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Chiefs of Chaplains of the United States

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In the United States armed forces, the Chiefs of Chaplains of the United States are the senior service chaplains who lead and represent the Chaplain Corps of the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force. The Navy created the first Office of the Chief of Chaplains in 1917; the Army followed in 1920, and the Air Force established its own in 1948 after it became a separate branch.

The three Chiefs of Chaplains and the three active-duty Deputy Chiefs of Chaplains from the Army, Navy, and Air Force comprise the Armed Forces Chaplains Board (AFCB) which advises the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness on religious, ethical, and moral matters, in addition to a number of policy issues.[1][2]

The current military Chiefs of Chaplains are:

Name Photo Rank and Service Chaplain Corps
Position Appointed
Paul K. Hurley
Major General
US Army
Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
May 22, 2015
Brent W. Scott
Brent W. Scott (2).jpg
Rear Admiral
US Navy
Seal of the United States Navy Chaplain Corps.svg
Chief of Chaplains of the United States Navy
July 23, 2018
Steven A. Schaick
Steven A. Schaick (3).jpg
Major General
US Air Force
AF Chaplain Corps Seal.png
Chief of Chaplains of the United States Air Force
August 21, 2018

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>> DAVID NASSER: Hey, if you love Calvin, tonight he’s going to be leading at campus community, alright? So buckle up. Tonight is going to be absolutely the unfiltered, alright Calvin, it’s going to be awesome. Hey, we wanted to have this opportunity not go by us since this particular week we have the privilege here at Liberty University of hosting a lot of world leaders that work with professional athletes in the realm of chaplaincy. And every year these men and these women gather together and kind of talk together, build relationships together, swap war stories, pray for one another, strategize on how they can minister to professional athletes. And they meet all around the world. And what an honor that they would choose to have their annual meeting this week here at Liberty University. We thought it would be bad stewardship since they’re here if we didn’t ask at least a few of them to sit down with us. Can we put our hands together for NLF Chaplains every that are going to come? Gentlemen, come on up. [APPLAUSE] >> NASSER: Right off the bat, if you don’t mind, Phillip it’s great to have you with us as well. Phillip is a former Liberty student, but he’s also just an Athletes in Action employee who really was the catalyst of getting to host this particular event here. Phillip, thank you brother for bringing these men and their families along for this week. Real quick, if you would, introduce who’s here, then I’m going to ask your boss to introduce some of the chaplains who are not on the panel as well. >> PHILLIP KELLEY: Alright, thank you. Hey, good to see you everybody at Liberty University. Y’all excited to be here? [CHEERS] Seven of you are, fantastic. Well I’m Phillip Kelley. I’m with Athletes in Action. This is my boss Corwin Anthony, the Executive Director of Pro Ministries of Athletes in Action. Next, we have Lamorris Crawford who is the chaplain for the Cincinnati Bengals. [CHEERS] Next, we have George McGovern who is the chaplain for the New York Yankees. [CHEERS] Next, we have Johnny Shelton, the chaplain for the Baltimore Ravens. [CHEERS] And last but not least we Doug Gilcrease, the chaplain for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. >> NASSER: That’s awesome. Corwin, welcome. I hope you felt right at home. I know we have a lot of brothers who didn’t get on the panel today, but can you kind of tell us a little bit about who else is in the room, and then also explain to those who might not be familiar what professional athlete chaplaincy really is all about. >> CORWIN ANTHONY: Sure, sure. Well, when I – my wife and I joined Athletes in Action in 2000 we first served as chaplains for the Miami Dolphins for 10 years. [CHEERS] And there, in those 10 years, we saw God do a change in our heat and our burden. We actually began to feel more burdened to reach, and support, and encourage, and shepherd, and are for the chaplains more so that reaching players and coaches. And that was wasn’t something that we expected when we joined Athletes in Action. And so when I was- had to step into this position of overseeing the ministry for our chaplains, my wife and I believe that it was God’s call on our life. Because these chaplains are out there across the country serving in environments where, quite frankly, in some place, they’re just tolerated. Right? There are some chaplains that are fully integrated and fully supported, and they’re encouraged to be around all the time, and they have great ministry. And there are other chaplains that are just