• Eagle Commission Board Meeting Update
    by Randi Walle on November 29, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    The Eagle Commission is a national ministry of the Charis Fellowship. On November 11, the board of directors met. Below is a recap from their meeting, provided by Endorser Mark Penfold.  The Eagle Commission’s board of directors had its annual board meeting on Veterans Day, Thursday, […]

  • Military Thanksgiving
    by Randi Walle on November 25, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    One of my favorite memories from my 23 years on active duty was celebrating Thanksgiving with my soldiers. It happens like this: Normally, the dining facility (or mess hall) closes early on Wednesday after serving lunch. The cooks have been preparing for weeks. During the next 20 hours or so, there […]

  • Chaplains Reflect on Tours in Afghanistan
    by Randi Walle on September 29, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Earlier this month, our nation and the world remembered the horrific events of 20 years ago on September 11, 2001. The terrorist attacks at the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the failed hijacking of United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pa., led to military operations in […]

  • Services for John Schumacher Announced
    by Liz Cutler Gates on March 1, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Services for Chaplain (Colonel) John W. Schumacher (U.S. Army, retired), who died on February 5, 2021, will be on Monday, March 22, 2021. Committal Service with military honors will be at 9:30 a.m. (MDT) at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Veterans Memorial Drive, Phoenix, AZ […]

  • Updates on Charis Fellowship Chaplains
    by Liz Cutler Gates on March 2, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    Mark Penfold (Chaplain [Colonel] U.S. Army, retired), Charis Fellowship endorsing agent and director of the Eagle Commission, has sent a couple of updates, a portion of which appears below. Click here to read his complete report, including a delayed Christmas video message from Chaplain Jeremy […]

  • Faith Through Grieving and Healing
    by Liz Cutler Gates on February 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    “We’ve embraced the fact that we’ve had these experiences instead of compartmentalizing them and moving on with life. This is a part of who we are now and what God has taken us through,” says Ashley Murray. Ashley and her husband, Jim, live in South Carolina where Jim serves […]

  • Canadian Armed Forces Chaplain Added to Eagle Commission Ranks
    by Liz Cutler Gates on November 21, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Today’s newsletter from the Eagle Commission bears exciting news. For the first time, the Charis Fellowship is represented in the Canadian Armed Forces. See the announcement below from Mark Penfold, DMin., Chaplain (Colonel) U.S. Army, retired, Endorsing Agent, Charis […]

  • Military Chaplains Activities Reported in Newsletter
    by Liz Cutler Gates on September 16, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Mark Penfold, endorsing agent for the Charis Fellowship and director of the Eagle Commission, recently sent his monthly report. Here are some highlights. Click here to read the complete newsletter. Army Chaplain Cameron Michael sent a recent update on ministry opportunities in his unit in Kuwait. […]

  • Murrays Return Home Following Son’s Surgery
    by Liz Cutler Gates on June 28, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Mark Penfold, endorsing agent for the Charis Fellowship, included this update in today’s report. Drew Murray, the son of U.S. Army Chaplain Jim and Ashley Murray, had surgery last week at Le Bonheur Childrens Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.  God really does answer prayer!  Thanks to […]

  • The Call to Serve
    by Liz Cutler Gates on February 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Serving in the U.S. Army was more than a job for Chaplain (Col.) James Schaefer and his wife, Elizabeth. As he retired from active duty at the end of January after 28 years, the couple reflected on what to them had been a calling. It was the end of another chapter in Charis Fellowship […]

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