Joy Freeman

About Joy Freeman

I am an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA and am also Board Certified through the Association of Professional Chaplains. You will find me most often in the course of the day in the Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, or on the Maternity Units. When life is falling apart, often what is needed is someone who can be there to listen or just sit a person with no time constraints. It is this being there, a quiet, calming presence in the storms of life that draws me to chaplaincy and keeps me coming back each day. When not at work you will find me at home with my family or participating in one of my many church activities. My greatest joy in life is being a mother and wife. I enjoy a good mystery or fantasy novel. You might find me baking bread, working on a scrapbook, or practicing Tai Chi or Tae Kwon Do. If I were to give one piece of advice, it would be to work to maintain a balance in life of work, family, and activities that will sustain you personally.


While many or most of us have some familiarity with the Jewish feast of Hanukkah, I find lots of misunderstanding about it among people in general.  For instance, you hear it described as “the Jewish Christmas.”  That is unfortunate because it has nothing to do with Christmas at all.  It often occurs around the same [...]

By |2018-06-16T12:34:30+00:00November 25th, 2013|

Pastoral Care Week is this week.

Pastoral Care Week is October 20-26, 2013. This is an opportunity to recognize the significance of appropriate, professional spiritual care in human health and wellness. The Greek philosopher Plato famously advised, “The part can never be well unless the whole is well.” At NKCH, professional chaplains are an integral part of the overall healthcare team, [...]

By |2018-06-16T12:34:30+00:00October 24th, 2013|

“Unplugging,” the benefits of disconnecting from our technology

Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to participate in a ministry outreach experience with other chaplains from around the country.  What we did was an incredible experience for me on all levels, and I could reflect on many aspects of that experience.  But today I am reflecting on what I had to do to [...]

By |2018-06-16T10:02:14+00:00July 9th, 2013|

A Day to Celebrate or A Day to Grieve

With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day recently behind us, I have found myself thinking more deeply about these two holidays and the assumption that everyone is happy to celebrate these days, or at least that is how the card companies portray it.   I will graciously agree that for most people these are two happy days that they [...]

By |2018-06-28T12:42:03+00:00June 18th, 2013|

Defining Spirituality

Believe it or not, it is very difficult to define spirituality. I was recently reminded of this when I participated in an on-line seminar for professional chaplains from all parts of the United States. This group struggled to find a clear, concise understanding of spirituality that we could all accept. We seemed to agree that [...]

By |2018-06-28T12:45:23+00:00April 29th, 2013|