Chaplains’ Rise In Corporate America

Christianity & Business, Government & Law, Ministry, Organizational Culture, Workplace Evangelism, Workplace Missions


Workplace chaplains have been around for more than 50 years. By the late 1980s, there were several national organizations providing chaplains and their counseling services to American businesses. In recent years, as businesses looked at ways to cut costs, some turned to corporate chaplains as an alternative to more traditional employee assistance programs.

A study by the Families and Work Institute found that more than 97 percent of companies with payrolls larger than 5,000 offer employee assistance programs, with anonymous counseling and referrals available by phone. But employees are more likely to use corporate chaplains than standard mental-health benefits, according to another study by David Miller and Faith Ngunjiri of Princeton University’s Faith & Work Initiative. At least half of 1,000 employees surveyed have used the services of a chaplain in the workplace-far more than those who use standard assistance programs.

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A number of member companies of The C12 Group offer chaplain services to their employees through Corporate Chaplains of America (CCA), a worldwide, non-denominational Christian chaplaincy organization, founded in 1996. The CCA has over 150 team members serving and caring daily for 300,000 plus employees and families in over 36 states, as well as internationally. “The Chaplains come in and they are the servants to the employee. It’s a perfect, perfect, marriage between these two organizations. It is fascinating to see how God has bought them together. A complimentary basis of ministry,” says Mark Cress, Founder of Corporate Chaplains of America.

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ResizedImage97148-Marc-Martin-C12-Chair-Central-WisconsinAccording to Marc Martin, Chair of The C12 Group in Central Wisconsin, after inviting CCA representatives to a group meeting, three of the member companies invested in the CCA service. “What the chaplains do is spend time getting to know the employees of the network companies, building relationships, providing a listening ear that many do not have anywhere else in their lives. CCA has strict guidelines about confidentiality, so the employees can confide in the chaplain in ways they would not feel comfortable sharing with the business owner. In addition to being a trusted friend and confidante for the employees, with the employee’s permission the chaplain is able to share the message of salvation when appropriate to do so,” says Martin.

Christian businesses are not the only companies fueling the growth of corporate chaplaincy. The US government and well-known global companies also offer on-site chaplain services to its employees. General Motors, Ford, Coca-Cola, and Tyson Foods are among the major companies that have chaplains. GM and Ford have studied the results and found a $9 return for every $1 invested in the program. According to Forbes magazine, the cost of having a corporate chaplain can be less than $10 per employee per month.

ResizedImage125150 alt=-Preston-Parrish-CCA-CEOCorporate Chaplains of America’s CEO, Preston Parrish says, “And like hundreds of business leaders we’ve served since our founding by Mark Cress in1996, you’ll see for yourself that it makes good business sense, as well as good Kingdom sense, to provide your employees with quality chaplaincy.”

The American free enterprise workplace today is both multi-cultural and extremely diverse spiritually. Although it employs only Christian chaplains, CCA pledges to care for all employees regardless of ethnic or faith background in a completely non-threatening manner.

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  • Kevin Miller Bio

    With over a decade of experience in marketing leadership, brand management, and business development, Kevin has helped numerous companies refine and implement plans to create exponential growth.

    Prior to joining C12, Kevin led a successful Florida-based brand strategy consulting business focused on growing small and medium-sized businesses. Entrepreneurial in spirit, Kevin also has a diverse background in launching start-ups as well as helping struggling or stagnant businesses develop a new course of action. His experience incorporates knowledge from multiple industries including textile manufacturing and design, medicine, real estate, technology, web development, and the creative arts.

    After attending the University of Central Florida where he studied Music Performance, Kevin became involved in worship arts and youth ministries, serving for several years in various leadership roles. He and his wife Beth, an elementary school administrator, have been married since 2000. Together with two sons Kyle and Kamden, they enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including hiking, hunting, fishing, and backpacking.

  • Troy Blackmon Bio

    Troy came to The C12 Group in 2008, with a diverse background in executive leadership, sales development, team building, and operations. Through his role as VP of Field Operations, he is committed to serve, equip and encourage CEOs and business owners to lead thriving companies that honor the Lord and serve people.

    During his tenure at Chick-fil-A, Inc. Troy learned that business excellence and glorifying God in the marketplace go hand in hand. Troy managed a P&L of $35+ million in revenue and coached business owners in operational excellence and improving financial results.

    In addition, Troy has been involved in leading small group ministry, including planting a church in Seattle, WA. Troy was formerly Partner at OneAccord, a management-consulting firm focused on accelerating revenue for mid-market companies. While at OneAccord, Troy was privileged to work with numerous technology companies in senior leadership positions, managing sales, marketing, and business development activities. Troy most recently served as the President of a technology private equity group, where he led the management teams of 4 portfolio businesses.

    Troy is married to his high school sweetheart, Shanna, and has been blessed with 4 children. He enjoys golf, cycling, and mountain biking with his family.

  • Mike Sharrow Bio

    Mike joined C12 as a member in 2010 while serving as an executive pastor for a large church in Texas and owner of a healthcare strategy consulting group.  Prior to that, he had served in a variety of leadership roles in both operations and sales corporately for the Walgreen Company, financial services as well as strategic development work with Health by Design.  In 2011 he exited his commitments to join the local C12 practice in San Antonio as an associate chair serving CEOs across that market.  In 2013 he and a partner acquired the greater Central Texas region and stewarded it as it grew to a team of 8 full-time chairmen serving nearly 150 leaders.  Mike is passionate about collaboration, strategic planning, Gospel initiatives and BHAG endeavors.

    With a background spanning Fortune 50 corporate settings, startups, non-profit and local church, Mike has been discipled into an integrated life perspective around the calling all believers share to be disciple-making disciples and ambassadors of Christ across all vocations and contexts.  It was in 2005 when God revealed to Mike the perils of a “sacred versus secular” duality in life and since then he’s been on the adventure of living one life in Christ, with work as worship, business as ministry and life as mission.

    Mike grew up in Alaska, graduated from Trinity International University and the Loyola Graduate School of Business.  He married his bijou of an Iowa farmers daughter, Jacqui, in 2002 and they have 2 girls, Elayna and Sophia.