Chaplain

Carr elected to National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces

Carr elected to National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces

Dr. Gary Carr has been elected member-at-large to the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces (NCMAF). He will represent The Wesleyan Church joining official representatives, religious leaders and executives from more than 200 denominational churches and...
Gordon Ritchie: A Physician of the Soul

Gordon Ritchie: A Physician of the Soul

Gordon Ritchie recently retired from a fulfilling career as a United States Marine Corps Chaplain. After twenty-four years of service, Ritchie has had an influence on many young people in the United States Navy. His career–shaped by honor, hope, presence, and...
​Chaplain Commander Richard Bareiss remembered

​Chaplain Commander Richard Bareiss remembered

Chaplain Richard E. Bareiss, 89, of Bourbonnais, Ill., died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Bickford House in Bourbonnais. Born Dec. 10, 1927, in Springfield, Mass., he was a seaman in the Navy at the end of World War II. After attending Houghton College (where he met...
Military chaplains at The Cove

Military chaplains at The Cove

(See pictures below.) Every two years, about 30 active Wesleyan military chaplains from all branches of service are invited to come together for debriefing, prayer, inspiration, professional development, and fellowship. While some are in deployment or otherwise cannot...
​Online chaplain makes spiritual connections

​Online chaplain makes spiritual connections

An increasingly connected world has put unprecedented power in the palm of the hand, a laptop, tablet, or on a desktop. Southern Wesleyan University is experiencing rapid growth in online degree programs as more individuals look for a convenient way to achieve their...
Gordon Ritchie:  A Physician of the Soul

Gordon Ritchie: A Physician of the Soul

Gordon Ritchie recently retired from a fulfilling career as a United States Marine Corps Chaplain. After twenty-four years of service, Ritchie has had an influence on many young people in the United States Navy. His career–shaped by honor, hope, presence, and...
​Chaplain Spotlight: Bryan Purvis — The Ministry of Presence

​Chaplain Spotlight: Bryan Purvis — The Ministry of Presence

Chaplain Purvis recently was promoted to Lieutenant Commander – a professional success he attributes to the men he serves. “Promotions have little to do with me and everything to do with those I serve with; they, the enlisted and other officers, make...
“All I know is how to be a chaplain”

“All I know is how to be a chaplain”

Richard Bareiss can be forgiven if he doesn’t respond immediately when someone calls him by his first name. For the past 60 years, Bareiss has answered not to the name, Richard, but to the title, Chaplain. After graduating from Houghton College and Gordon Theological...
Wesleyan chaplain baptizes 22 in Jordan River

Wesleyan chaplain baptizes 22 in Jordan River

Sailors attached to the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) and marines assigned to 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) were baptized in the Jordan River and explored the Holy sites of Israel during a scheduled port visit. Mesa Verde organized...