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Rev. Rhinehardt Named University Chaplain

September 9, 2013 – Shaw University today announced Reverend April R. Rhinehardt as its new University Chaplain. Rev. Rhinehardt formerly served as the Clinical Staff Chaplain at High Point Regional Health in High Point, NC and is a Board-Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains.

As University Chaplain, Rev. Rhinehardt will serve as pastor of Shaw’s Thomas J. Boyd Chapel, providing spiritual leadership, pastoral counseling, grief counseling and mentorship to the University community. Additionally, Rev. Rhinehardt will lead the planning, implementing and officiating of a variety of Chapel services and programs, including the Cultural and Spiritual Enrichment Seminars (CASES), a required lecture series for freshmen and first-year students designed to enhance their religious awareness and expose these students to a variety of cultural and educational experiences.

Rev. Rhinehardt brings more than 25 years of diverse clinical, counseling and ministerial experience, including serving as a hospital chaplain, associate minister and school counselor. As the Clinical and Hospital Chaplain for Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC, she provided pastoral care for patients and families for all areas of the hospital; performed baptisms, communions and infant blessings; and offered bereavement counseling, end-of life-conversations and spiritual support for families. In 2009, Rev. Rhinehardt received the Sharon Engebretson Award for Excellence in Chaplaincy. In addition, she served as a middle school counselor for Guilford County Schools for 22 years.

“Rev. Rhinehardt’s record as a chaplain, minister and counselor is exceptional and shows a deep commitment to her profession and to those in need,” said Dr. Jeffery A. Smith, Vice President for Student Affairs and Administration. “We are excited to have her as a part of the Shaw family and look forward to her religious guidance that will continue the University’s mission of enhancing the spiritual and ethical values of our students.”

Rev. Rhinehardt received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; a master’s degree in counseling from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; and a Master of Divinity degree from Shaw University. She is certified as a Suicide Intervention Specialist through Guilford County Schools and received a Leadership Program Certification from the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC.

“I am humbled by this opportunity to serve Shaw University and the surrounding community,” said Rhinehardt. “I am living in expectation for God to do ‘exceedingly and abundantly above what we could ever think or ask’ because carrying out the mission of Shaw University will be to His glory.”