L. Vern Farnum, MDiv, BCC

L. Vern Farnum, MDiv, BCC

Director, Spiritual Care & Chaplaincy Services
Indiana University Health – Academic Health Center
Methodist Hospital – Wile Hall W230


L. Vern Farnum is the Director of Spiritual Care & Chaplaincy Services for Indiana University Health Academic Healthcare Center (Methodist, University and Riley Hospitals). Vern is an ordained Presbyterian pastor who completed a Doctor of Ministry degree at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago in leadership and spiritual care.  He holds a Master of Divinity from Louisville Seminary, and a B.A. from Samford University in Birmingham, AL, his hometown.

Prior to going into ministry Vern was an Athletic Training/pre-Physical Therapy student at Indiana University.  Vern is a Board-Certified Chaplain in The Association of Professional Chaplains, a trained Critical Incident Stress Debriefing facilitator and Psychological First Aid responder.  He is also a former Certified Thanatologist with the Association of Death Education and Counseling. He worked with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, responding to various community emergencies, including Hurricane Katrina, 9/11 and a number of other community and church crises.

Vern is an avid reader of history, enjoys exercise and is a fan of college football and rugby. He writes a weekly reflection/devotion under the caption “Know What I Mean . . .?”  Vern has been in Indianapolis since 1994, when he joined the pastoral staff at Faith Presbyterian Church. In his career, Vern has served as a Pastor for 18 years and as a Clinical Chaplain for 24 years.


  • “Meaningful Beginnings From Meaningless Endings: Pastoral Care with the Family of the Trauma Organ Donor,” Care Giver (Journal of the College of Chaplains), vol. 5, 1988.

IU Health Chaplaincy Services