Elizabeth Pexton, MDiv, BCC
Chaplain Elizabeth Pexton has been a provider in the Spiritual Services department at Denver Health for seven years, the last five of which she has dedicated time to the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders & Severe Malnutrition.
Board Certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains in 2007 and with a Master’s of Divinity from the Iliff School of Theology, Chaplain Pexton brings robust experience as a hospital chaplain. While she delivers non-denominational spiritual support and healing to ACUTE’s patients, Chaplain Pexton is ordained in United Church of Christ, and served as a missionary for United Church of Christ in Japan for 3 ½ years, during which time she taught English and compassionately advocated for social issues. She speaks English as well as conversational Japanese and French.
In her role at ACUTE, Chaplain Pexton is a valued member of the interdisciplinary treatment team, addressing the ways in which a severe eating disorder can impact a person spiritually. She brings an awareness of the patient’s diagnoses, treatment and recovery progress, and the spiritual assistance she provides is a meaningful part of the larger picture of recovery. More specifically, Chaplain Pexton helps patients discover meaning, purpose and direction through active listening and non-judgmental, empathetic presence, providing hope and encouragement amid distress and change. For patients who are physically able, Chaplain Pexton encourages outings to the Interfaith Chapel on the second floor of Pavilion B for prayer, mediation and reflection.
Originally from Milwaukee, Chaplain Pexton has called Denver home since 1990. She is married and has one daughter.