Reverend David Armstrong brings wide-ranging experience to his role as director of the Department of Pastoral Care. His rich background as a pastor and community activist, which was recognized by the Asian-Indian American Community Association’s Annual Achievement Award in 2010, and his years of professional experience at several Fortune 500 companies have been a great asset in his leadership role at HackensackUMC.
Reverend Armstrong has a multinational background in major world religion theology and eastern philosophy which has uniquely credentialed him for servicing the spiritual needs of our multi-faith and multi-ethnic community. As a founder and leader of Grace Children’s Home he has incorporated globalization in his mission and activities.
His corporate background has given him singular effectiveness in planning the work of staff chaplains, integrating missions and coordinating ministry of Catholic priests and other non-staff clergy who visit patients of various faiths. He spearheads HackensackUMC’s outreach to faith communities throughout the area, recruiting and training clergies, Eucharistic ministers and other volunteer visitors.
A graduate of a full program of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and member in good standing of the professional organization, he is responsible for planning of CPE courses to train seminary students and other clergy-in-training in pastoral care.
Several times each year, a cohort of chaplain interns participates in this program under the supervision of an accredited professional. The program includes making patient visits, documenting and presenting verbatim reports for peer review, preparing papers and listening to multidisciplinary didactics. In addition to the CPE program, Reverend Armstrong presents educational programming for hospital staff members and the community, educational opportunities for chaplains to update and enhance their professional skills, and workshops for pastoral care volunteers.
He is also a voice for spiritual and holistic care in all hospital planning and organizational groups, ensuring that all aspects of patient care are met as the hospital and healthcare system care for the community.
Reverend Armstrong holds a bachelor’s degree in Theology and Scared Scriptures, a master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling, and a Master of Divinity degree in Chaplaincy. He is board-certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains and holds a doctorate in Theology. Reverend Armstrong is an active member of the following professional organizations: Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPS), and Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). He has also written and spoken on the subjects of healthcare chaplaincy and practical theology.