Archive for February 2014

Prayer Request for Don and Marj Addickes

We received the following Prayer Request:

Prayer Request for Don and Marj Addickes

Dear Friends,

My New Year did not start off as I had planned.  On January 2nd I had an episode at home that eventually led to a diagnosis  of an aortic dissection. Initially the cardiology team in San Antonio had trouble diagnosing the problem.  My son, Mark and his family came to visit that weekend and Mark was convinced that my episode was indicative of a heart problem.  He consulted with his colleagues in Houston and determined that my aorta was tearing and that the condition required immediate attention.  Mark drove me to Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute in Houston where Dr. Anthony Estrera performed the the surgery by placing a Dacron graft on my aorta.  All of the family was present for prayer and support,  Mark and our beloved family saved my life. On Monday, January 6th, I awoke in the recovery room to a second birthday – Epiphany Day.  This is more than a coincidence. Marj has been by my side every step of the way to love, support and encourage me as I recover from this surgery. She’s the best!  Ten days after my surgery and recovery I returned to San Antonio and spent three weeks in a rehabilitation hospital. During my time in rehabilitation I had minor stroke. The stroke did not leave me with any long term effects. I returned home on February 12th and am continuing to recover. My recovery is slow and steady. I am taking care of my personal needs and am walking with a walker. I will begin in home cardiac rehabilitation next week.  Total recovery period for this type of surgery is eight to twelve months. I realize that the word of my condition spread quickly and we have received many cards, well wishes and acts of kindness. Indeed we have felt the power of your prayers! God is Good!

Peace, Love, Hope and Joy!


Philippians 1:3





Our Army Chaplain Family is grieving the loss of a dear Chaplain Brother who recently took his life at Fort Riley, Kansas.  He was serving as a Battalion Chaplain at Fort Riley.  We pray for his family and trust the Lord will give them strength and courage and the Hope of the Resurrection.  “Would-a-should-a-could-a”, is running through my heart and mind, big time!  Could our Shepherds and Elders have been able to help and made a difference?  Nobody knows that.  But we weren’t there!!  That I know!!

I was hoping we would have our Care to Caregivers program in full swing by now.   Fort Riley will be the first place we will be connecting Shepherds and Elders with serving Chaplains and Chaplain Assistants.  I know there are many of you in our retired Chaplaincy Family living within driving distance from Fort Riley.  It is not necessary for a Shepherd or Elder to be within driving distance of the Chaplain or Chaplain Assistant that would be mentored.  A cell phone, email, or text is all one needs to establish a mentoring relationship.  However in the case of Fort Riley and what has happened there recently, we would like to have some of our mentors from the local area mentoring the Chaplains or Chaplain Assistants at Fort Riley.   I am asking you to step forward now and volunteer to be a Shepherd.  Send me a note with your contact information telling me you are ready to step forward to serve as a Shepherd or Elder.  My email address is:  I will personally get in touch with you.  You can also call me at 571-214-1463.

Thank you,

Chaplain (MG-Ret) Gaylord T. Gunhus


Dr. John W. Schumacher

A soldier of God remembers: Memoir highlights of a career army chaplain


Available at the Chaplain Mall

I never had a thought about writing a book.  It is a lot of work and who cares what I would have to say?  My co-endorser and CEO of The Grace Brethren Investment Fund would listen to my stories and repeatedly tell me that I needed to write a book.  I will admit that, only by the Grace of God, I did have a remarkable career.  The urging went on for nearly 4 years.  I appreciated but sort of “blew off” the urging.  Finally another person, an author, heard me speak and said the same thing.  “You need to write a book.”  I finally “caved in” early 2001 and began to think more seriously about such an intimidating and daunting project.  It took some time to set up a plan on how the book might take shape.  I was unaware of anyone/any chaplain, who had tried to capture a career in a book.  With some fear and trepidation I sat down at the computer in an attempt to chronicle, in a meaningful way, my story.  The plan I developed was to pick events that would give the reader a sense of the challenges a chaplain faces and how a sovereign God so powerfully intervened through these events.  The fear I could not shake was that a book would never accomplish what I had hoped it would and that a first printing of a 1,000 copies would largely go untouched and would long be sitting in a warehouse gathering dust. To reinforce that feeling I was unable to generate any interest in any religious book store chains

To date we are on the downside of the third printing.  In the process, through events too detailed, and wonderful at the same time, to mention here, it was published in Spanish.  Today we are on the second printing (500) each time.  The book is now in the hands of people in the Far East, Europe, Africa, Central and South America.  Almost 3,500 copies are in circulation.  Some of these copies, especially those that are in Spanish, have been received by some significantly high ranking officers in Central and South America.  The feedback has been more than anything I could have dreamed.  Lives have been, in some cases, deeply affected.  A military official and a religious official both were seen with tears in their eyes in response to the book.  I pray that the reader will not see me or the Army but, instead, a clear representation of our sovereign God who will work powerfully and dramatically in the lives of those who will commit their hopes and dreams to Him.


Dr. John W. Schumacher

CH (COL) USA, Ret.

