Archive for April 2015



“A new informal chapter of USACCRA is starting in Arizona. Sorry for all of the sun in the picture of our group, but it’s hard to eliminate sun from pictures in Arizona. Through the efforts of retired Chaplains G.T. Gunhus, Donna Weddle, and Roy Ludlow, and retired Chaplain Assistant Steve Utter, we consolidated old rosters, called folks for email addresses, and have a roster of 35 Arizonans. We had 17 people come to our first lunch on Feb. 28.. It was a wonderful time to connect and reconnect for so many chaplains and chaplain assistants, spouses and widows. Folks came from Glendale (north of Phoenix) to Sierra Vista, a total distance of 180 miles. We had our first gathering at the Thunder Canyon Brewery in northwest Tucson, due to the great work of Steve Utter, who got us a private room. More than half of us are Arizona “snowbirds”, i.e. winter only visitors, but many live here all year. We want to encourage any in Arizona to let us know that they are here, so that we can invite you to the next event. For more info, contact Donna Weddle at, or 520-777-6338. “
A picture of our group is below. Sorry for the light beam (the Sun) that make the picture hard to view. We had a person walking by take the picture. We are planning another soon. We will take a better picture.

Carol Vanshenkhof

Carol Vanshenkhof writes:
I am retired, recently divorced, and moved into Quincy Village, a Presbyterian Retirement Community. I intend to be associated with the Presbytery here. I have contacted a MOAA Chapter. I am still getting settled in my cottage. It’s snowing and I bought a plastic toboggan sled I plan to use on the hills today!! God is good!

I am an hour from daughter Liz & grand Shane. Sons Matt and Ben with 4 grands are in MO.
Address is 303B Chesapeake, Waynesboro, PA 17268-7984
Email and Phone: (717) 977-9987

Lawrence Barry

Lawrence Barry writes:
Since retiring in 2005 we have enjoyed serving and ministering in the cool NW. My wife, Melba, and I served a one year military relations mission for our church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This was a wonderful opportunity to minister to soldiers, airmen and their families in the JBLM area. We continue to be involved in our local church activities, serving in various capacities as needed. I also serve on the JBLM Retiree Council. We have five grown children and 28 grandchildren.
Address is: 6324 Jody Ct. SW, Tumwater, WA 98512
Email and Phone: (360) 870-4963

Ron Huggler

Ron Huggler writes:
Besides serving in my local church, I am serving with three para-church organizations:

IAEC–International Association of Evangelical Chaplains whose mission is to encourage, equip, and empower Christians worldwide who are engaged in military ministry, particularly military chaplain ministry.

ACCTS–Association of Christian Conferences Teaching and Services whose mission is to assist in the development of Christian leaders in the armed forces of the world and in the establishment and growth of military Christian fellowships.

OCF–Officers Christian Fellowship whose mission is to glorify God by uniting Christian officers for bibliclowship and outreach, equipping and encouraging them to minister effectively in the military society.
Address is: 8831 Pineridge Rd, San Antonio, TZ 78217
Email and Phone: (210) 822-2332

Dale Forest

Dale Forest writes:
Gwen and I are enjoying retirement by working as a volunteer chaplain with Holland America Cruise Lines. Recently called upon (3 days notice) to do a 17-day roundtrip San Diego – Hawaii. Preached 13 times over the 17 days and had a blast!
Address is: 24609 46th Ave E, Graham, Washington 98338
Email and Phone: (253) 266-9977

Chad Maxey

Chad Maxey writes:
Chaplain, VA Medical Center, Hampton, VA
Address is: 670 Downey Green Street, APT 409, Hampton, VA 23666
Email and Phone: (682) 553-2855

David Tessman

David Tessman writes
Pastor Emeritus – Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church (LCMS), Burlington, NC
Circuit Visitor, Southeastern District, LCMS
Senior Chaplain, Burlington North Carolina Police Department
Address is: 915 Edgewater Road, Gibsonville, North Carolina 27249
Email and Phone: (336) 449-9949

Orris Kelly

Orris Kelly writes:
Good to hear from so many friends “of long standing”. At age 89 and after 35 years in the Army, WWII, Vietnam, etc and Board of Higher Education and Ministry, am in a Retirement Community and thoroughly enjoying the people. Am in reasonable health as is Charlotte. Can’t believe we are living so long!! Incredible!! I enjoy reading about all of you. Orris Kelly
Address is: 2121 Meadowlark Rd, APT 405, Manhattan, Kansas 66502
Email and Phone: (785) 539-3251

Jerry Earles

Jerry Earles writes:
Retired and Traveling.
Address is: 236 Meadow Crest Dr., West Columbia, South Carolina 29172-205
Email and Phone: (803) 755-3899

Fred Smith

Fred Smith writes:
I have been the pastor of Christ Lutheran Church,3451 30th Ave N.,St. Petersburg,Florida 33713 for the last 12 years. .My wife, Donna and I invite your correspondence! Christ Lutheran is a member of the North American Lutheran Church.
Address is: 8211 37th Ave. North, St Petersburg, Florida 33710
Email and Phone: (727) 345-0335