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Mission and Ministry

Baptist Health System was formally affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) for more than 50 years. In January 2003 when ownership of our healthcare system was transferred to Vanguard Health Systems, we entered into a new relationship with the BGCT.

Now, through the leadership of our Mission and Ministry Division, we are working as partners in Christian ministry with the BGCT, providing pastoral care for patients, families and employees, and practical service in our community. 

The Mission and Ministry Division is also responsible for maintaining and building our relationship with the BGCT and other faith communities, and for fostering our employees’ commitment to community service.

Chaplains in service to patients and families

Our chaplains work in consultation with the entire medical team to provide holistic, heartfelt health care. They understand the essential spiritual component to your wellness and know how to deliver the compassionate care that is at the heart of Baptist.

Patients and families may choose to call on chaplains 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:

  • Before and after surgery or other serious procedures
  • When confronting new diagnosis or difficult illness
  • For help coping with fear or uncertainty
  • When concerned about the past or future, family or death

Other pastoral care services

  • Devotional materials available for spiritual inspiration and comfort
  • Bibles in all patient rooms
  • Worship Services – contact hospital chaplain for more information
  • Recorded devotional line available for spiritual support: (210) 297-7729
  • Clinical Pastoral Education Program
  • Prayer Requests

Baptist employees demonstrate their faith in action 

Scriptures of encouragement 

“The Lord watches over you . . . .the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (From Psalm 121 NIV) 

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1 NIV) 

“ . . . .The Lord says . . .. Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you . . . For I am the Lord your God . . .. Do not be afraid, for I am with you . . .” (From Isaiah 43:1-5 NIV) 

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23 NIV) 

“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (The promise of Christ, Matthew 11:28 NIV) 

“Cast all your care on him because he cares for you.” (I Peter 5:7 NIV)

Leadership – Baptist Health System

CPE Supervisory Faculty
Steve Saunders 
(210) 297-9756

Director of CPE 
Mark E. Hart 
(210) 297-9750 

Vice President of Ministry 
Keith Bruce
Lexington Building 
(210) 297-1040 

Baptist Medical Center
Michael Robison 
Director of Pastoral Care 
(210) 297-8750

Mission Trail Baptist Hospital
Timothy Cranfill 
Director of Pastoral Care 
(210) 297-3725

North Central Baptist Hospital
Mark Spain 
Director of Pastoral Care 
(210) 297-4750

Northeast Baptist Hospital
Michael Robison 
Director of Pastoral Care 
(210) 297-2750

St. Luke's Baptist Hospital
David Kirk 
Director of Pastoral Care 
(210) 297-5750