Vogts-Scribner Named Prairie View Chaplain

June 21, 2022

NEWTON, Kan. (June 21, 2022) – Valecia Vogts-Scribner joins the Prairie View staff as chaplain. In her new role, Vogts-Scribner will help support the spiritual growth and development of patients in Prairie View’s inpatient psychiatric hospital and Turning Point, a psychiatric residential treatment facility for youth and adolescents aged 10 to 17.

Currently serving part-time as pastor of Woodland United Methodist Church, Wichita, she has a strong desire to support those living in the margins of society, including those who struggle with mental health.

“I originally thought I would be a therapist, and actually completed an MS in Clinical Psychology in pursuit of that goal,” she says. 

Instead, Vogts-Scribner served as a full-time Behavioral Science instructor at Sterling (Kan.) College and an adjunct psychology and sociology instructor at Butler Community College, El Dorado, and Sterling College. She also served as director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County and director of discipleship for First United Methodist Church, El Dorado.

“This position [Prairie View chaplain] feels like a circle completed from way back when I thought I would be a therapist. Certainly, the roles are different but the goal of supporting those with mental illness is the same!”

Vogts-Scribner will engage in a period of deep listening to Prairie View providers and patients to learn what would be most helpful from her, but in general, she sees spirituality, in whatever form it takes, as “an integral part of the healing process.”

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Sterling College and a master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical from Emporia (Kan.) State University. She will complete her Master of Arts in Ministry and Culture from Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, Okla., in December 2022.