Horton installed as chaplain of Wake Forest Baptist-Lexington

Mr. and Mrs. Horton following the installation service.

Horton installed as chaplain of Wake Forest Baptist-Lexington
May 19
05:25 2016

Photo by Timothy Ramsey



As Dianne Horton transitions to her new position as Manager for Chaplaincy and Clinical Ministries at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Lexington, her focus remains on the people.  An installation service was held in her honor at Union Baptist Church in Lexington on Sunday.

According to Horton, the first thing she wants to do in her new position is to get out and worship in the Lexington churches more often and get a feel for the community.  Horton said she wants to get to know the people she is here to serve.

A committee of nurses, physicians and clergy chose Horton to succeed Rev. Dr. Lee Dukes, who recently retired after 35 years of ministry.

“It was a beautiful day and I’m even more aware of how blessed I am,” said Horton.  “Seeing all of my friends and colleagues from Lexington and Winston, I feel covered by God’s grace.  When people cooperate with you it’s like an extra bonus. I’m grateful to have such supportive people around me.”

Horton was showered with kind words and well wishes throughout the service.  Representatives from the Ministers’ Conference of Winston Salem and Vicinity, the Lexington Community Minister’s Conference, co-workers from Wake Forest Baptist Health, and members from her home church, New Bethel Baptist, came to support Horton.

“She is the embodiment of love and love does not face any barriers. She is the ultimate bridge builder and whether it’s within the hospital or within the community, her love will transcend all boundaries and make that network of caring happen,” said Jeremy Moseley, Director of FaithHealth Community at Wake Forest Baptist Health-Winston.

Rev. Dr. Dennis Leach, Sr. of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem delivered the sermon focusing on the partnership of worship and work and how they are closely related. Leach said “It’s a marvelous opportunity for her to touch the lives of people who are hurting and sick. The doctors are there but oftentimes people need a minster there to share inspiration and just listen.”

When it was time for Horton to speak, she expressed her gratitude for everyone in attendance for their support throughout the process.  She said it was an “honor and a privilege” to work with her colleagues from the hospital each and every day.  Horton gave a special thanks to administrative assistant Kathy James, whom she called a “gift from God” for all of her assistance.

When asked about Horton, James said, “She is great and I knew from the beginning she was great. She has such a kind soul and a big soul, I know she will do excellent.”

“It makes me feel very good on the inside and out-side,” said Horton’s husband, George.  “It also makes me feel a little nervous because my wife is going on a new journey and for a husband you can’t help but worry about your wife as she moves on in life.  With God’s help and with everyone’s prayers, she will do well.”

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