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  • Trailblazing Continues

    The first AG female military chaplain has become the first woman in a leadership role at AG Chaplaincy Ministries

  • Wright Now: The Army's Newest Chaplain Makes His Move for God and Country

    A powerful encounter with God at age 17 first pointed Wright toward a career in ministry, but the chaplaincy wasn't something he considered until more than a dozen years after boot camp.

  • Innovative Chaplain Finds New Calling Upon Retirement

    For the plan to become a reality, the Senate would need to write legislation, Congress would have to fund it, and the State Department would have to receive it.

  • AG Chaplain Honored by White House as a "Champion of Change"

    Of the 14 selected, Chaplain Priscilla Mondt was the only current VA employee to receive this honor.

  • Six Marines Praying with their chaplain

    at an outpost overlooking an active battlefield in Afghanistan

  • Mentored Ministry

    Lying on a hospital bed, his mother standing nearby, he's still trying to figure out how a shotgun got mixed into a teenage brawl.         

  • Soldiers hear God's Word via BibleSticks

    Soldiers hear God's Word via BibleSticks.

  • Christ's victory remembered - even at sea

    Easter aboard the USS Gunston Hall

  • AG Chaplain named Chaplain of the Year

    AG Chaplain named Chaplain of the Year

  • Chaplain combats African AIDS crisis

    AIDS kills many times more Africans than war

  • TPE recognizes military personnel

    Each year, Today's Pentecostal Evangel (TPE) marks the Fourth of July with a special Independence Day edition, but this year's June 28 issue was created with a specific audience in mind.

  • Influencing the world's military leaders for Christ

    Two army officers from the Middle East stood at the altar of a church with their arms raised to heaven. Tears streaming, each began a simple walk with their new friend and Savior, Jesus Christ. The path would lead one to presumed martyrdom, and both to new life.

  • Conversation: Rear Adm. Robert Burt

    Rear Adm. Robert F. Burt is the Navy Chief of Chaplains. A seven-year veteran of Naval service prior to becoming a chaplain, Burt has received the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards) and various service and campaign awards. He is an ordained minister of the Open Bible Churches. Burt recently visited with Editor Ken Horn.

  • Prayer is God’s lifeline

    On July 20, 2006, I was on my way home for leave from Afghanistan. I couldn’t wait to hug my beautiful wife, Heidi, my 3-year-old daughter, Abby, and meet my new baby girl, Kaitlynn Joy, who had been born just two months earlier.

  • Conversation: Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser

    Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser commands the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Ky. He visited recently with Editor Ken Horn.

  • Welcome home

    Combat creates stresses far beyond the grasp of most everyday citizens. Is it any wonder many veterans face emotional difficulties when they return home? But from God’s perspective, life’s pain is always an avenue for ministry. I’m convinced the emotional needs of returning veterans represent one of the greatest means for pastors and congregations to live out the gospel.

  • Sniper turned chaplain

    Beginning in early childhood, Jarrod Johnson had a desire to join the Marines. In early adolescence he sensed a calling to ministry. As an adult, Johnson has fulfilled both passions, with an unexpected turn or two in the road along the way.