slugging it out, walking into the facilities and they don’t know who’s for them and who’s against them. And so I want our chaplains who are the other chaplains in the room and their wives to please stand up because these are the folks who are behind the scenes- [APPLAUSE] Doing great, great work. They’re like stealth bombers. I think I heard this from Doug Gilcrease on the end. Chaplains are like stealth bombers. They fly into that locker room under the radar, but they do a lot of damage for God’s kingdom. Who we have represented here, the Giants and the Browns, and uh who was here? We got the Chargers here as well, the Dolphins. They upgraded and took my place. Well, and we got the Bears here as well, and Jacksonville. So we’re really excited about being here. Thank you for hosting us, for getting us together. Chaplaincy is, really, we’re pastors for teams, and we serve to provide all the spiritual support that players, and coaches, and their executives, and their wives need. And we’re there doing Bible studies and chapel service, and one-on-one discipleship, and evangelism. Our plan is to win, build, and send. You know, AIA is a Campus Crusade for Christ ministry. “Win, Build, and Send” is what we’re all about, so. >> NASSER: Well it’s just an honor to have you. Thank you again for letting us just play a tiny part of the hosting role here. Lamorris, before we get into the weeds of what chaplaincy looks like and talk about the role, I want them to know that every one of you, this is real for you. You lead out of a personal conviction. Even as Calvin was leading us today, Phillip was sharing some of his own personal life story with me. And it was in one ear, like getting lead in worship by you, and one ear by Calvin. Because you don’t just point people to the things of God you believe it. You’re a partaker yourself of God’s banqueting table. So I want them to hear your story in particular, Lamorris, just so they realize you’re not just a chaplain who’s got it all together, but God’s brought every one of you a long, long way. >> LAMORRIS CRAWFORD: Absolutely. I grew up in generational poverty, and my grandmother raised nine kids in the projects on the south side of Chicago. And when I was 10 months old my mother was murdered at the age of 17, and so my mom had my brother at 14, had me at 16, and she was shot in the head at 17. Never met my father, don’t know who he is to this day. My uncle was violently murdered at 17, my aunt was violently murdered at 28, and I had another aunt that died at 15 from asbestos at the projects. So, man, I grew up with a huge question mark on top of my head. Who am I? Why am I here? And completely rebelled. My desk sat next to the teachers. Only reason why I went to school was because I got a free meal and I loved gym. Anybody love gym class? Come on somebody. [CHEERS] And those two things sent me to school. No one in my family finished high school, no one in my family went to college. And I was in a gang by 12 and selling crack cocaine by 14. And so I graduated by a miracle out of the 8th grade. Come on, how many of y’all got praying grandmas. Come on. My grandma met with the school board, and they was like, “He do A, B, C, D, that brother can walk.” And I did. And I made it to high school by a miracle, and I was a four-year starter on the basketball team and trying to fill a void in my life. Pain, rejection. So when I hear- I’m in tears hearing Calvin’s story because I’m like, man, pain is real. But I was trying to medicate that pain by popularity, starting point guard, signing autographs, dumb stuff. And at the end of that my senior year, I’m being recruited, and the pain was still there. Nothing filled it. And I always wanted to leave Chicago. I was like, I’ll take a scholarship to Alaska. Send a brother to Africa. Just get me up out of here. [LAUGHTER] And I scored a 14 on my ACT, and so I went to a community college, I played one year of basketball there. But when I was 19 years old I had an encounter that changed my life. My first cousin was the leader of a gang in our neighborhood, he had nearly 300 kids under his authority. They carried dope for him, carried guns for him. And he met this girl, walked her home. Her dad locked him in the living room and preached the gospel of Jesus Christ to him. And we met up at 19, he told me about who Jesus was, I give my life to Christ, finished at that community college with an Associate’s degree, transferred, got Bachelors and Master’s degree. So I’m the first ever in my family to attend college. [APPLAUSE] Um, and so, yeah that’s my short story. Four kids, beautiful wife, and God just redeemed my life. >> NASSER: Now you’re just a walking miracle. Just by walking in and the word of the lamb and the- the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony, you walk in and you’re a personal billboard for what you’re pointing these players to. George, I think our backdrop here is a little incomplete because originally it was basically NFL