Chaplain Endorsing Agent, FGBC

(623) 561-5485

6289 W. Donald Dr.

Glendale, AZ 85310


Frederick (Bud) Rupel

Frederick (Bud) Rupel writes:

Pastoral Care Pastoral at Evangel Temple Assembly of God in Columbus, GA since 1 OCT 2005

Address: 4524 Conisburgh Way, Columbus, Georgia 31907

Email and phone:


Ernest Banner

Ernest Banner writes:

I am volunteering.

Address is: 751 Mallet Hill Rd APT 7102, Columbia, SC 29223

Email and phone:


John W “Jack” Morrison Jr

John W “Jack” Morrison Jr writes:

Currently I am an active with a part-time, in-home office practice as a licensed therapist, LMFT, LPCC and supervising therapists for licensure. My primary activity these days is coordinating our Hope for Haiti mission team partnering with folks in Port-de-Paix to install and sustain solar powered water purification systems.  My Army bride Marion Balckstone died in 2000. I remarried to another KY lady, Sheryl McPherson. My three daughters live in nearby Louisville, KY.

Address is: 107 Mallard Crossing Court, Elizabethtown, KY 42701-6979

Email and phone:  (270)300-0001

Gregory Matthews

Gregory Matthews writes:

On February 28, I will retire with 20 years of service as a VA chaplain.. I presently work full time and I am in good health. But, age is

catching up on me. It is time that I retire before I become a basket case. 🙂 🙂

The following is a brief statement of my 50 years of service to God & Country which will be given to those coming to my retirement


Fifty Years of Service

It was a June day in 1963. T. Gregory Matthews had graduated from college the day before and today he was in the local office of his Draft Board waiving his to exemption from the Draft due to his enrollment in a Seminary and requesting immediate induction into the U.S. Army. Matthews believed that as a future congregational pastor he would be dealing with families who had sons and daughters in active military service and he felt that he could best relate to those families if he had spent time in the Army as an enlisted person.

One month after graduating from college he was wearing an Army uniform and on his way to Ft. Sam Huston for training as an enlisted medic. Matthews twenty years of active military service, with additional time in the Reserves, was unique in that for that entire period of time, both as an enlisted person and as a Commissioned Officer, he was formally registered asa Conscientious Objector, but one who was willing to serve his country. This commitment to service was in the spirit of Desmond T. Doss, who as a conscientious objector, in 1945 was the first CO to receive the Medal of Honor.After training as a medic, Matthews was assigned to Ft. Benning and the 11th Air Assault Division (Test). Its function was to develop the Air Mobility concept and in 1965 it became the 1st Air Cavalry Division in Viet Nam. The next few years, after his release from enlisted service, were spent as a Seminary student, becoming a congregational pastor in Virginia and being commissioned as a Staff Specialist in the U.S. Army. Later he transferred to the Chaplain Corps and became the first Seventh-day Adventist to serve as a chaplain in any National Guard unit. During this period of time he served with the Washington D.C. Army National Guard and with the 359th Transportation Battalion, a Reserve unit at Ft. Eustis, Virginia. In 1975 he was given the opportunity to re-enter the Army as a Chaplain which he accepted. His service as a chaplain has included: service in Korea (35 months), Panama and the invasion of Grenada in 1983. His most enjoyable unit assignment wasas the Brigade Chaplain for the 16th Military Police Brigade at Ft. Bragg,North Carolina. Other unit assignments included the Artillery (3 times),Infantry, and Engineers. He also had a chapel in Seoul, Korea. His most rewarding assignment was as a member of the teaching faculty of the U.S.Army Chaplain School, where he mentored hundreds of students as to how to remain faithful to denominational tenants within the pluralistic organization of the Army Chaplaincy. Prior to this assignment he was agraduate student at Chapman University where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology. By the end of his active service in the Army he had been awarded the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal twice. Upon retirement he became employed as a V.A. Chaplain. He feels especially rewarded for his service to surgical families and to employees under the auspices of the American Federation of Government Employees.

Address is: 1088 Princeton Dr, Longmont, Colorado 80503

Email and phone: (303)485-9482

Stephen Kim

Stephen Kim writes:

I retired from active ministry in 2008.

Address is:

104 S. Meadow Lane,Haughton, LA 71037

Email and phone:   (318)949-3040

Michael Messinger

Michael Messinger writes:

Retired in 2000 and have been pastoring the First Christian Church of Visalia, CA ever since. FCC is very active in overseas missions with major focus on Kenya, Thailand and Indonesia. Recently, in 2012 went on a mission trip to Kenya, and in March 2014 will be going with my wife Beth back to Thailand and Indonesia. Also have made four trips to Israel since retiring for USA, to include a sabbatical there in 2007 and fulfilled a life long dream of participating in an archaeological dig (Bethsaida).

Address is: 2401 N. Teddy Street, Visalia, California 93291

Email and phone: (559)280-0668

Ed Parton

Ed Parton writes:

On a six month mission trip to Thailand and Cambodia helping orphans… Atlanta … retired for sure… collecting points for Olympic GoldMedal in Couch Potato…

Address is: 967 Sourwood circle, Marietta, GA 30008

Email and phone: (678)773-8208