Author Archives: Drexel Rayford

About Drexel Rayford

Drexel has been senior pastor of four churches in Kentucky and Virginia, a psychiatric ward chaplain, denominational bureaucrat, and an erstwhile indie singer/songwriter/story-teller and seeker of authentic human vocation. Currently, Drexel is working at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center in the capacity of The Support Team Network manager, a hospital-based community partnership aimed at nurturing healing communities for discharged patients. He loves kayaking, road cycling, hiking, and all kinds of photography, but he loves his wife Vicki and his daughter Melissa more. He got a Ph.D. in the Psychology of Religion mainly because he had a lot of self-examination to do.

Loneliness: Riding the Hump of a Question Mark

I’ve forgotten the speaker’s name. But I can visualize the way he held up his hand and curved his fingers into an arch when he said, “We won’t grow a mature faith unless we learn how to ride the hump … Continue reading

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Loneliness Can Do a Number on your Body

Loneliness can do a number on your body. I’m not sure I would’ve paid that much attention to this particular aspect of loneliness if Henlee Barnette had not pointed it out to a bunch of us chaplains at the University … Continue reading

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