Faculty and Staff
Dr. Ann Sidney Charlescraft
Manager for Bereavement Services, Chaplain/Assistant Professor
Dr. Charlescraft serves as the Manager for Bereavement Services for the VCU Medical Center and Faculty Chaplain for Neonatology, Women's Services, Transplant, and Psychiatry. She holds a B.S. and M.Ed. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary at Wake Forest, NC, and a Doctor of Ministry (Pastoral Care) from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. She is a Board Certified Chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains and endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists. Dr. Charlescraft is an ordained Baptist minister.
Dr. Charlescraft joined the VCU faculty in 1997 serving as the first dedicated pediatric chaplain to the VCU Health System from 1997-2005. Since 2005, Dr. Charlescraft has served as the Manager for Bereavement Services enhancing the care of patients, families, and staff, and providing Development support for the Department of Pastoral Care, Program in Patient Counseling, and Department of Pediatrics through securing charitable grants and contributions. Dr. Charlescraft was named Employee of the Year by the VCU Health System in 2005.
Currently she contributes to the larger community through service on the Board of Directors for the Ecumenical Resource Center in Richmond, a facility supporting churches and seminaries in the Richmond area with multi-cultural and multi-faith materials and conferences. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Alliance of Baptists and as Chair of the Alliance of Baptists Religious Endorsing Committee.
Prior to VCU, Dr. Charlescraft served as associate pastor in several churches in North Carolina and an active member of Women in Ministry. Her research interests focus on Compassion Fatigue and Self Care among healthcare professionals and Grief and Bereavement support. She has published in areas of grief reconciliation, compassion fatigue and self care as well as Christian Education.