Mark Ingles, EPC Chaplain Endorser and Teaching Elder in the Presbytery of the West, introduced 25 of the denomination’s chaplains to attendees of the 38th General Assembly at Hope Church in Cordova, Tenn., on June 21. He reported that the number of EPC chaplains has increased from 36 in 2012 to 65 in 2018.
“These dedicated men and women are called by God to serve outside the local church,” Ingles said, noting that chaplains can many times feel isolated in their ministries.
“They often work for a secular institution that doesn’t always appreciate the work that they are doing. So we need to pray for them, care for them, love them, and support them.”
Chaplains in attendance at the 38th Assembly were (left to right):
Clinical Chaplain, W.G. (Bill) Hefner Veterans Administration Medical Center
Lt. Cmdr. Tim Foster, USNR
Command Chaplain, USS Fitzgerald
(Also serves as Senior Pastor of Highland Heights EPC in Memphis, Tenn.)
Chaplain, Mobile County Sheriff’s Office and FBI Mobile Field Office
Chaplain, Pediatric Palliative Care Team, Arnold Palmer Medical Center
Acute Care Chaplain, Dignity Health Care
Lt. Col. John Torres
Deputy Wing Chaplain, 105th Airlift Wing, Stewart Air National Guard Base
Also serves as Pastor of Goodwill Church, Montgomery, N.Y.
Lt. Col. Marty Fields
Wing Chaplain, 172nd Airlift Wing
(Also serves as Senior Pastor of Grace Chapel Madison in Madison, Miss.)
Chaplain, Liberty Hospital Hospice
Chaplain, University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kan.
Lt. Josh Schatzle
Chaplain, U.S. Navy Reserve
St. Louis, Mo.
(Also serves as Pastor of Hope Church, Carbondale, Ill.)
Maj. David Horton
Branch Chief, 86th Air Wing Chaplain, Ramstein Air Force Base
Capt. B.J. Newman
Chaplain, Ohio Air National Guard
(Also serves as Adult Discipleship and Care Pastor for Kirkmont Presbyterian Church in Beavercreek, Ohio)
Chief Chaplain, Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Health Care System
Los Angeles, Calif.
Capt. Bryan Knedgen
Battalion Chaplain, 406th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, U.S. Army Reserves
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Capt. Patrick Cobb
Medical Professional Brigade Chaplain, Army Medical Defense Department Center and School, Joint Base San Antonio
Ft. Sam Houston, Texas
Chaplain Candidate, USAF Reserves
(Also serves as Director of Community Groups and College Ministries for Reynolda EPC Village Campus, Winston-Salem, N.C.)
Staff Chaplain, Aurora BayCare Medical Center
Green Bay, Wisc.
Lt. Col. John Rhodes
Chaplain, Mississippi Wing Civil Air Patrol, DeSoto Composite Squadron
Olive Branch, Miss.
Maj. John Richards
Chaplain, U.S. Army Reserve
Belle Chase, La.
Maj. Jason Kim
Deputy Wing Chaplain, Nellis Air Force Base
Las Vegas, Nev.
Capt. Graham Baily
USAF Chaplain, Whiteman Air Force Base
Knob Noster, Mo.
Chaplain, Capital Caring Hospice, Northern Virginia Region
Falls Church, Va.
Battalion Chaplain, 1030th Transportation Battalion, Virginia National Guard
Gate City, Va.
Chaplain, Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources, Northeast Indiana Region
Columbia City, Ind.
(Also serves as Pastor of Trinity EPC in Columbia City, Ind.)