Valerie LK Martin, MDiv., GRMS

Spiritual Care Coordinator
Lindner Center of HOPE

Valerie Martin oversees the spiritual support program, serving the spiritual & faith needs of patients, families and staff.  Her Team meets with patients who want to include spirituality and faith in their ongoing recovery, helps provide for patients’ spiritual and religious requests while at LCOH, and leads Enrichment groups.

Her passion is helping people know their worth and purpose, while developing and maintaining a healthy spirituality that supports recovery and wellness.  She focuses on encouraging a holistic approach to good mental health and advocates for healthy community support for patients and families.

Valerie completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education here at the Lindner Center and at Vineyard Cincinnati Church, where she served on the pastoral care team for six years. Valerie has also been a volunteer in the church’s Growth and Healing Ministry (Life Reset) for many years.

As a Grief Recovery Method® Specialist, Valerie is certified to facilitate this evidence-based program that can help people deal with unresolved grief.  Helping others navigate loss is a sub-specialty for which she is continuing her training.

Ordained as a chaplain with International Fellowship of Chaplain in 2007, Valerie is a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains, the Spiritual Care Association & the East North Central Community of SCA.

In another life, Valerie worked as a non-profit professional specializing in fund-raising, board and volunteer management & public relations, where she was known for her skill in consensus building. Just prior to joining Lindner Center, Valerie worked with court-referred clients as a life and career coach.  She is a freelance writer and authors a blog, More Hope and is a member of hope*writers.

Areas of Specialty:

  • Spiritual Distress and Spiritual Struggle
  • Worth of Personhood
  • Grief & Loss
  • Spiritual Exploration
  • Crisis Support


  • 1986 B.A. Communications, Wilmington College, Wilmington OH
  • 2013 M.Div. Liberty Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, VA