Mark Flora-Swick, Chaplain

Meet Mark Flora-Swick, a Chaplain, in the Overland Park region!

While in Seminary, I completed CPE, at Lutheran General Hospital. The experience of being a chaplain was foundational for my ministry. The first church I pastored was in rural Indiana. It was an older congregation and I did a lot of pastoral care in facilities and home visits. I walked with many families through end of life and seasons of grief. Serving as a Chaplain again was like coming home.”

“I enjoy having the opportunity to see how God’s infinite grace and variety shows itself in the lives of the people that I serve. In the story of Jesus’s interaction with the blind man (Mark 10:50-52)– Jesus asks the man – “What do you want me to do for you”? Jesus sees the person and not just the diagnosis. I want to do the same thing in my ministry as a chaplain.”

“I love to Garden with my wife Jane. We have a great time together. I have five adult children, three grandchildren and love being OPA!”

“I have been involved in the Paralympic sport of Boccia for many years serving as a local, national and international coach and founding Board member for USA Boccia. I love helping athletes who are disabled!”

“In June of 2019, I had a dream that I should get my resume updated. One month later my company announced they were moving to Tulsa.. If I wanted to keep my job I could move. I was not going to move, but I felt peace and started to look around at ministry opportunities. I saw a listing for a Hospice Chaplain at Phoenix. It was the only interview I did.”

“Phoenix’s leadership has a long history of something called the” X factor”. They exhibit and look for individuals with certain behavioral and foundational qualities. An oversimplification would be to say. “You cannot train someone to be caring…You hire caring people” So If you are offered a position at Phoenix you will find people who like you want to make a difference in the lives of others.” 

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