Rhea2Rhea Johnstone, Bereavement Coordinator

Rhea was born in Petersburg, VA and has lived all over the country as a military “BRAT”. Rhea was inspired to join the field of social work from a personal experience with a hospice medical social worker assigned to assist her grandmother. Rhea received her undergraduate education from Christopher Newport University, her Masters in Social Work from USC, and is currently working to complete her test to become a Licensed Masters of Social Work. She has a background of working with children and families in outpatient mental settings as well as inpatient mental health settings.  Rhea has also had experience working with the gero-psych population both inpatient and outpatient settings.Rhea enjoys reading, playing with her dogs and running; she is training for her first half marathon.

 

Chaplain JimJim Beckett, Chaplain

Jim has been serving as a hospice chaplain since 2002. Prior, he was a workshop supervisor at Dale Rogers Training Center and oversaw the programs in the workshops for people with developmental disabilities. There, a custodial manager, whose wife was an administrator of a hospice, took note of Jim, a clergy member, and encouraged Jim towards hospice chaplaincy. “I knew from ministering, pastoring before, that end of life care felt right, compassionate; it fit!” claims Jim.  One of Jim’s favorite parts of chaplaincy is appreciating the rich life stories many of his patients share. Jim himself spent six years serving our country in the U.S. Air force as an Avionics Instrument System Specialist. One of his favorite patient stories is from a WWII veteran who, after spending an entire night in the open sea after his ship was sunk by a German U-Boat, contracted the mumps during his R & R and was unable to go on his next assignment. That ship was also sunk, and there were no survivors.

Since 2011, a big part of Jim’s and his family’s homes have been taken over by sausages. . . dachshund dogs that is. Jim’s step daughter founded and manages LowRider Dachshund Rescue www.lowriderrescue.com; and Jim and his wife, Shana, take in many of the dogs themselves and help find homes for them.

When we asked Jim about a memory from his growing up years, he recalled, “I had 3 sisters and 2 brothers and we all got Chicken Pox at the same time. Poor Momma! My dad worked for Ford. He worked his way up to the Quality Control Plant Manager for the Cleveland Engine Plant. That was big time.”

When you meet Jim, he’ll be happy to share stories with you and even happier to listen to yours. That’s what he does.

 

Steve Lance Rev. Steve Lance, Chaplain

Rev. Steve Lance was born and raised in Enid, Oklahoma.  He graduated from Chisholm High School in 1979.  Growing up he enjoyed spending summer break with his grandparents, playing his guitar, singing and working on his 1965 Mustang Fastback.

Upon graduation from high school, he attended Southwestern Christian University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministries in 1983.  During this time, Steve married Carol Carollo from Tuttle, Oklahoma in 1981.  He had first met her while at a church youth camp, but didn’t date until during college.

On August 1, 1983 Rev. Lance accepted his first full time position as an associate pastor for youth and children at Central Assembly of God in Enid, Oklahoma.  It was there they pastored for the next ten years.  He then moved his family to their current ministry at Noble Assembly of God in Noble, Oklahoma, where all his children graduated from.  He has served as Lead Pastor there since January, 1993.  In September, 2013 Steve began working with Heavenly Hospice as a Chaplain part-time. He serves the south metro area and outlying towns.

Pastor Steve, as he is called, received his Certificate of Ordination with the Assemblies of God in 1985.  He has served on numerous boards and committees throughout the years both locally in ministerial alliances, as well as with the Oklahoma District Council of the Assemblies of God.   He served as Presbyter of the Oklahoma City section from 2007 – 2011.

Steve and his wife Carol have three grown children:  Kamee and her husband, Jarod, of Papua New Guinea where they both work for Exxon Mobil; Kelsey and her husband Chris, and our only grandchild, Briley, of Moore, OK where Chris serves in the United States Army and Kelsey is employed with the University of Oklahoma Medical Center.  Their son, Caleb is single and also lives in Moore, OK and is employed at Tinker AFB.

Steve enjoys spending time with his family, OU football and going to classic car shows.  His favorite car is the Ford Mustang.  He enjoys cruising in his 2004 Mustang GT Convertible.  He also still enjoys playing his guitar and singing!

 

 

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