Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center - Lead Chaplain
Courtney Hester joined Baptist Health in 2015. She is the Lead Chaplain for Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center. She offers specialized spiritual care to the patients, family, and staff in the outpatient cancer center setting, including radiation, infusion, oncology clinics, and the Hill Breast Center. Courtney created and implemented a family grief card program as part of her care for families and staff. She supports the staff in their day-to-day routines, as well as during debriefings after critical incidents.
Courtney received her Clinical Pastoral Education training as an intern and resident at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was assigned to several oncology units. She previously worked as a minister to children and preschool director at First Baptist Church in Tucker, GA and she served as Program Director of the Andrew P. Stewart Center in Atlanta, GA.
Courtney earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology. She is endorsed by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and is a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). She is also certified in Godly Play and seeking a Certificate in Thanatology through the Associate of Death Education and Counseling.
Courtney enjoys giving back by routinely serving on APC board certification committees. She is an active member of Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church. She and her husband, Britt, live in Jacksonville, Florida, with their daughter, Abigail, and their Corgi, Toby.