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Welcome to ECA.

ECA is an alliance of ministers serving throughout the world. The ministries of ECA members include pastors, teachers, church executives, missionaries, evangelists, speakers, youth ministers, and chaplains.

“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)


WELCOME!

 
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

Num. 6:24 

 

MEMBERSHIP NEWS


ECA Chaplain and Board Member Rev. Curt Quaschnick Announces Launch of National Police and Firefighters Chaplains Academy

Chaplain Quaschnick

In April of 2017 the National Police and Firefighters Chaplains Academy (NPFCA) held its first academy class in Spokane, WA.   The academy was put together by chaplains for chaplains with its faculty composed of current and former police, sheriffs and firefighter chaplains and others who are experts in their fields as it relates to our work.

The mission of the NPFCA is to equip new and current chaplains with highly valuable skills from experienced instructors so they can return to their agencies and provide the most effective care and support possible.

Nationally coordinating and certifying organizations such as the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC) and the Federation of Fire Chaplains (FFC) are working to train and connect chaplains.  However, it is difficult as their classes are held all over the United States requiring time and travel to multiple locations to receive all the required training.  There is, of course, a significant cost to this.

NPFCA offers our chaplains the unique opportunity to gain a wide range of certification credits in both police and fire chaplaincy in a week-long academy.  Our classes touch on most aspects of chaplaincy work which also applies to military and prison chaplains as well.  Our faculty are seasoned and mature chaplains and other agency experts that provide the valuable transfer of knowledge and experiential  lessons.  The training is comprehensive and includes lecturers and practical components.

As chaplains are called on to provide care and support in more difficult situations, training in both fields is very valuable to agencies across the country as well assistance to Disaster Command Teams.

The NPFCA is committed to providing the highest quality professional and Christian spiritual training for chaplains.
For further information on the academy, class dates, and cost, go to npfca.org. 

ECA Chaplain
Curtis Quaschnick
cjquas@gmail.com       


Assumptions Institute, the Ministry of the ECA's Rev. David Richardson, Provides Vital Tools to Challenge Presuppositions of Contemporary Culture  

Rev. Richardson
President & CEO
Assumptions Institute

Acclaimed by noted Christians like James Dobson and Eric Metaxas, Dave Richardson’s innovative ministry equips adults and students with a useful discernment skill that is so simple it’s a phone app.  Dave enables people to tell whether the messages in academia, media, and culture are true in just 30 seconds using the ground-breaking power of assumptions.  Understanding assumptions helps adults to align their public lives with God in practical ways turning their work, leadership, and expertise into their ministry.  Dave is available for speaking, consulting, and various seminars for students, professionals, teachers and professors, and other leaders who want to be effective ambassadors for Christ.  To learn more, he invites you to explore the following links:

www.assumptionsinstitute.org
www.daverichardson.org
www.TheTransparentBook.com
info@assumptionsinstitute.org


The ECA’s Rev. Huntley Brown, Pianist for the World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians, May 10-13, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Rev. Huntley Brown at World Summit

Hosted by Dr. Franklin Graham and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, for which Rev. Brown plays internationally, the summit had over 600 attendees from 130 countries.  Dr. Turrill also attended the event and had the privilege of engaging fellow believers tortured for their faith or who had lost loved ones due to martyrdom.  To learn more about this momentous occasion from Dr. Graham himself, click on 'The Persecution of One Christian Affects Us All' - YouTube.


“Knights of the 21st Century”, an Effectual Men's Ministry, Developed by the ECA's Dr. Roy Smith

Dr. Smith

A fruitful and essential kingdom work for this day and age, “Knights of the 21st Century” (www.k21.men) produces DVD/curriculum programs to help men grow and learn how to lead more effectively, contributing to the overarching goal of positively changing our culture.  The National Coalition of Ministries to Men chose “Knights of the 21st Century” as Men’s Ministry of the Year for 2015.  Dr. Smith, also the author of several books in the area of men’s issues, has served in addition as a consultant for several women’s DVD/curriculum series.  The founder and CEO of Pennsylvania Counseling Services (www.pacounseling.com) of which “Knights of the 21st Century” is a division, he holds a Master of Divinity as well as a Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.