  • AG chaplain nominated as brigadier general
    President Bush in January nominated Assemblies of God Chaplain Col. David H. Cyr to be promoted to brigadier general. Since 2006 Cyr has served as the director of the Air Force Chaplain Service Institute at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Evangelist speaks into the lives of soldiers and students
    This past week, Assemblies of God evangelist Dave Roever visited Elizabethtown and Fort Knox in Kentucky, with hundreds, if not more than a thousand lives coming to Christ. On Sunday, March 18, Roever spoke in a morning and evening service to nearly 1,500 soldiers going through training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Joining Roever were two U.S. soldiers who had been wounded in Iraq who shared their personal stories. At the close of the services, Roever asked for a show of hands of those who would like to accept Christ as their personal Savior.
  • Repeated deployments mean more strain on military women
    When Amy Bleidorn's grandfathers served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, most Americans viewed active-duty women in the military as an extreme measure for an extreme time. Postwar society expected women to return home to focus on roles as wives and mothers.
  • Navy Honors AG Chaplain for Excellence in Ministry
    This February, Captain James Hightower, an Assemblies of God endorsed United States Navy chaplain, was presented with the U.S. Navy's John H. Craven Award for ministry excellence. The award citation was presented by Rear Admiral Louis V. Iasiello, chief of Navy chaplains, on the 61st anniversary of the ceremonial flag raising following the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945.
  • Retired Navy Chaplain reflects on military and spiritual battles
    Though not a man given to showing emotions, 21-year-old Stanford E. Linzey Jr.’s fears rose to the surface during a battle in 1942 that would be the turning point of World War II.
  • Reaching Modern Warrior
    The sky was blue and the air still—a perfect day for a jump. Sean Moore stood in front of the open doors on a C-130 aircraft thinking of his wife and three kids watching from bleachers in the drop zone.
  • Chaplain has managed to beat odds all his life
    Chaplain Jim Hightower stationed in Kuwait, more than 10 years after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
  • The Bird in the Window
    The young man lay emaciated in the hospital bed, physically weak, body reeling from an extremely aggressive form of adolescent cancer. Doctors had given him little hope. The malignancy was the type that attacked the extremities of the body. The only thing short of a miracle that he could count on, according to the physicians
  • Yesterday’s Blood
    It was a good quiet day in Iraq. We just finished up our weekend chapel services and a new week was beginning. The medical unit on our camp was putting the final touches on their field hospital. The other units on post went about their daily business. The radio was silent except for the hourly
  • Lessons Learned in the Desert
    As I write this I am doing well, having begun to recover from a long night two nights ago. Four battalions of infantry/combat soldiers from the First Cavalry Division (of which I am a part) converged onto a small area of Baghdad for the largest search and seizure operation
  • A/G chaplain earns high rank
    Brigadier General Cecil Richardson recently became the first Pentecostal to be promoted to a general officer as a chaplain when he became Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force in March. Richardson, now a one star general, is involved in day-to-day operations of the Air Force
  • Marvin chairs national group
    December 27, 2002 Charles Marvin, military representative and endorsing agent for the Assemblies God, has been named chairman of the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces. NCMAF is a private organization that pools representatives of all major faith communities in the United States to serve as liaisons between the U.S. Armed Forces and more than
  • Assemblies of God Army Chaplain Recruiter recruits fellow pastor for Army Chaplaincy
    Chaplain Stockeland is responsible for recruiting Army chaplains and chaplain candidates out of the 15 western states, including Japan, South Korea and American Samoa. Rev. Kim stated that "Chaplain Stockeland really encouraged me and supported me in my pursuit to be an Army chaplain. I am looking forward to serving God and Country in my new assignment
  • Books, Videos And Food Pave Way To Orphans' Hearts
    Twenty-three curious children huddle around, periodically peering into the mysterious box as Crane and three fellow soldiers converse with orphanage directors.
  • Saved by Grace
    His life before Christ was filled with drugs, alcohol, crime and deceit. He shares that testimony so that others who are lost can see a pathway to forgiveness, love and hope.
  • Restored
