Malcolm Marler

Malcolm Marler is the Senior Director of Pastoral Care at UAB Medicine and has been a Chaplain at UAB since 1994.

He was hired as the Director of Pastoral Care at UAB in 2009 where his vision has been to create “Chaplaincy Without Walls” that includes inpatient, outpatient, and community spiritual care. He was ordained as an Episcopal Priest in the atrium of UAB Hospital in 2014, after being ordained as a Baptist Minister in 1978.

His professional career began as a pastoral care specialist and community organizer in three denominations (Baptist, UCC, and Episcopal) in Kentucky, Connecticut, and Alabama.

He was the first full-time chaplain in an HIV/AIDS Clinic in the U.S. when he was at “The 1917 Clinic at UAB” (1994-2009) in order to reduce HIV stigma, organize community support for patients, and improve access to care.

While at the clinic, he was the founder of The Support Team Network, a national program to train volunteer teams to provide practical, emotional, and spiritual support to care for persons with any healthcare concern. The Support Team Network developed best practices for Support Teams and trained 6,000 persons in 37 states who created approximately 12,000 teams. More about Support Teams at

He became the fourth Director of Pastoral Care at UAB Hospital in 2009, and the department has grown from 8 FTEs (full-time equivalent) to 27 (FTEs) in 2019.

Malcolm has a B.A. (Psychology) from Clemson University where he was a starting defensive back on the varsity football team for four years, a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Pastoral Care) in Louisville, KY. He is a Board Certified Chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains.

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