Pastor Appreciation Lunch!

posted Sep 23, 2020, 6:09 PM by Laura Lemley

October is Pastor Appreciation Month! The Huntsville Association for Pastoral Care and Thrivent Financial invite all pastors to be our guest at a Pastor Appreciation Lunch, 11:30 am, October 27 in the Fellowship Hall of First  Baptist Church, 600 Governors' Dr. (Entrance 6 on the north side of the building).

The Fellowship Hall is large enough to allow plenty of social distancing and all safety protocols will be observed, including "no touch" box lunches. There will be music, speaking and sharing.

Please mark your calendar! If you wish to reserve your spot now, simply email us at

TeleChaplain Program

posted Apr 7, 2020, 3:57 PM by Laura Lemley   [ updated Apr 7, 2020, 4:27 PM ]

HAPC is announcing a new Telechaplain program to connect people in the Tennessee valley with a local chaplain via the phone as well as video calls via Skype, Zoom, Facetime or Facebook messenger.

During this time of great anxiety due to COVID-19, we understand that many people are unable to visit friends, loved ones, churches, counselors, or support groups. Many people have fears for themselves and their families. In general, people are thinking more about the fragility of life and may have more anxiety about death and their spiritual beliefs.  Telechaplaincy offers local residents the opportunity to speak with a spiritual care provider who is trained to listen and address the emotional and spiritual needs of people of all religious and cultural backgrounds.

To access our local HAPC chaplains, call our Executive Director, Rev. Carl Malm at H(256)883-6539 or M(256)683-0471.  We have chaplains available who are of different races and some who speak Spanish.

Pastors' Lunch & Learn

posted Sep 28, 2019, 7:24 AM by HAPC Huntsville

The fall Pastors' Lunch & Learn, sponsored by the Huntsville Association for Pastoral Care and Brookdale Jones Farm, will be Tuesday, October 8, Noon - 1:00, Brookdale Jones Farm, 2815 Carl T. Jones. Dr. David Freeman, Pastor of Weatherly Heights Baptist Church, will speak on "Living with and Ministering with Persons with Disabilities." Please reserve your spot by emailing or phoning 256 883-6539.

Chaplains' Support Group

posted Sep 28, 2019, 7:21 AM by HAPC Huntsville

The next HAPC-sponsored Chaplains' Support Group will be 8:00-9:00 am, Tuesday, October 1, at City Cafe Diner, 2300 Drake Ave. (next to Cracker Barrel). If you plan to attend (and we hope you do!), please email so we can make appropriate reservations.

Pastors! August 15!

posted Aug 12, 2017, 6:26 AM by HAPC Huntsville   [ updated Aug 12, 2017, 6:26 AM ]

The next Pastor/Psychologist Dialogue with Dr. Roger Rinn and Dr. Nikki Heidelbach will be in The Garden Room of First Christian Church, 3209 Whitesburg Dr., Tuesday, August 15, Noon to 1:00. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about anything of interest to you! Bring a lunch, if you wish. Please come join us!

The Pastor/Psychologist Dialogue is sponsored by the Council for Faith and Mental Illness of the Huntsville Association for Pastoral Care. For more information, email or phone 256 883-6539.

Why Support HAPC?

posted Aug 12, 2017, 6:23 AM by HAPC Huntsville   [ updated Aug 12, 2017, 6:23 AM ]

1. Since 1977, HAPC has been promoting and encouraging chaplaincy in our community. Our Executive Director, the Rev. Carl Malm, facilitates a monthly support group for chaplains. Our Chaplaincy Committee offers occasional educational programs both for experienced and prospective chaplains. We offered a program in January and are planning another one for September.
2. For twenty years, the School of Applied Ministry has been offering three educational programs a year for all who provide spiritual care, including Stephen Ministers, Ministers of Communion, Elders, Deacons, Pastors and Congregational Nurses. Our next SAM class will be "The Spiritual Care of Family Care Givers for Those with Physical or Cognitive Decline or Mental Illness" on September 12.
3. Through the Center for Loss, Grief and Change, Rev. Malm offers educational programs about loss and grief and spiritual care as well as individual grief consultations. He facilitates a  grief support group each Tuesday at 3:00 at Hope Presbyterian Church.
4. Through Diakonia Ministries, the Rev. Frank Broyles provides chaplaincy for the marginalized who are often neglected in spiritual care.
5. The Council on Faith and Mental Illness provides chaplaincy for the seriously and persistently mentally ill and encourages churches to be more understanding and accepting of those with serious mental illness. We also offer a monthly Pastor/Psychologist Dialogue with Dr. Roger Rinn and Dr. Nikki Heidelbach.
6. HAPC also promotes and encourages Health Ministries and Congregational Nursing and offers occasional educational programs.
7. In co-operation with Brookdale Jones Farm, HAPC offers occasional Pastors' Lunch and Learns. On October 10, the Rev. Christie Ashton of Hope Presbyterian Church will be speaking on "What I Did Not Learn in Seminary."
8. HAPC has helped to co-ordinate the response of the spiritual community to local and area disasters.
9. If you are reading this, you have probably benefited personally from one or more HAPC programs.
To make tax-deductible donations to HAPC or any of its ministries, the mailing address is HAPC, PO Box 16032, Huntsville, AL 35802. 


