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Why Today's Chaplain?

We care for a company’s most important asset, their employee making a real difference in life, work and relationships.

Weekly on-site visits are made. These visits are on the same day and time, morning or afternoon. This kind of consistency is above industry standards.

Today’s Chaplain is civic minded with its support and involvement in a company’s corporate citizenship community relationship programs.

Today’s Chaplain is committed to addressing with care and expertise workplace conflict offering support and training in self and managerial mediation.

Today’s Chaplain supports soft skill development in the workforce.

Today’s Chaplain serves the whole person, body mind and soul, caring for others at their point of need transforming organizations with real help and hope.

OUR TEAM

BRUCE PETTY – Founder/President

Bruce Petty of Today's ChaplainBruce grew up going to the circus. His hometown of Peru, Indiana is known as the Circus City Capital of the World as several famous circuses including Ringling Brothers made it their winter home. He went to school with the grandson of Emmitt Kelly the famous hobo clown known as “Weary Willie”.

Upon completing high school with an academic ranking of 150 out of a class of 300 he went on to amaze his teachers graduating from Lincoln Christian University, The Graduate School of Kentucky Christian University and earning his PhD from Louisiana Baptist University with a concentration in Conflict Resolution.

As a Pastor, Bruce served and built 6 churches over 43 years and has guest lectured for Point University and Beeson Divinity School.

In June of 2015 he founded Today’s Chaplain, a Corporate Chaplain Agency with home offices in Cumming, Ga. One day he will be in professional offices, the next day a warehouse, the following day an education institution ministering to everyday needs. The goal in working with companies is to ensure that the small things done in love produce big results.

Though Bruce continues to enjoy a satisfying and productive professional life his favorite roles have been, Husband, Dad and Papa. He fell in love with his wife Linda the minute he saw her. They have been married for nearly 47 years and are the proud parents of two adult children both of whom are married and have richly rewarded them with five grandchildren.

Bruce enjoys biking, hiking and long walks with his wife. He loves a good double cheeseburger, riding his John Deere lawn tractor and makes a really good smoky/sweet chili soup. Occasionally he wastes time and money playing golf.


JEFF HANCOCK – Staff Chaplain/Sports

Jeff Hancock Staff ChaplainJeff is a Staff Chaplain for Today’s Chaplain, a corporate chaplain agency whose mission is serving the needs of a company’s most valuable asset, their employee.

He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina as the first-born of two sons.  Jeff’s father was an oral and maxillofacial surgeon before he retired and his mother still works hard to provide the family a loving home environment.  When Jeff was 6 years old, his parents led a Bible study in their home on Friday evenings.   After a few years, the Friday night gathering grew into a large non-denominational church that still exist to this day.

After graduating from J.L. Mann High School in 1985, Jeff continued his formal education at the University of South Carolina (Go Cocks!) earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with a double major in Real Estate and Management. Unable to find a lob in his desired field, he moved to Atlanta and earned a Master of Science in Real Estate from Georgia State University. While working on his Master’s degree he went to work for a local commercial real estate firm (Richard Bowers & Company) as a market and financial analyst, and later as Director of Research.

In 1999, Jeff began a successful 18 year career in the mortgage business with Shelter Mortgage as a Loan Officer.  A life-long soccer player, he began to volunteer and coach with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for FCA Soccer Atlanta. During this time, he also served as a Chaplain for the Atlanta Silverbacks (NASL), and currently for Atlanta United FC (MLS).

Jeff met his wife Andrea when they were both six years old. While in graduate school, this friendship grew into something very special and they were married in 1993. Together, they raised two Eagle Scouts, Andrew and David, and recently welcomed Kelly, Andrew’s wife, to the family. Jeff resides with Andrea and his son, David, in Johns Creek, Georgia.

BILL FREEMAN – Director of Business Operations

Bill grew up in San Antonio, Texas, the third of four sons.  His dad loved to hunt and fish, so Bill spent much of his early years outdoors.

After receiving a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin, Bill served 20 years in the food packaging industry. His positions included: Plant Manager, Regional Manufacturing Manager, and Director of Strategic Planning.  As Vice President of Manufacturing for Amoco Foam Products Company, Bill managed 11 plants and 1,400 employees.  He then served five years as Vice President of Operations for PRIDE Enterprises, a not-for-profit company that manages the prison industries throughout the State of Florida, where he managed six operating divisions.

Since leaving the corporate world, Bill has founded and operated two small businesses.   Window Savers provided window repair and replacement services in north Atlanta.  Freeman Mediation Services provides conflict coaching, mediation, and reconciliation services.

Since 1999, Bill has been registered as a General Mediator, a Domestic Relation Mediator, and an Arbitrator with the State of Georgia.  He has received significant training in Biblical reconciliation, conflict coaching, and mediation from Peacemaker Ministries, and since 2002 has been registered as a Certified Christian Conciliator with the Institute of Christian Conciliators.  In 2013, Bill was certified as a coach, trainer, and public speaker by the John Maxwell Team.

Bill has balanced his career responsibilities with a strong commitment to his family and his faith.  Bill and his wife Sandy have been married for 45 years, have raised six children, and currently have eleven grandchildren.  Bill enjoys playing an active role in each of their lives.  He has served as an Elder at Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, GA and currently serves as an Elder at Perimeter Church in Johns Creek, GA.

 

PHILIP HOFFMAN – Staff Chaplain/Senior Living

Philip grew up in Guilford College, North Carolina, a small college town later swallowed up by Greensboro where he was the youngest of four siblings. His childhood days were filled with roller bat, hide and seek, Cowboys and Indians, and Little League baseball in a town where everyone literally knew everybody else. Philip and his siblings all worked their first jobs in their Dad’s Rexall Drug Store. Those old enough will no doubt remember such outposts of civility, the kind with the “Soda Fountain” in back where everyone gathered to eat and greet.

Philip later graduated from Appalachian State University (BA in Psychology/ Philosophy & Religion); Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.Div.); and The Graduate Theological Foundation (D.Min. In Pastoral Counseling).

Philip served in Pastoral Ministry (eleven years) and Pregnancy Care Center Ministry (six years) before completing an internship and residency in Clinical Pastoral Education (2,300 hours). He also served as an Intern in a Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program and has received significant training through PeaceMaker Ministries in conflict resolution and mediation. Since 2004 his calling has been focused on Hospital Chaplaincy, Community Mental Health, and more recently as a Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Counselor (nine years) in a large non-profit Hospice in NC.

Philip and his wife, Laure moved to the Atlanta area in 2016 and opened their own business, Work As Worship, Inc. Laure serves as a C12 Chair and trains owners and C-level leaders who meet once a month all day in peer advisory groups focused on best business practices and faith integrated principles. Philip offers counseling focused on Grief & Loss, Illness & Caregiver Support, Career Assessment and Transition, Pre-Marital and Marital Education, Divorce Recovery, Conflict Resolution, Depression and Anxiety.

Philip & Laure have been married for sixteen years after both having been on the receiving ends of heartbreaking divorces. They have learned much on their journey about grace and forgiveness. They are members of Perimeter Church in John’s Creek where they lead a Connect Group in their home and mentor couples through the Right Start pre-marital ministry.

Their three children (Ryan, Aaron & Caitlin) bring great joy to their hearts because in spite of going through the difficulties of divorce, they have grown up to become wonderful followers of Christ and are all married to believers (Annie, Jessi, and Andrew). Laure and Philip celebrated the birth of their first grandchild, Margaux Jayne last year.