chaplains, but then I know you’re been that as well, you were actually- he was actually your chaplain. That’s right. But you also now have this great role of getting to be the chaplain for the Yankees. And so we’ve got more than just NFL with us today. And I think this question really is in your lane really more than some of the other guys in that in the world of baseball these guys get bigger contracts, financially, you know, speaking than a lot of the football players, and they get guarantees. And so, a guy who’s 23 all of a sudden is guaranteed $150 million. And he gets all this money, he gets all this fame, all the social media, you know, attention, and followers. And you come into his life, George, and you have to be a voice and a leader. And as chaplains, that’s such an obstacle. It can be also an obstacle and an opportunity. Can you speak into that part of the culture of what you get to do? How do you speak into the life of someone as an authority who has 3 million people following them on Instagram, and has a, you know, all this entourage of people who just say yes to them all the time? How do you minister to somebody like that? >> GEORGE MCGOVERN: Two things come to mind real quick. One is, you have to be a man of integrity yourself so that your life backs up your words, and so they respect what you say because they see it lived out in your life. And then the Word of God is what speaks truth and speaks with authority as well into their lives. And so you have to be a student and a teacher of the Word, and let the Word of God be the authority in that guy’s life. If he submits to the word of God, no matter how much money he makes, or where he is in his life in terms of celebrity, that will be the thing that will motivate him to be a man of integrity himself. You know, I noticed- I did some work with football teams as well. What I’ve noticed, whether its baseball or football, or any other sport, the common denominator that all these guys face is adversity. Often times injury. I remember when I was doing work with the New York Jets, Dennis Byrd was the defensive end for the team. And he, one day in November, he was coming around one side of the defensive line, trying to attack the quarterback, his buddy Scott Mersereau was coming around the other side. This quarterback stepped up into the pocket, Dennis slammed his head- his helmet- into the chest of his buddy Scott Mersereau, laid paralyzed on the Giants Stadium turf. I went to the hospital to see if I could be of any help to Dennis, and I was allowed into the intensive care unit. Dennis was on a gurney there, he still had his football gear on, they had sawed off his helmet just to stabilize his neck. The only other people in the ICU unit at that point was Angie, his wife, and the baby in Angie’s womb, their first child, and then Pepper Burns, the assistant trainer. We gather around Dennis, he was conscious. He couldn’t feel anything from his neck down. We were trying to give him words of encouragement, telling him it as going to be alright. Dennis finally said, “Guys, can we pray?” Now you would think the chaplain guy would have offered that, but it was Dennis who initiated that. We laid our hands on Dennis and we prayed. As we opened our eyes after a short prayer, Dennis was crying, really weeping like a baby. After he got control of himself we were trying to soothe him. He said, “You want to know why I’m crying?” We said, “Sure, Den, what’s going on?” He said, “I’m crying because I’m remembering that Jesus Christ died for my sins.” And he didn’t have to say anything else. What was obvious at that moment was he was realizing that every foundational column had just been knocked out from underneath him in that split second of a moment on the field. Didn’t know whether he’d be able to feel his body again. Didn’t know whether he’d be able to walk again or hold the baby that was in Angie’s womb due in a few months. He didn’t know how he was going to prepare- care for his family. Football was over. But the only thing he did know was that Jesus Christ was his savior and Lord. And I’ve noticed over the years that if a guy has that foundation in his life, no matter how much money he’s guaranteed, no matter how successful and how well his name becomes recognized, if he doesn’t have that foundation of a relationship of Jesus Christ, then when those winds and storms of adversity come, he will not be able to withstand them. But if he’s got Jesus Christ as his savior and Lord, and he’s relying on him to lead his life, then no matter what happens to him, no matter how much money he’s guaranteed, no matter much celebrity he’s enjoying, that will be the foundation for his life. [APPLAUSE] >> NASSER: Johnny- yeah, that’s amazing. It’s awesome. Johnny, if you would, speak into the idea that NFL players don’t have the longevity that some of the other athletes in other sport realms have, obviously. So, they say- Phillip was joking around telling us NFL stands for “Not for