Elizabeth Pexton

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.   

ACUTE Earns Prestigious Center of Excellence Designation from Anthem
In 2018, the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders & Severe Malnutrition at Denver Health was honored by Anthem Health as a Center of Excellence for Medical Treatment of Severe and Extreme Eating Disorders. ACUTE is the first medical unit ever to achieve this designation in the field of eating disorders. It comes after a rigorous review process.

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