May Ambassador finds calling as a Reid Health chaplain
May 12th, 2017
The May Reid Health Ambassador has found himself following in his father’s footsteps in a relatively new career at Reid Health.
JB Bennett has served as a staff chaplain for just under a year, and says he finds he can do something he loves in the job. “I love to connect with people,” he said. Nominators cited Bennett’s ability to inspire and said he “consistently goes above and beyond the CARE standards” in his interactions with patients and families.
“JB has even taken his guitar and sang with the patients to brighten their day,” a nominator noted. Others said he also pays attention to the needs of staff. “He always has a smile on his face and is very approachable.”
Bennett came to Reid Health after working in the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) and also as a ministry staff member at Community Bible Church in Milton. He lives in Hagerstown with wife, Mandy, and sons – Chase, who is almost four, and Owen, who is 18 months. The Bennetts are expecting a third child for Christmas.
He has a Master’s in Biblical Studies from Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, Wisconsin. A native of Michigan, it was a connection and later a staff job at his church that brought the family to Indiana about five years ago. He believes his work at DCS helped hone his skills in working with people in challenging situations. “It gave me the ability to connect with anyone from all walks of life.”
Bennett’s father is a hospice chaplain in Michigan. This inspired him to pursue the same field as a career. “I love working with people,” he said. “That’s the bottom line. I love to connect with people and I like new, exciting situations. I found these opportunities in chaplaincy here at Reid Health.”
When not at Reid Health, Bennett remains very involved in his church, where he teaches and will help lead this summer’s Vacation Bible School. He finds time to golf and swim, and still spend lots of time with his boys at parks or riding bikes. “My boys take a lot of energy,” he said. “And I like going on dates with my wife.”