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  • Chaplaincy ministry, church planting spotlighted at SEBTS

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Wednesday, September 19, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- With more than 100 military community students, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is making strides in its efforts to engage these students and bring awareness to ministry opportunities within the military community.

    Affiliated SEBTS military personnel and students gathered for panel discussions and various meetings for the seminary's first Military Community Focus Week, Sept. 4-7.

    "Discipling, training and caring for our military community is incredibly strategic for long term global, gospel impact," said Mark Liederbach, dean of students and vice president for student services. "Our hope is to build a welcoming, strategic and caring community for our military men and women." Read More

  • Baptist promoted to Air Force Deputy Chief of Chaplains

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Wednesday, August 29, 2018 (6 months ago)

    U.S. Air Force photo
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Senate confirmed the promotion of U.S. Air Force Chaplain Colonel Ronald M. Harvell to the rank of Brigadier General on Aug. 20. With the promotion, Harvell, a Southern Baptist, becomes the Air Force's 26th Deputy Chief of Chaplains.

    He has been serving as the Air Mobility Command Chaplain based at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Harvell will now transition to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., for his new pastoral leadership responsibilities.

    "My wife and I are grateful to be able to continue to serve Air Force people," Harvell said. "We are excited about helping airmen and their families to be more spiritually fit. We're glad that God is allowing us to have this opportunity." Read More

  • Army chaplain Squires cleared of all charges

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, August 24, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (BP) -- The U.S. Army has dropped its investigation against Southern Baptist chaplain Jerry Scott Squires, fully exonerating the major of all charges today (Aug. 24).

    Squires, who had been charged with discrimination against a lesbian soldier who wanted to attend a marriage retreat, handled the situation in accordance with military policy and followed the guidelines of his denominational authority, the Army said.

    "This is great news for both Chaplain Squires and all of the military chaplains who are serving our men and women the U.S. Armed Services," said Gen. Douglas Carver, executive director of chaplaincy at the North American Mission Board (NAMB). "It is a significant victory for all who support and defend the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, especially regarding the freedom of religion." Read More

  • Military chaplain plays historic role; comforts families

    by Mike Ebert, posted Thursday, August 16, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Army photo by Sgt. Quince Lanford
    OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (BP) -- Before dawn on July 27, Southern Baptist United States Army Chaplain (Colonel) Samuel S. Lee, stepped onto a U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft at Osan Air Base to lead prayer for crew members who were about to take off on a historic flight across the border to North Korea.

    "I woke up at 3:30 a.m. and prayed for them before they departed," Lee said. "The mood was both excitement and solemn."

    A few hours later, that same plane returned to the base with 55 small wooden coffins draped in the flag of the United Nations containing the remains of U.S. soldiers. Again, Lee boarded the plane to pray. Read More

  • Case against Army chaplain called 'anti-religious'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, August 13, 2018 (6 months ago)

    BP file photo.
    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (BP) -- A U.S. Army investigator ignored key evidence in saying a Southern Baptist chaplain was derelict in his duties for rescheduling a marriage retreat to accommodate a lesbian couple, the chaplain's attorney said.

    Army Chaplain Jerry Scott Squires refused to conduct a Strong Bonds marriage retreat because a lesbian officer planned to attend, the investigating officer identified as Major Ford said at the close of an extended investigation.

    Squires is endorsed by the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board ... Read More

  • Army base sees 1,459 salvations since March

    by Josie Rabbitt Bingham, posted Monday, August 13, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Photo from Jose Rondon’s Facebook page.
    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. -- U. S. Army Chaplain (Capt.) Jose Rondon believes "there is nothing more exhilarating in life than seeing people come to Christ." This year Rondon has experienced that exhilaration with more than 1,400 professions of faith -- something one could describe as a spiritual awakening -- at Fort Leonard Wood, his place of ministry.

    Rondon summarizes his part in the effort with one word: intentionality.

    It's about being intentional with words and with how he treats his fellow soldiers. ... Read More

  • NAMB highlights core ministries & racial relations

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Hayley Catt
    DALLAS (BP) -- "We are here for you," Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, said in opening his presentation to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention. "We are grateful for you. We are eager to partner with you to push back lostness in North America."

    NAMB celebrated the work of missionaries and shared new mission opportunities at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas on Tuesday afternoon (June 12). Ezell provided updates about collegiate church planting and a new resource NAMB has created to help churches foster racial reconciliation in their communities, then closed by speaking about military chaplaincy. Read More

  • Army chaplain fights charge of unlawful discrimination

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, April 18, 2018 (10 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist chaplain Jerry Scott Squires is fighting a U.S. Army investigator's charge of unlawful discrimination for refusing to preside over a marriage retreat including same-sex couples.

    But Squires followed federal law and Army and Southern Baptist Convention chaplaincy protocol when he rescheduled a Feb. 9 Strong Bonds marriage retreat in order to involve a non-SBC chaplain, thereby accommodating the attendance of a lesbian couple, First Liberty Institute said in an April 17 letter to the Army in Squires' defense. Read More

  • How one pastor, church serve those who serve, protect

    by Jennifer Deibel, posted Friday, January 26, 2018 (one year ago)

    Photo by Jennifer Deibel
    LAKESIDE, Ariz. (BP) -- Facing shootings, domestic violence, car accidents, drownings and more, police officers and first responders experience gruesome things on a daily basis. It can be difficult for first responders to process what they experience in healthy ways.

    As a chaplain, Jim Stansberry, pastor of Porter Mountain Fellowship in Lakeside, Ariz., ministers to police officers, firefighters and other public servants. But he's quick to point out he couldn't do it without his church's help.

    When asked how he can both effectively pastor a church and minister to the law enforcement community, Stansberry said, "There's no way I could do this on my own. The church family at Porter Mountain supports me fully." Read More

  • VETERANS DAY: Chaplains, churches bolster U.S. troops

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, November 10, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo courtesy of Calvary Baptist Church
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- On his first deployment, now-retired Brigadier General Chaplain Carlton Fisher was shot at one night while out for a jog. In Afghanistan, he was near several firefights. At one point, insurgents launched a rocket-propelled grenade at a tower on the forward operating base where he was stationed.

    Chaplains may serve as noncombatants in the military but that doesn't always mean they're far from combat when serving troops on the battlefield.

    During his final deployment in 2008, Fisher traveled with the 926th Engineer ... Read More