Meet McLaren Greater Lansing's Chaplains

Reverend Philip Apol
Rev. Philip Apol is McLaren Greater Lansing's full-time chaplain coordinator.

With more than 25 years of experience, Chaplain Phil has served many in the field of ministry, in a variety of settings. His pastoral career within the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) has taken him to Maryland, Canada, and across Michigan.

Apol's experience ranges from pastor and congregational leader in several U.S. congregations, to spiritual counselor and educator, and campus ministry director at the CRC campus ministry at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.

After returning to the states, Chaplain Phil became a spiritual caregiver and educator for Hospice at Home in Berrien County, Michigan, where he designed and implemented spiritual care and diversity awareness education for a staff of five teams in three offices. He also served as chaplain for Heartland Homecare and Hospice before coming to McLaren Greater Lansing.

Chaplain Tricia Ware
Chaplain Tricia Ware

Chaplain Tricia Ware, on-call chaplain at McLaren Greater Lansing, has worked for the Ingham County Health Dept. for 18 years.  She received her BA in Health Care Services Administration from Davenport University in Lansing, MI, and her Master Degrees in Theological Studies and a at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg Virginia.  She completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Pine Rest Mental Health Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI, and a three-unit CPE residency at Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw, MI.  She is a licensed minister with the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith and soon will be an ordained minister. Chaplain Tricia believes in serving with a grateful heart. 

Susan Parker

Chaplain Susan Parker began serving as a McLaren on-call chaplain in January of 2016. Susan served as the Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns, Michigan for 10 years and served Catholic of Community of St. Jude in Dewitt, MI for 16 years coordinating catechetical ministry and pastoral care to children, youth and families.

Susan’s experience also includes serving on various Youth Ministry Committees, including Diocesan Youth Leadership Camp, Youth Jamboree and Middle School Rally Teams, for the Diocese of Lansing. Susan also had the privilege of serving seven years as the Coordinator of Hospice and Bereavement Volunteers for Hospice of Clinton County/Sparrow Hospice Services, providing training and guidance for volunteers serving patients and their families in their homes. Susan, and husband Dennis, are the parents of 6 amazing children, 15 incredible grandchildren, and 1 beautiful great-granddaughter.

Chaplain Assistants

In addition to on-call chaplains, McLaren Greater Lansing also has special volunteers-called chaplain assistants-who visit and meet with patients and families. These dedicated individuals have completed extensive training to offer patients and their families empathy, compassion, and a non-judgmental, open, spiritual presence.