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Spotlight on: Ted Embry, volunteer chaplain

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Ted Embry

Ted Embry, Cheaha Crisis Management Team member. Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star

Ted Embry is a volunteer chaplain at Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center and serves as team lead for the Cheaha Crisis Management Team. The CCMT is a group of professionals who provide psychological first aid to first responders who have experienced critical incidents. 

What is your professional background? I am a graduate of Jacksonville State University in education and the University of Tennessee with a master of science in social work. I worked with the former department of pensions and securities and Calhoun Cleburne Mental Health Center. In 1982, I graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and pastored Wadley Baptist Church. In 1985, I began my work with the Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries. I daily experienced the impact traumatic stress can have on individuals and families. I retired in 2016 after 31 years.