- My Local
- My Reach
- My Self
Claudia Santos serves locally in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in conjunction with emergency responders and crisis centers, in hospitals throughout the mid-Atlantic Region, and nationally during natural or man-made disasters.
Whether in Lancaster or throughout the mid-Atlantic Region, there are many families and individuals who face personal tragedy and horrific loss. This trauma often stretches people far beyond their ability to cope, leaving them spiritually and emotionally wounded and in desperate need of hope and healing.
After seeing the need in her community and realizing her heart for those who are deeply hurting, Claudia began serving as an emergency response chaplain. Using critical incident stress management training, she brings Christ to hospitals and crisis centers to reach individuals and families experiencing a trauma. She also uses her training to emotionally and spiritually aid first responders.
Coming alongside suffering people, Claudia’s ministry extends the grace and strength of God through prayer and a copy of the Bible. “Our infinitely creative and powerful God can radically transform even the hardest, most difficult circumstances for His glory and the redemption of this lost world,” Claudia explains.
In addition to her ministry as an emergency response chaplain, Claudia uses a therapy/trauma dog to break barriers and open doors for ministry in children’s hospital wards, rape crisis centers, natural and man-made disaster relief efforts, and ministry to first responders. She seeks to expand her ministry to local, regional, and national levels.
Claudia became an approved candidate with InFaith in 2016.
Claudia came to know the Lord when she was in first grade. Growing up, she was privileged to attend a missions-oriented church, where she pledged herself to full-time service. Claudia ministered to Portuguese-speaking immigrants in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has done hospital visitation, and has offered bereavement support and crisis management training. She has one daughter who is a nurse in Philadelphia.
Recently, Claudia attended Lancaster Bible College, graduating with a B.S. in Bible and Life Ministries. She holds many certificates in Critical Incident Stress Management and seeks to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to those in crisis. Deeply hurting people hold a special place in her heart, and she knows that Christ is enough to satisfy the wounded soul.
InFaith’s “out of the box” strategies, which allow her to use a canine therapy dog to open doors for ministry, are what brought Claudia to the mission.