CB Northwest Men’s Roundup

Mens-Roundup-Christian-Retreat-and-ConferenceSeptember 9-11, 2016 at Camp Tadmor

Men’s Roundup is a Christian men’s conference and camping retreat held in a forested mountaintop setting at Camp Tadmor where men are challenged to believe, obey, connect and lead. Roundup features an inspiring and challenging primary speaker, well-known guest artists and musicians, biblical teachers leading life challenging action workshop breakout sessions, great food and opportunities for guys to worship, learn, grow, and connect with other guys. Roundup is also a wonderful opportunity to appreciate God’s beautiful creation, hang out with friends, and break a sweat in the Roundup Race or other sports competitions and outdoor recreation activities.

Go HERE for more information and to register.

NOTE: $50 scholarships are available to CB-endorsed chaplains via online website registration at mensroundup.com (use registration code: mru16chaplain).

Let  Chaplain Andy Meverden, Director of Chaplaincy,  (email: chapandy@cbamerica.org) know directly if you plan to attend so he can confirm lodging space in the “Chaplain Yurt.”

One Bad Dude!


Bob-2-JPEGMy name is Bob Ishkanian. I am presently a CBAmerica Chaplain serving the inmates at Charlotte Correctional Institution in Punta Gorda, Florida. This is a maximum security level prison and we have some bad dudes here. Many of the men here are in for life.

I have been working with one of the worst of the worst. This fellow, let’s call him Bill, is a retired military officer who became an enforcer for the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. Murder was his game. When they arrested him, he had 17 loaded handguns and one sawed off shotgun on him, not in his car or in his room, but directly on him. Bill said he didn’t like to reload, that it was too much trouble. I told him he didn’t need a bullet proof vest because wherever he might have gotten shot, the bullet would have hit a gun!

Much of my ministry experience throughout the years has been as a coordinator for Christian Motorcyclist Association (CMA).  It was because of my contacts with the outlaw motorcyclists and my knowledge of motorcycles, that I hit it off with Bill.  We talked the same “Harley” language and I personally knew many of his fellow club members on the street.  At one time, I owned nine motorcycles, one to be with the BMW guys, one to be with the Harley guys, one to be with the Japanese bike guys, etc. A BMW rider would never talk to a Harley rider, etc.  You get the idea!

Well, after befriending Bill for six months and showing him the love of Christ, he enrolled in my prison class called HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS.  Everyone thinks this class is about friends and family relationships.  It’s really about your relationship with Christ.  Bill asked lots of questions.  Next Bill enrolled in my class called DIGGING DEEPER. God was working in his heart.  I took two weeks off for a vacation, came back to the prison and found out that Bill had demanded that one of the other chaplain baptize him.  What a surprise!!

Bill now attends our weekly Monday night worship service, carries around a giant ESV study Bible and will want to bend your ear and tell anyone that will listen as to how God has changed his heart and mind for the better. PTL!!!”  –Chaplain Bob Ishkanian

We recently visited with Bob in his home in Florida.  He shared this and other stories of the impact the Gospel is having in the prisons where he ministers.  Join with Bob in rejoicing over these who are coming to faith in Christ and experiencing radical life transformation.  Pray for him, both his safety as he works in potentially dangerous settings, as well as for hearts prepared by the Holy Spirit to respond to the message of Hope through Jesus Christ. 

Prayerfully, remember Bob, and the other 160 CBAmerica Chaplains who serve in a variety of institutional settings; military, prison, hospital, hospice, police, fire, and other ministries. 

For more information on how you can become a chaplain, contact Andy Meverden, Director of Chaplaincy at chapandy@cbamerical.org and visit our website at www.cbamerica.org/chaplaincy.



Rev. Andy Meverden
Director of Chaplaincy
3686 Stagecoach Rd, Unit F
Longmont, CO 80504



Palm Sunday in a Military Prison


“Inmates continue to realize their need to become more devoted followers of Jesus Christ. I baptized five inmates during our Palm Sunday Protestant Service on 20 March 2016. I have baptized a total of 29 inmates in the past nine months at the USDB (US Disciplinary Barracks).” So reports CBAmerica endorsed Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel, Mark Mitera, Director of Pastoral Care, and Senior Army Corrections Command Chaplain in the Military Correctional Complex at the US Disciplinary Barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Typically known as “Leavenworth,” some notable prison inmates past and present include WW2 POWs, William Calley, Nidal Hasan, and Bradley “Chelsea” Manning.

