REV. DR. KIMBERLY K. LAPLANTE
CHAPLAIN, PASTOR COMPASSIONATE FRIEND AND COMMUNITY ENGAGER
Hi, my name Kimberly LaPlante and I been a pastor, chaplain for the last twenty plus years. I decided to start a business that offered what I have done for years in the church and non-profit realm. In the post Covid world many people do not do church the way they did before through a traditional building and so many people do have traditional pastoral support.
I do take my pastoral role a step future by not only supporting individuals and families but also loving my community and city as a community engager.
Truly, I believe the city is my parish!
Education and Experience
I have a Bachelors of Business degree from the University of Sioux Falls, a Masters of Divinity from Sioux Falls Seminary and a Doctoral of Ministry from Bakke Graduate school in Seattle, Washington in Leadership for the Global City. I am trained chaplain and ordained pastor (American Baptist Churches, USA) working for years in a traditional church context, non-profits and in many diverse environments.
I lived and did cultural immersions in Los Angeles and worked with anti-human trafficking organizations in Thailand and Kenya. Later, coming home and I directed and named a new non-profit in South Dakota to combat human trafficking in the state, Called to Freedom and working as a Chaplain at the South Dakota Women's Prison. My last two positions have been working as a Community Engagement Director for the Multi-Cultural Center in Sioux Falls and now working for the the Sioux Falls School District. I am currently part of the Change Network of North and South Dakota as a member of 22-23 cohort to which I was given a Bush Foundation grant to facilitate Justice as Mission: Loving Your Neighbor: Immersions.
I have been trained in trauma healing work such as trauma-informed care, restoring the Shattered, the dynamic in understanding dissociative identity disorder, a certified trainer in "The Healing Hands" curriculum for human trafficking victims and Mindfulness and Self-Compassion from the Center of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion.
I have experienced many transitions and losses in my life including more times moving than my fingers and toes can count, many jobs transitions and relationship losses through time and death. Many celebrations too. Life, right?
I am a Jesus follower, I love, honor and care about all people from all walks of life, cultures and faiths. I hope to and have walked with a variety of people from a diverse faith background.
I understand life's up and downs and twists and turns.
I would love to walk with you on your path!
Disclaimer: I am not a licensed counselor or therapist nor will I practice as such.
I have been trained in Clinical Pastoral Counseling , grief counseling, mindfulness/self-compassion and many trauma management techniques.