DALLAS - Texas Baptists have named Chaplain Georgia Risenhoover, of Granbury, associate endorser for Chaplaincy Relations. Risenhoover is the first woman to be named to the position and she will also serve as state coordinator of "Hands on Ministry," a teaching certification program for volunteer chaplains.
"Georgia is well qualified for these positions," said Bobby Smith, director of Texas Baptist Chaplaincy Relations.
Smith also noted he expects Risenhoover to greatly expand the "Hands on Ministry" program.
Ordained by Agape Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Risenhoover has been endorsed by the BGCT. She received her Clinical Pastoral Education certification and training at Hillcrest Baptist Hospital in Waco and Huguley Hospital of Fort Worth, where she served as a chaplain.
In 2006, Risenhoover was awarded "Chaplain of Year" by Huguley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Worth, and for more than three years served as a hospice chaplain in Hood, Somervell and Tarrant counties.
She is married to C.C. Risenhoover, author and senior pastor of The Church on Thistle Ridge in Granbury. A native of Lebanon, Oregon, she has attended Oregon State University, Southern Oregon State University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Trinity Theological of Indiana eventually earning a master's degree from Christian Leadership University in New York.
"She has been and will be teaching the program in churches throughout the state providing a tremendous resource for pastors," Smith said. "Having a number of trained volunteer lay chaplains in a church with expertise in bereavement, hospice, homebound, hospital, jail, nursing home and retirement center visitation and ministry, plus the ability to provide ministry for fire, police, social service and other community agencies on a regular basis and during times of crises is a great asset for a pastor."
Risenhoover not only trains individuals in the aforementioned areas, but also in the legal ramifications of such ministries.