“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
The ECA’s Dr. Aleck Brown Authors Second Book
Dr. Aleck Brown
Dr. Brown, the author of New Testament Handbook, just released his second book, The Personhood of the Holy Spirit, also the topic of his Ph.D. dissertation. To learn more about both works and to read his informative bio, click here.
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)
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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 remaining 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 our events, simply click here! To meet the 22 ordinands received into membership at the first of these for the year, the Winter Gathering and Ordination Ceremony held January 18, at Compass Church in Goodyear, Arizona, near Phoenix, continue to scroll down this column to view their group photo.
The second of our events for 2017 is the Canadian National Conference to be held Wednesday, May 17, at Redeemer University College, located in Ancaster Ontario, near Hamilton. The occasion will offer an opportunity for rich fellowship with friends and family.
Redeemer University College
I look forward to seeing you there on location. May the Lord make a way should you wish to attend.
Welcome New Members Received Over the Past 12 Months!
February 18, 2017
Year-End Gathering and Ordination Ceremony
December 2, 2016
October 15, 2016
July 19-21, 2016
Canadian National Conference
May 18, 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.
Rev. Elmon Krupnik, Ph.D., ECA Military Chaplain Commission Chairman
MILITARY, CIVIL AIR PATROL, VETERANS ADMINISTRATION & FEDERAL PRISON CHAPLAIN MEMBERS & ASSOCIATES NEWS
The ECA’s CH (Lt. Col.) Rick Blank, Air Force Veteran of 248 Combat Missions, Now Deputy Command Chaplain, California State Military Reserve (CSMR)
Chaplain Blank officiating a wedding ceremony
Most unexpectedly, as the Lord would have it, Chaplain Blank met a soldier, that as it turns out, he unknowingly defended from his F-4 Phantom during a battle 46 years earlier. The soldier was actually Sp4c. Michael John Fitzmaurice, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic deeds that day. You are invited to read Chaplain Blank's following fascinating and detailed account of events surrounding this reunion of sorts he wrote for Grizzly, the official news magazine of the California National Guard:
March 23, 1971, and January 18, 2017. How are these dates connected?
Let me tell you. I was on quick reaction Gunfighter alert duty at Da Nang AB Vietnam on March 23, 1971. (To continue reading this article, click here.)
ECA 's Chaplain (Major) Jeffrey L. Brooks, USA (Retired), Authors Supportive Devotional for Boot Camp
Congratulations Chaplain Brooks on the occasion of this labor of love!
The ECA’s Rev. Thuan Domski, Hospital Chaplain and Civilian Military-Chaplain Assistant, Produces and Directs Biblical Play to be Performed at Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst Chapel
Chaplain Domski also preaches at the chapel in addition to her other duties there. Besides hospital chaplaincy responsibilities, her labor of love also includes leading services at a nursing home.
The ECA’s Rev. George Pickard, a Veteran Ministering to Fellow Veterans through Celebrate Recovery's "Welcome Home" Initiative
Putting on the Armor of Light
By Chaplain George Pickard
Celebrate Recovery (CR) is a biblical and balanced program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits. During 2016, CR celebrated its 25-year history of success helping all people in need to recover. Well, we all sin and fall short due to our human sin nature, this means all of us – that’s you and me. Last year CR announced that it was taking on four giants: 1. Human trafficking of women and children, 2. Native Nations, 3. Mental Health, and 4. "Welcome Home." (To continue reading this article, click here and scroll down on the page that appears to "Rev. George Pickard article (continued)")
Dr. Krupnik's Current Graduate Level Marine Corps Command and Staff College Seminar Class
Dr. Krupnik (standing)
Please remember to pray for all our service members and their families.
The ECA’s Chaplain (LTC) Lawrence M. Dabeck, U.S. Army Active Duty, hosts Dr. and Mrs. Turrill for January 17, 2017 Grand Tour of Pentagon
Dr. Turrill flanked by Chaplain Dabeck and Jane Turrill, who serves as Military Chaplain Commission Assistant among her other responsibilities at ECA headquarters
Citing an article entitled "From CIU to the Pentagon" by Columbia International University (CIU) from which Lieutenant Colonel Dabeck received his Master of Divinity, he is "deputy joint staff chaplain, the number two chaplain for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, supporting 3000 military chaplains who are serving one million active duty service members." To read this most informative article in its entirety, click here.
Thank you, Chaplain Dabeck, for your hospitality!
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!
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.