Since retiring in 2007 I have been in ministry as a hospice chaplain for 3 years and for the last 5 years as a pastor of the Union Congregational Church in Taunton, MA. My wife and I live on Cape Cod.
Continue to teach an adult Sunday school class at St. Paul United Methodist Church which is called the “Pathfinders” and began as a class of RVN vets and their spouses. In recent years we have added veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as adult children of veterans. Several class members were in RVN while I was there, but we did not know one another there.
For a number of years, I have been active in the 101st Airborne Association, attending annual national meetings and writing articles for the Association magazine The Screaming Eagle.
Known as a veteran here in town, I am also periodically called upon for weddings and funerals. For example, last Fall I was asked to conduct a funeral for an Air Force retiree who had served in Viet Nam and Thailand. In a few weeks I will perform the wedding of his grown son.
For 18 years I have also taught Old Testament at McMurry University, a Methodist liberal arts college here in Abilene. Because I also take students to Israel and Jordan for archaeological work and study groups, the classes are usually full.
The Army Chief of Chaplains, Chaplain (MG) Donald Rutherford and his staff, continue to work with us to establish the Care to Caregivers (C2C). Members of the USACCRA are the essential players in to the program. This past week nineteen members of the Association, chaplains and chaplain assistants, registered to be Shepherds and Elders. We are grateful for those of you who registered. We need many more of you to serve as Shepherds and Elders. We will keep you informed how our team is growing and where we are in process of bringing the program on board. This week we received a video message from the Chief of Chaplains in which he emphasizes the importance of the Shepherds and Elders in executing the C2C Program. (Link to the Chief’s video.)
ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Section 1 The elected Officers shall be Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.
Section 2 The officers shall be a President, a First Vice President, a Second Vice President, a Third Vice President, a Treasurer, and a Secretary. The terms of office shall adjust to THREE years after 2015 as follows.
A) A President shall be elected in 2013 to serve a two year term. In the 2015 and subsequent elections the President term shall be for three years.
B) A 1st Vice President shall be elected in 2013 voting to serve for a one year term and in the 2014 and subsequent elections the term shall be for three years.
C) A 2md Vice President shall be elected in 2013 voting to serve for a one year term and in the 2014 and subsequent elections the term shall be for three years.
D) A 3rd Vice President shall be elected in 2013 voting to serve a two year term. In the 2015 and subsequent elections the term shall be for three years.
E) A Secretary shall be elected in 2013 voting to serve for a three year term and in the 2016and subsequent elections the term shall be for three years.
F) A Treasurer shall be elected in 2013 voting to serve for a three year term and in the 2016and subsequent elections the term shall be for three years.
G) Six At Large Voting positions shall be elected in the 2013 election; two positions shall be elected for one year; two positions shall be elected for two years; two positions shall be elected for three years. After the 2015 elections two at large positions will be elected each year for a three year position.
H) The Chief of Chaplains shall appoint the Honorary Colonel and Sergeant Major of the Regiment to the United States Army Chaplain Corps Regimental Association Board of Directors.
I) The Past President of the United States Army Chaplain Corps Regimental Association shall serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors.
Section 3 At least one hundred twenty (120) days prior to the end of the calendar year, the President shall appoint a nominating committee comprised of at least five members in good standing of the Association.
Section 4 Upon being informed of the committee appointment, the committee shall convene in private and consider possible nominations and may interview any active member they so choose.
Section 5 Said committee shall make the nominating report to the Board of Directors and the Publicity and Communications Committee shall inform the active membership of the Association at least sixty (60) days prior to the end of the calendar year requiring a vote to fulfill offices. The Nominating Committee will submit a slate of candidates from the members in good standing. The recommended list will be approved by the Board of Directors and electronically posted to the USACCRA members. Any member in good standing may choose to run for any position or nominate a member in good standing for any position on the ballot.
Section 6 The President shall appoint an independent party with the consent and approval of a simple majority of the Officers and Directors of the Board who shall have the responsibility to receive and tabulate the results of the election of Officers and to report the results of said election to the Board of Directors and members of the Association.
Section 7 The active members of this Association in good standing will vote electronically. Each office shall be voted on separately and be filled by any candidate receiving a majority vote.
NOMINATION COMMITTEE REPORT TO DIRECTORS
SWITCH WHEN NEW CHIEF APPOINTED
SWITCH WHEN NEW CHIEF IS APPOINTED
SWITCH WHEN A NEW PRESIDENT IS ELECTED
I will be retiring from full-time ministry at Hyde Park United Methodist 11 August 2013 when I preach my final sermon as a staff member. I have served here 19 years (since I retired from the chaplaincy) first as Associate Pastor, then Executive Pastor, and concluding as Congregational Care Pastor. Dorothy and I will be staying in Tampa. I will continue in ministry, especially by providing a military chaplain presence at a couple funeral homes for memorial services or funerals for those families who desire such for their deceased loved one(s) and who do not have a church affiliation.
Recently I was the main speaker at pre-Memorial Day program at Highland Ridge Retirement Community in Williamsburg, Iowa. Also, I gave the Invocation and Benediction at community Memorial Day ceremony at National Guard Armory in Iowa City, Iowa.
After retiring in 2004, I served six years as Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, working with students preparing for pastoral, church staff, and chaplain ministries. In 2010 I joined the faculty at Dallas Baptist University as Professor of Christian Ministry and Director Chaplaincy Program. DBU offers a 72 semester hour theological degree in chaplain ministry. We have students in the Chaplain Candidate Program of the Army and two applying for the Navy, as well as other students preparing for institutional chaplaincy. I am currently writing a dissertation for a D.Min. at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, thanks to the Post 9-11 GI Bill. I do supply preaching and interim pastorates as opportunities develop. My wife and I are endorsed and trained as disaster relief chaplains for the Texas Baptist Men.