The Chaplain’s Voice: Q&A With Our Chaplains- Pastor Greg Loomis

We are thrilled to welcome you to our Q&A series, where we will be shining a spotlight on our extraordinary chaplains at Cassia. Through their unwavering support and compassionate presence, our chaplains provide comfort and guidance to our residents, their families and our staff.

In this installment, we are honored to feature Pastor Greg Loomis, Chaplain at Haven Homes in Maple Plain. Join us as we delve into Pastor Loomis’ approach to chaplaincy and explore the vital importance of spiritual care in our communities.

A: “I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. In 1980, I graduated from college. I committed to God to serve Him vocationally. First He directed me to work with college students for 8 years with Campus Crusade for Christ or CRU. I met my wife Debbie on CRU staff. Next, He led me to seminary and I pastored for 30 years. In this next leg of my career, He has directed me to work with seniors in their last years of life. So, as I have progressed from young to older, so has my ministry focus. It is a privilege to work with some amazing saints and learn and glean wisdom from them. Debbie and I have been married for almost 38 years, we have 3 adult children, two are married and we have 5 precious granddaughters. 

A: God led me to become a chaplain. I have served as an Evangelical Free Church pastor for 30 years, all in the Twin Cities area. I have lived in Watertown for the last 20+ years.

A: In November 2019, I began here at Haven Homes in Maple Plain, MN. We moved into our new building, Christmas of 2020. Having lived and pastored in the area since 1998, I know and love this area, the churches and the people. 

A: I orchestrate large group worship services three times a week. I lead weekly Bible Studies and group discussions. I love 1:1 visits. I also facilitate a grief group. For those who have passed into eternity, we have an Honor Walk as they leave our facility and we also have quarterly Memorial Services. I am available to pastor and help both residents and staff. 

A: My life-long verse is Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it until the day of Christ Jesus.” I love this because it reminds me that salvation is God’s work and His work is a lifelong process. It is a wonderful promise from God.

A: A resident was dying of ALS, a devastating disease of suffering. God used me to encourage her to stay grounded and hopeful and to rely on Him as she lost the ability to use her body and communicate. Her home-going was bittersweet. We rejoice that she is fully healed and abides in Heaven. I was privileged as her family requested I participate at her funeral. 

A: I guess what has been remarkable and memorable is reconnecting with people I have known for years. It has also been a real joy to work with the parents, grandparents and relatives of friends. It is a small world after all. I loved when a previous resident, Pastor Art and I got to lead a Bible Study together on Heaven. 

A: Chaplaincy has been a haven in my ministry career. It affords me the opportunity to maintain a more balanced ministry life.”

Thank you, Pastor Greg Loomis, for everything you have done for our residents, their families and our staff at Haven Homes!