Meet Our Chaplains
Board-certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains, our chaplains are specially educated and experienced in providing the unique care you need and mobilizing spiritual resources to help you cope more effectively. We are committed to respecting your privacy and confidentiality, and providing a supportive, nonjudgmental environment for you to discuss your concerns.
When you need a listening ear, our chaplains are here for you. Spirituality pulls you through crises, connects you with others and gives your life meaning and purpose. “It’s a vital component of health,” says Barbara Rutt, manager of pastoral care at Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Barbara Rutt, RN, M.Div., board-certified chaplain and manager, pastoral care
A longtime member and current manager of the pastoral care department, Rutt also received her clinical pastoral care education at Lehigh Valley Health Network. Her experience includes medical-surgical, oncology and critical care nursing. She received a master’s of divinity from Moravian Theological Seminary and was commissioned in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 2004. “It’s an honor to serve our patients, families and staff in their spiritual crisis and joy,” she says.
Fr. Joseph Becker, Catholic priest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest
Fr. Joseph Becker came to the health network in 1995. He entered the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales in 1959 and was ordained a priest in 1969. He has earned master’s degrees in theology and English. A high-school English teacher for 27 years, Becker has started several spiritual programs for Catholic patients and staff. He considers the hospital staff his family.
Rev. Charles Orth, associate-certified chaplain
Rev. Charles Orth began at the health network as a resident in 2003 and became the evening staff chaplain in 2004. He’s known for his calm in the midst of crisis in the emergency department and is committed to helping others. After serving in the Navy more than 20 years ago, Orth earned his bachelor’s degree in Bible studies and a master’s degree in Christian Ministry. He is ordained through New Covenant Christian Community in Bethlehem and the Grace Network. “Ministry is about building relationships,” he says.
Russell Blair, MM
A Catholic layman, Russell Blair began at the health network as a resident in 2003 and now is a chaplain. His journey includes seminary studies, membership in the Federation of Christian Ministries and participation with Eucharistic ministry in his home parish. He’s passionate about working with health network staff and facilitating grief support groups.
Rev. Fr. Timothy Hasenecz, M.Div.
Fr. Tim Hasenecz started at the health network in hospice care, and now serves as pastoral care coordinator. In this role he oversees the No One Dies Alone program that connects dying patients with bedside volunteers. He is an ordained Orthodox priest of the Russian Tradition (O.C.A.).