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David Johnson named President of Association of Professional Chaplains


The Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), a national organization of professional chaplaincy care providers, has named the Reverend David C. Johnson DMin BCC president. Rev. Johnson begins his two-year term on November 1 as president of the association, which has over 4,000 members and is the chief multifaith certifying body of the chaplaincy profession.

“APC is a growing and vibrant organization that is moving into a leadership role within the spiritual care field,” says Johnson. “Our membership is wide and diverse, yet our common commitment is to caring for the wholeness of persons in health care, military, corrections, police and fire, corporate and other settings.”

Rev. Johnson is assistant director for operations of Pastoral Care and Education at Carolinas Medical Centers in Charlotte, NC. He has served on the APC Board of Directors since 2002 as chair of the Commission on Professional Ethics and then as president-elect. Prior to being elected to the APC board, Rev. Johnson served as a member of the Commission on Professional Ethics. He has been active at the state level as state membership chair and in the certification process. 

Rev. Johnson is also an Association for Clinical Pastoral Education certified supervisor and has served at the national level in that organization. He is endorsed by the United Methodist Church and was APC board certified in 1994.

As president of the Association of Professional Chaplains, Rev. Johnson heads the leading membership organization for professional chaplains, which integrates multicultural and multiethnic perspectives and promotes excellence in chaplaincy care. In making the announcement, APC Executive Director Patricia F. Appelhans JD says, “Chaplain Johnson brings a wealth of experience to the presidency that will be of enormous benefit to our members. His many contributions in previous leadership roles, both within our association and the profession at large, make him uniquely qualified to lead APC in its special mission of promoting professional chaplaincy."

About the Association of Professional Chaplains

The Association of Professional Chaplains is a multifaith association established to certify and serve its membership, and to promote professional chaplaincy. Members who are providers of chaplaincy care are endorsed by their faith groups to serve persons in need in diverse settings throughout the world. The membership of APC represents more than 150 faith groups. The association and its members embrace the following values:

  • Professional competency and ethical practice
  • Faith as an essential dimension of wholeness
  • Dignity and worth of all persons
  • Inclusivity and diversity
  • Justice and equality for all
  • Spiritual care of persons, communities, organizations and systems

A national, not-for-profit professional association, APC advocates for quality chaplaincy care of all persons as an essential dimension of total care and services provided by public and private institutions and organizations.

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