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
Your Gift - Allen Thyssen
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