Chaplain Diane Peterson

Daily Point of Light # 6235 Apr 9, 2018
Chaplain Diane Peterson (center) pictured with local firefighters at a Coats for Kids event in Anchorage, Alaska./Courtesy Shiloh Powell

Anchorage, Alaska, resident Diane Peterson has spent the last 15 years serving as a chaplain. Working alongside first responders, she has helped people in her community through some of the most traumatic experiences in their lives.

“I strive to be a light, a beacon of hope – a source of strength that others can draw on,” said Diane, who is the executive director of Alaska Police and Fire Chaplains’ Ministries.

As a chaplain, Diane helps families celebrate an elder that has come to the end of their life, lifts the spirits of police and firefighters after a bad call, and supports families as the co-facilitator of a suicide support group.

Diane describes her main duty as “being present.”

“One of the most important lessons I learned is you can’t always fix things, but you can provide the greatest gift – yourself,” said Diane. “The presence of simply being.”

Do you want to make a difference in your community like Chaplain Peterson? Visit All For Good to find local volunteer opportunities.

Jia Gayles