Remembering Tina Salinas: A Celebration of Life, presented by Katrina Ornelas

Tina SalinasOn September 2, 2021, the Alamo Chapter Celebrated the Life of the Reverend (Chaplain) Tina Louise Salinas. Tina was born on April 17, 1960. She died on August 18, 2021, due to COVID-19 complications. For many years, she served the CPSP community with great distinction and was a member in good standing with the Alamo Chapter, San Antonio, Texas.

Tina earned her Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Texas A & M University, Corpus Christi, in 2006. As a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Texas, Tina provided faith-based, holistic counseling to individuals, couples, and families. She addressed a myriad of personal problems to include stress, low self-esteem, death and dying, grief, aging, sexual abuse, and gender-related issues. 

After completing her theological studies at the Seminary of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, Tina was ordained into the ministry through Trinity Ministries, located in Dallas, Texas. Chaplain (Colonel-Retired) Jim Ammerman signed her ordination papers on February 18, 2010. 

Tina joined the CPSP community as a chaplain intern under the tutelage of the Reverend (Dr.) Esteban Montilla. Under his supervision, Tina earned several certifications, including Associate Certified Clinical Chaplain, Board Certified Clinical Chaplain, and Board Certified Pastoral Counselor.  

After a thorough review of her documents on June 9, 2016, the Alamo Chapter recommended Tina to receive dual certification as a Diplomate/Supervisor in Clinical Pastoral Education and Pastoral Psychotherapy. Dr. Raymond Lawrence, our General Secretary, was a member of the Certification Committee that recognized Tina's gifts for mentoring and training others to become clinical chaplains and psychotherapists. As a result, she received her Diplomate Certifications in 2017. 

Tina's philosophy of life served as the foundation for her success as a Licensed Professional Counselor and credentialed chaplain. 

On her website, she wrote, "We are all born to be perfect and wonderful children of God; made of the Divine Essence of God. We begin to grow in this world, and we too often forget this. We develop wounds that affect everything we do. I'm Unlovable, I'm Not Enough, I'm Wrong. God created a wonderful and perfect You; made with God's Divine Essence. Too often, we forget this and who we really are. Together, we can begin to remember".

Such was the life of this beautiful human being, Tina Louse Salinas. She was born to serve others through pastoral care and counseling. 

Born April 17, 1960, Tina said Yes to Life on August 18, 2021. She will be greatly missed.

"She said, 'Yes!'"