Tell us your title and where you currently serve.
Wing Chaplain, 181st Intelligence Wing, IN Air National Guard, Terre Haute. I am an Elder serving in Extension Ministry.
When were you drafted or when did you enlist?
Neither. I took the oath of office on December 2, 2006.
If you enlisted, what were some of the reasons that you joined the military? How did you choose your branch of service?
God and I did a lot of wrestling around military chaplaincy…then 9.11.2001 happened, and I knew I needed and could do more. I lived next door to an Air Force base as a kid, and then as an adult I served local UM churches near the Air National Guard base in Fort Wayne.
What are some of the things you remember about adapting to military life?
I am a better UM pastor because of my military training. The leadership skills I have gained have been out of this world. I also have learned to apply military strategy to church transformation.
Where did you serve in the military?
I served at the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne for 12 years as a chaplain. The last 5 have been in Terre Haute. I have deployed twice overseas.
How did your time in the military impact you?
In addition to the above, I have had to learn to be resilient. Serving in the military is rewarding AND difficult. I would not change a moment of my time in uniform. I thank God for this divine calling.
Is there anything you wish civilians understood about military service?
I am concerned about family members. I wonder if there is not more we can do to support them. I have great support at home, but military service can be very difficult on families.
What is your favorite meal?
What is your favorite way to rest?
Any time spent with my family.
What are you currently reading or watching on tv?
At the suggestion of our last Annual Conference session, I am reading “Growing Young.”
Anything else you’d like us to know?
I am very honored to serve and appreciate the support of Bishop Trimble and my Conference Superintendent.