Peter Heikkinen

Rev. Peter Heikkinen M.Div, BC

Rev. Peter Heikkinen M.Div., BCC-PCHAC

Palliative Care
Chaplain, Palliative Care

I love working with a group of professionals who value whole person care and have a transdisciplinary input in patient care.


I received my bachelors in Biblical Studies specializing in Cross Cultural Ministries from Philadelphia Biblical University, being passionate for understanding and ministering within diverse contexts. I completed my Masters of Divinity in Chaplaincy from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. I am an ordained nondenominational minister who served in the United States Army as a Chaplain Assistant for six years. I went on to complete my clinical chaplaincy internship and residency at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where I found great fulfillment in walking with patients and family in crisis. I also found purpose in journeying with others at the end of life as a Hospice Chaplain before coming to Johns Hopkins Bayview as the Palliative Care Chaplain. My focus and training have been in Traumatic Event Management, resiliency building, palliative care, and end of life ministry.

My hobbies are reading classical literature from Greco-Roman epics to Nordic mythology. If not reading a good book, I enjoy spending time in nature with my wife and two daughters.

I am a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) with the Association of Professional Chaplains, and additionally I received Palliative Care and Hospice Advanced Certification PCHAC.

Scholarly Interests

Existential Distress, and pain, and the implications on spirituality. Existential, Gestalt, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies in correlation with authentic spirituality as means of finding grounding and agency in crisis.