Chaplains lead a multi-tasking life. They minister to other’s spiritual and emotional needs in a unique way, because they have to be able to distinguish between their own spiritual needs and beliefs, and those of the people they serve.
The Rev. Quentin B. Jones, Lakeview Village’s Chaplain and Director of Chaplaincy Services, believes his responsibility is to assist those he serves – including residents, their families, and Lakeview staff and their families – to grow and learn within their religious beliefs and practices.
When Chaplain Jones conducts the ecumenical 9:45 a.m. Sunday service at the Lakeview Village Chapel, there are 135-140 people in attendance who represent 35-40 different denominations.
“I don’t attempt to proselytize or promote one denomination or another,” he explains. “My job is to facilitate understanding. For example, at Easter, I try to make the most of the highest holiday on the Christian calendar as an affirmative ecumenical celebration. While the service is Christian, it can enhance everyone’s understanding of those things we all hold in common.”
This year, on April 5, Easter falls on the first Sunday of the month, which also happens to be the Sunday each month when the Sacraments are celebrated in the Lakeview Village Chapel. “That makes Easter Sunday even more important to us this year,” he says.
Chaplain Jones’s background and experience in education, pastoring and chaplaincy provide a solid grounding for his work here. Four times a week he conducts Bible study groups. He is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist and with advanced training from the International Critical Incident Management.
A native of Michigan, he received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy at the University of Arizona-Tucson. His master of divinity degree came from the Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, TX; and his internship was in Clinical Pastoral Education at Memorial Medical Center, Corpus Christi, TX. He was ordained in 1975 at the Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Corpus Christi; and he was endorsed as a Chaplain in 1989.
He has served in churches in Corpus Christi; Shreveport, LA; El Dorado, AR; and locally as the senior pastor of the Merriam Christian Church for 12 years. He also was the Chaplain of the Merriam Fire and Police departments.
He has been Lakeview’s Chaplain for 14 years and is a former member of its Board of Directors (1995-2001). He continues as a member of Lakeview’s Palliative and Community Care teams. He is a member of the Johnson County Critical Incident Management Team, and he serves as parliamentarian of the Community of Hope International Board of Directors.
Chaplain Jones is the familiar face of faith at Lakeview Village, and he relishes every minute, whether it’s light-hearted or heavy with emotion.
“I try follow in the footsteps of those visionary religious leaders who founded Lakeview in 1964 with the mission of enhancing the lives of its residents both physically and spiritually. I can’t imagine a better place to be, or a better way to serve.”