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A Chaplain’s Work
2016.06.14 15:48:28

Since May of 2008 I have served on active duty with the Air National Guard here in Fargo. 

As the Wing Chaplain, I serve as the senior pastor for over 1100 airmen.  I visit them every day at their work stations, in their break rooms, at meal times, and wherever their duties take them.  In t

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he military, we call visitation “ministry of presence.”  It means just being there with the troops as a friendly, calming presence in the middle of stressful military situations.

    As a chaplain, I have a heavy counseling load.  Airmen and soldiers come to me every day with marriage problems, single  adult problems, suicidal thoughts, depression, substance abuse, and combat stress.  I listen, provide guidance, and refer them to other professionals who can help.  Many times they come to me with questions about Jesus.  These are my favorite conversations because I get to share about His mercy and grace for all sinners.

    I have the responsibility of teaching many classes on such topics as suicide prevention, violence prevention, and anger management.  I teach the National Guard’s marriage enrichment retreats and single’s retreats.  I teach soldiers and airmen (and their families) how to handle the challenges of deployment and coming back home again.

    I am responsible for supervising a staff of two other officer chaplains and three enlisted chaplain assistants.  The base commander looks to me for advice about moral and ethical issues.  I am often called to give guidance to supervisors in dealing with troubled airmen.

    My saddest duty is to accompany casualty assistance officers when we knock on a door to tell a loved one that their service member has died. Remember to lift up in prayer all the families of those who have died.  Ask for God’s grace to carry them through.

    On drill weekends I have two congregations, one at the base, and one at Living Hope.

I love the opportunity to share God’s love and the truth of His Word with airmen every drill weekend.

    Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to serve in this vital ministry!

   Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the Gospel….Pray that I might be bold enough in Him to speak as I should.  Ephesians 6:19-20




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