Happy New Year ASR Family.
We are excited to announce three new Ladies Chaplains for Azusa StreetRiders who have agreed to take the newly ASR board-mandated* OCA Chaplaincy Course.
The OCA Chaplaincy course is sponsored by UPCI but is available to anyone who desires certification as a workplace chaplain. Please congratulate Charlotte Dawes (ASR Southeast Texas Strong Chapter), Krysta Markahm (Central Alabama ASR) and Carmen Hamby-Brown (Sanctuary of Sikeston, MO). They will be joining the current Ladies Chaplains, Vicky Storey (ASR Northern Kentucky) and I (Diane Beall, ASR Myrtle Beach). Our goal is to have Chaplains capable of ministering one-on-one across the globe via face-to-face, phone and/or video conferencing.
We would also like to thank our Men’s Chaplains that are actively serving ASR. Rev. Allen Cherry, International ASR Chaplain, Bro Clarence Earp, Central Region 10 (North Texas Chapter), (Rev. Michael Moore serving West, Region 9 (ASR Sonora, CA), Rev. Rick Perry, Eastern Region 15 (ASR New Haven, CT) Rev. Ed Sears, South Region (ASR Covington,LA) Rev. Justo Savvedra, South Region 7 (ASR Cooper City, FL) Rev. Joe Jarvis, Midwestern Region 11(ASR, Bloomington, IL)
The roll of a chaplain in ASR is not only to help membership, but also to reach out to those that we come into contact with through our daily lives who are hurting. Again, Chaplains keep EVERYTHING confidential.
Chaplains serve at the discretion of the ASR Board for an indefinite time. Each Chaplain undergoes carful vetting and also is approved by their pastor (unless they also serve as an active pastor). Being a Chaplain is an awesome responsibility and individuals must have the “heart” of a Chaplain to truly be effective. We all have giftings but not everyone has the gifting to be a Chaplain. If you believe you are called to be a chaplain, please contact Chaplain Cherry or myself and we can discuss the roll and responsibilities to help you decide if you have this gifting/calling.
*At the 2018 National Rally, the ASR Board agreed that all new Chaplains must have proper training and/or credentials to become a chaplain with ASR. However, the Board has the right to waive the course requirements on an individual basis depending on the applicant’s qualifications and background.
Abundant Blessings to All for 2019
ASR Ladies Chaplain