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 over 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 our 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 The Summit Church.
Johnny Hewett - Senior Chaplain
A Durham native, 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 served as a volunteer for 15 years. 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.
Hewett currently serves as the Ministry Development Chaplain for Western North Carolina.
Kim Wilkinson- Staff Chaplain
Kim is originally from Durham, North Carolina. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry degree. She practiced Forestry for 16 years in Florida, Tennessee and Alberta Canada.
While living in Alberta, Kim served with St John Ambulance as a trained Emergency Medical Responder volunteer providing first aid to local community events, leading their volunteer brigade and starting a therapy dog program in the community.
Kim joined Emergency Chaplains as a volunteer chaplain on the Durham County Crisis Response Team in September 2016. She became a full-time employee as Staff Chaplain in May 2017. As Staff Chaplain, Kim is involved in helping the ministry grow by developing systems to recruit, mentor and manage volunteer Chaplains, build relationships with ministry partners, manage prayer requests and developing innovative ways to share Biblical Stewardship principles through fundraising activities.
Kim also continues to volunteer on the Durham County Crisis Response Team.
Dylan Stone - Administrative Chaplain
Dylan joined our staff in September 2016. He's a Durham native and proud Duke fan, but also loves Tennessee football. Dylan is married to his high school sweetheart, Morgan. He holds a B.A. in Global Studies from The College at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC and is currently pursuing an MDiv in Christian Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves on the Durham Crisis Response Team.