    I watched smoke billow from Kuwait's burning oil wells. America had declared war on Saddam Hussein and his troops. As a young soldier assigned to Operation Desert Storm, I was frightened that I could die at any moment. I was unprepared to meet God, and like the billowing darkness that robbed the light from day, drugs and alcohol had invaded my life to the point of near destruction. I was held captive by sin's bondage and knew of no way out.
  • Called to a higher mission
    KUWAIT -- The threatening storm paused on the horizon of the Persian Gulf, and the chaplain, barefoot in desert camouflage, seized the moment.
  • Chaplaincy Asks For Assistance In Reaching Military Personnel
    Based on the urgency of the need expressed by deployed Assemblies of God chaplains and those ministering to troops facing deployment, the A/G Chaplaincy Department has ordered 20,000 copies of "Psalm 91--The Ultimate Shield for Enduring Protection" to be immediately shipped for distribution.
  • A/G Churches Near Military Bases Support Families, Pray For Troops
    The conflict in the Middle East has evolved into war. In response, Assemblies of God churches across the nation are aiding through prayer and support programs. Many churches located near military bases have been preparing for this war and have been significantly affected by it.
  • Church pastor receives call to minister to troops
    A pastor who received his calling from God to minister to a church congregation recently received a call from the Pentagon to minister to soldiers.
    Assemblies of God Army Chaplain, Major Terry Callis, conducted Easter sunrise and Easter worship services for troops in Kuwait prior to their entry into Iraq. Over 300 military members from all branches of the service gathered to celebrate the resurrection message of joyous hope in the midst of war and separation from families.
  • Above and beyond the call of duty …
    Biggs Chapel One is packed. A din rises as the 200 worshipers traverse the chapel, gripping and grinning. Major Will Barefield, an Assemblies of God chaplain, politely works his way through the throng to the back of the chapel where two privates have stationed themselves. When he reaches them, he enthusiastically shakes their hands.
  • West Point: Four days at the United States Military Academy
    Perched high on the west bank of the Hudson River in southeast New York, north of New York City, are historic Fort Putnam and other fortifications that guarded the Hudson Valley from British attack during the Revolutionary War. Since 1802, the high ground near this site has been the home of the United States Military Academy.
  • There’s no place like home
    Only God in His sovereignty knows why some soldiers die in war and others live. But two Kansas pastors — one from an Assemblies of God church, the other a Southern Baptist — understand that God’s protection over prisoners of war is no accident; it is an answer to prayer.
  • Surprised Chaplain Encouraged To Be More
    Newly appointed Assemblies of God Chaplain Tim Maracle didn’t expect such a response to his preaching on his first official assignment in the army. From everything he had learned in Christian college, seminary and the pastorate, people — especially hardened military men — didn’t jump at the chance at hearing the gospel. He heard wrong.
  • A/G Chaplain Performs Baptisms, Sees Spiritual Awakening On Ship
    Early one morning en route to the Persian Gulf, Staff Sgt. James Reese stopped by the office of Assembly of God Chaplain, Denis Cox, who is embarked with Marines aboard the USS Carter Hall, as the vessel made its way across the Atlantic Ocean. Reese told Cox that he wanted to get right with God. The men went for a walk on deck and stopped to lean over a rail and watch the sunrise
  • West Point: Four days at the United States Military Academy
    Perched high on the west bank of the Hudson River in southeast New York, north of New York City, are historic Fort Putnam and other fortifications that guarded the Hudson Valley from British attack during the Revolutionary War. Since 1802, the high ground near this site has been the home of the United States Military Academy.
  • Ministering in the military
    Chaplain Charles Marvin directs the Chaplaincy Department of the Assemblies of God. He spoke recently with Scott Harrup, associate editor, about his ministry experiences in the Navy.
  • The gospel in uniform
    Chaplain Charles Marvin serves as ecclesiastical endorsing agent for Assemblies of God military and Veterans Affairs chaplains. He has also served as director of the Chaplaincy Department, and spent 27 years on active duty as a chaplain with the U.S. Navy
  • Chaplain ministers to troops in Iraq
    Because his grandfathers and uncles served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, Gregory B. Walker wanted to be a soldier. Ever since boyhood, he loved to dress in fatigues and imagine he was in the U.S. Army
  • Chaplains making a difference in D.C.
