The purpose of the Mission Integration team at St. Luke’s Health-Memorial is to facilitate God's sacred work of healing through a health care team dedicated to holistic care of body, mind and spirit.
The Mission Integration team helps our ministry to fulfill its soul-purpose, which is our Mission, by living our Core Values: Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence.
The mission of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) is to nurture the healing ministry of the Church, supported by education and research. Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we create healthier communities.
The Mission Integration team guides our staff to live our core values of Reverence for all we serve and for all creation; Integrity in everything we do; Compassion in solidarity with patients, families and communities; and Excellence, through top-quality care in every encounter.
CURTIS PRUNTY, VICE PRESIDENT OF MISSION INTEGRATION
Curtis Prunty, our Mission Leader oversees spiritual care, ethics, healthy communities efforts, workplace spirituality, collective theological reflection on holy healing work, and mission/ministry leadership development.
Curtis comes to us from Joplin, Missouri where he is senior minister at Mt. Hope Church and adjunct instructor at Ozark Christian College. Curtis has a Bachelor’s of Christian Ministry from Ozark Christian College and a Master’s of Organizational Leadership from Lincoln Christian University.
WALTER FUTCH, CHAPLAIN, LIVINGSTON
Walter Futch serves as the Chaplain at St. Luke’s Health-Memorial in Livingston. Rev. Futch provides a loving, caring, listening presence. Deeply rooted in the East Texas community, he served as Senior Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Lufkin for 23 years, and before that as youth and music minister.
Rev. Futch is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He completed a year as a Chaplain Resident at Baylor St. Luke’s and Texas Children’s Hospitals in Houston.
ED THOMAS, CHAPLAIN, LUFKIN
Rev. Dr. Ed Thomas serves as the Chaplain for St. Luke's Health-Memorial Lufkin. He has been involved in ministry for nearly 40 years. He is ordained in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church and currently pastors Long Chapel CME Church. Rev. Thomas has served pastorates in Louisiana, North Carolina, New Jersey, and in Lufkin.
While discerning a career change to chaplaincy, he served as a Pastoral Resident in the Greenville Health System in Greenville, SC. He also did Clinical Pastoral training at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Rev. Rev. Thomas has a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL, a Master’s of Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary and a Doctorate in Ministry from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, NC.
In addition to his chaplain work, Rev. Thomas is active in and deeply committed to ministry in the broader community. He has worked with youth, social services and interfaith partnerships for just and healthy communities.
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