Chaplain

Faith Sharing
Appalachian Trail chaplain “Chappy Jack” Layfield on the Appalachian Trail in Roan Mountain, Tenn. Photo by Mike DuBose, UM News.

Appalachian Trail chaplain shares faith journey in devotional book

“Chappy Jack” Layfield served as the 2019 Appalachian Trail chaplain. He has written a book of daily devotionals that chronicles his experiences on “the AT” and his spiritual growth as a result of the 2,200-mile hike.
Social Concerns
The Rev. Jeremy Wicks (front) takes part in a Black Lives Matter demonstration in northern Michigan. Wicks has served as a police chaplain, a reserve police officer and a Black Lives Matter organizer. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Jeremy Wicks.

Pastors with a badge advance police reforms

United Methodist chaplains and pastors who serve in law enforcement discuss what changes might help both the police and the people they serve.
Mission and Ministry
Lt. Cmdr. Genevieve Clark, chaplain, conducts an Easter sunrise service on the flight deck of the hospital ship USNS Mercy in Los Angeles, where it has been deployed in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response. Clark is an elder in the Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ryan M. Breeden.

Military chaplains deployed in pandemic

United Methodist clergy in Navy, National Guard hold Holy Week services and offer general support to military personnel involved in coronavirus response.
Evangelism
The Rev. Kellie Sanford (right) practices social distancing while visiting with a resident of the CC Young Senior Living community in Dallas. Sanford, a licensed local pastor in The United Methodist Church, serves as chaplain for the facility. Photo by Jennifer Griffin.

Chaplains comfort and share grief during COVID-19

As infections and deaths from the coronavirus mount, chaplains are challenged to do their jobs in a world where physical contact is forbidden.

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