Long”. These guys come in, how long is someone typically? >> KELLEY: Yeah, three years and four months in the average NFL career. >> NASSER: Yeah, so you’ve got a guy who comes in, and even inside of that short career they get moved around. They get traded out from one team to another. So you build a relationship with that particular person, and then they move on. Ben Watson who’s been with us several times, the first time he was with us he was at New Orleans Saints, and then he now- then he went to your team, and he just went back to the Saints. And so that doesn’t end your relationship with that person. So can you talk about that dynamic of having a player for a particular season, but then being a mentor for the rest or their life? >> JOHNNY SHELTON: Absolutely. You know, as I read the gospels and look at Jesus’ life, His life is predicated on relationships. And so Jesus lived this model to where He loved all, and through loving all, He helped many. And by helping many, he discipled a few. And so has a chaplain, you know, that’s my approach every day in terms of the guys. It’s a “here today, gone tomorrow” league. And- but when you build relationships, you know, it’s going to manifest something that’s going to last a lifetime. And so it doesn’t matter what team you’re on, you know. We’re all on God’s team, and so we stay in contact. And I can speak for these guys as well. We stay in contact with players that we have developed those discipleship relationships with. And it carries them for a lifetime. >> NASSER: Isn’t that a big part of this gathering as well and- on top of that, that you men bond together and you say, “Hey, one of mine is coming your way”? Speak into that Phillip and Corwin, if you don’t mind, just the fact that you guys are communicating beyond that realm too. Like, “Hey, I’ve got a player coming your way,” or “Heads up on what’s going on with his family,” or certain circumstance. >> KELLEY: Yeah, the unique thing is that there are only 32 NFL chaplains in the world, and so you have to really stay together. You have to be a brotherhood, and you have to make texting and phone calling and connecting with the 32 of us a priority. Because if we have taken a guy from an Atheist, let’s say, to kind of he’s accepting a little bit of the truth, and then he gets traded, I don’t want him just to get thrown to the wolves. So we’ll make a phone call and say, “Hey, you got ‘such-and-such’ coming your way. I trust you that you’re going to take the next step into the discipleship process.” >> NASSER: Yeah, it’s just vital that you guys are communicating with each other as well. Doug, would you just take a story- every one of these men has story after story that are about people. At the end of the day, chaplaincy is like just any other part of ministry. Whether you’re a senior pastor of a church of children’s pastor, you know, of a local body. At the end of the day, it’s about the people that you minister to. People who have names and families and testimonies. Can you give us just one story that kind of helps us understand your role and what God allows you to be a part of? >> DOUG GILCREASE: Yeah, I’d love to do that. First I want to say that I’m a very proud father of a Liberty Alum. [CHEERS] My daughter Madison graduated from nursing school in 2014, and she absolutely loved her experience here at Liberty. She comes back whether she can and one of the things she enjoyed the most was Convo. And so it’s an honor to be here. And my wife and I were walking around campus, and we cannot believe, David, my gosh how much this has changed in four years. Wow. So, one of the things that I’m very fortunate to be able to do that not all the guys can is I’m a part of the rookie orientation. So if you’re a football fan, right, you know in a couple weeks there’s a big thing that’s getting ready to happen. And what is that? >> AUDIENCE: The NFL draft. [CHEERS] >> GILCREASE: The NFL draft man. I see some jerseys down here. Kansas City, we got the Packers, right? So this is a big time. And so what happens is you’ll draft between 7 to 10 people, a few free agents. And so right after the draft, these guys come in and they have an orientation. So they meet with security and they say, “Hey, stay away from this part of town. If you get in trouble call this number. If you need a passport, whatever.” They’ll talk to the community relations folks, the PR people. Well, but God’s grace they give me 10 minutes during this process to address the rookies. And so I tell them about what I do and what we do. But then I give them a real brief Salt Talk and I just say, “Look, this is a crazy thing here and you really need to have balance in your life.” I really appreciated what George had to share. You got to have a foundation, right? And football is a great career, but it’s a really bad foundation because it can be taken from you like that. And I just, in my opinion, the best foundation anybody can ever have is Jesus Christ. And then what I do