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 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 working for several years as an ophthalmic technician, Whitlock became a preschool teacher at a church in Rome, Georgia. Gradually, she became increasingly focused on theology as her life’s work. After transitioning from preschool teacher to administrative assistant at First Baptist Church in Newnan, Georgia, Whitlock became Minister to Women in 1998. She also worked closely with new community members.
In 2003, Whitlock began her academic theological training. She completed her Bachelor of Christian Ministry, with a minor in Psychology and Women’s Ministry, at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. She is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at the same seminary.
Whitlock joined CTCA in 2013. She provides spiritual care for patients, caregivers and staff members consistent each individual’s belief system. Whitlock meets with patients and caregivers during their initial stay at CTCA and stays in close contact during treatment. She remains on-call for patients and families to make sure she’s available during times of need. Whitlock provides counseling, conducts worship services and facilitates education, as needed.
“Patients may be fearful of what the future holds,” says Whitlock. “In pastoral care, we emphasize the importance of living today and living each day to the fullest.”
During her free time, Whitlock enjoys entertaining family and friends, as well as taking quiet retreats to strengthen her spirituality.