Chaplain Introduction


Director of Spirituality/Chaplain – Signature HealthCARE of South Bend, Indiana

The Rev. Ani Ikene is the new Director of Spirituality at Signature HealthCARE of South Bend, Indiana. Rev. Ani Ikene holds a Diploma in Audio Engineering, B.A., Master of Ministries (M. Min.) Master of Divinity (M. Div.) and a Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.).

He received Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training, and he is a member of Association of Professional Chaplains – APC, as well as a member of the American Association of Christian Counselor – AACC. He has had experience in TV and Radio broadcasting.

Ani Ikene is a local minister who has spent over 25 years in ministry South Bend area as chaplain, case manager, mental health counselor and adjunct professor at Bethel College and a local pastor. Ani began his full time chaplain work here at Signature of South Bend in February of 2014. He is the lead Pastor of Kingdom Harvest Church of South Bend, Indiana. Along with having a heart for this community, Ani also has a strong passion for this facility, residents and staff.

At Signature of South Bend, we believe that nurturing the spirit is an integral part of resident care and quality of life. Our facility chaplain is an important part of our team and provides counseling and spiritual guidance for residents, their families, and staff. Our chaplain also provides memorial services, hospital visits, resident home visits after discharge, and leads weekly Bible studies, worship services, and prayer groups.

Ani said: “I chose to work here because Spirituality is one of the three pillars of revolution of care at Signature HealthCARE corporate wide. Each human has a spirit and a soul and lives in the physical body. Taking care of people spiritually has been a call and passion of mine since 1982. Providing spiritual support to our residents, family and staff is not only a joy and passion, it is a privilege to see miracles of God in each of our lives every day. Signature is a place of peace, hope and unconditional love.”