“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)
All ECA applicants must possess a written and spoken proficiency of the English language in order to interact with headquarters and the greater ECA membership. This would apply to handling items such as, but not limited to, the application for membership, e-mails, the ordination or licensure oral examination, phone calls, the annual ministerial reports (if membership is granted) and general correspondence among members. Also, all applicants must prove a valid need for ministerial credentials.
Thank you for visiting our website! Whether a member, candidate or inquirer, I trust you will find it to be a helpful resource. To begin, I would invite you to explore our Membership News articles immediately below.
Appreciatively in the Lord,
Dr. Robert H. Turrill
President & CEO
Evangelical Church Alliance
From Missions To Mission: Our Daughter's Homegoing!
By: Rev. Chris Williams
(Rev. Williams and late daughter, Justina, in Ireland, 2009)
“Ministries to the Military” with Cadence International, that’s where we were headed. We had finished a year of preparation concluding with two weeks of Candidacy school in Colorado in June of 2011. My wife and I were appointed missionaries, we were excited, we were at peace with this direction and we came home and continued the preparation to get to the mission field. After five interviews in two days, hours of classes, a number of psychological tests, workshops and other preparation we were at rest and on our way. We were reading books to learn how to raise money and getting our list of possible donators together. One element we were waiting for was a promotional video, which would help kick-start the new ministry we were ready to embark upon. While we were in Colorado a production company prepared this video and time would be needed to edit and finalize its production. We had the peace of God in our lives that this direction would enable us to share the gospel with our military personnel, which we felt called to. So, as we waited on our promotional video we were organizing ourselves to transition into fund raising mode. We were sent home to read some books that would strengthen us and make sure we were spiritually ready for this new adventure in our lives. From June 2011 to October 2011 we were on our way back into mission work after beginning our lives together in mission work.
Our mission and direction would change dramatically and rapidly. On an extremely foggy morning, namely October 7, 2011, which will be etched in our minds forever, I received that dreaded phone call that no parent ever wants to receive. “Mr. Williams, your 20 year-old daughter has been in a terrible automobile accident.” My wife and I were soon on our way driving on a long journey to the hospital. She was traveling to nursing clinicals when the driver of the car she was in missed a stop sign and they were broadsided being hit where our daughter was sitting. Arriving at the hospital and being met by the Chaplain it was clear to us that we were not going to receive any good news. We were taken into a private room and given the grim prognosis. There was no hope, and we needed to make some seriously difficult decisions that no parent should have to make for their child. We had to make the decision to let her go because she was brain dead and would never have a life worth living on this earth. Also, we were approached by “donate life” to see if we were interested in donating any of her organs. Five organs saved four lives so if we could not have our daughter back; we were willing to help save four lives.
This journey we are on has been grievous, strenuous, stressful and painful. Through all the emotions that have come our way, we have learned to trust in Jesus, and we have the peace that passes all understanding in our hearts. As our daughter lay there in the hospital bed we began to sing songs like, “Amazing Grace,” and pray together as a family. We knew we were looking at her shell and we knew with assurance through the life she lived that she was now living eternally with her heavenly Father. We came home from the hospital saddened by our loss and with peace in our hearts at the same time. We found out during that first weekend that her last post on Facebook was a quote from Charles Spurgeon, “By perseverance, the snail reached the ark.” This journey continues and we have not reached the end. While we continue down this path that has been chosen for us, we persevere and begin a new mission. We have chosen to continue striving toward mission work with the military. We began this journey with peace in our hearts about sharing the gospel with our military; though now in light of our loss it may look a bit differently, we still look forward to this avenue of ministry. This grief we live with and the path we follow will be used to touch others as we now can share wisdom out of our pain.
Western Maryland, We're Not In This Alone
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2014 ECA Events
Dear ECA members, candidates and friends:
Regarding the hardships the Apostle Paul faced in fulfilling the Lord’s call on his life, in Acts 20:24 he declares to the elders at Ephesus, “…none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (NKJV). Here we can see as our brother runs his spiritual race he is determined not to allow himself to be distracted from the objective of reaching the finish line.
Indeed, any seasoned minister can testify to the fact that trials and tribulations are inevitable in doing the work of the Lord. It is not a question of whether, but when they will come. Neither is it a matter of just beginning the race well, but making sure we finish well. That being the case, what disciplines should the servant of God practice in order to maintain the spiritual fitness necessary to stay the course? For an answer I invite you to join me at one or more of our gatherings or conferences whose theme for the year is “Finishing the Race”. At these venues you will hear uplifting messages that engage the issue and challenge you to that end. A holy service of ordination and licensure as well as a time of fellowship and refreshment will also be part of the occasion.