    Assemblies of God military chaplains have been playing a key role in the recovery efforts at the Pentagon following September 11’s terrorist attack. Chaplain Col. Cecil R. Richardson is the command chaplain for Air Combat Command out of Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va., and has overseen the assignment of chaplains at the Pentagon
  • A chaplain’s letter
    At the landfill truckloads of stuff from ground zero are being brought in. This stuff is sifted through to look for body parts and anything else that may help the investigators. This is done by both dogs and humans.
  • A/G chaplain ministers to wounded
    The 39 U.S. sailors injured in the October 12 terrorist attack on the USS Cole had plenty of opportunity to think about eternity en route to Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia. Once there, A/G Chaplain Olric Wilkins was on hand to minister to them and answer their questions.
  • Aboard the USS Cole with an Assemblies of God chaplain
    (December 10, 2000) In October, terrorists bombed the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen, killing 17 U.S. Navy sailors and injuring more than 39. Lt. Cartus Thornton, an Assemblies of God Navy chaplain, had been aboard the Cole for several weeks en route to the Persian Gulf. One week before the attack Thornton was
  • Ready In Season and Out
    He knew Smith would be attending the 8:15 a.m. Sunday service anyway, so Jordan phoned him at 7:15 a.m. to see if he could read the Scripture to the congregation. Certainly, the 30-year-old Smith replied. Jordan called back a few minutes later to see if he would also preach the sermon.
  • Faith helps soldiers handle war's agonies
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (BP)--You don't have to look very far to get a good idea of what Baghdad is like today. Bombed out, burned and looted buildings still line the neighborhoods. Thick, white chalky dust coats everything and sticks in the back of your throat and gets under your fingernails.
  • Chaplains keep the faith amid soldiers on war's front lines
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (BP)--The toughest thing Chaplain (Col.) Doug Carver has faced since arriving in Baghdad less than a year ago was seeing the dead body of a soldier he had just shaken hands with less than 30 minutes before. The sight of 18 black body bags, victims of a recent Chinook helicopter crash, being loaded onto a C-130 is still fresh in the mind of Chaplain
  • Soul Survivor: Don’t vote your spirit off the island
    This group is for those who want to OUTLOVE, OUTPRAY, OUTLIVE. There is no tribal council, and you won’t get voted off the island. But you will be taught tools to make your time on the island more productive.
  • Ministry to the U.S. Cavalry
    But a three-day October event at Fort Reno, Okla., enabled the couple to be Christ’s ambassadors to a much different crowd at the North American International Military Horse Show. Paul Scholtz, who has been the chaplain for the U.S. Cavalry Association for the past two years, was assigned to be the duty chaplain of the show – the first such event held in 67 years.
  • Chaplain candidate forgoes American Dream for vision from God
    Adrian O’Brian came to the United States eager to pursue a God-given vision to attend Bible school. But soon after arriving in the States O’Brian learned that every dream has a price – even in America.
  • Ministering in difficult places: A chaplain’s call
    More than 600 "enemy combatants" of the United States are being held by the military at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Because of intense scrutiny from the media and international community and the fact that the war on terrorism has no end in sight, life at the prison for those who serve there can be stressful — especially for chaplains since one of their own was charged with breaching security last October.
  • Early Ordination Granted to US Marine
    Tofflemire, 30, a corporal attached to the 1st Marine Corps Division, shipped out in February from Camp Pendleton in California. The 25,000-member weapons unit was activated in January. The mobilization will last at least through September, and possibly into January 2005. He had joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in 1998.
  • Fuel Point Ministry
    I just finished praying for God to use me for His business on our camp. But now I was running late. I looked at my watch and remembered all the things I had to do before lunch. Normally I walked around camp, but I was behind schedule so I got in my vehicle to drive around. I didn’t need gas in the vehicle.
  • Chaplain comforts endangered flock
    FORT BRAGG -- Capt. Eddie Cook's Humvee left his Baghdad base one late-summer morning when a roadside bomb exploded a mile away. A minute later, another one exploded, and Cook's driver wheeled the truck back inside the compound. Word filtered back to U.S. occupation leaders that the insurgents had promised to make the day a bad one, and U.S. commanders halted travel in Baghdad.

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