Russell Myers, chaplain for Allina Health EMS, based in Minneapolis, announced April 1, 2021, the release of Because We Care: A Handbook for Chaplaincy in Emergency Medical Services. The new text describes Myers’ role as EMS chaplain.
Russell Myers serves as a chaplain for Allina Health Emergency Medical Services, based in Minneapolis. He holds a BA from Ohio State University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. Myers is ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is board certified with the Association of Professional Chaplains.
Over the past half century, the field of chaplaincy has come to a fork in the road, according to a publisher’s release. Today’s field of chaplaincy is a clinically trained, evidence-based discipline, reflecting and serving the diverse expressions of spirituality in modern society.
Until now, chaplaincy in EMS has been the terra incognita, the unknown land on the chaplaincy map, according to the publisher. “Drawing on three decades of clinical chaplaincy practice, scholarship and original research, Myers gives us the map, making the case for ambulance service chaplaincy—how to think about it and how to do it.”