posted Aug 12, 2017, 6:19 AM by HAPC Huntsville   [ updated Apr 12, 2020, 10:01 AM by Laura Lemley ]


posted Aug 12, 2017, 6:11 AM by HAPC Huntsville   [ updated Aug 12, 2017, 6:14 AM ]

"Caregivers are often the casualties the hidden victims.  No one sees the sacrifices they make."   Judith London.

According to the Rosalynn Carter Institute, there are four types of people in the world--caregivers, those who will be caregivers, those who have been caregivers and those who need a caregiver.  It is a subject that many don't wish to face even talk about, and that is why most people who suddenly find themselves caring for a relative are unprepared.  

There are challenges to face from the individual tasks of actual care for someone and making decisions for them medically, legally and financially to caring for themselves in a situation than can leave you overwhelmed, depressed and tired.

Within Alabama the family caregiver are the backbone of the long term health care workforce.  One third of those adults needing long term care depend upon family  and friends as their only source of help.  Family caregivers in Alabama provide 783 million hours of care with a value of $7.3 billion dollars.  The services provided by Alabama caregivers represents 80% of all in-home care for family members.  Yet they have little advocacy to help support them in their plight. The strain of the 24/7 caregiving responsibilities take a tremendous toll on the family caregivers physical, emotional and spiritual health.  

The question becomes where does the family care giver go for help and support?  Many look to their church for support, but unfortunately find the church unprepared to proved the spiritual support needed.  The church has not purposely forgotten caregivers…it just doesn't understand the need.  The Huntsville Association for Pastoral Care is providing an opportunity for church leaders and others to help understand the plight of the caregiver and how the church can support their plight.

“The Spiritual Care of Family Care Givers” will be presented by the HAPC School of Applied Ministry on Tues., Sept. 12, 6:00-8:30 (supper and registration at 5:30) at First Baptist Church, 600 Governor’s Dr. (Entrance 7). $35.00. CEU’s available for nurses and social workers. Presenters: Dr. Willie Brunetti and Dr. Elizabeth Hall. For more information or to register: or 256 883-6539.

Next School of Applied Ministry Class

posted Jul 10, 2017, 4:11 PM by HAPC Huntsville

For Stephen Ministers, Ministers of Communion, Congregational Nurses, Elders, Deacons, Pastors and All Who Give Spiritual Care

Someone in your congregation is responsible for the care of a person with chronic or terminal illness or disability or mental illness. And they are struggling. How can you help? How can you give spiritual care? What can you say or do?

The Spiritual Care of Care Givers of People with Physical or Cognitive Decline or Mental Illness
Presented by the School of Applied Ministry of the Huntsville Association for Pastoral Care

Tuesday, September 12, 6:00-8:30 pm
(Supper and Registration at 5:30)
First Baptist Church
600 Governor’s Dr.
(Entrance 7 on the North)

Cost $35 (includes supper!) except for those from sponsoring churches. (Inquire about sponsorship.) To register or for more information: or 256 883-6539. (Please let us know if you are coming and, if you have to cancel, please give us 24 hour notice.)

CEU’s will be available for nurses and social workers through HAPC (ABN1490), Eugenia Graves, RN, BS, FCN, HAPC Education Director). Participants will be able to identify at least three needs and challenges of care giving and at least three ways a spiritual care provider could address those needs.

Dr. Willie Brunetti, Retired Air Force Officer, BA in Business, MA in Public Administration and Christian Education, Doctor of Educational Ministry, Personal Experience as a Care Giver
Dr. Elizabeth Hall, Retired College Professor, Writer, Consultant to Families and Life Coach, Personal Experience as Care Giver for Both Physical and Cognitive Decline

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