Chaplains International, Inc

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Chaplains International, Inc.
IndustryReligious Institutions
FounderDale A. Scadron
HeadquartersShafter, California, United States
  • Chaplaincy training and certification
  • Chaplaincy services
  • Disaster response
  • Counseling and support

Chaplains International, Inc. is a non-profit organization that serves as a fellowship and licensing body for chaplains and pastors, equipping them with the necessary training and certification to offer spiritual support to individuals in diverse settings.[1] The organization's main objective is to empower and educate chaplains to provide spiritual care to those in need, irrespective of their religious affiliations or backgrounds. The chaplains are adept at stepping beyond the confines of the church to offer solace and aid to people in their darkest moments, including during national disasters.[2]


The organization was founded in 2006 by Dale A. Scadron, an institutional chaplain with over 30 years of experience in the Kern County Sheriff Detentions Bureau, Los Angeles Police Department, Glendale Police Department, and Taft Federal Correctional Facility.[3]

The organization was founded in response to the growing need for chaplaincy services in various settings, including the military, hospitals, prisons, and schools. Scadron recognized that there was a shortage of certified and trained chaplains who could provide effective spiritual care in these settings, and he sought to address this need by establishing a licensing, training, and certification institution for chaplains.

Becoming a credentialed chaplain with Chaplain International, Inc. confirms one’s qualifications and credibility to serve individuals who require spiritual counseling. Chaplains International, Inc. credentials are provided to those with documented ministerial experience, and those who lack experience are considered for the position of chaplain assistant for the first two years. When a chaplain joins the organization, they become CI chaplains and can begin CI ministries in local institutions, hospitals, EMSs, and law enforcement, or they can serve independently using CI as their credentialing body.

Over the years, Chaplains International, Inc. has grown to become one of the leading organizations in the field of chaplaincy.[4] The organization has trained and certified thousands of chaplains who are now serving in a wide range of settings around the world.

Education & Training

Chaplains International, Inc. has also established Chaplains College of Graduate Studies, a CI-approved training institute offering bachelor’s, master's, and Ph.D. degrees in chaplaincy, theology, and clinical and Christian counseling.

The organization also provides continuing education opportunities to chaplains through the Chaplaincy Training Institute. This program includes a 30-hour certification course that helps new and experienced chaplains alike enhance their skills as Christian counselors. Many of them undergo training in crisis intervention, domestic violence resolution, suicide prevention, sex trafficking restoration and integration, administering death notifications, and stress management to provide the best possible spiritual care to people in need.

Moreover, CI chaplains have the advantage of accessing a plethora of resources, such as research materials, educational tools, and other forms of support, which can significantly enhance their role. By working together with other chaplains and professionals in the field, they can acquire additional knowledge and experience and benefit from unique professional development opportunities.

Mission & Activities

Chaplains International's mission is to provide spiritual care to people in need, regardless of their religious beliefs or backgrounds. The organization believes that everyone deserves access to compassionate and supportive spiritual care, and it works to ensure that trained chaplains are available to provide this care in a variety of settings.

To achieve its mission, Chaplains International, Inc. offers a variety of programs and services, including:

  • Chaplaincy training and certification: The organization provides training and certification programs for chaplains who want to work in a variety of settings, including the military, hospitals, prisons, and schools.
  • Chaplaincy services: Chaplains International, Inc. provides chaplaincy services to military personnel, patients, inmates, sex trafficking survivors, and students.
  • Disaster response: The organization provides chaplaincy services in the aftermath of natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.
  • Counseling and support: Chaplains International, Inc. offers counseling and support services to individuals and families dealing with a wide range of issues, including grief, addiction, and relationship problems.

Notable Chaplain

Rev. Dr. Thomas Luke, is a notable Christian crisis response chaplain ordained by Chaplain’s International, Inc. He is an American transformational theology scholar, theologian, anti-child sex trafficking activist, certified spiritual integration counselor, certified crisis response and trauma counselor, distinguished research professor, award-winning distinguished Christian academic author, talk show host, TV producer, and founding father of transformational theology. Transformational Theology is a profound counseling system his mentors taught him; spiritual integration counseling, also known as "soul surgery," is a central tenet of transformational theology that facilitates recovery from and integration of traumatic experiences. Luke has dedicated his career to serving survivors affected by trauma as an ordained Christian crisis response chaplain. As an advocate for the abolition of human sex trafficking, he is ardently committed to defending the rights of women and children.

As a Christian crisis response chaplain, Rev. Dr. Thomas Luke was educated and trained to provide compassionate spiritual care to survivors of mass shootings, terrorist attacks, catastrophic disasters, and other high-trauma tragedies that can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. He utilizes the profound counseling system his mentors taught him; spiritual integration counseling, also known as "soul surgery," is a central tenet of transformational theology that facilitates recovery from and integration of traumatic experiences. As his specialty, he counsels the traumatized by taking the spiritual approach to integrating survivors of sexual exploitation diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder.

Rev. Dr. Thomas Luke has 20 years of combined research on Cambodia's child sex trafficking epidemic. His research includes the spiritual approach to integrating survivors of sexual exploitation diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder; he wrote about this approach in his Ph.D. dissertation textbook, Invisible Wounds, which earned him seven distinguished Christian textbook awards. Luke was granted three additional awards for making "The President’s Honor Roll" for maintaining a 4.0 GPA and graduated valedictorian of his 2023 class with a summa cum laude distinction at Chaplains College School of Graduate Studies.[5] Wikitia listed Thomas Luke, Ph.D., as their Top 30 Influential Christian Scholars in 2023 and World’s Top 30 Education Professionals for 2023.



  1. "Chaplains International - Overview, News & Competitors |".
  2. "CHAPLAINS INTERNATIONAL INC | Charity Navigator Profile".
  3. "Invasion of the Cults book by Dale A. Scadron".
  4. "The Chaplaincy Certification Program: A Basic Guide To The Practice Of Chaplaincy And Basic Biblical Counseling: Certificate of Basic Chaplain Ministry".
  5. "The Least of These".

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