“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
Appreciatively in the Lord,
Dr. Robert H. Turrill
President & CEO
Evangelical Church Alliance
ECA’s Chaplain Joseph Choi Earns Doctor of Ministry Degree Dec. 17, 2016, through Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, California
Congratulations Dr. Choi and may the Lord be praised!
Dr. Samuel S. Goebel, ECA’s Chairman of the Board and Former President, Guest Evangelist for October 13-16, 2016, Revival at Everett Community Church in Everett County, Missouri
Revival attendees gathered at Everett Community Church
Thank you, Brother Goebel, for preaching the Word!
Dr. Lemenager Featured Speaker at August 20, 2016, ECA-Sponsored Seminar for Korean Immigrant Pastors
Dr. Lemenager at pulpit for the occasion and accompanied by the ECA’s US Army Chaplain (Captain) Joseph Choi
To read Christianity Daily’s excellent article, ‘Your Labor Is Not In Vain’: Pastors Encouraged to Persevere, written by Rachel Lee for the occasion, click here.
Rev. Myles and Katharine Weiss of Zola Levitt Ministries Lead Television Production Team to Film Holocaust Series in Poland and Israel
Rev. and Katharine Weiss (5th and 6th from left) with other members of the production team at the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp
(Photo: Ken Berg-Zola Levitt Ministries)
This past spring the ECA’s Rev. Myles Weiss and his wife, Katharine, co-hosts of the weekly television program, Zola Levitt Presents, of Zola Levitt Ministries (www.levitt.com), led a production team to film the series, Beauty for Ashes, on location in Poland and Israel. To air in September (2016), this labor of love hosts eight programs including footage and on-site teaching from Auschwitz-Birkenau, interviews with Holocaust survivors and teaching from reborn Israel featuring the nation’s marvel of agriculture, artistic breakthroughs and interviews with some of the land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s high-tech leaders. The haunting words, ARBEIT MACHT FREI (German for “Work sets you free”), shown in the photo above, were a cruel mockery to the doomed inmates systematically murdered at the concentration camp. This phrase (actually part of a title of a novel written in 1873 by the German nationalist, novelist, philologist, lexicographer, librarian and pastor Georg Anton Lorenz Diefenbach and with the theme that degenerates could redeem their virtue through labor), found a diabolical and convenient use by Nazi perpetrators 70 years later.
Also, our brother and sister invite you to click on gg2gg.org to learn about their various ministries and greater vision, Golden Gate to Golden Gate, in their words “dedicated to bringing the message of God’s heart for Israel and the Jewish people into alignment with the Church. Our message is proclaimed through television, print, online, and our two Messianic Congregations Beth Shalom and Beit Abba.” They asked for your prayers and support, and are available for speaking opportunities through contact information on the Golden Gate to Golden Gate website.
ECA’s Dr. Sotar Alphonso-Lloyd Ministers to the Lemba in Zimbabwe
Dr. Alphonso-Lloyd with Lemba representatives
From April 7-17, 2016, Dr. Sotar Alphonso-Lloyd traveled on a medical mission trip with Jewish Voice Ministries International (www.jewishvoice.org). Serving as a chaplain, she ministered to the impoverished Jewish community of the Lemba in Mberengwa, Zimbabwe.
Dr. Scott Lemenager, Special Assistant to ECA President, Outstanding Faculty Award Recipient
College President, Dr. John Avendano, presenting award to Dr. Lemenager (far right)
A scholar and educator, Rev. Lemenager, Adjunct Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences Division, Kankakee Community College, received the award medallion bearing the words, Outstanding Faculty Member, during the May 14, 2016, graduation ceremony at Kankakee Community College in Illinois. Ordained with the ECA, he has extensive experience as a pastor, church planter, stated clerk of presbytery and servant in the international mission field.
Dr. Turrill, Guest of the Honorable Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest U.S., at May 12, 2016, 68th Anniversary of the State of Israel Celebration in Chicago
Dr. Turrill with Consul General, Roey Gilad
Dr. and Mrs. Turrill with Israeli military personnel
"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem..." (Psalm 122:6)
Rev. Huntley Brown Installed as Artist-in-Residence
Rev. Huntley Brown
Judson University’s Center for Worship in the Performing Arts recently announced the installment of Rev. Huntley Brown as Artist-in-Residence. An ordained minister with the ECA and a member of its Board of Directors, Rev. Brown has toured the globe ministering through God’s Word and music as a preacher and world-class pianist, respectively. Having served at home and abroad with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, he has played for Ruth Graham and Friends Ministries as well as internationally for Franklin Graham. To read more about his recent appointment at Judson University, click here.
If you are looking for a position, or to fill one, browse our Ministry Opportunities and Offers page.
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EVENTS & NEW MEMBERS
2017 ECA Events and Theme
Dear ECA members, candidates and friends:
For centuries the image immediately above of clasped hands, a work conceived by German Rennaissance artist, Albrecht Duerer, has served as a universal symbol for prayer. Perhaps this visual reminder should challenge those of us engaged in ministry to assess the role we actually allow prayer to play in both the execution of our daily duties as well as discerning the Lord's vision for the long term. The particular reflection in this instance would not be as much about our prayer for others as for ourselves. Considering the weighty demands of the ministry, do we view prayer as a soul-strengthening opportunity or time-consuming obligation? Just what is its purpose? Do we pray with passivity and generality or with intentionality and specificity as did Father Abraham’s eldest servant in Genesis 24:12-14, when sent on a mission to search out a wife for Isaac. Did that selection bathed in prayer carry with it a significance extending beyond its immediate historical context? Indeed! That bride would be the ancestral grandmother of King David and eventually of Messiah Himself.