The USDB motto, “Our Mission, Your Future,” symbolizes the “Can Do” attitude; the spirit of teamwork; and the philosophy of the USDB. The entire custodial staff provides individual treatment to inmates to prepare them for a self-reliant, trustworthy and respectable future. The USDB reflects on the past only to build for the future, emphasizing behavior, education, vocational skills and a chance to choose. The staff balances their critical duty to incarcerate, ensure good order and discipline, and to maintain a safe environment, with providing an opportunity for rehabilitation, hope, and a new start.2

Chaplain Mark asks prayer for the following:

  1. That both inmates and staff would come to know Christ and have their lives transformed at both of our prisons (Medium and Maximum Security) at Fort Leavenworth.
  2. That our chaplains would remain faithful in preaching the Gospel and reaching out to the lost.

4In a companion email Mark shared details about his pending retirement from the Army chaplaincy the end of this year. “I’ve certainly enjoyed my years of service as an Army chaplain, and concluding my ministry at the USDB has been a real blessing…and definitely one of my best assignments. Being directly involved with people ministry and pastoral care to inmates has been very refreshing after having spent my two previous assignments doing mostly administration and personnel management.  Plus, the USDB chapel has become one of my favorite places to preach due to the enthusiastic response of the inmates.  This has been a good way to end my military career.”

3Mark adds in his recent report, “Please pray for us as we go through this time of transition.” I ask you to do just that.  Mark plans to move back home to Ohio, complete some more post-graduate education and pursue ministry in the hospital/hospice setting.  He’s also open to providing pulpit supply in the surrounding area.

I affirmed Mark’s “post-military” plans for continued ministry. After “much prayer and consideration,” he and his wife, Annette, have set their sights on a new ministry vision for the next phase of life.  Join me in thanking God for one “well-done” ministry career in chaplaincy, and asking the Lord to guide their steps into the next phase of ministry.  While you’re at it, reply to this blog post with a note of appreciation and congratulation, as Mark retires the end of November.

If you or someone you know is interested in chaplaincy ministry in its many forms (federal and civilian, prison, police, fire, hospital, hospice, retirement homes, rescue mission, motor sports and clubs, Veterans and Wounded Warrior), contact me at the email below or check out our webpage at www.cbamerica.org/chaplaincy for more stories and info.

Respectfully Submitted,

Andy Meverden Chaplain, Colonel, Retired Director of Chaplaincy CBAmerica.org Email: chapandy@cbamerica.org

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


Around the World in Eight and One Half Months!

Dan KlenderBy LCDR Dan Klender

In the last 8 months I have witnessed the Lord’s gracious handiwork as it has been my privilege to serve as the chaplain of the crew of the USS NORMANDY CG-60, (Cruiser class), on her historic around the world deployment. During our mission on this storied warship, I conducted over 100 worship services and Bible studies, taught an Old Testament Survey college course, witnessed the salvation of crew members, rededications to Christ, and much discipleship of our loving Lord.  We were able to conduct a baptism in Bahrain and spread the love of Jesus during COMRELS (Community Relation Projects), during Port Visits in Greece, Slovenia, Dubai, Bahrain and Singapore.


Around worldIt was as the Apostle Paul disclosed in 1 Corinthians 16:9, “An open door for effective service has been given us, but there are many adversaries.” In May, I returned to Washington State for a few weeks to comfort my family after my brother-in-law tragically took his own life.   While there, both my father-in-law and sister-in-law were called home to be with the Lord, after arduous battles with dementia and cancer respectively. We rejoice that they are with Jesus and no longer suffering!   We thank God that even in the midst of tragedy and loss our God is faithful!

LCDR Dan Klender Chaplain, US Navy USS Normandy

Final Meeting: We’re NOT going to apologize!

Mag Article

“On December 14, 2002, four Afghan teenage boys were accidentally killed and one seriously injured in the first live-fire exercise conducted with a battalion of the New Afghan Army. The unit was being trained by US Special Forces (The Green Beret). The incident occurred after a group of ten local schoolboys from the nearby village of Polycharky were chased from the area where the military exercise was to be held… Despite the heroics of the many medics on site and immediately called to the scene; by day’s end, four boys were dead and one seriously injured but expected to recover. Read more…


So, How’s That Working for You?

prisonChaplain Bill Brown, senior chaplain of the J.R. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego county shares an interesting story of life transformation through Jesus Christ.


