Wilderness Chaplains: A New Vision of Chaplaincy

    Wilderness Chaplains are the first responders to remote and wilderness first responders. They are part of the culture and are prepared for all seasons and conditions.

    Wilderness Chaplains are trained to meet the needs of responders, victims, and their families in a critical incident or traumatic event. They are trained in psychological and spiritual elements of crisis intervention and minister to individuals of all faith and belief backgrounds. 

    Wilderness Chaplains do not replace the role of counselors, clergy, or licensed mental health providers. They respond to the crisis, meet the immediate needs of those involved, and assist with next steps, resources, and referrals.

    Rather than requiring ecclesiastical endorsement, a Wilderness Chaplain is called to serve the outdoor community and is endorsed by the organization or agency they serve. Wilderness Chaplains may belong to whatever faith background sustains them. If they choose to seek ecclesiastical endorsement, we will support them through the process with their chosen denomination. 


Wilderness Chaplains is a new approach to the traditional model of chaplaincy. 
​We are here to support the heart, mind, body, and spirit of our wilderness responders.

No distance is too far.

Additional Information

Please click on the following links to learn more about chaplains.

Chaplain is 'First Responders' First Responder' (Annie Charnley Eveland, 2017)

Law Enforcement Chaplaincy (Tacoma-Pierce County Chaplaincy)

Legality of Chaplaincy (RKM Crisis Team, 2019)

A chaplain is...

... appointed to the role of “chaplain”.

... based in the community.
sometimes ordained or commissioned.

... a religiously neutral, spiritual representative.

... one who serves in a multifaith, generic, or humanistic capacity.

... available to serve those of all faiths and traditions.

... a provider of resources.

... trained in mental health, pastoral care, and crisis response.

... a reassuring and trustworthy presence.

A chaplain may...

… minister to people in traumatic situations.

… meet the needs of the moment (listening/saying a prayer).

… be a silent companion when words won’t help.

… function as an advocate or liaison.

… provide individual crisis care.

… lead informal worship, services, and ceremonies.

… bring comfort and support to those who need and want it.

… work with the wounded in dangerous surroundings.

… work with all (volunteers, staff, victims, criminals, families).

… provide spiritual support and guidance.

… explain and relate to some of the challenges facing the person being ministered to.