Clare Schade Whitlock, BA
Southeastern Regional Medical Center
"I have learned through life’s classroom that there are things I can control and things I have no control over, and that I must live my life in peace knowing the difference."
- Clare Schade Whitlock
- BA, Christian Ministry – New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Practicing Since: 1998
“I enjoy working in such a positive environment,” says Rev. Clare Schade Whitlock, Chaplain at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Newnan, Georgia. “A positive, hopeful attitude gives people the desire to fight and fulfill the purposes of their individual lives.”
After a season of being a full-time wife and mother, Rev. Whitlock began serving and helping to spiritually strengthen the women in her church and community through Bible study, retreats and events. She served as an administrative assistant to her pastor at First Baptist Church in Newnan, Georgia, and in 1998 was promoted to Minister to Women. In that role, she also worked closely with visitors and new members to assist them in assimilating into the congregation.
Rev. Whitlock began preparing for fulltime ministry, pursuing her theological training for her life’s calling. In 2012, she completed her Bachelor of Christian Ministry, with a minor in Psychology and Women’s Ministry, at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She currently is pursuing a Master of Divinity at the same seminary.
Rev. Whitlock joined CTCA® in 2013. She provides spiritual care for patients, caregivers and staff members consistent with each individual’s belief system. Rev. Whitlock meets with patients and caregivers during their initial stay at CTCA and stays in close contact during treatment. She provides counseling, conducts worship services, and facilitates education as needed.
“Patients may be fearful of what the future holds, but we know who holds the future,” says Rev. Whitlock. “In pastoral care, we emphasize the importance of living each day to the fullest. God walks every day of this life with us, and He is faithful through the good times and bad.” Rev. Whitlock believes that God places people in our lives for hope and healing and is privileged to be used to comfort others through their journey with cancer.
During her free time, Rev. Whitlock enjoys entertaining family and friends, gardening and quilting. She also enjoys taking quiet retreats to strengthen herself physically and spiritually.