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We offer foundational chaplaincy training for Christians in a variety of caring professions. The Chaplaincy specialization cultivates spiritual maturity and theological wisdom to provide compassionate listening and immediate support to people in crisis.

Whether it’s in a hospital, workplace or prison, we offer Chaplaincy training for individuals wanting to guide and assist others in difficult situations. Our Chaplaincy program values the partnership of practical field experience alongside classroom learning. This value is shared by those currently engaged in the day to day challenges of Chaplaincy, who affirm the importance of field education for those who are called to Chaplaincy.

  • We are one of two chaplaincy programs in Canada
  • Practical hands-on training combined with strong academic
  • Designed to help graduates hit the ground running in a Chaplaincy career
Chaplaincy is a well-established career outcome in Canada and across North America for seminary graduates. Our graduates are prepared to work in both private and public sector settings. While the primary contexts for Chaplaincy are in healthcare, correctional facilities, social service centres and military settings, there is an increasing demand for chaplains in the professional workplace and industrial contexts.

Career Possibilities include:

  • University Chaplain
  • Government Chaplain: Prison, Hospital/Health Care, Military
  • Workplace Chaplain
  • Social Service Centre Chaplain
  • Grief Support Worker
  • Spiritual Direction
The Chaplaincy Specialization Includes Courses in:

  • Foundations of Chaplaincy
  • Foundational Skills in Counselling
  • Theology of Pastoral Care
  • Pastoral Crisis Response
  • Theology of Suffering
  • Grief Counselling: Loss, Change, Bereavement
  • Chaplaincy Practicum

  My time at ACTS was one of preparation and tremendous growth. Through my classes, I was able to acquire significant tools that relate to leadership and effective service within multi-faith settings that helped to build my existing skills. 

– Mike Sanya,
Chaplain, Correctional Services Canada

Degree Programs with Chaplaincy Specialization

The Chaplaincy program provides academic instruction for graduate students in four degree programs:

Director | Gloria Woodland

Dr. Woodland received her Doctor of Ministry from Providence Seminary and brings with her many years of ministry experience in denominationally based ministry and public sector chaplaincy. Along with teaching courses on chaplaincy, pastoral care, and theology of pastoral care, Dr. Woodland presents at national and international conferences.