FRANKLIN, Ind. – Two chaplains related to the United Methodist Community in Franklin have been noted for their years of service to Johnson County.

The Rev. Dr. Ken Burcham, a retired Elder of the Indiana Conference, has been involved in chaplaincy for years. In addition to working with the Greenwood police, he serves as a chaplain for the Indiana Reserve Guard, the Greenwood Municipal Airport, Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis, the Indiana State Police and the Franklin United Methodist Community.

The Rev. David Mark Owens, lead chaplain at Franklin United Methodist Community and a chaplain at Johnson Memorial Hospital, received a pair of awards for his chaplaincy work with law enforcement agencies throughout Johnson County. According to the Daily Journal of Franklin, “The recognitions spotlight the tremendous effort he puts into spiritual healing, in everything from day-to-day counseling at the Franklin United Methodist Community to helping the families affected by tragedies.”

Owens received the Wilbert A. Cunningham Award from the Indiana Law Enforcement Chaplains, to recognize outstanding jobs within law enforcement agencies and throughout their communities.

He was also given the John A. Price Award from the International Conference of Police Chaplains, which oversees chaplaincy all over the world.

A former pastor and trained religious counselor, Owens has been involved in chaplaincy since 1987. He started at Clark County Hospital in Jeffersonville, working with patients and their families.

This story originated in the Franklin Daily Journal in stories by Ryan Trares.