A PBS special, “We’ll Meet Again,” hosted by Ann Curry recently featured the story of a United Methodist chaplain in an episode entitled, “Heroes of 9/11.”
Captain Doug Waite, a retired Navy chaplain, was at the site of the plane crash at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. The television special tells the story of Capt. Waite ministering to the needs of Col. Timothy Mallard, an Army chaplain. Until recently, Col. Mallard had never learned the name of the man who had stopped to pray for him in the midst of the chaos of that tragic day.
The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry works with chaplains to assure proper credentialing and benefits. The GBHEM “invites, equips and supports faithful and effective clergy and lay leaders for congregations and the world.”
Their United Methodist Endorsing Agency (UMEA) has responsibility for recruitment, endorsement, and support of clergy in extension ministries. The vision of the UMEA is “that United Methodist ordained chaplains and pastoral counselors will be active and visible in connectional ministry and mission to persons, institutions, and systems in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary settings.”
The Iowa Conference is contributing $427,863 in 2018 toward the Ministerial Education Fund, which underwrites GBHEM programming. These resources are made possible through the gifts of the United Methodist churches of Iowa.