The Spiritual Care Department has four full-time permanent staff, 10 chaplain residents in our Clinical Pastoral Education program, and eight on-call chaplains.
Marty is the Director of the Spiritual Care Department. She has a B.A. in The Arts of the Church (Christian Education, Music, and English) from Bethel University and an M.Div. from Memphis Theological Seminary. She is a ordained Cumberland Presbyterian minister and a member of Red River Presbytery. She is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains, and is certified as an ACPE Certified Educator by The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. She brings experience in providing ministry in diverse settings. She has served in various ministries in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas and Texas. Her hobbies include playing guitar, singing, song writing, painting, writing, and playing with computers.
Elizabeth joined the Spiritual Care Department on August 11, 2008, after serving as CPE Supervisor/Associate Director of the Department of Pastoral Care at UNC Chapel Hill. She is an ordained American Baptist minister, endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists. Elizabeth was certified as an ACPE Certified Educator in 1995 by The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. She was an associate pastor in a Baptist church in New York, an interim chaplain in a state facility serving people with developmental disabilities, and chaplain of a Baptist long-term care facility in New York before entering supervisory education. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Colgate Rochester/Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, N.Y. In line with her lifelong love of all things domestic, Elizabeth enjoys entertaining friends, cooking, scrapbooking and swimming with her family.
Paula is the department's administrative. She has a BA in Human Services from Springfield College in Massachusetts, and a M.Div. from Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine. She has worked as a claims coordinator in a physician's office, case manager for Tri-County Mental Health in Lewiston, Maine, activity director in Victorian Villa Rehabilitation and Living Center in Canton, Maine, and student associate pastor at Belfast United Methodist Church in Maine. Paula did her CPE residency at NHRMC, specializing in Oncology. Paula is an ordained non-denominational minister.
Annie is an Episcopalian from the Washington DC area. She received her Bachelor of Science from George Mason University in 1989, her Mater of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Maryland College Park in 2008 and her M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2016. She is currently in vocational discernment with the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. She has been employed in a variety of jobs, ranging from medical receptionist, to food co-op cashier, to USPS keyboard operator, to USGS physical scientist.
Annie is a divorced mother of two adult sons and enjoys nothing more than hitting the road—with the accompaniment of an audiobook—to go spend an afternoon with her boys at the Board and Brew in College Park, Maryland, where they can catch up with one another over a game of Catan, Pandemic or Dead of Winter. She also enjoys reading, writing, coloring, meditating, practicing yoga, and spending time outdoors. She is coming to NHRMC from Norfolk, VA, where she completed a first year's residency at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. She is excited about this opportunity to explore the Wilmington area and to get to know the folks at NHRMC. She brings a desire to continue to grow her chaplain's heart and improve her pastoral ability. As a second-year Resident, Annie is serving with the 10F Pulmonary/Oncology unit, NHRMC Zimmer Cancer Center, and the 8F Cardiac/Medical Telemetry and Chest Pain Center.
Cameron graduated from Campbell University Divinity School in December of 2017. He is an ordained Cooperative Baptist minister. Cameron was raised in the small town of Hamlet, NC. His wife, Katy, and he moved to Wilmington from Coats, NC, where they have been living the past few years. For the past 7 years, Cameron has attended Campbell University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2014.
He previously worked in the Spiritual Life office at Campbell University for 3 years, and before that, he worked summer missions jobs across the state. Prior to starting at NHRMC, he worked at WakeMed Hospitals where he thrived in his experience as a chaplain. He enjoys being with people during difficult moments and being able to be a voice of peace and a listening ear of compassion. He loves sports, particularly all North Carolina sports: Tar Heels, Hurricanes, Hornets, and the Panthers. This year, Cameron is serving with part of the Adult Intensive Care Units (beds 15-30), the 7F Progressive Care Unit, and the outpatient Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab.
LaToya is a Georgia native who relocated to Wilmington from Fayetteville, NC in 2016. LaToya honorably served in the Armed Forces for more than 23 years, achieving the rank of Captain. She is an Ordained Elder in the United American Free Will Baptist denomination and holds a Master of Arts in Christian Ministries and a Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies from Liberty University.
LaToya is completing her Master of Divinity at Rawlings School of Divinity in Lynchburg, VA. LaToya's hobbies include spending time with her husband Ricky and their children. LaToya chose to stay at NHRMC for a second year of CPE Residency. As a second-year Resident, LaToya is serving with the Palliative Care Team, 9F Cardiac Telemetry unit, and part of the Adult ICUs (beds 31-54).
Jacqueline is a North Carolina native. She recently relocated to Wilmington from Raleigh to join the team of Chaplains at NHRMC. Jacqueline is an ordained Baptist minister. She has her A.A.S. from Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, NC; her B.S. from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, NC; an M.Div. from Shaw University Divinity School in Raleigh, NC;.and a D.Min. from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, VA. She completed a unit of CPE at WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh, NC.
