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I am Tim Peters. I am a hospice chaplain in Stockton, CA for Vitas Healthcare where I have been for about seven years. I am Seventh-day Adventist and am involved as an elder, with teaching collegiate Bible study and with a grief ministry team at my local church.
Here’s my elevator speech: I grew up going to church in the Seventh-day Adventist church. I also went to church schools and Pathfinders (Adventist coed version of Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts). As a kid all the God talk I was around didn’t mean too much. Around the age of 13 I felt a desire to know God for myself. That is when I started actively seeking to know God. Somewhere in high school I became very conservative and I would even say “holier than thou”. Through my time in college I believe God helped me learn more balance in life and see that it’s not all about me. After seminary I did my CPE residency in San Francisco where I learned a good deal about other faiths and perspectives. Through the years as a chaplain I have found a richness in people’s faith from all walks of life. I feel I have more to learn from other faiths/traditions and look forward to our discussion together.