Association of Professional Chaplains

Association of Professional Chaplains a multifaith nonprofit organization of chaplaincy care providers endorsed by faith groups to serve persons in need, respecting their individual cultures and beliefs, in diverse settings throughout the world. The Association of Professional Chaplains promotes quality chaplaincy care through advocacy, education, professional standards and service to its members. The vision for an organization for professional chaplains was first imagined in the summer of 1942. Rev. Russell L. Dicks, then chaplain at Wesley Memorial Hospital in Chicago, invited general hospital chaplains to meet with him at the annual meeting of the American Protestant Hospital Association (APHA) in Philadelphia in September of 1946. Sixteen responded and began to engage in conversation about how developing collegial relationships could strengthen their ministry in their institutions. From this first gathering, the Association of Protestant Hospital Chaplains was formed and Chaplain Dicks served as the first president. With now approximately 4,000 members, the APC is proud of its history and heritage and the commitment of many gifted leaders to create a way for the strengthening of spiritual care services, marked by professionalism and service, which continues even today.


The Syracuse Peace Council (SPC) serves as a comprehensive grassroots peace and social justice organization. Founded in 1936, SPC educates, agitates and organizes to create a world of peace and justice for all people. It's different projects and campaigns seek to move toward those goals. 

Chaplains are the primary advisors on and implementers of Religious Program Policy, clarifying issues involving various faith practices, religious articles, religious diets and other religious standards and insuring that these are permitted to fullest extent possible within usually restrictive corrections environs.

Chaplains are responsible for Religious Volunteer Recruitment, Training and Coordination, working closely with representatives of the various faith communities to encourage community participation in correctional facility programs and insuring that volunteer activities are conducted in a diverse, yet secure manner.v