New Flight Chaplain – Buddy Liggenstoffer, Cox Air Care, Springfield, MO.
Congratulations to Buddy Liggenstoffer on his recent appointment as the newest Flight Chaplain serving Cox Air Care in Springfield, MO. “We’re thrilled for Buddy and for Cox Air Care,” said Amelie Buchanan, Board Chair, Assn. of Professional Flight Chaplains (APFC). Buddy is excited about serving the crews and patients. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to utilize my skills and to provide compassionate care in this unique ministry,” Buddy said.
Susan Crum is the Program Director of Cox Air Care. “Cox Air Care has been extremely blessed to have support from our Pastoral Services department and hospital administration, in order to have a designated flight chaplain for our flight program. With our prior flight chaplain’s retirement (Larry Cooper), we are fortunate to have Buddy Liggenstoffer step forward and assume the role. I believe that Buddy will be a huge asset as a flight chaplain for Cox Air Care,” she said. The Cox Air Care program covers southwest Missouri and northern Arkansas.
Buddy was appointed on January 1, 2016 and brings a rich educational and family background to his work. He has a B.S. in Business Administration, as well as a Master of Divinity, which gives him a ‘real world’ perspective, in addition to his training for healthcare chaplaincy. He also grew up around small aircraft, and is very comfortable in the transport environment.
The APFC board also heartily congratulates Susan Crum, on recently joining APFC as a Flight Program member. “We’re grateful to Susan and happy for her program. Flight Program membership will allow Buddy to take our curriculum, which will further enhance his skills as a flight chaplain,” said Whit Dempsey, Chair of the APFC Curriculum committee. “Buddy also will be able to join us for mentoring and support on a regular basis because of Cox Air Care’s Flight Program membership. We look forward to supporting Buddy in these important ways,” said Dempsey.