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Seafarers’ House Names New Port Chaplain

Father Sears comes to Seafarers’ House from Holy Guardian Angels Church in Lantana, Fla. where he served as vicar.


Seafarers’ House at Port Everglades is pleased to announce that The Reverend Sanford Raymond Sears is its new port chaplain.

Father Sears comes to Seafarers’ House from Holy Guardian Angels Church in Lantana, Fla. where he served as vicar. He is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church who worked as a hospice chaplain for six years prior to serving at Holy Guardian Angels.

Father Sears is a retired United States Coast Guard Officer and spent two years in the United States Army.

Father Sears’ pastoral experience, as well as his service to the sea services as a member of the Coast Guard for many years, makes him a perfect fit for his new role,” said Seafarers’ House Executive Director Lesley Warrick. “We are lucky to have found someone with his background to fill this critical role of providing support to the thousands of seafarers who visit our port each year.”

One of the most demanding jobs at Seafarers’ House is that of chaplain. No two days are the same and no task is too small. From ensuring the chapel is fully stocked with necessary items, to ship visits, to responding to emergencies, the port chaplain is on call 24-7.

“While the role of a seafarer often is romanticized, it can be a difficult and lonely existence,” said Father Sears. “To become part of an organization that makes such a positive impact on the lives of these hardworking mariners is a role I am very honored to accept.”

Father Sears will lead a group of volunteer chaplains from various faiths who also support Seafarers’ House mission by providing counseling, assistance and spiritual resources.

Seafarers' House at Port Everglades is an award-winning non-profit organization supported by the faith-based community as well as by labor, business and civic leaders with a mission "to offer refuge, resources, renewal and respect to the maritime community through multi-faith service." Open throughout the year, Seafarers' House is a safe, friendly place where mariners can connect with their families, relax, or get emergency assistance if needed. With the help of its supporters and volunteers, Seafarers' House offers many services including free transportation, Internet access, counseling services, and liaison with authorities as well as recreational facilities. Seafarers' House was honored as the 2015 Seafarer Advocate of the Year by Lloyd’s List North America and received the 2014 Salute to Business award from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, Seafarers’ House was honored with the Seafarers' Center of the Year award from the International Committee on Seafarers' Welfare - the first American agency to receive this international honor. Seafarers' House annually hosts nearly 150,000 visits by cruise and cargo ship crewmembers. For additional information visit

Contact Info
Susan R. Miller
2550 Eisenhower Blvd., Suite 207
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Phone: 954-294-4973