Emily Vanden Heuvel is an ordained minister and endorsed chaplain for the Christian Reformed Church in North America and has worked as a chaplain for more than eleven years at a residential facility for children in western Michigan.
Articles by this author:
- A Trauma-Informed Worship Service
I work as a chaplain at a private, nonprofit, intentionally Christian agency that offers residential treatment for boys and girls ages seven to nineteen. The majority of the residents are wards of the state, waiting to be adopted or to enter foster care. On average, the youth stay in the program six to eighteen months, allowing for significant relationships to be built. I offer spiritual care to the clients through pastoral counseling, weekly worship services, Bible studies, and off-campus volunteer opportunities.