Meet our chaplain

The Rev. Thomas C. JacksonThe Rev. Thomas C. Jackson serves as the Episcopal Chaplain to patients and their families at the Stanford Hospital and Clinics.

In this role he coordinates a team of volunteers who visit Episcopal patients most days of the week. He is also available to minister to patients, their families and medical center staff.

To reach Tom, or request a visit from our ministry, please call the Spiritual Care Service (dial 3-5101 from any hospital phone or 650-723-5101) between 9 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday. Outside those hours,  please page the on-call chaplain by calling (650) 723-8222, and then entering the page number: 15683. Or you can ask your nurse to page the on-call chaplain. In any case, if you ask for a visit from the Episcopal Chaplain, then your request will be passed on to Chaplain  Tom.

Your can also make a visit request online or we can minister to you online through our e-chaplaincy service. You can also volunteer to help us in the hospital or as a member of our Prayer Care Team.

You may also email Chaplain Tom Jackson at with communications that are not urgent. He checks this email account regularly but is not a timely way to reach Chaplain Tom.  Urgent requests for the Episcopal Chaplain should be made through the Spiritual Care Service or the On Call Chaplain.

A graduate of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Tom completed his chaplaincy training through more than two years of study here at Stanford. On most Sundays he serves as an assisting priest at Christ Church in Alameda, CA.

Prior to seminary Tom worked in public relations and communications for clients ranging from government agencies and non-profit organizations to a Fortune 100 company. He was an award-winning environmental journalist before becoming a vice president of The Oceanic Society and later the public affairs director of a regional water agency. Tom grew up in New England and served on the vestries of two Connecticut Episcopal churches.

He lived for many years in New Haven, CT serving on their Board of Education and leading construction of a new Career High School. He was founding president of The New Haven Land Trust, a board member of the Connecticut Audubon Society, coordinator of the Connecticut Clearwater Club, board member of the Long Island Sound Task Force, and a member of the Connecticut State Council on Environmental Quality.

A life-long Episcopalian, Tom joined St. Bede‘s Episcopal Church shortly after moving to Menlo Park where he served on the vestry and as Junior Warden. With the support of St. Bede‘s he entered the ordination process and was ordained as a priest in December, 2010. He earned his MDiv from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and spent a year as a field education student with the Episcopal Chaplaincy here. In 2009 he completed a year-long residency in the Clinical Pastoral Education Program at Stanford Hospital. Earlier he received an MBA from the University of New Haven in Connecticut.

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