Should you be seeking encouragement as to how to make or keep prayer an essential ingredient for your ministry, I invite you to join me at one of our 2017 conferences or gatherings, continuing with the theme, “In Everything by Prayer", based on the Apostle Paul's exhortation to the brethren in Philippians 4:6. At these venues, you will hear uplifting messages that engage the issue and challenge you to that end. A time of worship, holy service of ordination and licensure, as well as fellowship and refreshment with new members and old friends, will also be part of the occasion. For a schedule of these events, simply click here! To meet the 12 ordinands received into membership at the ECA's 2016 Year-End Gathering and Ordination Ceremony held December 2, at River Valley Christian Fellowship in Bourbonnais, Illinois, near Chicago, scroll down this column to the "Welcome New Members!" section to view their group photo.
River Valley Christian Fellowship
The first of our events for 2017 is the Winter Gathering and Ordination Ceremony to be held Saturday, February 18, at Compass Church, located in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear, Arizona. The occasion will offer an opportunity for rich fellowship with friends and family.
I look forward to seeing you there on location. May the Lord make a way should you wish to attend.
Welcome New Members!
Conferences/Gatherings Ordination and Licensure Ceremonies over the past 12 months
December 2, 2016
October 15, 2015
July 19-21, 2016
Canadian National Conference
May 18, 2016
February 20, 2016
Highlights of Former ECA Annual Conferences
For highlights of former ECA Annual Conferences, the session recordings are available for download on the left hand margin of the Events page.
Dr. Elmon R. Krupnik, ECA Military Chaplain Commission Chairman
MILITARY, CIVIL AIR PATROL, VETERANS ADMINISTRATION & FEDERAL PRISON CHAPLAIN MEMBERS & ASSOCIATES NEWS
U.S. Army's ECA Chaplain David M. Chapman promoted to rank of Major January 8, 2016
Major Chapman (r.) joined for the occasion by the ECA’s Chaplain Colonel Kenneth R. Sorenson
Congratulations Chaplain Chapman!
Dr. Krupnik in His 13th Year Instructing Marine Corps Officers
Dr. Krupnik (far left) with his current class
The State of New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Appoints the ECA’s Rev. Lester Shelley Pastor-Chaplain
Rev. Lester Shelley
Rev. Shelley, a decorated US Army Veteran and Associate Minister at First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey, will be installed September 25, 2016, 6PM, at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Menlo Park. The facility provides care for 312 veterans and their spouses. May the Lord bless Pastor Shelly’s labor of love as he ministers to them there on location.
Dr. Krupnik Participates in Challenging Labor Day Weekend Grand Canyon Rim to Rim Hike
Group photos with Dr. Krupnik in foreground before(above) and after (below) the hike
Saturday, September 3, 2016, on location in Grand Canyon, Arizona, Dr. Krupnik, along with 19 other Arizona Army National Guard soldiers, set out to hike the 23.9 mile (plus two additional miles if electing to extend the effort to include Ribbon Falls) Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Experience. According to the National Park Service website, “For the hearty souls who are willing to work for it – less than one percent of the Grand Canyon’s five million annual visitors – the real magic lies below the rim. On this epic Grand Canyon hike, you’ll leave from the North Kaibab Trail on the North Rim, challenging your personal limits as you descend 14.3 miles and 6,000 feet to the bottom of the canyon before connecting with the Bright Angel Trail and climbing 4,500 feet and 9.6 miles back out again to the South Rim.” The good news is that all 20 of the group completed the hike.
The ECA's Isaiah A. Marshall Appointed 1st Lieutenant July 20, 2016 and Awaiting Orders for Assignment as Air Force IMA Reserve Chaplain at Little Rock Air Force Base Near Little Rock, Arkansas
Congratulations Chaplain Marshall!
CH(1LT) Marshall (right) taking the oath of office
ECA Chaplains Tasha James and Juan Reyes Recognized for June 3, 2016 Graduation from Air Force Chaplain Corps College Basic Chaplain Course, Fort Jackson, South Carolina
Chaplain (1LT) James joined for the occasion by ECA Military Chaplain Commission Member Chaplain (LTC) USA RET Gregory Estes
Chaplain (1LT) Reyes (center) at graduation ceremony
ECA’s Chaplain Captain Alfred Matthews, U.S. Army, Earns Doctor of Ministry Degree May 21, 2016, from Erskine Theology Seminary, Due West, South Carolina
CH (CPT) Matthews
The timely degree dissertation entitled “Efficacy of the Biblical Lament as a Mode of Expression for Moral Distress Among Chaplains”, is a labor love. May the Lord use it mightily to bless military chaplains and those in uniform they serve.
The ECA’s Chaplain Colonel Kenneth R. Sorenson Preaches April 17, 2016, at Historic Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama
(l. to r.) Dr. Turrill, Rev. Cromwell A. Handy-Pastor of Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, Chaplain (COL) Sorenson, Dr. Elmon Krupnik-ECA Military Chaplain Commission Chairman, and Dr. Rob Schenck-ECA Chairman of the Board standing in the sanctuary where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used to preach and minister to his parishioners