Melanie Lewis

Melanie Lewis

Current Church

Calvary Episcopal Church, Front Royal

Denomination

Episcopalian

Education

BA Comparative Literature, cum laude, from Sewanee: The University of the South
MA Comparative Literature and Medieval Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington

Ministry

Interests

Chaplaincy

Geographic Preference

Winchester, Va.

Experience

Director of Adult Education, Trinity Episcopal Church, Bloomington, IN, June 2000 to June 2003.
Lay Reader, Chalice Bearer, Lay Eucharistic Minister, Trinity Episcopal Church, Bloomington, IN, August 1990 to June 2003.
Lay Eucharistic Minister and lay reader, Christ Episcopal Church, Winchester, VA, August 2003-2009.
Chapel Intern for Mission and Outreach at Shenandoah University August 27, 2007-June 3, 2008.
Associate Chaplain, Winchester Medical Center, July 2011-present.
Medical Mission Team Member to Bani, Dominican Republic, August 2005.
Medical Mission Team Leader to Bani, Dominican Republic, August 2007.
Medical Mission Team Co-Leader and Chaplain to Juarez, Mexico, April 2008.

Special Interests

Travel, reading, medicine, anything English!

Ideal Ministry Situation

I plan to continue working as a chaplain at Winchester Medical Center. As a part of that ministry, I hope to be able to increase spiritual support for employees there.

Seminary

Favorite classes

The courses that I enjoyed most were Christian Tradition, Ministering in Times of Trauma, Isaiah, and Prayer in the Christian Tradition. I can’t say that I enjoyed my CPE classes—they were the hardest classes I ever experienced. They are, however, the ones that most formed and affected me. They are certainly the ones that helped me to realize my calling to chaplaincy work, and have trained me for it. Bless Kenton, and his unfailing patience!

Advice for Prospective Students

Seminary will change your life in ways that you cannot possibly predict. Go into the experience expecting that unpredictability, and try to be flexible. Even if you can’t embrace all that you’re experiencing, acknowledge God’s guidance of your path.