The Healthy Leaders initiative formed from the tragedy of a pastoral suicide in the Delaware-Maryland Synod and by a 2013 Synod Assembly resolution. Below are resources for church professionals and congregations and we hope to grow this list by your recommendations! 


Below, you will find the contact information for the chaplains who are serving the Healthy Leaders initiative. Please feel free to contact them directly, and know that your conversation with them is kept completely confidential, with the exception of any indication that you may cause harm to yourself or others.

Western Cluster
Chaplain: Dr. David C. Baker
Address: 321 Chartridge Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742
Phone number: 410-646-8374

Central Cluster
Chaplain: Deacon Paula Thistle
Address: 404 Walnut Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403
Phone number: 410-646-8375

Eastern Cluster
Please contact Dr. David Baker or Deacon Paula Thistle


Spiritual direction is an ancient practice of having a trained professional walk alongside of anyone in their faith journey. Use your judgement in selecting a Spiritual Director including their training, experience, fees, and their own current use of spiritual direction.

We are seeking to grow a list of recommended spiritual directors, so please contact Pastor Stacy Marsh email or 717-495-5884 with any recommendations. This website might also help you begin to search for a Spiritual Director.