Chaplain, Colonel James Tims the Air Mobility Command Chaplain, presided over the ceremony. The 19th Air Lift Wing Commander, Colonel Chip Brown, Randy’s immediate supervisor was also in attendance and the chapel was nearly full to capacity with Airmen and civilian personnel to witness this great occasion which is a testament to the spiritual impact Chaplain Sellers has on this Air Force base.
Chaplain Sellers was blessed with the attendance of many immediate family members as his wife Sheila, daughter Haley and son-in-law Justin Stephen, son Jonathan and his fiancé Summer Hill, his other daughter Dana was not present as she is in the Peace Corps, sister Teresa Sellers, in-laws Gary and Bea Vavak, and his cousin Bonnie May. Also in attendance was Chaplain (COL) Jerry L. Jones, US Army Retired (endorser for Chaplain Ministries, IPHC), his wife Cynthia, and the former Bishop of the Heartland Conference, the Rev. Dr. Frank Tunstall and his wife Lu.
The promotion ceremony began with prayer followed by a historical review by Chaplain Tims of Chaplain Sellers’ service in the Air Force. A paramount statement about him is that he possesses a “deep spiritual reservoir” to provide pastoral care to those in the Air Force community. Chaplain Tims then promoted Chaplain Sellers to Lieutenant Colonel and then presided over his “Oath of Office.”
Chaplain Sellers presented a moving acceptance speech focusing on how much the Air Force means to him and his family, especially Little Rock Air Force Base. He also spoke about his and Sheila’s preparation for life, giving credit to his mother and father and his in-laws. Important also was his acknowledgement of his family of faith; those who had prepared him for his journey as an Air Force Chaplain. And of course, Chaplain Sellers followed the great military tradition of giving flowers to all the family ladies in his life and a coin to all the men.
The ceremony was concluded with prayer by Chaplain Jones as Chaplain Tims and Dr. Tunstall gathered around Randy and Sheila and laid hands on them for God’s continued blessings upon them and their ministry to the Air Force.
Another military tradition is that when one is promoted, the promotee provides a reception and/or a meal for those in attendance. Chaplain Sellers provided both; a reception in the chapel for all those in attendance, and a buffet meal at the base Officers’ Club for family, his own staff, and special guests.
Congratulations Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel Randy Sellers! We look forward to hearing more great things about you in the future.