Rev. Dr. James Kirk
The Rev. Dr. James J. Kirk is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has recently accepted the position of Associate for Disaster Response (U.S.) for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA). Prior to this position Jim served congregations in Sparta, NJ and Naples, FL. He graduated from Moravian College with a BA in 1977 and from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA with a D.Min. in 1981.
Jim is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional (CCFP) through the International Association of Trauma Professionals and a member of the International Critical Stress Foundation (ICSF). Jim was a volunteer with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance for over 20 years. In that role Jim has responded to a variety of disaster including natural and public violence.
Jim is a past chair of the National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee and has severed on the committee for ten years. He has been a National and Local Volunteer with Red Cross since 2008. Jim was a part of a team that developed the Disaster Spiritual Care program that is currently being integrated into Red Cross Chapters around the country. In addition, he collaborated with two PDA colleagues to develop a faith-based Compassion Fatigue Prevention and Resilience Workshop.