Chaplain Allen  

Meet the NationsUniversity Chaplain
Effective June 1, 2014 Allen Thyssen joined the staff of NationsUniversity as our Chaplain. I am excited at the opportunity to serve the students of NationsUniversity, says Thyssen. We are not aware of any other chaplaincy work that delivers its service solely via the Internet. It seems that NationsUniversity will, again, be breaking new ground! Chaplain Thyssen's email address is Chaplain Thyssen's email.

Meet the NationsUniversity Chaplain, Allen Thyssen
Discovering Your Gift - Allen Thyssen
Discovering Your Gift

Chaplain Thyssen began his ministry in 1996 following the cancer related death of his first wife, Patsy. Since then Allen has logged over 4,500 hours of documented hospital patient visits, ministering to thousands of patients and families in the Texas Medical Center in Houston and at the UT Health hospital in Tyler. He was the first Interdenominational Chaplain hired by The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) in the Texas Medical Center. He also served as a contract chaplain for the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Allen is a frequent presenter at chaplaincy oriented training events sponsored by Lifeline Chaplaincy.

Prior to chaplaincy, Allen enjoyed a 28 year career as a professional engineer with a major oil company. During those years he and his family lived in numerous international locations (Norway, England, Egypt & Dubai), and he worked extensively around the world in other places such as West Africa and Indonesia. Unofficially, he was a "tent making" Christian. Allen has been participating in NationsUniversity almost since its beginning. He served on the Board of Directors for 15 years and used his background in business to assist in developing the initial filings for recognition as a nonprofit organization. During the early days he raised money the hard way, by doing petroleum related consulting and contributing his salary to NU.

Allen and his wife Judy now live in Tyler, Texas and are members of the Glenwood Church of Christ. They have three adult children. In his spare time Allen enjoys gardening, hiking and "silent retreat" back packing trips. Judy is a retired human resources generalist and executive coach. She contributes her energies to caring for the poor and homeless in East Texas.

How to Contact the Chaplain
The chaplain is available for direct interaction Monday through Friday, primarily through email Chaplain Thyssen's email. He is committed to responding within 24 hours of receiving your communication. Unless traveling, the chaplain is located in the Central Time Zone of the United States.