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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 Chaplain Service, providing chaplains to all military units in the United States and around the world.

“A great many people, myself included, accept Christ as Savior while in the military,” says Richardson, who works out of Bolling Air Force Base — the support base for The Pentagon — in Washington, D.C. “A chaplain gives them an opportunity to grow and is an integral part of the military services.”

Richardson says he looks forward to serving as a pastor to the Air Force’s chaplains as well as setting a vision for the USAF chaplaincy.  He especially wants to target the thousands of young enlisted airmen.

“When you reach a person my age, that’s wonderful,” says Richardson, who has been an endorsed A/G chaplain for 26 years. “But if you reach a person when they’re 18, 19, 20, 21, it affects who they marry, how they raise their children and what profession they go into.  It affects their entire life.”

Assemblies of God Chaplaincy Director Al Worthley says Richardson’s selection as Deputy Chief of Chaplains exemplifies the quality A/G chaplains bring to the military and other institutions.

“Our chaplains are highly effective and represent our fellowship with excellence,” Worthley says. “We are proud of them and the leadership roles they are assuming in so many areas of chaplaincy.”

Authors: Isaac Olivarez

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