Seeing herself preaching in a pulpit became a frequent dream for Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant’s Chaplain Chasity Wiener. In 2009, the dream began to take shape when she was led to take classes at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. This was a turning point in her career. At the time, she was the divisional manager of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Neurosurgical Spine Center. Taking a few classes at a time, Weiner earned her Master of Divinity in 2015.
Weiner’s journey began in Highlandtown, MD where she grew up around the corner from her grandparents. Being the only child, she received a lot of love and support from them. She also received encouragement from older ladies in her neighborhood.
In high school, Weiner participated in the gifted and talented program. After receiving a scholarship, she attended and graduated from Towson State University with bachelor’s degrees in speech pathology and mass communications with a concentration in journalism. It was a special time as she was the first college graduate in her family.
Weiner was fortunate to be mentored by Dr. David Hellmann, renowned rheumatologist and educator at Johns Hopkins Medicine. He provided her with part-time work while she was in college and a full-time job at Johns Hopkins Medicine, where she worked for 10 years, after graduation.
During her senior year in college, Weiner responded to a personal ad, writing “I’m not interested in meeting you. Just want to compliment your writing.” She had no idea that correspondence would lead to an in-person meeting and then marriage two years later. Weiner and her husband Phil live in Fallston with their two daughters, ages 17 and 11, three dogs, two guinea pigs and one fish. They enjoy participating in activities as a family.
After working at Holy Communion Lutheran Church in Fallston for 12 years, Weiner “felt a nudge” that it was time to move on. So, in 2021 she resigned. She stayed home for two weeks and then served as a substitute teacher in a local high school.
In June 2022, she became a certified spiritual director. This gave her the autonomy to begin a spiritual practice unconstrained by any formalized religion. However, she received a call about the Chaplain position at Miller’s Grant. With a little persuasion from Rev. Stacey Brady, Lutheran Social Ministries of Maryland’s director of church relations, she accepted the position. We’re fortunate and happy to have Weiner at Miller’s Grant.