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


Brother Choi

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

Dr. Goebel


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.


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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 Renaissance 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 hereTo meet the 17 ordinands and two licensees received into membership at the third of these for the year, our International Conference, held Tuesday through Thursday, July 18-20, at the beautiful Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, continue to scroll down this column to view their group photo.

Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel

The next of our events for 2017 is the Fall Gathering and Ordination Ceremony to be held Saturday, October 21, near Pittsburgh in Sewickely, Pennsylvania.  The occasion will offer an opportunity for rich fellowship with friends and family. For schedule and registration information, click on the associated link towards the top of this page.   

Christ Church at Grove Farm

I look forward to seeing you there on location. May the Lord make a way should you wish to attend.

 -Bob Turrill 


Welcome New Members Received Over the Past 12 Months!

International Conference 
July 18-20, 2017
Charlotte, North Carolina 

Canadian National Conference
 May 17, 2017
Ancaster, Ontario 
 

Winter Gathering 
February 18, 2017
Goodyear, Arizona 

Year-End Gathering and Ordination Ceremony 
 December 2, 2016
 Bourbonnais, Illinois 

Fall Gathering  
October 15, 2016
Sewickley, Pennsylvania 

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


ECA Delegation Lays Wreath August 11, 2017, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in a Memorial Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia (video below)

(l. to r.) U.S Army Chaplain (COL) Kenneth R. Sorenson, Board Chairman Dr. Samuel S. Goebel, President Turrill, Military Chaplain Commission Chairman Dr. Elmon R. Krupnik

 

To view the video of the ceremony, click here.


ECA Recognizes May 10, 2017 Graduation of CH (LTJG) Michael A. Lanz from Naval Chaplaincy School April 14, 2017 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina 


Chaplain Lanz with wife, Kimberly 


ECA Celebrates April 14, 2017 Graduation of Two Members and One Chaplain Candidate From U.S. Army Chaplain Basic Officer Leader Course at Fort Jackson, South Carolina 


(l. to r.) Chaplain Candidate 1LT Victor David Perez, CH (1LT) Se Jun Yu and CH (1LT) Kyung Mok Lee

Chaplain (LT COL, RET) Gregory Estes, a member of the ECA’s Military Chaplain Commission and International Board of Directors, attended the ceremony. 
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Chaplain Yu naturalized (through the Department of Homeland Security) April 13, 2017 with Chaplain Lee slated for naturalization the next week


ECA U.S. Army Chaplain (CPT) Harold W. Morris  
Conducts Baptismal Service,   
March 27, 2017, at Camp Taji, Iraq 

 

The soldier being baptized grew up in China, came to America to attend college and joined the U. S. military to serve the nation.  Praise the Lord for Chaplain Morris’s ministry to our troops!


U. S. Marine Corps ECA Chaplain (LCDR) Philip N. Park Recipient of 2016 Marine Force Command (MARCOM) Professional Naval Chaplaincy Excellence Award

 Chaplain Park holding award plaque

MARCOM, which each year selects one chaplain to honor as Chaplain of the Year, bestowed the award upon Chaplain Park March 21, 2017.  An associated letter of commendation from the Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific,  acknowledged Chaplain Park's "displaying superior talent, exceptional professionalism, and boundless energy and enthusiasm".  The letter also cited,  "As a Religious Ministry Expert, your dedication and esprit de corps  was unmatched and materially contributed to your Command Religious Program and to the reputations of the reputations of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, the Navy Chaplain Corps, and the Navy and Marine Corps team at large." 

Congratulations Chaplain Park! 


The ECA’s U.S. Air Force Reserve Chaplain 1st Lieutenant Armondo L. Jackson Accessioned March 6, 2017 With His Pastor, Retired Navy Chaplain Walter M. Brown, Jr., Administering Oath of Office


CH(1LT) Jackson (r.) with Pastor Brown at ceremony

  Congratulations Chaplain Jackson!


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:

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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

 Chaplain Brooks  

The devotional

 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

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.