is I give them an opportunity to respond back and say, “Hey, I’d love to grab Coke, talk with you a little bit more about it if you’d be interested.” And y’all it’s crazy, between 80 and 90 percent every year the guys say, “Yeah, let’s hook up.” And I think that’s partly because it’s such an overwhelming time in their life and they’re just looking for some stability and something to help make sense of it all because they’re getting ready to head into a crazy time. Well, a couple years ago I got to meet with a young man, his name’s Kevin. And I shared the gospel and I could tell he got it. You know when you talk to somebody and you can tell they didn’t get it? It just ain’t happening? Well, he got it, but he just wasn’t ready to make that commitment. So over the course of the next two years, we would talk and he just wasn’t ready. Well, unfortunately, one night he got that same call that Calvin got, his mom passed away unexpectedly in her sleep. She was only in her 50’s and he was devasted, obviously. Well his family is from Haiti and they lived in Miami, and so the homegoing celebration- we got a little Haiti folks here. [CHEERS] Was in Miami, and so me and a buddy of mine we got in a car, we drove down there. And it was the sweetest time I’ve ever had. You think of Revelation, right, where people from every tongue, tribe, people, and nation will be worshiping the Lord? Me and my buddy were the only white guys there. They were singing in French-Creole, we had no idea what they were saying. And there was the sweetest spirit in this place. And we were just belting out these songs in English, we could care less who was there or what language it was in. And we just got a little glimpse of what it’s going to be like in glory, right? Well the next week we come home and I have lunch with Kevin, and I said, “Hey, are you ready now?” He said, “Yep.” We got up out of the restaurant, went to his apartment. I’ve never done this before. I kind of get in a complex, I’m getting used to it. I’m always hanging out with big guys, and so he’s about 320 lbs., 6’5”. We sat on his couch, I held his hand, and he said, “Jesus, save me.” And he’s been growing ever since. And so part of what we just talked about though is, unfortunately, he was a free agent this year, signed with another team, and so I’m going to be talking to that chaplain, hopefully get him hooked up. But you just look at it as hey, you know what, hopefully, I was able to invest in his life in that period of time, and then you send him out to go minister somewhere else. So that’s just one story. >> NASSER: And it’s heroic what you men are doing, and I know you’re not just doing it by yourselves. Your wives are co-laborers in this with you. And they’re certainly full-time. And all of you men have something that’s different than someone like Johnny. Only three of the chaplains are actually paid by the organization. The rest have full access and are seen as chaplains, but very few organizations actually put that on their budget item, in outline, and say we’re going to pay for that person to do that. Johnny has that with his organization, and sometimes owners see that as a value. Sometimes they don’t see it- they see the value of not having someone on staff so if the staff gets replaced that person can stay longer. So different cultures give it different rhythms. But these men raise their support. They’re part of Campus Crusade as a subsidiary ministry. And I always think if you love a particular team, one way that you can minister to that team that you’re a fan of is you can support these chaplains. You can come alongside of them and say, “I love that someone’s being salt and light, and a missionary with an all-access pass.” Can you talk a little bit just for one minute about that all-access pass? You get to go into this locker room culture. We see the field, but you guys see the locker room, you see behind the scenes with the people that get fired in a really tough conversation with a coach, or whatever. How do you minister in that on and off the field culture? >> ANTHONY: Sure, well, the all-access pass really is a privilege that probably about a third of the chaplains have. And one of our ministries is the ministry of presence. Because you have to be there when the Spirit of God is pricking someone’s heart. Because that there is a window of time in these guys’ lives where they’re open, they’re vulnerable, something has happened and they’re thinking about the right things. And if you’re not around that window just passes them by. And so there’re many times where you’ll just be hanging out in a lunchroom and because you have all-access the coaches allow you there, the executives allow you there, the players get used to you, and you’ll have guys come up and say, “Hey, I need to talk.” They’ll probably go to a private room somewhere and then share with you what’s really going on. And so our prayer, my prayer, my role, and all of our desire is to see every team value this