Meet the team!
During National Pastoral Care Week, we want to share updates from our team and introduce new team members.
Dr. Dorothy Bayles is serving as Director of Pastoral Care. Brandon Pemberton has joined the team as Chaplain (full-time, days) and Justin Key is serving as Chaplain (part-time, evenings and weekends).
Special Education Teacher Camilla Dadulo is joining the Pastoral Care Team from Education on October 31st, after training her replacement there. Camilla will be serving as Children’s Ministry Program Coordinator, guiding the planning and development of ministry programming to special education students and patients within Bethany Children’s Health Center.
“Camilla will spend a great amount of time with the Complex Care children,” explains Dorothy. “Her work as a special education teacher at Bethany Children’s for 17 years uniquely qualifies her to fill this position and creatively meet the pastoral and spiritual needs of the patients.”
Camilla adds, “When I was a teenager, I spent my summers teaching five-day clubs with Child Evangelism Fellowship. I also served one semester at Metro Ministries at the largest Sunday School in New York City. I have had the pleasure of serving in the Education department for the past 17 years along with teaching kids at my local church. I am thankful for all of the experiences that prepared me to serve Bethany Children’s in my new role.”
Brandon comes to Bethany Children’s after serving over two years as Chaplain at Valley Hope Treatment Center, where he worked with patients recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. He holds both a B.A. in New Testament Literature and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Oral Roberts University. He also completed his Clinical Pastoral Education at Hilcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla.
“It is such an honor to be a part of the Bethany Children’s Health Center family and to contribute to the mission of maximizing the potential of every child we serve,” Brandon says. “I hope to be one of the many conduits of hope and healing for our patients.”
Brandon and his wife recently welcomed their son, Dillon, into the world. Brandon loves spending time with his family and nerding out on anything relate to Marvel, Star Wars, J.R.R. Tolkien or theology.
Justin served as Pastoral Care Chaplain for a senior living community in Lexington, Kentucky for eight years. While in Lexington, he completed his Master of Divinity degree at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. He completed a Ph.D. in Pastoral Studies and Early Church History at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX. In 2012, he returned to his alma mater, Mid-American Christian University, as a professor in the School of Ministry, where he teaches a wide range of courses, as well as overseeing internships in pastoral care. The internship program encompasses partnerships with Crossings Community Clinic and Bethany Children’s Health Center.
Justin says, “I love the sense of purpose at Bethany Children’s and the way everyone is committed to the best interests of the children, their families and to each other. It is a place where one can love God and love each other.”
Justin is a sports fan, including watching his two sons, Jackson (13) and Levi (11), play, along with following MACU, Tennessee Volunteers, Tennessee Titans and the OKC Thunder. He loves spending time with the boys and traveling to visit family and friends.