The PRCC: A Help for Conservative Presbyterian Chaplains in our Armed Forces
Posted at This Day in Presbyterian History:
Being a military chaplain in any of our Armed Forces was always viewed with favor by this contributor. That was probably because my father served his God and country as an Army chaplain from World War Two through the Korean Conflict. There were divine appointments in the context of a military which are not found in any civilian context. And when the chaplain is a Bible-believing, Gospel-preaching minister to men and women in the military, there is an extraordinary opportunity to see God’s kingdom and church grow in the faith and knowledge of the Triune God.
Prior to 1976, the National Association of Evangelicals were endorsing chaplains on behalf of young Presbyterian Church in America. As good as that was, there was a conviction on the part of some, which was communicated by the Pacific Presbytery of the P.C.A., to request a study to consider whether sister Presbyterian churches could join together to endorse their own chaplains to the Chief of Chaplains. Committees were formed in the respective Presbyterian churches, such as the Presbyterian Church in America, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod. Ministers in all three churches who had been or were then military chaplains formed these committees. A working group was organized and a name was suggested, which was, “Presbyterian and Reformed Joint Commission on Chaplains and Military Personnel.”