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Biographical Information

Updated December 2003

Zelma Mullins Pattillo
Coordinator of Spiritual Care
New Beacon Hospice


2145 Highland Avenue, Suite 110
Birmingham, AL 35205
Phone 205.939.8725
Fax 205.939.1682
Home 205.967.9696
Email: zpattillo@newbeacon.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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ZELMA MULLINS PATTILLO
PASTORAL CARE
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Zelma is coordinator of spiritual care for New Beacon Hospice,New Beacon Hospice, Birmingham a joint venture of Baptist Health System and St.Vincent's Hospital (Daughters of Charity) in Birmingham, Alabama. She began her service with Baptist Health System in 1988, and became the first full-time chaplain for the systemís hospice program in 1989. As the program grew, she became coordinator of spiritual care, supervising the work of the hospice chaplains. New Beacon, formerly known as Unity Hospice, was founded in 1997.

Prior to moving to Birmingham, Zelma was . . .

Masonic Home, LouisvilleChaplain of the Masonic Home of Louisville, KY, where she served a community of several hundredUniversity Hospital, Louisville residents and staff personnel;
 

Chaplain in clinical training at Louisville’s University Hospital and at the Central State Hospital in LaGrange, KY;
Southern Baptist Seminary, Louisville


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upervisor of seminarians enrolled in pastoral care and counseling studies, spiritual formation,, and also supervisor of  ministry experience at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY.

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ZELMA MULLINS PATTILLO
CONGREGATIONAL
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Zelma served several local churches in a variety of ministry roles:
  • Associate Pastor for Education and Pastoral Care, Highland Baptist Church, Louisville, KY, with interim pastors Raymond Bailey and Frank Tupper.
  • Pastoral Counselor, Walnut Street Baptist Church, Louisville, KY, with pastor Kenneth L. Chafin.

    Highland Baptist Church, Louisville Walnut Street Baptist Church, Louisville
  • Minister of Pre-School Education, Crescent Hill Baptist Church, Louisville, KY, with pastor John Howell.
  • Minister to College Students, First Baptist Church, Clemson, SC, with pastor Charles Arrington.

    Crescent Hill Baptist Church, Louisville First Baptist Church, Clemson

 

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ZELMA MULLINS PATTILLO
EDUCATION
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Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TNZelma is an honors graduate and was valedictorian of Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN, where she majored in mathematics and physics.

University of Virginia's College at Wise

She was also valedictorian of her graduating classes at  The University of Virginia College at Wise, and J. J. Kelley High School, Wise, VA.

After serving as a mathematician with Goodyear International Corporation in Akron, OH, she entered  Southern Baptist Seminary, LouisvilleSouthern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, where she earned both the Master of Arts in Christian Education, and the Master of Divinity degree with a focus on pastoral care.

She completed extensive clinical training in pastoral care in both Louisville and Birmingham, and is a Board Certified Chaplain.

 

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ZELMA MULLINS PATTILLO
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Zelma's speaking assignments have included numerous university chapel, convocation, and baccalaureate addresses, retreats and focus weeks for Woman’s Missionary Union and campus religious organizations.   In her work as a hospice chaplain, she is frequently asked by patients and their families to officiate at funeral and memorial services.

Her writing has appeared in The Christian Century and other regional and national publications.

Throughout her career, Zelma has been active in a wide variety of mission and ministry projects, including outreach programs for migrant workers in Johnís Island, SC, and work with residents of isolated Appalachian mining camps.

She and her husband are members of Baptist Church of the Covenant, an inner-city congregation near downtown Birmingham, affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the Alliance of Baptists.

 

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ZELMA MULLINS PATTILLO
FAMILY AND
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Zelma is the 13th of 14 children of the late Elbert and Bertha Mullins of Wise, Virginia.

Her husband, Wesley M. "Pat" Pattillo, is Associate General Secretary for Communication withWesley "Pat" Pattillo the National Council of Churches, New York City. He previously served with Hong Kong Baptist University in China;  Samford University in Birmingham, AL; and Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.   Zelma and Pat have traveled in Russia, New Zealand, India, Brazil, China, France, Hungary and  40 other countries of Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, South America, and North Africa.
Laura Grace Pattillo
Their daughter, Laura Grace Pattillo, is assistant professor of English at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA. She holds the B.A. from the University of Richmond, VA, and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, where she taught for seven years.  She also taught at the University of South Carolina in Sumter; and at Indiana University Southeast and Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. She has studied abroad in Italy and England.

Their son, Stephen Riley Pattillo, operates an international economic Stephen Riley Pattillodevelopment consulting firm in Sydney, Australia.  From 1998-2002 he served as resident director of the overseas office of the US-ASEAN Business Council in Singapore, after serving the Business Council in its Washington DC office. He is a graduate of Duke University, Durham, NC, with additional studies at the University of New South Wales. He enjoys golf, scuba diving, and adventure travel.

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