Medical Center of Arlington announced today that Pastor Cliff Johnston is retiring from his role as Chaplin after 20 years of service, effective June 30, 2010.
It is with great sadness and many memories that Pastor Johnston will be departing from Medical Center of Arlington to spend more time with his wife and family. He and his wife, Charline, will celebrate fifty-nine years of marriage in August and have been blessed with three sons, three grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Pastor Johnston has been a minister for over sixty years. He was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Having been a patient at Medical Center of Arlington, he developed a unique perspective on the human condition and the need for comfort. "I am humbled and privileged to have shared in some of the most personal, painful, joyous and intimate moments in many people’s lives," said Pastor Cliff Johnston. In his ministry, he has served at over four thousand deaths, four hundred funerals and several weddings for MCA staff and patients.
"Pastor Cliff Johnston has been a great asset and resource for patients, physicians and staff over the past 20 years," said Medical Center of Arlington CEO Winston Borland. "We will not only miss his pastoral leadership and guidance, but his many blessings that he brought the Medical Center of Arlington family through the friendship, presence and support he provided to us at any hour of any day."
When asked what advice he would pass along to the next Chaplin, Pastor Johnston said, "Love the people. Have a compassionate heart. Know how to deal with people of all differences, and sometimes, being quiet is the best thing to do."