role so much that they give their chaplains full access to serve throughout the entire organization. >> NASSER: It’s powerful that you’ve been good stewards of that access. I mean I think when every time one of these players make eye contact with you, you’re asking them for a free week at their beach house, you begin to lose your voice. And so you have to actually speak into their life, and not be one more person who is on their payroll. Phillip, one word of advice as a Liberty student, maybe, as a closer. But then also, you told me the other day that you ministered to a player who paid 13 mortgages? >> KELLEY: Yeah. Yeah. >> NASSER: Can you speak into that and the pressure on these guys? >> KELLEY: It’s a crazy world, you know. I remember being a student. So I was a student here, my wife Francis over here. Wave your hand Francis. I met her. [CHEERS] So I was a senior pastor. I came on a full-ride baseball scholarship, to play baseball here, and then gave that up to go be a senior pastor when I was 19. And so Francis became the pastor's girlfriend, officially when we were just dating here at Liberty. So that was a little bit awkward, but then we got married and then I became the chaplain for the Kansas City Chiefs for five years. [CHEERS] And I see a Kansas City Chiefs guy right here. God bless you, God loves you, and he has a plan for your life. Not so much the other people, but you. [LAUGHTER] But yeah, so-so we kind of got thrusted in this role, and one of the things that we as chaplains value, we say, “Look, we’re going to be the one person in your life to tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear.” Because everybody says, “Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.” Let us say, “No.” And so, we say, “We’re not going to ask anything from you. We’re not going to ask for tickets, we’re not going to ask for money, we’re not going to ask for autographs, we’re not going to ask for stuff. The only thing that we ask you to do is to leverage your platform to share Jesus to the world.” That’s it. That’s it. Because they can reach millions upon millions of people. We as Corwin said are those stealth bombers to go in to help them leverage their platform, disciple them, push them out of the nest. And when they’re ready, they can have a massive influence. Unfortunately, there’s a bunch of leaches around them because as they get that 100 million dollar contract, man the phone starts ringing. And it’s usually an assistant football coach of the junior high. And they say, “Hey man, remember that time when you wanted to quit in the junior high. Man, I put you back in there. You wouldn’t be where you are today if it wasn’t for me. Man, I just need help with my mortgage just this one time.” And then another time. And then that friend talks to another friend like, “Hey man, this guy is helping me out.” And so, there was a guy that I was working with that was paying literally 13 mortgages, and no wonder why the statistic of NFL players and pro-athletes as soon as they retire just a few years afterward they have nothing to show for it. And yet they develop this lifestyle of “I can’t get enough. And I am valued by what I do instead of who I am.” And that insatiable discontentment grabs a hold of them. And I think it happens all too often here at Liberty. I mean, I don’t think that you guys realize how blessed you are. When I was sitting here I was sitting right up there every Monday, Wednesday, Friday for four years. And I wished that I would have leaned into the speakers, I wish I would have taking studious notes as if I was studying for an exam. Because like it or not, when you get out of here there is going to be an exam and you don’t get a “A, B, C, or D,” you get life thrown on you. And are you going to have that foundational aspect of your life to be able to withstand some of those storms? And I know personally for me God has taken me through a lot of those storms. And when I was a student and all the way up, honestly most of my life I lead with my strengths. I tried to puff up and say, “Look at me, look at me, look at me.” And it hit me one time I was on a plane going to an away game, and I had all of my Kansas City Chiefs gear on, and I was so excited because the person sitting next to me was a Kansas City Chiefs fan. And I was kind of, like trying to show my logo and be like, you know, look who I am, look at my name badge, or whatever. And God said, “Are you more concerned to tell that person that you’re the team chaplain for the Kansas City Chiefs or about my Son?” And so now I think that we’re all string to lead with our weakness. >> NASSER: Yeah. >> KELLEY: That vulnerability that doesn’t create a wall of separation but it creates a bridge to connect. And that’s what we’re trying to do, we’re trying to live it out. And we’re not perfect, but we’re here. >> NASSER: I think one of the great life lessons for today because most of you won’t walk out of here with the desire to be a chaplain. But