Chaplain (Colonel) Jerry L. Jones, Director/Endorser planned one of the finest dinner banquets in our Chaplain history. Presiding Bishop Doug Beacham gave a powerfully moving devotional message about the Apostle Paul's statement: 2 Timothy 2:9, But God's word is not chained" (NIV).
Laban West, a member of the Chaplains Ministries Council, played the synthesizer (keyboard) for us as we sang and played appropriate music as we gathered for the dinner. Over 100 people were present.
Jerry Jones honored Retired Senior Master Sergeant Malcolm Herndon, USAFR for his service and ministry as a Chaplains Assistant. Malcolm taught the chaplains assistant course at Kesler AFB during his years as a reservist. Chaplains are dependent upon chaplains assistants for the ministry God has given them. They are church or chapel administrators. In times of war, chaplain assistants are body guards for chaplains. Malcolm is an ordained minister of the Gospel of the Cornerstone Conference, formerly known as Western North Carolina Conference.
Army Chaplain (Colonel) Ken Godfrey gave the main address for the banquet. He is the senior chaplain or command chaplain at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, GA. It is noted for being the Material Command for the Army. He combined best practices of this command for providing everything an Army soldier needs, and what God provides for us. His relationship with his commander is one of trust and fruitfulness. He and his wife, Karen, are noted for being a team to provide ministry to soldiers and their families.
At the close of the banquet Chaplain Jerry Jones and his wife, Cynthia, honored Bishop D. Chris Thompson for his outstanding leadership as the Chairman of the Chaplains Ministriees Council, and for Betty Thompson's ministry in sending birthday and anniversary cards to our chaplains and spouses. She did that with loving care and the prayers of both Chris and Betty.