Chaplain Service - Oklahoma City VA Health Care System
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Oklahoma City VA Health Care System

 

Chaplain Service

The Oklahoma City VA Health Care System has five Protestant Chaplains, a team of Resident and Intern CPE Chaplains and two Roman Catholic Chaplains. It is their responsibility to provide spiritual care and services for those of their faith, and to facilitate for those of other faiths. A chaplain serves on both the Hospice/Palliative End of Life Care Team and the Interdisciplinary Treatment Team in the Psychiatric Inpatient Unit. Chaplains provide clinical spiritual care for patients, family members, friends and VA staff members. Chaplains facilitates the free exercise of religion for all traditions. The OKC VA Chaplains provides a holistic approached to ministering to our community of Veterans ensuring to address the whole person, helping people integrate faith into all areas of life.

Chaplain Services Available to Patients, Families and Staff:

• Support during times of anxiety, doubt, guilt, anger, uncertainty
• Grief and loss counseling
• Devotional materials/Bibles/Sacred Texts
• Pastoral support at the time of terminal diagnosis
• End-of-Life decisions
• Bereavement ministry
• Prayer, anointing, sacraments, blessings
• Worship services
• Other special services
• Community referrals
• Ethics counseling   
• Crisis ministry
• Recovery spirituality
• General Protestant Worship: Sundays at 11am in the Chapel (Room GA139); Service televised within the hospital (on channel 3)
• Mid-Week Service: Wednesday at 12pm in the Chapel (Room GA139)
• Catholic Chaplains on staff for Catholic sacramental needs



OKLAHOMA CITY STAFF CHAPLAINS

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Chaplain Paul D. Everett is a native of San Diego, California, with a combined 39 years of congregational, military and federal service.  He is a Veteran of the United States Air Force. Chaplain Everett holds the Bachelor of Administration degree in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University and the Masters of Divinity Degree with emphasis in “Pastoral Care and Counseling” from Golden Gate Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California. He completed Clinical Pastoral Education through the Providence and VA Hospital in Anchorage Alaska.  Chaplain Everett has previously served with the Alaska VA Domiciliary, Homeless Veterans, in Anchorage Alaska. He specializes in congregational restoration and has served as a Presiding Elder within his denomination where provided of assigned pastors within his denomination. Chaplain Everett is an ordained Elder endorsed by the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) church. He is a gifted musician who enjoys playing the piano and organ.

Chaplain Anthony D. Allen is native Kansan who currently serves at the OKC VA Hospital as a staff chaplain.  He is a graduate of the Clinical Pastoral Education Residency program, Department of Ministry and Pastoral Care at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. Chaplain Allen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas; and a Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Chaplain Allen is a lifetime member of the Church of God in Christ. Chaplain Allen entered the Army on August 28, 1988 as an enlisted Soldier and proudly served the nation for 27 years, 2 months and 1 day. Chaplain Allen retired from the active duty Army Chaplain Corps on October 31, 2015.

Chaplain Philip A. Kochenburger is a native Floridian who currently serves at the OKC VA Health Care System, Oklahoma City. Chaplain Kochenburger retired from active duty Army Chaplaincy on March 31, 2016, having first entered the Army on November 4, 1980 as an Enlisted Soldier. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts, part of the Boston Theological Institute. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southeastern University, Lakeland, Florida. He has extensive clinical training and experience in mental health care, especially in PTSD, grief and mourning, Pastoral Counseling, and Suicide Prevention. He completed a one-year residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas and has seven years of experience as a chaplain in a healthcare milieu. He served for five years as a therapeutic aid, counselor and chaplain at Desveaux House Mental Health Residential Care Facility for Adults, and a therapeutic aid for the Intensive Mental Health Care Unit for children and youth at the Florida Baptist Children’s Home, Lakeland, Florida.  Chaplain Kochenburger is an Episcopal Priest, canonically resident in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas.

Chaplain John D. Potter was born on Warner Robbins Air Force Base, Georgia and grew up in the Air Force. He currently serves as a part-time staff chaplain for the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Oklahoma City, OK.  He served as an active duty Chaplain for the United States Army for over 27 years, retiring in 2013. He is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield, Storm and Comfort (1991) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003). He also served as Chief in three Army Medical Centers and Deputy Chief in one Regional (seven state) Army Medical Center during his career.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible, a Master’s of Science Degree in Biblical and Related Subjects (Pastoral Counseling), and a Masters of Divinity from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX. In the Army, Chaplain Potter received training in Suicide Prevention/Intervention, Grief Management, and a one-year Residency in Clinical Pastoral Education. He is endorsed by the Church of Christ/Christian Churches.

CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION (CPE) PROGRAM:

Chaplain Tammy Wooliver is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church of the United States of America (2002) and is an ACPE, Inc. Supervisor/Educator. She attended Phillips University (B.A. Degree, 1996) in Enid, Oklahoma and Virginia Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity Degree, 2001) in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to coming to the OKC VAMC she served as CPE Supervisor at Christiana Care in Newark, DE. Chaplain Wooliver did her supervisory training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland where she also served as an Episcopal Chaplain. She has served as a University Chaplain, an Elementary School Chaplain and has experience in parish ministry. Chaplain Wooliver also did training at St. Elizabeth’s Mental Health Hospital in Washington, DC and then served on the Board of the Mental Health Association of Delaware. In addition, she was actively involved in Suicide Prevention in Delaware.

Chaplain Megan Alleman is an endorsed chaplain with the Disciples of Christ (Christian Church) and is an ACPE Certified Education Candidate. She attended Texas Woman’s University (B.S. in Psychology, 2011) in Denton, TX, Dallas Baptist University (M.A. in Christian Ministry/Chaplaincy, 2014) in Dallas, TX, and is currently attending Union Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry, 2020) in New York City. She serves as the US Army Reserves Chaplain with the 368th Combat Operational Stress Control Medical Detachment in Tulsa, OK (since 2016) and previously served as a US Army Reserves Chaplain Candidate with the 490th Civil Affairs Battalion in Grand Prairie, TX (2014-2016). Prior to coming to the OKC VAHCS she served as a Chaplain Resident at Texas Health Hughley Hospital, Fort Worth, TX. Chaplain Alleman also has experience working as an associate pastor for families, youth, and children and grief, mental health, substance use, and suicide interventions in local churches.


CATHOLIC CHAPLAINS:

Rev. Fr. Tarasisio Tumuhereze
Rev. Mr. Herbert R. Vance

Catholic Chaplains on staff for Catholic sacramental needs.

It is Chaplain Service policy to not release information on employees working under contract with the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. We have available a Catholic Deacon and Priest who can be contacted through our office. Please call 405-456-5138.


 

Contact Info

Location

  • 921 NE 13th Street
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Ground Floor, Room GA141

Contact Number(s)

  • 405-456-5138

Hours of Operation

  • Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm