The Reverend Dr. Joe Boone Abbott, BA, MDiv, DMin
Over his distinguished career The Reverend Dr. Joe Boone Abbott has dedicated his ministry to helping hospital patients, their family members, and professionals cope with illness and death. He established, managed, and certified a nationally recognized non-denominational pastoral education program through the Baptist Health System. It was recognized as one of the top chaplain training programs in the Southeast and nation. Over five hundred clergy and ministers were trained for healthcare ministry during his thirty-year involvement.
Dr. Abbott was instrumental in founding Alabama’s first hospice program at Baptist Hospital Montclair. Dr. Abbott retired from the Baptist Health System of Alabama as Corporate Vice President for Pastoral Care and Counseling. He received the American Association of Pastoral Counselors’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 at its national convention. Dr. Abbott is known as a champion for justice and his understanding and consideration for all God’s people.