A Long Time Coming: Journey of Pastor/Chaplain

D. Kuntz

A Long Time Coming: Chaplaincy Journey of Pastor/Chaplain David Kuntz

A Portuguese proverb says: “God writes straight through crooked lines.”  It describes the ministry experience of CBAmerica chaplain, David Kuntz.  As a young man, David observed the skilled, compassionate care rendered by a retired military chaplain at his Veteran grandfather’s graveside military burial honors.  It was there he saw himself one day as a military chaplain.  After a number of years as pastor, he became the chaplain at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.  Recently, at age 42, David took the oath of commissioning as a chaplain in the US Army Reserve.

Excited to share the news of his church commissioning ceremony, he sent me this email:


“Chaplain Andy,

Last week I had my commissioning ceremony at Linworth Baptist Church, Worthington OH where I am a member.  They filmed my story with a professional photographer and showed it to the congregation.  They did a great job.  After showing the video my Pastor Brent Miller prayed for me.  I walked down from the platform and I received a standing ovation.  It was so humbling.  It was a day I will never forget.  You can watch this video on Vimeo:  https://vimeo.com/163151622/27ab36a360

Kuntz I will be leaving for Chaplain Officer Basic Officer Leader Course (CHBOLC) Success Training at New Orleans on May 1st.  Then I will leave for CHBOLC in Fort Jackson, SC the end of May and return mid-August. 



Chaplain David Kuntz”  



Chaplain Andy writes:  “My heart warmed as I watched David’s testimony on video.  In his 2015 Year End Report, he sent photos of many aspects of ministry in a major children’s hospital, to include zany shots of him as “Elf on a Shelf” and “Super Chaplain!”  I kid you not. (Evidence included)David Kuntz

There’s a spirit of adventure, audacity, courage, humor and deep reverence in our CBAmerica Chaplains.  From the hospital chaplains who log 1200-1500 patient visits biannually, to prison chaplains who are baptizing hard core criminals by the 100’s yearly, to volunteer fire and police chaplain-pastors who support first-responders and victims of homicides and fatal vehicle accidents, to military chaplains in dangerous, undisclosed locations on land, sea, and in the air – and all points in between.  And let’s not forget recently retired Army Chaplain Dennis Newton who walked 2180 miles of the Appalachian Trail with a new generation of Veterans seeking to find the trail home on Warrior Hike 2015!  I am genuinely amazed!

Join me in praying for Chaplain (Captain) David Kuntz as he heads off to Army Chaplain Training.  He already knows how to be a pastor in church and a chaplain in a huge medical center.  Now he must learn the customs and traditions of military service and how to uniquely serve those in our nation’s Armed Forces.  Pray for the ability to catch on quickly, stay healthy and safe in physical and field training exercises.  Ask God to help David to be a helpful comrade and shining light to all he meets along the way.  David is one of several CBAmerica Chaplains with endorsements in two distinct ministries.

While you’re at it, pray also for CBAmerica’s other 168 chaplains serving across the nation and around the world.

If interested in learning more about CBAmerica Chaplaincy, visit our website at www.cbamerica.org/chaplaincy or contact me at chapandy@cbamerica.org.


New Andy



Andy Meverden
Director of Chaplaincy


Book By CBAmerica Chaplain


CBAmerica Chaplain Dr. Bob Hicks New Book:
Few Call It War: Religious Terrorism: Then and Now


“Our political establishment is blind to religion as a significant player in our world today. Blinded by secularism and political correctness they have backed themselves into an ideological corner whereby they refuse to call religious terrorism what it is… war!”

Former USAF Chief of Chaplains Charles Baldwin writes, “At a time when political leaders are reluctant to talk about faith, Dr. Hicks opens our eyes to the truth about religious terrorism… a must read for those of all faiths, no faith, and evangelicals who love their country.”  Chaplain, Major General, Charles Baldwin, USAF (ret)

Available in hardcover and paperback at Amazon.com.

Never Volunteer…Unless the Spirit Leads You!

Chaplain Brian Hargis is unique.  A former pastor from West Virginia, Green Beret sergeant, missionary to the Philippines, and law enforcement chaplain, he enjoys adrenaline-pumping activities.  In between jumping out of perfectly good airplanes, riding dirt bikes, and teaching military combatives (hand-to-hand combat), he takes every opportunity he can find to share the Gospel and minister to people in need.

While attending the Chaplain Captain Career Course (“C4”) at Ft Jackson, he had the opportunity to cover chapel services for a chaplain who went on leave.  Conventional military wisdom is “never volunteer.”  But when the Spirit of God moves you to take advantage of an opportunity to minister in a potentially fruitful situation, it would be wrong to hesitate.  Read what Chaplain Hargis reported.

Brian Hargis“I had the opportunity to cover chapel services for a Basic Training Chaplain (Ft Jackson) while the chaplain was on leave. The Soldiers were in weeks 1, 2 & 3, and the first week there were too many to count that professed Christ as Savior. My oldest son (PFC Jordan Hargis) visited for college Spring break and led music. It was our first time in uniform, ministering as a ‘Hargis team.’  Jordan graduated from his military training Dec 17, and is now in the Ohio Army National Guard. He attends Cedarville University in Ohio. The soldiers were very receptive of Jordan’s encouragement not to quit.  He could really relate to them since he had just completed his Basic Training.

The second week there were approximately 25 saved and 15 the third week. Each week there was a contagious increase in attendance. There were 225 Soldiers at the 3rd service. Many of them sang and played instruments. The Soldiers signed up for prayer and baptism, and I hope to participate in the baptism before graduation.

Brian 2For the third week, a relative requested to record the service but I did not have the equipment. That week, a camera and tripod were donated for the ministry! I did my best to record the service, but the memory card filled and missed the preaching. I am in the process of making a video of the music and testimonies of the Soldiers.

Overall, the greatest blessing of the quarter was to Minister with my son, reach lost souls with the Gospel, and lead them to Christ.  It’s also great to live on post for the first time in 24 years. I’m 1 mile from work and come home for lunch.”


Chaplain Hargis requests prayer for the following:

  1. Increased skill in guitar playing as I picked up a guitar a year ago. I started playing in “Chapel Next” and am taking lessons every Thursday.
  2. We are homeschooling our two youngest boys for the first time. God has given my wife the patience to do this for the 6 months of C4. We may continue the trend in Hawaii.
  3. My book, “Marriage is a Four Letter Word,” was accepted by the Army Chaplain School Library and available to students. It’s also become available on e-book. A church group in Missouri is using it for church Bible Study, and the couple who teach the class (CW2 Cameron) were rescued from divorce in 2011 when the husband was saved under my ministry in Afghanistan. (Pray for wider distribution and impact on military marriages.)
  4. Transition to our next assignment in Hawaii.
  5. More opportunities for ministry.

Join me in thanking God for the fruitful ministry of Chaplain Brian Hargis.  Rejoice in the amazing response by the Basic Training Recruits, and pray for their follow-on response to baptism.   As you do, pray for the health, safety, and opportunity of all our CBAmerica Chaplains, military and civilian, serving across our nation and around the world, often in risky situations.  Pray for their families to remain healthy and in harmonious relationships.

AndyFor more stories and reports, go to www.cbamerica.org/chaplaincy.

If interested in how you can become endorsed for chaplaincy ministry, contact:

Andy Meverden,
Director of Chaplaincy