Chaplains and Directors at 2016 Hometown Heroes Banquet
Ralph Thompson - Lead Chaplain
In addition to serving as the Executive Director and Lead Chaplain for Emergency Chaplains, Ralph also works with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina seeking to increase participation in the area of Public Safety Chaplaincy.
Prior to establishing the ministry of Emergency Chaplains in 2008, Ralph served for ten years as Pastor of Administration and Discipleship at Bethesda Baptist Church in Durham.
He is a graduate of Danville (VA) Community College, Southeastern College at Wake Forest, Louisiana Baptist University and received his Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling from Master’s International School of Divinity.
Ralph has been married to Carter since 1986. They live in Durham with their son, Carl, and an amazing dog named Gracie.
Carter Thompson - Lead Counselor
Carter is from Danville, Virginia but has lived in Durham for 30 years. She is married to Ralph and they have a son, Carl.
While working as an Administrative Assistant at Duke, she felt the Lord leading her to become a Christian Counselor. She enrolled in an online program at Louisiana Baptist University, where she completed both her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Psychology and Christian Counseling.
Ralph and Carter founded Emergency Chaplains in 2008 and she has served as the only in-office Counselor since that time. Carter has also been a volunteer counselor for Pregnancy Support Services in Durham, North Raleigh Ministries and 2nd Mile Ministry at Grey Stone Church. She recently served as Chaplain at TLC Civitan Club in Durham and is an active member of Braggtown Baptist Church.
Johnny Hewett - Senior Chaplain
A Durham native and lifelong resident, Johnny got his start in ministry at Grey Stone Baptist Church in 1977 by serving in the Audio/Visual Ministry.
In the late 1980s he began serving as a volunteer counselor for a 24-hour telephone crisis ministry named Contact Durham. It was during this time that Johnny’s heart for ministry was developed. While still working full-time at Burroughs Wellcome, Johnny began attending night classes at Southeastern College at Wake Forest and graduated in 2002 with an Associate of Divinity degree. After more than 28 years at GSK he took early retirement in 2005 in order to serve as Associate Pastor of Edgewood Baptist Church.
In addition to his experience as an Associate Pastor, Johnny has extensive experience as an Adjunct Chaplain at Duke Regional Hospital where he has served as a volunteer since 2002. Johnny’s experiences as a pastor, counselor and chaplain have uniquely qualified him to serve as a Senior Chaplain with us. He is compassionate, a patient listener and a giver of wise advice. His presence during times of crisis has brought hope and comfort to many people over the past 20 years.
In addition to serving in an administrative and leadership capacity with Emergency Chaplains, Chaplain Hewett serves District 5 of the Durham Police Department and is a member of our Crisis Response Team.