For a schedule of these events, which will be held in the U.S. and Canada, click here. Please note the first for the year is the ECA’s Winter Gathering and Ordination Ceremony to be held February 22 in Tampa, Florida. Also, be sure to mark your calendars for the 2014 ECA Annual International Conference scheduled for July 29-31 at the beautiful Radisson Hotel in exciting Branson, Missouri. I hope to see you there. Until then, may the Lord richly bless you.
Robert H. Turrill
President & CEO
2013 ECA Conferences in Review
The 2013 ECA conference theme, “Putting on
the Whole Armor of God”, based on the Apostle Paul’s exhortation in Ephesians
6:11, hopefully encouraged us always to be properly suited up when engaging the
Devil and his minions in spiritual warfare.
For those of you who were able to attend the 2013 Annual International
Conference, July 23-25, in scenic Gatlinburg, Tennessee, I trust it was a
blessed time of instruction, prayer, fellowship and reinvigoration. Should there be a desire to revisit the
conference, or in the event you were not able to attend but would like to get a
taste of it, click here to access the downloaded sessions and photo
gallery. Lastly, via the photos below I
invite you to take a moment to meet our new members who were ordained or
licensed during those events throughout the year.-Bob Turrill
Welcome New Members!
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.
MILITARY CHAPLAIN MEMBERS
Dr. Elmon R. Krupnik, ECA Military Chaplain Commission Chairman
Combat Boots and Prayer
Story by Sgt.
(Chaplains from the Arizona Army National Guard conducted a recent spiritual exercise held at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Ariz. - The soldiers file into the room and take seats behind large hand drums
placed by each chair, which have been situated into a circle. The instructor
advises them to take up the drums and get ready to play. The soldiers
sheepishly grab hold of the drums in front of them and begin following the
A few minutes later, the sound of beating drums loudly bounce off the walls. Smiles and laughter, and at times, flailing of arms and dancing can be observed as the soldiers get more comfortable with what they are doing.
This was just one part of the training chaplains and chaplain’s assistants from the Arizona Army National Guard recently received during a recent spiritual exercise held at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale.
The first-ever training entitled, “A Time for Renewal, A Time for Growth, A Time to Connect,” was designed to help chaplains, candidates and chaplain’s assistants reconnect with the chaplain corps.
“Any practice that broadens the corps’ understanding of spiritual disciplines strengthens us in our individual callings and binds us more readily together as a religious support team,” said Capt. Brad Walgren, a chaplain assigned to the 158th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and the officer in charge of this event. “One of the greatest outcomes of the exercise was the Unit Ministry Teams now all know each other personally and have worshipped together as one.”
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Tyrone Luines swearing in as one of ECA's newest chaplains on September 24, 2013
CH (CPT) Chuck Lowman
1/11ACR Squadron Chaplain
Fort Irwin, CA
(CH (CPT) Chuck Lowman foreground)
For anyone that’s been on a rotation through the National Training Center (NTC), a world of extremes would be an appropriate description. From freezing temperatures in the winter, to extreme heat in the summer, and a very challenging OPTEMPO, the NTC pushes those extremes to the limit. One of unspoken goals of the NTC is to stress and break the systems of the Rotational Training Unit (RTU – the unit coming to the NTC to be trained), to see how those systems hold up under pressure. This stress is purposeful, to make the teams learn from their mistakes, to make their systems better, and in the words of my Squadron Commander, “To make their worst day be here at the National Training Center, so that they will be prepared when they face real bullets downrange!”
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Chaplain (MAJ) Jeffrey L. Brooks
Congratulations and happy retirement on 22 years of service to God and Country!
Chaplain (Major) Jeffrey L. Brooks completed his undergraduate degree at Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God in Lakeland, Florida and completed his graduate degree at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California. In December of 2002 he began his career as a chaplain at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri where he deployed to Iraq for 12 months with the 5th Engineer Battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After that, he went to Korea for a year where he served with the 1-15th Field Artillery Battalion. Chaplain Brooks graduated from the Chaplaincy Advanced Course in 2006, then spent just under three years as the Senior Chaplain’s Resource Manager at Fort Knox. Prior to spending two years as the Installation Chaplain at Tobyhanna Army Depot, he served for just eighteen months as a Brigade Chaplain at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Chaplain Brooks will retire in July, completing twenty-two years of active military service. After that he will continue as an active member of the Evangelical Church Alliance and will reside in Tampa, Florida. Chaplain Brooks’ awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.