

Steve Sexton

Steve Sexton


Randy Shoun

Randy R. Shoun, M.Div, Director of Clinical Pastoral Education

Coy Callicot

Coy Callicot - Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education

George Dobler

George Doebler, Special Adviser to Pastoral Care

Brad Hood

Brad Hood, Staff Chaplain

Ben Lewis

Benjamin E. Lewis, Jr., M. Div., BCC, Staff Chaplain

Anne Sprouse

Anne Sprouse, Staff Chaplain

Lisa Casey

Lisa Casey, Administrative Support Assistant

Contact Info
1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, TN 37920

Monday through Friday
8 am-4 pm
After hours, nights, weekends and holidays, the on-call chaplain can be reached at 865-305-9000.

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