I Walk Alongside Those Fighting Cancer Every Day – Episode 329

Health, Hope & Inspiration

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Featuring: Rev. Bob Bethke

Published: August 27, 2022

Understanding the life of a cancer patient is a true calling of service.

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Show Notes:

Getting behind the HHI microphone is 12-year hospital chaplain and former senior pastor Rev. Bob Bethke, who is currently a staff chaplain at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Phoenix. In this interview, Rev. Bethke discusses and provides his insights on the role and purpose of ministry in a health care setting to cancer patients.

“My goal is to come alongside the patient to try to understand their life, what that’s all about, and also their spiritual journey, if they have one, and how I can encourage and provide spiritual care for that patient and for their family,” says Rev. Bethke.

This hospital chaplain also offers his thoughts regarding potential conflicts with the roles of faith and science in the health care setting and offers encouraging reflections on the value of both working together.

Listen now to this compassionate health care chaplain who provides all listeners some essentials to understand about spiritually supporting all cancer patients.


  • “I let them [the patients] know, I’m not the church police.”
  • “[I inquire of patients], how do you see God involved in your life, or do you see Him involved in any way in your life?”
  • “Science and faith are really incomplete, so we need to give a lot of grace to each other.”

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