Ministry to the Armed Forces

Free resources available for Veterans Day

LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces provides free, downloadable resources that can be used Nov. 9 to observe Veterans Day Weekend.

Muehler installed as director of armed forces ministry

Chaplain Craig G. Muehler, who began work in the new post Aug. 28, succeeds Chaplain Mark J. Schreiber.

Muehler to direct Synod’s armed-forces ministry

Chaplain Craig G. Muehler (pictured) of Springfield, Va., will succeed Chaplain Mark J. Schreiber as director of the Synod’s Ministry to the Armed Forces.

Armed with the Word of God

LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces supports the 170 LCMS military chaplains as they face first and second deployments, as well as while they are serving at home.

LCMS chaplain awarded Purple Heart

Captain Michael Frese receives on Feb. 22 one of the nation’s highest honors — the Purple Heart — for his service in Afghanistan.

March 1 is order deadline for ‘Armed Forces Sunday’

Resources are available to help congregations celebrate the special Sunday on May 18.

Chaplains learning to deal with own grief

The need for chaplains — who help others grieve — to grieve themselves is now being addressed across the country.

Seminary’s Gard promoted to Rear Admiral

Chaplain Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Gard, Deputy Chief of Chaplains for Reserve Matters and a professor at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., is promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral.

Freitag, Hokana receive awards

Lt. Gen. Merle Freitag of Wildwood, Mo., and Chaplain, Lt. Col., Rev. Dr. Steven Hokana of Fort Bliss, Texas, receive awards during the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces Recognition Dinner.

Accept veterans — don’t pity, idolize or judge them

Through Operation Barnabas, LCMS congregations are reaching out to “all veterans from all wars,” most of whom are not active church members, says Chaplain Mark Schreiber.

Standing Ready with the Gospel

In bunkers and fighter jets, on battleships and bases, in field hospitals and training camps, the men and women of the United States Armed Forces stand at the ready in service to our country.

March 12 is order deadline for ‘Armed Forces Sunday’

LCMS congregations with email addresses should have received an email in late January from the Synod’s Ministry to the Armed Forces regarding “Armed Forces Sunday” on May 19. The email is intended to let congregations know that if they want…

New LHM Bible study tackles challenges of veterans

Americans who sign up to serve their country in the U.S. armed forces expect challenges — especially if their duty includes combat. But service members also encounter challenges far from the battlefield, after they come home. “Warriors of Faith —…

Freitag to receive Silver St. Martin of Tours Medal

Merle Freitag of Wildwood, Mo., former president of the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF), has been selected to receive the Silver St. Martin of Tours Medal from the LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces Committee and the Office of International…

New video details LCMS work with military, families

A new Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod video pays tribute to the men and women of the U.S. military and those who minister to them, including LCMS chaplains. The 15-minute video, titled “Those Who Serve,” highlights LCMS chaplains and the troops with…

Barnabas conference focuses on caring for nation’s military

By Linda C. Hoops Georgia Fisher becomes emotional when talking about her 24-year-old grandson, Michael, who is a Marine sergeant serving in Afghanistan since November. “He’s already lost one close buddy,” said Fisher, a member of Grace Lutheran Church in…