Army chaplain inspires men with stories of faith, courage

United Methodist Men attending a breakfast event at Janes Memorial UMC in Philadelphia, June 28, applaud the keynote speaker, General Charles Bailey (right), Deputy Chief of  U.S. Army Chaplains.

Bailey, a United Methodist chaplain and 30-year Army veteran from Central Texas, is stationed at the Pentagon, He shared testimonies of courageous chaplains rendering selfless service and soldiers uniting as comrades in prayer and worship during respite from battle. "No one hates war more than a soldier," he said, " because we know what it feels and smells like."

Bailey (standing here with (from left) Ross Brightwell, Bishop Peggy Johnson, who also spoke at the breakfast, and the Rev. Andrew Foster, pastor of Janes Memorial), also threw out the ceremonial first pitch to celebrate UM Day at the Phillies baseball game that afternoon and preached at West Lawn UMC in Reading on Sunday, June 29. Ross Brightwell, President of EPA UM Men and Bailey's host for the weekend, said he has invited chaplains to throw out the first pitch for annual UM Day at the Phillies game for the past three years.  

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