I will say, this what I so appreciate about our program here at Liberty University who trains up chaplains, not just in the military but in all fields, is that you want when you earn the ear of someone like that you want to ask them to sow a seed into the gospel. You want to ask them to leverage their influence or their affluence into gospel work, and not always be like, “Man can you help me with this bill?” An that’s a fine balance in whatever area God puts you in to learn how to be a real prophetic voice that speaks unfiltered into the life of somebody. Man, we’re going to be praying for all of you. Every single one of you need our prayers, especially the Cleveland Browns, so let’s pray for them, alright? [LAUGHTER] That’s going to be a miracle, brother. They get to go first in the draft, that’s already an- >> KELLEY: Every year. >> NASSER: Every year. There you go. [LAUGHTER] Alright, let’s pray. >> KELLEY: I’m sorry man. Sorry about- >> NASSER: Oh my goodness, that was awesome. Anyway, so let’s pray. (Praying) Our Father, thank you for these great men and women. I know they lead as a family and they all just come together. Thank you for them. Thank you, God, even as Phillip said, that they get to lead both out of their weakness and out of their strengths. They get to lead not just by example of the things that they do right, like we were just told, but also by the way that they continue to walk forward in their faith even when they themselves maybe lose their temper, or they themselves do something that’s not consistent. So we thank you that ultimately you’re the great chaplain, God. Ultimately, you have the all-access pass that all over us are limited in. And so we thank you for these people. We pray blessing and favor on them. Even all kidding aside, thank you God that in the adversity, that in this season the Cleveland Browns are going through that that actually accentuates the opportunities that Chaplains have to speak into the life of those men. And so we thank you that through tragedy even, and through hardship, you create stronger moments of ministry. Give these men and these women that. We pray for their support, and we pray that this week has been just one more, one more just pillar of support in all that they’re doing. We love you, Lord. Thank you for Calvin, what he’s going through right now, and we pray that we’ll walk with him in that. We pray this in your name. Amen. Amen. (End) [APPLAUSE] Hey, real quick. Hold on. Hold on. *Shushing* Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold, hold on. I have something big to tell you about. *Shushing* Stop. Stop. Listen to me, today, today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, and on Friday, and we’ll let you know on Friday why we chose that particular day to do a longer spotlight on that, but on Friday we’re going to spend a good chunk of time talking about his legacy and his ministry and his impact into our nation. But today being that particular day, we thought we would join the rest of the nation, since we now have a bell tower, in commemorating this particular moment where the enemy tried to silence a man, and really it ended up being something even a greater voice. And so we’re going to- we’re going to dismiss out of here and I’m going to ask you if you would to dismiss in silence. And so you can grab your backpack, grab whatever you need, but just don’t say one word on your way out. And the reason for that is, as we dismiss we’re going to ring from the tower, from the Freedom Tower, 50- this being the 50th anniversary, 50 times the bell. And so in the next few minutes as we walk out of here and we walk toward our classrooms I want you to be able to hear that. So between now and the time that you walk out of this room if you would, just in honor and remembrance, and also because in here it’s harder to hear the bell, right? Let’s just be completely silent until you’re out of this room, and then as you hear the bell today, again, just be in memory of that. God loves you, alright? We’ll see you tonight at Campus Community. It’s going to be an incredible night. You’re dismissed.

Chaplains of the Marine Corps and Coast Guard

As the Marine Corps and Coast Guard do not commission chaplains, the United States Navy Deputy Chief of Chaplains also serves as Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps, and a senior Navy Chaplain holding the rank of Navy Captain serves as Chaplain of the Coast Guard. The current chaplains are:

Name Photo Rank and Service Position Appointed
Gregory N. Todd
Gregory N. Todd (3).jpg
Rear Admiral
US Navy
Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps
June 21, 2018
Thomas J. Walcott
Thomas J. Walcott (2).jpg
US Navy
Chaplain of the United States Coast Guard
April 12, 2018

See also


  1. ^ Archived 2011-06-30 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved May 13, 2011.
  2. ^ DOD Instruction 5120.08, retrieved May 13, 2011.
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