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Alicia Chole: The truth about joy (12/28/03)

Cookies and Christmas: A roundtable discussion (12/21/03)

John Tesh: In pursuit of passion (12/14/03)

AGWM's L. John Bueno: Bread of life (11/23/03)

Teen Challenge's John Castellani: Christ breaks addictions (11/16/03)

Christian humorist Justin Fennell: Justifiably funny (10/19/03)

Representative Marilyn Musgrave: The role of Christians in government (10/12/03)

Dennis Gaylor: Fifty more campuses (9/28/03)

Kathy Troccoli: A message of hope (9/21/03)

Kristy Starling: Dreams come true (9/14/03)

CeCe Winans Love: Of Gospel and Grammies (8/31/03)

Gary Heavin: Faith and fitness (8/24/03)

Gracia Burnham: Grace in the jungle (8/17/03)

Seattle Mariner John Olerud: Hope when your health fails (8/10/03)

Chris Maxwell: Pastor recovering from memory loss (7/27/03)

Wayne Warner: Today’s Pentecostal Evangel: a historical view (7/20/03)

Paul Drost: Every church a parent or a partner (7/13/03)

Dr. J. Calvin Holsinger: What can be learned from history? (6/29/03)

Ron Drye: Ministering to the whole person (6/22/03)

Matt McPherson: Doing business by the Golden Rule (6/15/03)

The difference (6/8/03)

Fory VandenEinde: Fulfilling the Great Commission (5/25/03)

Tom Greene: The church's new generation (5/18/03)

Lisa Whelchel: Former sitcom star now an advocate for moms (5/11/03)

Tony Lamarque: Warden speaks about unconditional love (4/27/03)

Ann Graham Lotz: Just give her more of Jesus (4/20/03)

Lee Strobel: The case for Christ (4/13/03)

Randall K. Barton: Extravagant stewardship (3/30/03)

Bishop Gilbert Patterson: Bringing people together under Christ (3/23/03)

Pat Boone: A unique celebrity speaks out (3/16/03)

St. Clair Mitchell: God in Washington, D.C. (3/9/03)

Kay Gross: Ministry by women, ministry to women (2/23/03)

Thomas E. Trask: A historic General Council (2/16/03)

Denise Jones: Girls of Grace (2/9/03)

Doug Greengard: Beyond the NFL (1/26/03)

Three pro-life advocates call the church to action (1/19/03)

Chaplain Charles Marvin: The gospel in uniform (1/12/03)

2002 Conversations

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The gospel in uniform

(January 12, 2003)

Chaplain Charles Marvin serves as ecclesiastical endorsing agent for Assemblies of God military and Veterans Affairs chaplains. He has also served as director of the Chaplaincy Department, and spent 27 years on active duty as a chaplain with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Chaplain Marvin recently spoke with Scott Harrup, associate editor.

PE: What are your responsibilities as ecclesiastical endorsing agent?

MARVIN: The ecclesiastical endorsing agency is the officially recognized, government-registered agency for endorsing chaplains from a faith group. Our Commission on Chaplains is the Assemblies of God endorsing agency, and my signature assures a government agency that we have carefully screened the man or woman we are endorsing. I serve as the endorsing agent for military and Veterans Affairs chaplains from the Assemblies of God. Chaplain Al Worthley, who now heads the Chaplaincy Department, is the endorsing agent for institutional and occupational chaplains.

PE: Describe the caliber of young men and women pursuing the military chaplaincy.

MARVIN: I’ve given a lot of attention to recruiting chaplains among Assemblies of God clergy and Bible college students. Chaplains must have a God-given burden, a passion for military personnel and their families, proven character and the ability to work in a pluralistic environment. They need to administrate an entire religious program in peacetime while remaining ready to be called to action. For our clergy who serve in the reserves, this includes being ready to turn over a church to an interim pastor. I was in Europe recently at a ministry retreat. One of the chaplains at the retreat had been called up to serve in Uzbekistan. His wife is currently pastoring their church in the Midwest.

PE: How are chaplains a stabilizing force during basic training and peacetime operations?

MARVIN: Using both compassion and tough love, they must address the needs and struggles of enlisted men and women, and at times be their representative to commanding officers. Recruits going through basic training are put into an environment of discipline they probably have never experienced. Chaplains help them develop spiritually and deal with heavy demands. Peacetime assignments are also demanding on soldiers and are a big part of a chaplain’s ministry. Troops work around explosives, fuel, ammunition, tanks, planes, guns and ships. When the worst-case scenario happens for a peacetime soldier, accidental death can be harder to accept for a family than if their loved one died in combat. The chaplain provides grief counseling for the unit as well as the family.

PE: In light of mounting world tensions, what role are Assemblies of God chaplains playing?

MARVIN: Assemblies of God chaplains, like all of the fine chaplains in our Armed Forces, are focused on readiness. Soldiers preparing to leave their homes and families for a possible overseas assignment face some tough challenges. Chaplains are there to make sure that a means of spiritual readiness is in place to support the physical readiness required for deployment. A chaplain is there to be a listening ear when a soldier voices fears for a collapsing marriage or a child who will struggle emotionally during his or her absence.

PE: You emphasize the need for spiritual health in order to minister to others. What spiritual disciplines contributed to your ministry as a chaplain?

MARVIN: For any minister, prayer and immersion in God’s Word are vital. During my years of service, it was often the lyrics of the hymns I had learned all my life that would come back to me and bring encouragement. Involvement in local churches where our family was stationed was another blessing.

PE: Anything else?

MARVIN: The chaplaincy is as vital a ministry as A/G outreach on any mission field. We like to call the chaplaincy an “incarnational” ministry, or “ministry of presence.” A chaplain is right there, with the soldier, living out the demands of military duty as an in-the-flesh representative of God’s love.

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