What Is Chaplaincy?

What is chaplaincy? Our response is: “it’s a transformational movement set outside the walls of the traditional church!”  Chaplains are called to provide spiritual care through incarnational ministry of both word and deed to the distinctive communities they serve in.  Our chaplains perform a full range of ministerial services, including preaching and teaching, administering sacraments, officiating weddings and funerals, spiritual direction/life coaching, and providing the ministry of presence in both crisis and everyday situations.

Chaplaincy is a growing ministry within the C&MA in Canada and we have a strong network of chaplains in the Western Canadian District.  Our contingency of chaplains not only encompasses Alliance chaplains, but also chaplains from throughout Alberta.  As a district network of chaplains, we provide pastoral support, leadership and advocacy, and also education and training. We currently have over 60 chaplains in our greater Alberta network!


District Chaplaincy Lead Team

Ralph Magnus –  Spiritual Care Manager with Covenant Health Alberta

Kris Knutson – Director of Programs with The Mustard Seed Edmonton

Jill Burt – Corporate Chaplain with Christenson Communities

Cyril Gowler – Corporate Chaplain with All Weather Windows Ltd.

Coach for Chaplaincy

Don Neufeld – Church Effectiveness Coach 


News Items

Article on Parallels in Ministry by Kathleen Ibsen

Article on Sports Chaplaincy featuring Rodd Sawatzky 

Article on SAIT Chaplaincy Program featuring Art Kung, a chaplain who works with Daniel Love

Article on Jonathan Moll’s journey of entering someone’s sacred space

Fall 2017 WCD Newsletter featuring Albert Kwan

Summer 2017 WCD Newsletter featuring Steeve Arseneau

Winter 2017 WCD Newsletter featuring Sports Chaplaincy


Share Your Chaplaincy Story

Please CLICK HERE to share your story, highlight the works of a chaplain or encourage each other in ministry.


Recent Highlights

District Prayer Retreat 2017 – 20 of us gathered and shared a meal together to celebrate our growing community.

Chaplains Retreat 2017 –  Camp Caroline was an ideal location for our retreat from May 1-3.  The group were blessed with sessions featuring Doug Balzer on “Personal Renewal” and Michelle Nieviadomy with an “Interactive Blanket Exercise” about Indigenous People.


If you have a general question regarding chaplaincy at the Western Canadian District, please contact Church Coach Don or Administrative Assistant Wendy.


On the national level we have the Association of Alliance Chaplains (AAC). 

For more information on Justice and Compassion at C&MA, learn about it here.