PHOENIX (BP)--When Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Douglas Carver retires from the Army in July, the U.S. Army's Chief of Chaplains will take with him experiences with the armed forces' men and women that have helped form and transform him.
The first Southern Baptist in more than 50 years to assume the role of Army Chief of Chaplains in 2007, the two-star general will retire after more than 38 years of service.
"I don't use the word retirement," he notes. "This is a transition. God has ordered up something special beyond the Army. I don't know what it is, but it's something exciting."
In his final weeks of duty, Carver has "little white space on my calendar." He returned from an April base circulation in Afghanistan to an array of stateside visits and appearances -- among them the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix.
The busyness has done little to quell the emotion or distract him from the swell of memories.
"I've made friends literally around the world including many from other nations, and to walk away from that -- there's nothing that prepares you for that," Carver said. "I cannot go back. I cannot put my uniform back on and go into this community. I'm flooded with wonderful memories of great ministry experience."
His military career dates back to 1972, when he joined the Army right out of college during Vietnam; earned a Ranger tab; and served as an Field Artillery Officer. After six years, he went into the Army Reserves, attended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and later pastored a church in Colorado Springs. Read More