Jacqueline served six years as an associate minister at New Bethel Baptist Church in Rolesville, NC. Her roles included youth minister, youth council leader, and Awana Commander. Prior to answering the call to ministry, Jacqueline owned and operated a Family Child Care Home for twenty-five years. One of her greatest joys is spending time with her husband of thirty-four years and their five grandchildren. She also enjoys reading, music, and exercising.
Matt is back at NHRMC to complete a second year of Residency after serving as a hospice chaplain in Martinsville, VA. During his first year he served as the chaplain for the Rehabilitation Hospital and found that he has a gift for that type of ministry. Matt grew up in Maiden, NC with a younger brother. He grew up United Methodist Church, and Matt is currently seeking ordination with the UMC.
He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management and an MBA from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC. After getting his MBA, Matt spent two years working at Camp Tekoa in Hendersonville, NC before earning his MDiv Degree from Emory University. Matt enjoys NASCAR, reading, and Sweet Tea. He is looking forward to reconnecting with the staff and friends in the area as well as being on the beach as much as possible. As a second-year Resident, Matt is serving the Rehab Hospital, part of the Adult ICUs (beds 1-14), 4F Neuroscience/MedSurg unit, and 5F Hospitalists/Medicine unit.
Martin Edward Ohajunwa
Martin is an ordained Catholic priest from the Archdiocese of Owerri in Nigeria. He hails from Ehime Mbano in Imo State of Nigeria. Martin earned a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) from the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago; a Master of Arts in Religion and Culture (MA Rel.) and a post-graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Port-Harcourt, Nigeria; a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and a Bachelors in Philosophy (B.Phil) from Pontifical Urban University, Rome.
Martin, until recently, was a Donum Fidei priest with the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois where he worked as a Pastoral Administrator of St Stephen Church, Flora and St Edward Church, Fairfield between 2009 and July 2017. In the past 20 years of active priestly ministry, Martin worked as a Pastor, a Youth Chaplain, a College Chaplain and a Chaplain with the Nigerian Navy. His research interests and pastoral passion include but not limited to reconciliation, peacebuilding, healing of memories, conflict resolution etc. He contributes to the African Studies Association as a member and independent scholar. Martin Edward loves reading, writing and traveling. Martin is serving with the Orthopedic Hospital this year.
Phil is affiliated with both the National Baptist and Progressive National Baptist Conventions. He was born in Chicago, IL and relocated to Wilmington from Raleigh, NC. He has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Tech in Chicago, an MBA/IS from Georgia State in Atlanta, and is pursuing an MDIV in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.
Phil has worked as an Engineer, Auditor, Incident Investigator, and Program Manager in Networking, Telecommunications, and Information System Security for over 25 years. He brings experience as a Bible Study Teacher, Ordained Baptist Deacon, Men's Group Leader, Intercessory Prayer, and Chaplain Intern (CPE Level I) at Duke Raleigh Hospital. He has been married for 30 years to Brenda. He enjoys reading, playing chess, ping pong, and tennis. He admires the beauty in nature while walking and exercising. Phil is serving with the Neonatal ICU, Antepartum, Labor and Delivery, Pediatric ICU, Pediatrics, Women’s Gynecology and Bariatrics, and Mother-Baby units this year
Barbara Saleh White
Barbara is a member of the Roman Catholic Church. She is originally from Buffalo, New York, where she received her Bachelor of science in music, MFA in Music Education from State University of New York at Buffalo, and MAPM in Pastoral Ministry from Christ the King Seminary. Barbara retired from teaching in 2012 after 35 years. sShe was a Director of Music and Liturgy for several parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo.
Her work with liturgical ministers, volunteers and parish organizations gave her a variety of experiences in Pastoral Ministry. Barbara decided to pursue chaplaincy after several years of hospital visitation and bereavement ministry. She moved to Wilmington in 2015 with her husband of 35 years, Dan. She has three children and five grandchildren and spends time singing, sewing, embroidering, baking and gardening as well as working in local children’s theater. Barb is serving with the 2F Adult Surgery unit, 3F Renal and Dialysis units, and the Emergency Department at 17th Street.
Joshua M. Whitfield
Josh has been an ordained Free Will Baptist minister for 10 years. He is from Mount Olive, North Carolina. Josh graduated from North Carolina State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Wood Science and Engineering. He graduated with distinction with a Master’s Degree (MDiv) from Campbell University Divinity School in 2011. Josh returned to Campbell University and completed the Doctor of Ministry degree in May 2017.
He has worked in construction management, construction material sales, and real estate brokerage. He pastored a Free Will Baptist Church in Deep Run, NC for nine years and taught in the Religion Department at the University of Mount Olive at various campus locations in their Evening College program for the past five years. Experience in leadership, counseling, teaching, communication, team management and collaboration are a few skills he brings to the chaplaincy position at NHRMC. Josh enjoys playing golf, volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America, woodworking, cutting grass, listening to music and reading New Testament Greek. This year, Josh is serving with the Emergency Transport Services and the Emergency Department at 17th Street.