Welcome our staff chaplain
Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center welcomed new staff chaplain, Rev. Andrew Tressler on Sept. 19. “Overall, I’m really excited to get here and get my bearings my first couple of weeks. There will be a lot of learning and a lot of growing,” Tressler said on his first day.
Tressler works 12-hour shifts, usually 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Mondays and Tuesdays for now. “There’s a lot of hope for growth in pastoral care here,” he said. “I get the sense that the chaplain position has been sorely missed by staff, families and patients alike. I am excited to get the position off the ground again, and am excited to work with our wonderful team of more than 20 volunteer chaplains who have filled the role for the past few years.”
“We are truly fortunate to have Rev. Tressler on our team answering his call to serve,” said Greg Napps, Culpeper Medical Center CEO. “Perhaps he will help us all remember why we got into healthcare and, as is stated on the dedication plaque in our vestibule, to serve mankind, to preserve life, and to alleviate suffering.”
Tressler received his undergraduate degree from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and went to seminary at Liberty School of Divinity. Blue Ridge Community Church ordained Tressler, who did his initial chaplaincy training at the Durham VA in Durham, North Carolina. He comes to Culpeper Medical Center after a yearlong residency program with Centra Health in Lynchburg.
“Most of my work at Centra Health has been with the medical intensive care, orthopedics and outpatient surgery units,” Tressler said. “I was part of a big team there with close to 12 chaplains in Centra’s Health network, so it’ll be a transition coming to a smaller hospital but I’m excited to provide personalized care to staff and patients.”
Called to serve
Tressler noted it’s been an eight-year personal journey to get to this point. “There’s always been this draw to meet the practical needs of those I’m ministering to,” he explained. “That calling fits really well in hospital ministry to work with the medical staff meeting physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patients, families and staff here at Culpeper.”
He added that the role encompasses his life’s calling: “to be able to sit with people amid a crisis or celebration at times, depending on the procedure or outcome, and to really be the light of Christ to people the midst of what can oftentimes be a lot of darkness and unknown.”
Tressler currently lives in Lynchburg, but has family in Manassas, Virginia, and will be staying with his father on work nights. He enjoys backpacking, rock climbing and camping, especially in the West Virginia’s New River Gorge; Boone, North Carolina; and Yosemite National Park.
“My vision for this role is to ultimately continue to build on the work of the chaplains in the past to provide excellent care for patients, families and the staff here at Culpeper,” Tressler said.
He can be reached at ATressler@CulpeperHospital.com or 540-717-4692.