September 24, 2018
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During the last few weeks I have been privileged to be present for two events marking passages in our Disciples Chaplain community.
The Rev. Steve Willis was remembered at a Memorial Service held at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Las Vegas, NV.  In addition to being pastor of this congregation Steve was endorsed as a volunteer chaplain with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.  He had a passion for serving his community and was beloved by all who came under his care and pastoral leadership.  As a chaplain Steve responded to the mass shooting incident at a music festival in Las Vegas last year to provide long hours of support to those most directly affected.  Steve represented the best values of selfless service and compassion that all of our chaplains strive to embody.  He was one of us and will be greatly missed by his family, his congregation, the wider church, his community, and all his chaplain peers.
As the denominational chaplain endorser I was invited to graduation ceremonies at the U.S. Air Force Chaplain School at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.  Chaplain, 1LT, Christopher Schilling completed the basic chaplain course and is now serving as an IMA Cha plain in the Air Force Reserve at Scott AFB, IL.  Chris is also a Disciples pastor serving in the Ohio Region. 
Howard Nelson and Tom Yates.
While in Las Vegas I had brunch with Chaplain Howard Nelson w
ho serves at the VA hospital there.  Howard is a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and hosted my presence at the memorial service for his pastor.
In Montgomery, Alabama I was able to have lunch with Chaplain Schilling and with 2LT Nichole Swind le, US Army Chaplain Candidate.  Nicki is a seminar ian and is also campaigning for a seat in the State Senate in Alabama.  Her plate is very full these days.  She has a passion for service and justice for all.
Chris Schilling, Tom Yates and Nichole Swindle.
In the weeks ahead I will be visiting with students at the Disciples Seminary Foundation in Claremont and meeting with Disciples Chaplains serving ministries in the Pacific Southwest Region.

Chaplain Spotlight...

U.S. Army Reserve. Nicki has graciously agreed to share her words with our Disciples Chaplain Community:   Notes from the field

*If you would like to submit your work in the "Chaplain Spotlight" please send your article and photo to Anne Marie Moyars.

Open Positions...

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has several chaplain employment opportunities.  Please click here to see complete list and how to apply.  Should you need an updated endorsement form please click here to complete the request form.

Jeff Foster, Cleburne, TX
Karen Hess, Norman, OK
Lorenzo Thomas, Columbus, OH

Mary Kearns, accepted a Hospice Chaplain job with Bristol Hospice in Roseville, California.

Carla Norton, accepted the position of Faith and Health Division as Rev. Dr. Delois Broady retired. Carla oversees Chaplains, CPE students who are in rotation at this site and Church Health Network Navigators and volunteers as we provide compassionate care to our patients, families, community and fellow Associates.

Sue Beverly retired from Larue D. Carter Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis on July 1, 2018.

Chaplain Owen Chandler was promoted to Major.  Owen shares "
I'm grateful that my family was able to ceremonially pin my new rank. They bore the brunt of the sacrifices required for this promotion."
Owen Chandler and is family.

Chaplain Debbie Harmon and her husband as he bega n chemo and radiation for stage 4 throat cancer.

Come and see us in Des Moines, IA for the 2019 General Assembly....Chaplains have the opportunity to attend a Chaplains focused workshop on Sunday!

Tom is planning a gathering of Chaplains on Tuesday afternoon, click here.  

Please consider spending an hour in the Disciples Home Missions exhibit space where you have the opportunity to talk with other endorsed chaplains and meet new ones!  Click here for more...

Rev. Thomas A. Yates
Disciples Chaplains Endorsing Officer
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

P O Box 1986
Indianapolis, IN 46206

360.936.0725 Cell Number (PST)
Anne Marie Moyars
Ministry Associate
Disciples Chaplains Association

Phone:  317.713.2664