About Spiritual Care & Education

The mission of spiritual care and education is to be a transforming presence, fostering the healing spirit throughout the hospital community.

Spiritual Care and Education Department

Reading Hospital Chaplaincy (as it was then known) began in 1978 as a cooperative effort between the hospital and the Greater Reading Council of Churches. The program began with a single chaplain; however, as demands increased the need for a larger program became apparent.

In 1990, The hospital established the Department of Chaplaincy Services with the charge to build an integrated chaplaincy program that would assure the availability of high-quality spiritual care through the joint efforts of visiting clergy, volunteer chaplains, CPE interns, and other professional and chaplaincy staff. The name was changed to the Spiritual Care and Education Department in 2013.

Care Philosophy

The Department’s pastoral care philosophy rests on the principle that the care of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit – is integral to health and healing. In fulfillment of its vision, the Departments works to:

  • Promote awareness and sensitivity to the spiritual aspects of health and healing
  • Coordinate spiritual care efforts on the part of Hospital staff and community organizations
  • Improve the quality of spiritual services available to those hospitalized at Reading Hospital

Our Staff

  • Rev. Stephen J. Weisser, M.Div., BCC - Director
  • Chaplain Tahara Akmal, MA - Director, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and ACPE Certified Educator
  • Rev. Mark Christy, BCC – Interfaith Chaplain
  • Rev. David Smither – Interfaith Chaplain
  • Stephanie Arentz- Chaplain at Reading Rehabilitation
  • Peggy Schuele- PRN Chaplain
  • Liesel Ackley- PRN Chaplain
  • Lori Boepple– Secretary