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Winter 2002 Rapport: AG commissions first married couple as chaplain candidates

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On November 1 Eric and Raylene Cochrane, M.Div. students from New Mexico, were commissioned as Navy chaplaincy candidates during chapel by Assemblies of God Chaplaincy Department director, Chaplain Charles Marvin. The Cochranes are the first married couple to be commissioned as chaplains in the church’s history and are one of only a few chaplain couples in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Prior to active duty, the military requires that chaplaincy candidates complete a Master of Divinity degree, be ordained, and meet pastoral requirements set by their endorsing agent. Upon fulfilling these requirements, the Cochranes may each be ordered to any number of Navy, Marine, or Coast Guard commands. Military regulations, however, will not permit a married couple to serve under the same commanding officer.

Also on November 1, the AG Chaplaincy Department awarded $2,000 scholarships to 23 institutional/occupational and military chaplaincy candidates. Approximately 10 percent of the resident student body at AGTS prepares for the chaplaincy. One hundred and twelve AGTS graduates currently serve in chaplaincy ministries including military, prison, hospital, rodeo, trucking, police, fire & rescue, etc.

More about Chaplaincy at AGTS.

Updated: Thursday, August 7, 2003 3:27 PM


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