Volunteers of America and Senior CommUnity Care PACE (SCC-PACE) is pleased to announce Justin Williams as the program's new full-time chaplain. Williams will share his time between the program's two day center sites in Montrose and Eckert, serving the spiritual needs of the program participants.
"My faith in Jesus and my calling to be a pastor is what connects me most to the mission of PACE and Volunteers of America. I want to bring people to the knowledge and active service of God," Williams said.
His responsibilities will include leading devotions, worship services, celebration of life services, one-on-one meetings with participants and staff, counseling and end of life and bereavement support.
Williams holds a master of theological studies and is halfway through completing a master of divinity. He earned a bachelor of arts in humanities from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
He heard about the PACE program while volunteering at The Homestead at Montrose, the organization's assisted living community.
"I was attracted to the position because it allows me to continue my pastoral duties on the weekends (in Norwood). Chaplain ministry and pastoral ministry both work with people to help them grow in their faith," he said.
Williams is a pastor at Christ in FOCUS Church, formerly Norwood Southern Baptist Church. FOCUS stands for family, outreach, community, unity and service.
Williams has several goals for his new position: he desires to be an encouragement to the program participants and staff, build relationships with local ministries and ministers in order to involve them in the lives of the participants, and to utilize program staff who desire to be more involved with spiritual care and create opportunities for them to provide that service to participants.
Williams grew up in Grand Junction and Colorado Springs. He currently lives in Norwood with his wife Kristin. A baby boy is due Oct. 24.
He enjoys many things about life in western Colorado.
"I love the mountains and fresh air," he said. "I like to play guitar, sing, "jeep" in the mountains and dabble in photography," he said.
His parents are Tobey and Lisa Williams of Delta. His mother is the therapeutic recreation coordinator for SCC-PACE in Eckert and his father is a bi-vocational pastor and businessman.
The PACE model uses a comprehensive interdisciplinary team approach, providing services and care to individuals, age 55 and over, who otherwise might require nursing home level of care, but with the services from PACE are able to remain in their home and connected to their community.