Words for Journey, Words for Justice

Pat Hoffman Author, Chaplain, Presenter



I was a Chaplain and in the health-care field for nearly twenty years with specialties in HIV/AIDS, hospice, and grief  care.  I'm now focused on writing and teaching.



10/00-9/07      Chaplain, Livingston Memorial VNA Hospice, Ventura

                          Staff Chaplain and later Relief Chaplain; grief group facilitator.  

7/00-1/02        Relief Chaplain, St. Francis Medical Center, Santa Barbara

3/95-12/99      Chaplain,  AIDS Care,  Ventura County

                           Developed a chaplaincy program and a mental health outreach program for this County-                           wide social service AIDS agency.                        

 1994-95         Chaplaincy Internship, St. John's Regional Medical Center, Oxnard.

                         Primarily worked in NICU, post-partum care and troubled pregnancies.

                         Facilitated a support group for family members of persons with AIDS.           

1991-93         Chaplaincy Internship, UCLA Medical Center.

                        Was on-call Chaplain every other weekend. Had a regular assignment in the NICU and on

                        the Medical/Surgery floor.

                        Chaplain Immunology Clinic, Ventura County Medical Center.

                        Created a Chaplaincy position as part of a multi-disciplinary staff for this weekly clinic.

                        Wrote HIV\AIDS Ministry:  A Practical Guide for Pastors for United Methodist Health and

                        Welfare Ministries, published 1993. 

3/90-5/91      Assistant Program Coordinator, AIDS Research & Education Project,

                        California State University, Long Beach. Developed and ran a continuing education program for physicians in Long Beach on HIV/AIDS under an NIMH grant.                        

 1989-1990     Wrote book, AIDS and the Sleeping Church, published 1995 by Eerdmans.



11/99              National Certification  as a bereavement facilitator by American Academy of Bereavement.

5/03                National Certification renewed 

2003-2005    Stephen Leader, coordinated training and continuing education for Stephen Ministers at 

                        First United Methodist Church, Ventura. 

2001/02         Trained Volunteers, Livingston Hospice, including “Care of Others,

                        Care of Self,” and an innovative training for spiritual care for Alzheimer’s patients.    

2001             "Spiritual Support," volunteer training for Santa Clara Hospice, 2001.

6/99-2/00       Supervisor for a Chaplain Intern for AIDS Care, Ventura.  The intern

                         had completed seminary and was in CPE. 


                   Convocation Speaker, "Hearing the Call to HIV/AIDS Ministry," 12/13/2012

                   Training, "Learning about Hospice," La Canada Presbyterian Church 1/18/2011

                   Training, "Learning about Hospice," All Saints Episcopal Church 10/19/2010

                   Retreat leader, "Creating Space for Spirit," La Casa de Maria,3/29/2000.

                   Retreat leader, "Resting In God," La Casa de Maria, 10/99 

                   Retreat leader,"Re-membering Ourselves,for United Methodist Clergy,"1999. 
                  "Being Good to Whom?" sermon at California Lutheran University Chapel, 10/21/1998. 

                  "Offering Christ's Refreshment," sermon at St. Paul's Episcopal,  Ventura, 10/11/98.

                   Keynote Address, Episcopal Deanery AIDS Ministry Conference, April 26, 1997. 

                   Keynote Speaker, AIDS National Interfaith Network annual reception, October 1995.


                        AIDS and the Sleeping Church, Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1995 

                        HIV/AIDS Ministry:  A Practical Guide For Pastors, United Methodist Church, Board of Global  Ministries, 1993. 

                        Ministry of the Dispossessed:  Learning from the Farm Worker Movement,Wallace Press, 1987. 

                        History of the First Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles,  Privately published, 1977.


EDUCATION:      Most of my course work was at UCLA and UC Riverside.  I received my BA from Immaculate Heart College  in Journalism.  In 1996 I was honored to be named Alumna of the Year.  Following four units of Clinical Pastoral Education, I took a New Testament course at San Francisco Theological Seminary.                   .









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