Chaplain Tom Becraft, BCC
Lead Chaplain, Kadlec Regional Medical Center
As a fulltime chaplain at Kadlec Medical Center since July, 2006, Tom Becraft translates three decades of cross-cultural ministry into attentiveness toward the needs, wishes, and choices of patients, families, and staff, helping each person access resources for managing emotional and spiritual pain. Tom strives to be a listening, supportive presence as persons seek meaning, purpose, and hope in the face of illness.
Prior to enrolling in The Chaplaincy as a Clinical Pastoral Education student in June, 2005, Tom served as a bilingual campus chaplain, college and high school educator and ordained minister at schools and churches in Japan, Hawaii, and America’s northwest. Tom has a master’s degree (1980) in religion with a concentration in inter-religious, cross-cultural studies, and additional graduate work in education, counseling, and healthcare ministry. As one acquainted with cultural stressors, Tom companions with hospital visitors as they navigate through the unfamiliarity of hospital culture in their quest for wellness.
Tom was ordained to ministry in 1984 by the Japan Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He is endorsed by Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries, and is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains.