Tag Archives: Chaplain

Navy Chaplain: Don’t Just Thank Me for My Service

Chaplain Travis Coffey

By Carl Stagner

November is known for Thanksgiving. It’s also known for Veterans Day. This is the time of year that people count their blessings and name them one by one; certainly, we consider our men and women in uniform a tremendous blessing. But according to one Church of God chaplain to the U.S. Navy, being thankful isn’t enough. It’s great, but it stops short of what they need most. Travis Coffey gives us a glimpse of life as a Navy chaplain, how the Lord is working in the midst of his ministry, and how the Movement can best demonstrate true gratitude for those who serve God and country. Continue reading

The Clerical Collar-Wearing Pastor Who Planted a Church at Age 77

Pastor Dick Ogle

By Carl Stagner

Dick Ogle’s preferred daily dress is clerical attire—characteristic among some denominations, but certainly not common in the Church of God. Funerals are one of his primary methods of outreach—unusual, but surprisingly potent. Perhaps the most unconventional thing about this eighty-eight-year-old pastor is that he came out of retirement at age seventy-seven to plant a church in Hoisington, Kansas. Today, First Street Church of God is a healthy, growing, multi-ethnic congregation that proclaims the gospel with boldness, and sings straight out of the hymnal. Continue reading

Church of God Corrections Chaplains Deliver Hope Behind Bars

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By Carl Stagner

They’re drug dealers. They embezzled funds. They’re kidnappers, rapists, and murderers. Upon re-entry into society, however, they’re also the ones some churches would rather not welcome into their congregation. But these men and women were created in the image of God. Family and friends have written them off, but God’s hand of unconditional love stretches out to them. Called beyond the familiarity of local church ministry, Church of God corrections chaplains are ordained ministers who have instead been led to “remember those in prison” (Heb 13:3), accept them, and share with them the hope of Jesus Christ. Continue reading

Obadiah Smith Receives 2015 Indiana Black Expo Governor’s Award

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By Linette Tang

Obadiah’s chaplaincy for the Church of God and service to the military has warranted numerous awards and decorations—such as the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 2 devices, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service, Air Force Reserve Medal 1 device, Air Force Training Ribbon, 09 Grissom Officer of the Year, and the 2010 #1 Outstanding USAFR Chaplain of the Year. This time, the 2015 Indiana Black Expo Governor’s Award for Civic Leadership/Military was given to Obadiah for the work he has done throughout the community and for Indiana. Continue reading

Honoring Our Chaplains, All Veterans This November

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Photo: Veterans Day is November 11.

By Carl Stagner

How much do you know about our Church of God chaplains to the military, hospitals, and correctional facilities? David Erb knows a lot about them. He serves the Church of God as its chaplain endorser. As Veterans Day fast approaches, he urges the Church of God to remember not only our country’s men and women in uniform but also those who minister to them in the role of chaplain. Continue reading