Complete joy!
By Dr. Jeffrey Haggray
Whatever may be the tensions and the stresses of a particular day,  there is always lurking close at hand the trailing 
beauty  of forgotten joy or unremembered peace.    

Howard Thurman, "Meditations of the Heart"

Dear Colleagues in Ministry,

Greetings to you during this glorious season when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, interpreting the rich meaning of resurrection faith for all our lives in a world filled with challenges. Indeed, our faith informs our lives today, not simply in the hereafter. The joy of the Lord is truly our strength when confronting tests and trials on every hand.

It is my pleasure to once again serve as your ecclesiastical endorser. We were well served by the leadership of the Rev. Kristina Moeller, whose voluntary departure from American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) earlier this year for family reasons left us disappointed, although better positioned to undertake new opportunities for Chaplaincy and Specialized Ministries.

We are grateful for the ministry of the Rev. Dr. Patricia Murphy, who is currently serving as interim director of Chaplaincy and Specialized Ministries. Alice Mitchell-Cross continues to serve well and tirelessly in ways that enrich our ministry. ABHMS will use this period of transition to explore strategies for enhancing and expanding our ministry in the years ahead. We invite your prayers and well wishes as we seek to serve each of you.

As you continue to serve in your various locations as chaplains and specialized ministers, I pray that joy will be renewed in your personal life by the power and spirit of the Living Lord that gives incomparable strength!

Be strong in the Lord!

Dr. Jeffrey Haggray is executive director of ABHMS, CEO of Judson Press 
and endorser of Chaplaincy and Specialized Ministries.

Reflections: A living hope
By the Rev. Dr. Patricia Murphy

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 

1 Peter 1:3 

Greetings, friends...joyous Eastertide! 
As your interim director of Chaplaincy & Specialized Ministries, I want to pause and say thank you for your service during the first quarter of 2018! 
As we have just transitioned from the season of Lent (a time of fasting), we are now in the season of Eastertide (a time of feasting). We feast because we have an assurance of Hope--a hope that is a living hope. As chaplains and spiritual caregivers, we are charged to remind our care recipients that, because of the resurrection, our living hope is, indeed, a hope that is alive--a hope that is rooted and grounded with a confidence in God for a future without end!
As you continue to serve all over our nation--whether in the military, correctional facilities, hospitals, police or fire stations, college campuses, airports, cruise lines, sports arenas, pastoral offices, Starbucks, Panera, Barnes & Noble, the A Train, Charlotte Airport, the D.C. Metro, or wherever you are--remind the multitudes that, even if they find themselves in the midst of trials and storms, they should celebrate by feasting on this hymn penned in 1834 by the late minister Edward Mote:

My hope is built on nothing less 
than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, 
but wholly lean on Jesus' name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; 
all other ground is sinking sand.



The Rev. Dr. Patricia Murphy is interim director of ABHMS' 
Chaplaincy and Specialized Ministries.

Chaplain celebrations
New endorsements
The Rev. David G. Kegler was recently endorsed as an Institutional/Healthcare Chaplain! Congratulations, Rev. Kegler!
The Rev. Simon A. Kui was recently endorsed as a U.S. Air Force Reserve Military Chaplain! Congratulations, Rev. Kui!
Andrew A. Ryckman was recently approved as a U.S. Air Force Military Chaplain Candidate! Congratulations, Andrew!
Armogen (Tré) Walker was recently approved as a U.S. Army Military Chaplain Candidate! Congratulations, Tré! 
Chaplain (Major) Jonathan D. Wymer was recently endorsed as a U.S. Army National Guard Military Chaplain! Congratulations, Chaplain Wymer!
Awards and recognitions
Congratulations to our interim director of Chaplaincy and Specialized Ministries, the Rev. Dr. Patricia Murphy, who is serving as a mentor for RISE National Mentorship Network.
Congratulations to the Rev. Dr. Delois Brown-Daniels, who is receiving the Helen Flanders Dunbar Award at the national meeting of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education in Atlanta.  
Congratulations to the Rev. Janice Green, who has completed the requirements for Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification and has been granted Board Certified Chaplain status in the Association of Professional Chaplains.
Congratulations to the Rev. Richard Olson (retired), who is the author of the newly published Judson Press book "Side by Side: Being Christian in a Multifaith World."
Congratulations to the Rev. Julie L. Vaughn, who has authored "Providing Chaplaincy to Youth and Young Adults Marginalized in King County," available as a paperback or e-book.

In addition to telling us about celebrations and promotions, please inform us of any changes to your mailing address, email and telephone numbers so that we can update our database and keep information coming to you in a timely manner. Send an email to

2017 annual reports are past due!   

The 2017 annual reports are overdue! If you have not submitted your annual report for 2017, please do so now! To remain in good standing, submit your annual report at > Chaplaincy and Specialized Ministries > Submit Annual Report.

If you are retired, update your contact information (address, telephone, email) by sending it to

If you need a letter of endorsement for your employer, send an email message to Be sure to specify the name and full address of your employer.

Save the date for these special events in 2018 :

April 24-26  
American Baptist Churches of the South, training/learning opportunity, 
Hilton Atlanta Airport
May 9-11  
ACPE, Faith Group Breakfast, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
May 29-31
Women Military Chaplain Conference, training/learning opportunity,
Bon Secours Resort, Baltimore, Md.
June 7-11
Specialized Ministry Summit, Anchorage, Alaska
July 12-15
APC, Faith Group Breakfast, Anaheim, Calif.

July 30-Aug. 1 
International Military Ethics Symposium, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
Oct. 6
Specialized Ministry Summit, McCormick Seminary, Chicago, Ill.
Nov. 14-16
Space for Grace, Philadelphia

American Baptist Chaplaincy and Specialized Ministries

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Haggray
Executive Director/CEO, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS)
Ecclesiastical Endorser, Chaplaincy and Specialized Ministries

Rev. Dr. Patricia Murphy
Interim Director, Chaplaincy and Specialized Ministries, ABHMS 
Alice Mitchell-Cross, MBA
Coordinator,  Chaplaincy and Specialized Ministries, ABHMS
Rev. Dr. Delois Brown-Daniels, BCC
Chairperson, Endorsement Committee
Rev. Elizabeth Ritzman, LCPC
President, Ministers Council, Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors Chapter

American Baptist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Ministries
800.222.3872, x2482 
American Baptist Home Mission Societies