Archive for December 2013

Thomas Merrill

Thomas Merrill  writes:

Retired from US Army Chaplaincy 1988. Served as Assistant Director, Learning Center for Learning Disabilities, West Virginia Wesleyan College retired for medical reasons 2002.  Mentored new pastors in training and provided pastoral services for various churches

Contact Info      1900 Wildcat Rd Ireland, WV 26376      merrilltom124@gmail.com    (304) 871-1094

Jerry Reynolds

Jerry Reynolds writes:

Some teaching, property management, gardening, grocery shopping, counseling, and supporting Sherry’s Fairfax County work in education

Contact Info:  6217 Mori St, McLean, VA 22101    reynolds-sage@mindspring.com   (770)309-7323

Charles Baldwin

Charles Baldwin writes:

Retired USA 1990 and parish 1999. Living in town where my last parish was. At retirement spent some time on a MALS degree, assisted in parish vacancies, taught in several Elderhostels (Chautauqua Institution) and several similar local programs. Was active 7 years in Extension Master Gardener program–going on inactive roster this year. Busy as Elder in a local parish, working in our yard and garden, involvement in regional fair competitions, etc.

Contact Info: 2104 Setliff Dr, Highpoint, NC 27265-9594   charlesb@northstate.net   (336)882-5672

Rodney Callahan

Rodney Callahan writes:

Retired from the USAR chaplaincy in 1997 after 27 years service in the active Army and reserve .(Rank COL). After leaving AD in 1982, I served as a pastor, directed a home for troubled youth, spent 9 yrs in prison(as a chaplain), then 15 years as a hospice chaplain in Macon, GA. Retired from hospice in Aug. 2011. During retirement we have traveled to Switzerland, France, England, Costa Rica, and Texas.
July 9, 1988, remarried to Caroline Carter from Waycross, GA. She retired from teaching in 2011. We have 3 adult daughters and 8 grands.
Attended CHOBC in ’74, CHOAC ’81, CGSC- USAR, 1992. Would enjoy hearing from our military friends.

Contact Info:  403 Taylor Drive, Forsyth, GA 31029-8505     ccrodcallahan@att.net    (478)394-0323

Dan Franklin

Dan Franklin writes:

Currently serving as an Associate Chaplain Endorser with Texas Baptists (BGCT) and state coordinator for the Texas Crisis Resiliency Team.

Contact Info:   7226 Willow Rain, San Antonio, TX 78244   DanRFranklin@yahoo.com    (210)842-8221

Daniel K. Hall

Daniel K. Hall  writes:

Retired Army chaplain in Fayetteville, NC. 3 children: a clergyman, a doctor and a lawyer. Most of my chaplain friends have stacked arms, but I would love to hear from those of you who are still
with us since 1953. Where is John Green who used tp be in Texas? Where are the chaplains who were
at Fort Devens, Fort Knox, Fort Bragg, Fort Jackson, Europe, Korea and Vietnam? Where is my Seventh
Day Adventist friend who used to be in CA? Two Jewish chaplain friends at Fort Devens are still here,
but where?

Contact Info:     200 Pate Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28305   kirkseyhall@nc.rr.com     (910)484-8670

Rabbi Aaron Michelson

Rabbi Aaron Michelson writes:

Since moving to Israel in1999 I have been active in my local synagogue and am frequently called upon to give sermonettes. I have also managed to spend several years in advanced study of religious material and passed the Israel chief rabbinate’s test qualifying me to serve as a kosher food supervisor. During the past eight years my wife, Rona and I have led kosher trips to China, Vietnam and Cambodia, Ecuador with Galapagos and Peru,
and this past summer we led a group through Beijing Tibetans Nepal including a flyby of Mt Everest.

Contact Info:  ravadm@gmail.com

Raymond & Edna Ruddle

Raymond & Edna Ruddle write:

Retired. Helping our local SDA church in Eagle River, AK
I am scheduled for open heart surgery having my Aortic value replaced. Mid Jan 2014.

Contact Info: 20574 Ice Fall Dr, Eagle River, Alaska   (907)854-4023      puggs6@gmail.com

Christmas Message from President USACCRA

Dear Chaplain Family,Herman Keizer, Jr.

In an historic moment in time, Hanukkah was celebrated during the same time as our celebration of America’s National Thanksgiving Day. That is a happening that will not occur again in a very, very long time. I hope that all of you who were able to be with your families to celebrate these two holidays – one religious and one National. For those of you separated from your families because of deployment or other assignment conditions, be assured the members of our Association lifted you up in our prayers.

One of the holy days in the Christian tradition is the celebration of the anniversary of the birth of Jesus from Nazareth, the son of Joseph and Mary. History took little note of this birthday. The writers of the Christian books called the Gospels tell the story of a poor family startled by the response to the birth of their son: a few shepherds, from the lower class of Israeli society, told of an amazing announcement from a chorus of beings from another world; a visit by some eastern magi, whose stargazing mapping of the heavens, following a new star and who left royal gifts; an old prophet and prophetess publically confessing that this was a very special child, one longed for from the beginning promise from God to make creation right again; a quick flight to Egypt, because an insecure monarch was willing to slay innocents to secure his throne; and a bewildered mother who reflected deeply on all these extra ordinary happenings.

Matthew begins his record of the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth with a portrait of the ancestors of this child. A list of names of the famous and the infamous, mighty kings and terribly wicked kings, a prostitute and some other women of questionable character form the ancestral portrait of this child, even his mother conceived while not married. This is not a portrait one would hang above the mantle place above the fireplace. Better to put it in the back of the laundry closet, out of sight, like a skeleton in the closet.

The portrait in Matthew’s story is still the picture of the ancestors – the progeny of Jesus. No blood kin, but all adopted into the family he continues to call out of one community, to be part of his family. He alone is the exemplar – the righteous – right with God one. The rest of us in this adopted family take his name as his bride – adulterous, disobedient, and not worthy. However, we feel loved in this family, even when we trouble the family with a love-of-self, we continue to plead for mercy, forgiveness and inclusion.

Those of us in the Christian Community love this community, because in this community where we do not have to be right, we only need to feel the mercy, love, and forgiveness of that family. I encourage you who belong to this family in our Chaplain family to find that Joy has come to the world, because he loved us when we were enemies of this family and our adopting God.

For those of you from different religious traditions we wish for you “Joy, Peace and Love.” Let us know that, given our family name, this is what you expect from us and the way we should be towards you. Have a Blessed Christmas

Herman Keizer, Jr. CH (COL) USA retired

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