Dr. Terril Littrell named president of Chaplains Association at SkyRidge
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The Chaplains Association of the SkyRidge Medical Center have selected the Rev. Terril D. Littrell, Ph.D., as the president for the new term of 2013.

He will be taking over the leadership from the outgoing president, the Rev. Wayne Finnell.

The Rev. David O’Neal will serve as vice president. The Rev. Charles King was selected as secretary and treasurer.

The Chaplains Association was organized 25 years ago by the Revs. Jim Caywood and Larry Cockerham, both of whom have served as president.

“We have come a long way, and I am thankful to God for such a group of committed ministers who comprise this fellowship,” Caywood said at the close of 2012.

“We must continue to be progressive in our thinking about our structure and invite and include the membership of minority and female clergy,” Cockerham said.

Finnell commended Littrell to the group by stating, “Our fellowship is greatly blessed to have as our president Dr. Littrell, a strong man of God with conviction, courage, passion and compassion. He has received a unanimous vote of confidence from his colleagues.”

Littrell has more than 50 years of pastoral and counseling experience. He is a retired United Methodist parish pastor, community activist, advocate for the poor and social marginalized.

“Everywhere I pastored, I have volunteered as a local hospital chaplain.”

He has been a member of the National Chaplains Association for 35 years. He is a certified and approved Christian counselor.

“It is my privilege to serve with such a great team of other volunteer chaplains who rotate in ministering to the spiritual needs of patients at SkyRidge and also the Westside campus.

Littrell has served as chaplain for the past seven years.

“By in large, the patients have very positive remarks about the care they receive at SkyRidge. I tell them to write a letter to the administration, and a letter to the editor of the Cleveland Daily Banner about it,” he said.

He noted since the arrival of Coleman Foss, a devote Christian, as administrator at the center five years ago, the positive experiences and patient satisfaction seem high.

“The physicians and nurses are very respectful and supportive of our chaplaincy staff. I expect SkyRidge to continue to grow and serve our community needs well under the present administration,” Littrell said.