FRANKLIN, Ind. - The Rev. John S. Eley, senior chaplain of the Franklin United Methodist Community, has been named Chaplain of the Year for 2008 by the United Methodist Association.

The United Methodist Association, based in Vandalia, Ohio, recently announced the celebration of excellence recipients for the coming year, including Eley. These recipients were nominated by their facilities and selected by a committee of their peers.

Consisting of United Methodist organizations throughout the nation that offer healing and caring ministries to children, youth, older adults and families, the United Methodist Association will recognize Eley at its annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. on March 29.

Eley, an ordained Elder of the South Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, has served as a chaplain of the Franklin United Methodist Community since 1993. Prior to his appointment at the retirement community, he served in a local church setting.

In addition to his chaplaincy responsibilities, Eley has administrative responsibilities for the activity and social service departments, as well as supervising three on-campus salons.

This past year, Eley was in Boston, Mass. to accept the "Best Practice" award on behalf of the chaplaincy services provided by the Franklin United Methodist Community, to its residents and patients at nearby Johnson Memorial Hospital.

Eley is married to Robyn Eley. The couple has three children and reside in Franklin.

The Franklin United Methodist Community is a continuing care retirement campus that includes 195 independent homes, 150 residential and assisted living apartments and accommodations for health and dementia care. The Franklin Community currently serve more than 600 residents from throughout Indiana and the United States.