Bazal honored as EFCA Chaplain Candidate of the Year
John Bazal, third-year master of divinity student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill., and chaplain candidate in the U.S. Army Reserves, has been selected by the Evangelical Free Church as Chaplain Candidate of the Year for 2013.
John, a 1999 graduate of Newton Senior High School, was selected out of about 45 other candidates, partly because of his leadership — both on campus as vice president of student life and within his unit — and partly on account of his work helping local civilian pastors and pastors-in-training understand the needs of military personnel in their churches and future ministries.
“[Members of the military] are in the churches, their families are there, and a lot of times pastors understandably don’t know how to minister to them,” John said. “I’d even say they’re afraid of it, because it’s so much different than the needs of normal parishioners.”
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