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Meet Our Chaplains

Our chaplains are in-house and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have four on-campus chapels available for patients, families, and staff.

Chaplain harris

Rev. Herman "Frank" Harris

Manager/Chaplain
harrish@musc.edu

Chaplain Harris began his work at MUSC in 2015. He completed an undergraduate degree at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. He holds a Master of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center (Seminary) in Atlanta, Georgia. Frank completed his clinical pastoral education at the VA Medical Center in Tuskegee, Alabama and Roper/St. Francis Hospital in Charleston. He is an ordained National Baptist minister and served as a United States Air Force chaplain for 10 years. His pastoral care interests include adult and pediatric palliative care, community involvement, and bereavement workshops.

Chaplain Rossi

Rev. George M. Rossi, BCC

Clinical Staff Chaplain
rossig@musc.edu

Chaplain Rossi began his work at MUSC in 2001. He completed an undergraduate degree at Our Lady of the Lake University in Texas. He holds a master's degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas and a Master of Divinity from the M. Christopher White School of Divinity, Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. George completed his clinical pastoral education at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, S.C. He is an ordained Baptist minister and is endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. His interests are in the areas of pastoral care to families and spirituality/mental health relationships. He is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) through the Association of Professional Chaplains.

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Rev. Lynn Brown-Conklin

Clinical Staff Chaplain
brownlyn@musc.edu

Chaplain Brown-Conklin began her work at MUSC in 2002. She completed an undergraduate degree at Baptist College of Charleston. She holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. Lynn completed her clinical pastoral education at Memorial Medical in Savannah, Ga., and Bon Secours-St. Francis Hospital in Charleston. She is an ordained Cooperative Baptist Fellowship minister. Her pastoral care interests include cardiology, end-of-life care and bereavement workshops.

Chaplain Ikemeh

Rev. Dr. JohnBosco O. Ikemeh, O.P.

Clinical Staff Chaplain
ikemeh@musc.edu

Chaplain Ikemeh is a Catholic priest in the Dominican Order. He joined the MUSC pastoral team in September 2006. He completed an undergraduate degree in philosophy and theology and a master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He holds a graduate degree in systematic theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, Calif., and was conferred a Doctor of Sacred Theology (Systematic Theology) at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. Bosco, as he is fondly called, began his clinical pastoral education at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and completed it at Roper-St. Francis Hospital in Charleston. His pastoral care interest is in the area of Oncology and the suffering God.

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Rev. Chris Brown, BCC

Clinical Staff Chaplain
brownchd@musc.edu

Chris Brown is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) through the Association of Professional Chaplains and began his work at MUSC in 2007. He received a bachelor's degree from Erskine College in Due West, S.C., and a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary. Chris served as a hospice chaplain before coming to MUSC, and he completed his clinical pastoral education residency at Bon Secours-St. Francis Hospital in Charleston. Chris is ordained by the Presbyterian Church in America, and his clinical interests are oncology and end of life care.

Chaplain Sergent

Rev. Stacy Lawton

Clinical Staff Chaplain
sergents@musc.edu

Chaplain Lawton came to MUSC in 2008. She holds a bachelor's degree from Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., and a Master of Divinity from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. After a two-year term as a missionary in France, she did her initial unit of clinical pastoral education at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., and completed her residency at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. She is an ordained Baptist minister endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Her areas of interest include ministry to neonatal and pediatric patients and families, grief and loss, and pastoral care of women.

Chaplian Penick

Rev. David W. Penick

Clinical Staff Chaplain
penick@musc.edu

Chaplain Penick began his work at MUSC in 2009 as a part-time chaplain and then as a Staff Chaplain in 2014. He completed an undergraduate degree at Toccoa Falls College in Georgia. He holds a master’s degree in English Bible from Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. David completed his clinical pastoral education at Bon Secours-St. Francis Hospital in Charleston. He is an ordained Baptist minister and is endorsed by the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. His interests are in the areas of pastoral care to families, end-of-life-care and oncology.

Chaplain Nix

Rev. Dr. A. Robert Nix

Clinical Staff Chaplain
nixra@musc.edu

Chaplain Nix began his work at MUSC in 2013 as a part-time chaplain and then as a staff chaplain in 2018. He completed his undergraduate degree at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University, Candler School of Theology, in Atlanta. He also holds a Master of Education in Clinical Counseling from The Citadel and a doctorate in ministry from Erskine Theological Seminary is Due West, South Carolina. Robert completed his clinical pastoral education at Georgia Mental Health and Spartanburg Regional Hospital. He also completed further clinical training at the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church South Carolina Annual Conference. He is a Board Certified Counselor, holds a South Carolina professional counselor’s license, and has a South Carolina license in marriage and family therapy. He is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the National Board of Certified Counselors. His pastoral care interest are in areas of spiritual care for mental health patients, pastoral care for families, and end-of-life care.

Chaplian Thompson 

Rev. Fred E. Thompson, Jr.

Clinical Staff Chaplain
thompsfe@musc.edu

Chaplain Thompson began his work at MUSC as a part-time chaplain in 2005 and then as a staff chaplain in 2019. He completed his undergraduate degree from Newberry College in Newberry, South Carolina and his graduate degree from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia. Fred completed his clinical pastoral education with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (G. Weber Bryan Hospital and the William S. Hall Institute). He is an ordained Episcopal priest with an earned Master of Divinity from the Diocese of South Carolina. Fred serves as the chaplain to the Hollings Cancer Center and the Priest in Charge at the Episcopal Church on Edisto.

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Rev. Thulisiwe (Thulie) Beresford

Clinical Staff Chaplain
beresfor@musc.edu

Chaplain Beresford began her work at MUSC in 2011. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Swaziland, Swaziland, Africa. She holds a master’s degree in biology from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. Thulie completed her clinical pastoral education at Mt. Carmel West Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Currently, Thulie is pursuing her doctoral degree with United Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia. Thulie’s pastoral care interests are in areas of spiritual/pastoral care for patients, families and staff, and also supporting patients who are walking the last mile of the way with their loved ones.

Bill Jewel

Chaplain William "Bill" Jewel

Clinical Staff Chaplain
jewellw@musc.edu

Chaplain Jewell began his work here at MUSC in 2020. He completed his undergraduate degree at Purdue University, a certificate in Youth Ministry and Theology at Princeton Seminary and a Masters of Religion from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. William (Bill) completed 5 units of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Robley Rex VA Medical Center in Louisville, KY. Prior to arriving at MUSC/SJCH, he served for 25 years in professional youth ministry, 15 years in juvenile justice ministries and as director of family services and outreach. Pastoral care interests include pediatric palliative care, ministry with the families and siblings of patients at SJCH and being engaged in the wider community of Charleston.

Chaplain hanton

Carol Hanton

Administrative Assistant
Pastoral Care Services
843-792-9464
843-792-6146 (fax)
hantonc@musc.edu