Houston has the largest medical center in the world with over 10 million patient visits a year. Among those patients are tens of thousands of non-denominational patients who often have little or no spiritual support. Living Hope Chaplaincy is a 501c3 non-profit organization that exists to help non-denominational patients and their family members on their journey to healing. In addition to encouragement and prayer, we provide Bibles, Scripture blankets, and other printed, video and audio resources to help keep patients and their families strengthened in their faith. We also provide financial assistance to patients who are struggling to pay medical deductibles or co-insurance and parking expenses.
Pastor Steve Austin has served in full-time ministry since 2000 after practicing law in Houston for eight years. He has been a pastor and Senior Director at Lakewood Church in Houston since 2003, where he has overseen numerous ministries, Christian education classes, and hundreds of volunteers. He is also an author and speaker. Inspired by his love for ministering to the sick, he launched Living Hope Chaplaincy after completing hospital chaplaincy training at MD Anderson Cancer Center. His goal is to have teams ministering in all major hospitals in the Houston area and teams ministering to the sick in foreign countries. Pastor Steve has served on city leadership teams and national ministry Boards of Directors. He has been married for over 25 years and has two daughters.
Nancy Jimenez has been an outstanding ministry leader at Lakewood Church since 2002, where she has overseen numerous ministries and hundreds of volunteers. A primary focus of hers is the Hospital Ministry at Lakewood, where she recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers to visit over 100 patients a month in Houston area hospitals. She also completed hospital chaplaincy training at MD Anderson Cancer Center where she ministered to hundreds of cancer patients. While juggling her responsibilities at Lakewood, Nancy went back to college at night and earned a Communications degree from the University of Houston - Downtown graduating Summa Cum Laude. She has been married for 35 years and has one son.
God called Himself Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals us, in Exodus 15:26. Healing is part of His immutable nature. As the express image of the invisible God, Jesus affirmed God’s healing nature by doing many miraculous healings. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and still heals today.
Eph. 4:11-12 says, “He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry…” Pastors and teachers equip the saints to do the work of the ministry. Every believer can minister to the sick.
In John 14:12, Jesus said believers would do the same works He did, and one of the main works He did was healing the sick. When He sent the 12 disciples and later the 70 out to minister, He commissioned them to “heal the sick.” He broadened that commission to all believers when He said in Mark 16:17-18, “These signs will follow those who
In John 14:12, Jesus said believers would do the same works He did, and one of the main works He did was healing the sick. When He sent the 12 disciples and later the 70 out to minister, He commissioned them to “heal the sick.” He broadened that commission to all believers when He said in Mark 16:17-18, “These signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will…lay hands on the sick and they will recover."