Annari Griesel, PhD
Rev. Annari Griesel, PhD, is the Director of Pastoral Care for JFK Medical Center in New Jersey. She supervises Clinical Pastoral Education Chaplain Interns and develops hospital-community relations. She is a Diplomate in Pastoral Supervision with the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP). She received her PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary in Pastoral Theology. She is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and served on the Committee on Ministry of the New Brunswick Presbytery and serves on the Presbyterian Association of
Specialized Pastoral Ministries Leadership Team. She is Adjunct Faculty at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Dr. Griesel was invited to present at the 61st Annual Institute of Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and to be a panelist for a workshop entitled “Perspectives on Health Care Reform”, at New Brunswick Theological Seminary Spring Alumni/ae Convocation. She presents widely on topics such as Grief, Pastoral Care, and Empowering Women. Dr. Griesel was part of a Delegation of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC) trip to consult with people on Spiritual development in hospitals in Israel. She was also invited by the Interfaith Dialog Center of New Jersey to participate in a 10-person study tour group to Turkey. She partnered with the organ and tissue Sharing Network of New Jersey to host a half-day educational event on “Various Religious Perspectives on Organ Donation”. Dr. Griesel was deployed to Alabama by the American Red Cross to work with those who were injured by the tornadoes that devastated Tuscaloosa, as well as well with families who lost loved ones, and to Connecticut after the school shootings in Newtown. Dr. Griesel developed a wide range connections with various Faith Traditions and served as President of the Metuchen-Edison Area Interfaith Clergy Association. As a native South African and Chaplain for over 25 years, she brings an understanding and love of culturally and religiously diverse populations. Over these years she has provided pastoral support to many patients, family members and staff who were distraught, grieving and dealing with loss.