Meet one of our board-certified chaplains, Curtis. We asked him some questions about his compassionate work and some fun, inspiring questions to get to know him.
Q1 What’s your job title? Spiritual Care Coordinator
Q2 What sort of duties do you have at work? Provide hope, healing & support to patients and families at a difficult time. This includes offering spiritual resources such as prayer, inspirational readings, or reflective listening to a patient.
Q3 Do you have any mentors in your professional life? Yes. A chaplain I once worked with named Bob Bos and a longtime friend who recently passed away named Ed Kinney.
Q4 Who inspires you? My father, who taught me the value of hard work and commitment.
Q5 What kind of music do you like? Contemporary Christian Music
Q6 What’s the best place you’ve traveled to? China, 2008. I visited the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City in Beijing.
Q7 What’s the best book you’ve read recently? Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
Q8 What’s the most exciting part of your job? Helping patients and families come to terms with the dying process.
Q9 Where did you work before this position? Mercy Hospice & VNS as chaplain
Q10 What’s your most-used productivity hack? My laptop
Q11 What animal would you consider your spirit animal? Pandas. They are the most beautiful animal on the planet. My daughter, who is Chinese (adopted), loves pandas!
Q12 What’s something you’re proud of? Becoming a Board-Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains.
Q13 What’s your favorite food? Hamburgers
Q14 Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies? Fishing
Q15 Do you have any pets? No
Q16 Are you a coffee or tea person? Coffee. I love Starbucks!
Q17 What’s something you find challenging about your work? When I am called to the home of dying patient whom I have not met.
Q18 If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be? Wish I could be better at organization!
Q19 What’s your biggest fear? Losing my family.
Q20 What motivates you at work? The lives and struggles of the patients and family the I work with.
Q21 What’s one thing you’re really bad at? Fixing my cars!
Q22 What’s one thing you’re really good at? Barbecuing in my backyard!
Q23 Have you ever met anyone famous? Vice President Walter Mondale (1977-81)
Q24 What’s a skill you’d like to improve on? Handy work around the house!
Q25 What’s your favorite memory? My wedding to my wife Pam, April 28, 1990.
Q26 What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received? “Being a hospice chaplain is your passion!”
Q27 When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Truck Driver
Q28 What’s your favorite thing to do on the weekends? Ride my bike
Q29 What’s your favorite holiday? Christmas
Q30 Can you speak more than one language? No
Q31 How would your friends describe you? Easygoing, fun and likeable
Q32 Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Extrovert
Q33 Do you like roller coasters? Yes
Q34 Do you have any phobias? No
Q35 If you could play an instrument, what would it be? Guitar
Q36 What’s your favorite season? Summer
Q37 What’s your idea of a perfect day? A warm, sunny day at about 75 degrees!
Q38 What is one thing about Harbor Hospice, and the compassionate care, you would like the community to know? We are all about Compassion