The chaplains in the Pastoral Care Department are here to assist all patients, families, and staff from any faith background with both religious and spiritual needs. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You may call a chaplain or have a nurse call a chaplain for you at any time. 

  • Chaplains are clergy with expertise in the spiritual needs of children, families, and staff in a hospital setting.
  • Chaplains may celebrate baptisms and other rites important to a patient's faith.
  • Chaplains also provide bereavement support, conduct funerals, and conduct memorial services.
  • Our chaplains work closely with our social work teams to ensure the best care for your family.

Grief Support Resources

Arkansas Children's offers a variety of grief support for patients and families.

Learn More About The Center for Good Mourning

Rev. Brent Fairchild

Brent Fairchild, Pastoral Care at ACHDirector of Pastoral Care, ACH
501-364-1823
fairchildbw@archildrens.org

Rev. John Powers

John Powers, Pastoral Care ACHStaff Chaplain, ACH
501-364-1815
powersjw@archildrens.org

 

Rev. Kenneth Myers

Kenneth Myers, ACH Pastoral CareStaff Chaplain, ACH
501-364-1929
myerskw@archildrens.org

 

Rev. James Henrich

James Henrich, ACH Pastoral CareStaff Chaplain, ACH
501-364-6506
henrichjl@archildrens.org

 

Rev. Scott Martin

Scott Martin, ACNW Pastoral CareStaff Chaplain, ACNW
479-365-6544
martinse@archildrens.org

 

Rev. Pierce McIntyre

Pierce McIntyre, ACNW Pastoral CareStaff Chaplain, ACNW
479-365-6544
mcintyremp@archildrens.org

 

Rev. Bill Walker

Bill Walker, ACNW Pastoral CareStaff Chaplain, ACNW
479-365-6544
wwalker@archildrens.org

 

Rev. Steve Colwell

Steve Colwell, ACNW Pastoral CareStaff Chaplain, ACNW
479-365-6544
colwells@archildrens.org

 

Our Chapels

Arkansas Children’s Hospital Chapel

The ACH Chapel is open for prayer to people of all faiths. It is located on the second floor near the Capitol Café and is open 24 hours a day for patients, families, and staff. 

  • A prayer journal is available in the chapel for you to share prayers and concerns. 
  • A prayer request card is also available from a chaplain or in our chapel, so that you can add a name to the prayer list. This prayer list is distributed to local congregations weekly.
  • Devotionals are held Monday – Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the Chapel. (Devotionals may be canceled without notice if the chaplain is called upon elsewhere in the hospital.)

ACH Chapel Story

Mr. Hershel Friday was a long-time Arkansas Children's Hospital board member. Our chapel is named for Hershel and Beth Friday's daughter, Pamela Friday. Pamela was born February 27, 1953, in Little Rock. She was their only daughter and youngest child, having two older brothers, Gregory and Steven.

Pamela attended schools in the Little Rock Public School system and was graduated from Hall High School in 1971.

In August 1971, she married Jay F. Freeman of Little Rock. Pamela and Jay attended Ouachita Baptist University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock together. Pam loved country life and enjoyed the horses she kept at their home in Cabot. On January 1, 1975, Cassandra Alexis Freeman was born to Pam and Jay. On March 3, 1977, Pam died after a sudden illness.

In 1982 the Pamela Friday Freeman Chapel was dedicated in her loving memory.

Arkansas Children’s Northwest Chapel

The ACNW Chapel is open for prayer to people of all faiths. The Robin George Chapel is located on the Garden Level across from the Hunt Family Café. It is open 24 hours a day for patients, families and staff. A prayer request card is also available from a chaplain, or in the chapel. 


Prayer List Ministry

Arkansas Children's offers a Prayer Ministry to give local church congregations and individuals a way to support patients and families. More than 200 congregations and individuals of many faiths provide support and receive the ...

If you would like to be a Prayer List Ministry partner, please contact us:

501-364-1824

pastoralcare@archildrens.org

Faithful Friends Program at ACH

Photo of a neurology patient

Faithful Friends was established at ACH in order for us to ensure that newly admitted patients and their families are aware of the availability of spiritual support, whether they physically see a member of Pastoral Care or not. This program allows trained volunteers to deliver new, soft stuffed animals (“Faithful Friends”) and the colorful storybook, Fuzzy Bunny, A Faithful Friend, to children newly admitted to ACH units such as Medical/Surgical, Infant Toddler, Intermediate Care, and Neurology. Patients and families will learn that their Faithful Friend comes to them with love from people they have never met who are thinking of and praying for them – a tangible symbol of God’s healing presence. 

These Friends are often tucked next to patients who are going into surgery, held next to the hearts of anxious family members who are waiting for news, kissed by injured children waiting for families to arrive at the hospital, and loved by siblings feeling detached from their brother or sister.

Volunteer or donate to faithful friends

501-364-1824

pastoralcare@archildrens.org