Jody Fleming began serving as an associate pastor and as a hospice chaplain in York, PA, while still a student. In 2010 she was ordained as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene. But her schooling isn't finished. Jody recently was accepted into a Ph.D. program at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA, following "a call to teach upcoming pastors both locally and overseas," she says.
"My work in hospice has allowed me to use my pastoral gifts to bring comfort to those who are dying and their families, helping them to reconnect with their faith traditions," she says. "On the 'flip' side of pastoral care has been my academic work where I have had several book reviews published and presented a paper at the Society of Pentecostal Studies annual meeting this past Spring."
The basis for chaplaincy and academics was formed at Evangelical. "The faculty and staff at Evangelical have been a huge support for me!" she says. "What I learned there has helped me in both my pastoral work and my academic studies. Evangelical truly fit my need to nourish and develop my pastoral side as well as to challenge my mind in preparation for the rigors of doctoral work!"