Advent Christian Commission on Chaplains
Chaplain (Colonel) Ronald Scott Bezanson, U.S. Army (Ret), Chairman
Military service takes its members away from home, family, community, church and places them in a new environment, often in harms way. The military provides alternate means of caring for the physical, mental, and spiritual health of its members. Chaplains are appointed to minister to the spiritual needs of the command and its members. A chaplain advises his/her command on all religious, moral, and morale matters. A chaplain provides services, sacraments, pastoral counseling, and other ministrations. Every chaplain is endorsed by his/her denomination and agrees to provide positive witness to faith, and respect for other faiths.
The Advent Christian Church has sent clergy to meet these needs since beginning in WWII. Our chaplains maintain contact with local churches encouraging prayer and material support of their ministry. Chaplains have not "left the ministry," rather they have expanded their pastoral outreach to all personnel in their unit, parish, or area of assignment. They encourage and facilitate the free exercise of religious faith and practice, coordinating their own positive witness and ministry with that of chaplains of other faiths to enhance the spiritual health of the parish.