Community Supportive Chaplaincy Program
Residents and their families will find hope, healing & comfort with our supportive chaplaincy services
As a resident of Richfield, Chaplaincy Services are available to you by your personal clergy, or if you choose, by Richfield’s on-site chaplains, Reverends Gary Kingery and Michelle Topi.
Our chaplaincy program seeks to help in supporting local ministry and to encourage the spiritual life of each resident, regardless of his or her religious affiliation or beliefs. Our chaplains are actively involved in supporting residents and patients through difficult times. The role of the Chaplain is to provide support including questions of purpose, meaning, hope and faith. Our chaplaincy is not a counseling or mental health service. Referrals to medical professionals are made when necessary and appropriate.
Meet our Richfield Living Chaplains
Gary Kingery, Senior Chaplain
Chaplain Gary has been in pastoral ministry since 1986, serving in churches in the Greater Roanoke area. Chaplain Gary was licensed to the ministry by Cave Spring Baptist Church in Roanoke and ordained to the ministry by Mountain View Baptist Church in Catawba, Virginia. Chaplain Gary has a Bachelor of Theology Degree and an Associate Degree in Business Administration/ Management and has served as the spiritual leader of the Richfield Living campus since 2014.
Michelle Topi, Chaplain
Chaplain Michelle has served Lutheran and Episcopal churches in South Florida and Delaware in various ministerial roles, and served as a hospice chaplain in Pennsylvania and South Florida. She received her Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, and received her training and ordination as an Interfaith/Interspiritual minister from One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York. Chaplain Michelle came to Richfield in January, 2021, serves as the chaplain for Richfield Living’s Roanoke campus, and also provides religious diversity and education for Richfield Living’s Salem campus.
Our Chaplaincy services are free of charge and include:
- Pastoral visits
- Emotional and spiritual support in times of illness, crisis or loss
- Funerals, memorial services and celebrations of life for patients and residents without faith support
- Leading Bible studies and Sunday worship services
You are invited to watch our Sunday services on channel 62 beginning at 10 am on Sunday mornings. Sunday service is now in person in the new Chapel & Community Room located in the Town Center. Residents are also welcome to attend virtual or in person weekly bible studies and devotions.
The Stephen ministry is a service provided to those who have lost a loved one. Our chaplains are here to discuss your interests and needs.
Donations in recognition of Chaplaincy services are welcome at any time.
All donations will be deposited into our Chapel Fund to assist with offsetting the operating expenses of the Chaplaincy program. Richfield Living is a 501(c)3 charitable organization; therefore, your gift is tax deductible within IRS guidelines.
Donation checks should be made payable to Richfield Living. Please send to:
P.O. Box 3240
Salem, VA 24153
Or, if you prefer, you may donate online.