River Mariner Services

If you or your crew need critical support immediately, please don’t hesitate to call us.

24-Hour Chaplaincy Emergency Line: 800.708.1998

Email: [email protected]


The Rev. David Shirk

Chaplain – Ministry on the River, Upper Mississippi and Ohio River Region

Paducah, KY – 270.210.5626

The Rev. Nancy Simpson

Chaplain – Ministry on the River, Houston Ship Channel and Gulf Coast Region

Houston, TX – 832.262.1893

The Rev. Geoffrey Davis

Chaplain – Ministry on the River, Lower Mississippi and Gulf Coast Region

New Orleans, LA – 504.982.0072

SCI Chaplains serve the domestic maritime industry, extending support from shoreside staff of maritime companies to professional mariners working aboard towboats, offshore vessels, harbor tugs, buoy tenders, and dredges. Additionally, SCI coordinates a network of Chaplain Associates along the inland waterways, enabling swift responses when we are called for assistance.

Equipped with training and certification in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), SCI Chaplains and Chaplain Associates offer crucial support during crises. Moreover, our chaplain network is proficient in suicide prevention through programs like SafeTALK and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), as well as providing counseling for career and family planning. They can also facilitate important lifecycle events such as marriages, baptisms, and funerals, along with maritime ceremonies like vessel christenings.

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