Strength for Service Names Two Police Chaplains to Board of Directors

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn.––The Strength for Service Board of Directors elected the Rev. Angela Pleasants and the Rev. Richard Hartman to three-year terms on the governing board. 

The board is responsible for raising the funds for books of daily devotions for members of the U.S. Armed Services and first responders, such as police officers, fire fighters and EMS workers. 

The first book, Strength for Service to God and Country, was first published in 1942 shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The book was sent to more than one million troops in World War II and the Korean Conflict. It went out of print in the 1950s until it was republished as an 2002 Eagle Scout project by Evan Hunsberger, a Roman Catholic in California. An expanded edition of the historic book has been sent to some 500,000 military troops and veterans. 

On a few occasions the military book was given to first responders. While they were appreciative, they asked if a similar book could be published for them. In 2013, the ministry published Strength for Service to God and Community, a book of daily devotions for those community servants. 

Angela Pleasants

Angela serves as superintendent of the 165 churches of the Catawba Valley District.in the Western North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and a chaplain to the Charlotte Field Office of the U.S. Secret Service. 

A graduate of the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and Duke Divinity School, she has served various churches throughout the Western North Carolina Conference. She serves the conference as the assistant secretary and a member of the Conference Worship Committee, the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry and the Board of Directors of the Conference Foundation. She has served as a delegate to General Conference. 

A member of the International Conference of Police Chaplains, Angela has received special training in managing stress and trauma and the psychological impact of terrorism. 

Richard Hartman 

Richard is pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Ind., and a chaplain at the Fort Wayne Police Department. 

A graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis and Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, Richard served Trinity Lutheran Church in Linton, Ind., and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Monroeville, Ind., prior to his 2000 appointment as pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne. 

He has served as chaplain of the Fort Wayne Police Department since 2010. He was named lead chaplain in 2015 and an instructor and assistant director of Region IV of the International Conference of Police Chaplains.

Resources for Vital Congregations

 

CHURCH LEADERSHIP

Lewis Center for Church Leadership

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor

GBHEM Leadership Resources

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Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church

Englewood Book Review

Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations

Ted Talks: The Golden Circle

Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability

Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability

Design Thinking

Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians

DISCIPLE FORMATION:

Be A Disciple

A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network

Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations

WESLEYAN STUDIES:

Living As United Methodist Christians

Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials

Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today

John Wesley Sermons: Anthology

REACHING PEOPLE:

Get Their Name

Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit

Canoeing the Mountains

Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples

Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People

Community: The Structure of Belonging

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Institute for Emerging Issues

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