Our Chaplain Program
What is a chaplain?
- Chaplains are trained to serve people in their daily lives, usually outside of a church setting.
- We are out there in the community, so that we can meet the folks like you on the front lines.
- A chaplain serves everyone, whether they are people of faith or not.
- We don’t have all the answers, but we can ask meaningful questions that can lead you to the best path forward.
- We visit, honor, bring comfort, and offer counsel to help restore broken relationships.
- Chaplains also have access to many resources that can help meet the needs of our volunteers, staff, and their families.
- We are always glad to offer prayer on your behalf, if requested, in order that God may encourage and guide you according to your needs.
- Chaplains listen and stand with you during life’s “curve balls” to bring God’s presence in every difficulty.
- Our conversations are held as highly confidential, except in cases of abuse or “life and death”, according to State Laws.
At this time, MFN has one Chaplain and in time, hopes to grow this program by adding other Chaplains to the program. Here is a biography of our Chaplain.
Joe Zaccaria is an Ordained Chaplain with the International Fellowship of Chaplains (IFOC). He is also trained in many areas of holistic care as a Board-Certified Mental Health and Life Coach. He sometimes serve as a friend that actively listens to your concerns or perhaps is just present to stand with people going through some trials. Chaplains refer to this as the “Ministry of Presence”. They don’t tell you what to do, but they do ask good questions in a friendly way that helps lead to your good decisions and choices.
Joe works with people to assess areas of people’s lives that may need to get “unstuck”. He can offer meetings and book discussions that provide more clarity to life’s challenges. He can also work with people to determine their behavioral health needs, finding appropriate books, support resources, and licensed professionals, as required.
As an experienced life coach, Joe works with people as equals to overcome obstacles and hindrances to achieving goals. He helps people get “unstuck” by actively listening, asking thought-provoking questions, identifying goals, and serving as an accountability partner on one’s daily journey.
Joe considers it an honor to serve people in many places that life finds all of us. He has served in prisons, overseas slums, cafes, the workplace, hospitals, nursing homes, and hospice centers. As an ordained chaplain of the IFOC (International Fellowship of Chaplains), he is also able to officiate weddings and funerals in our community.
Joe looks forward to serving you, the entire MFN family and network. Sometimes it becomes painful to carry on with a day for many reasons. “Life happens!” If something in your life is getting you down, please know that Joe is available to you anytime.