“Jose was affiliated with the Mexican Mafia and had a life sentence in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. After being validated as a member of the mafia he spent a number of years in the SHU (Segregated Housing Unit) i.e. solitary confinement, to ensure that he could no longer hurt other inmates.

After many years in the SHU he came to realize the futility of his chosen life style, and he met Jesus as his savior. After much soul searching he decided to drop out of the Mafia, and he was released from the SHU.

In a facility with other inmates, and able to go to chapel services and programs, he grew in his faith and began to have a witness to other inmates. During his free time, he would go out onto the exercise yard and share Jesus with other inmates and give them a gospel track.

One day, after praying for the Holy Spirit to guide and use him, he went outside and looked around. He saw a man by himself, and it seemed like the Holy Spirit said to share with him. So, he went up to him, smiled and held out the track, saying, “I’d like to give you this track.”

The response was a grunt, followed by a question: “What’s that?” He replied, “It’s a track that tells about Jesus.” The man grunted again and said, “I’m a Satanist,” and Jose replied immediately, “So, how’s that working for you?”

The man responded, “What do you mean?” And, Jose replied, “Jesus died for my sins, and gave me forgiveness, he gave me a new life, he restored my relationships with my sister, my mom and my dad, and he has given me a reason for living and a hope for the future. What has Satan done for you?”

The inmate just stared at Jose, and Jose handed him the track and said, “We have a great pastor and awesome worship services. We would love to have you come and join us.”

Chaplain Brown doesn’t know what happened to the self-confessed Satanist, but he does know that a man sentenced to life in prison has already begun to experience “eternal life” here in prison!


If you sense God’s leading into prison ministries, at the local, country, state or federal systems, you will need training and endorsement.  Contact Andy Meverden, CBAmerica’s Director of Chaplaincy for information and guidance on how you might pursue your calling.



Chaplain Andy Meverden
Director of Chaplaincy


Email: chapandy@cbamerica.org


No Ordinary Joe: WW2 Hero Laid to Rest

As a retired Army chaplain, I continue to serve our Veteran community. Occasionally called on to visit the sick and dying, I have opportunities to honor the failing and the fallen.  On December 2nd, seven hours before he breathed his last, I read Luke’s account of the Crucifixion (Hill #1) and prayed my last prayer with Private George “Joe” Taro Sakato, WW2 Veteran, and recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor (CMOH) in his Denver home.

Born in February of 1921 in California of Japanese immigrant parents, “Joe” first tried to enlist in the Army Air Corps in 1943 after the outbreak of WW2. He and many other “Americans of Japanese Ancestry” (dubbed “AJAs” by the US War Department) initially were rejected by local draft boards, and classified, “4C” (Enemy Alien – “Nisei”).  On the Nisei Monument in Denver’s historic Fairmont Cemetery’s Veteran Section, where Joe now rests, it reads:

joe“Deeply aware the cloud of suspicion hanging over them in the early days of WW2 could be dispersed only by a demonstration of loyalty, Americans of Japanese descent (Nisei) petitioned in 1942 for the right to serve their country. America offered them the opportunity, and the Nisei served with distinction and valor in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe, in military intelligence units in the Pacific, and elsewhere.  More than 30,000 Nisei bore arms in WW2 and Korea, shedding their blood on such far-flung battlefields as the Arno and Bruyeres, Guadalcanal, Myitkyin and Porkchop Hill.  It is to those who made the supreme sacrifice in demonstrating that Americanism is not a matter of Race or ancestry that this monument is dedicated.”

January 16 was a cold, clear Colorado morning when the funeral procession stepped off, led by a group of senior military officers, followed by a color guard. The 101st US Army Band of the Colorado Army National Guard slowly beat cadence in solemn military tradition.  Following were two marching platoons of infantry soldiers and cadets of the Civil Air Patrol; Infantry in honor of Joe’s service as an Army Infantryman, and aspiring Civil Air Patrol cadets in honor of Joe’s original desire to join the Army Air Corps.  Next in file was an open bed funeral carriage with flag-draped coffin, pulled by two massive, manicured draft horses.  Three steps behind walked two chaplains, both honored to walk this last mile with Joe.  Family in automobiles followed; with a third platoon of Infantryman serving as rear escort.

casketAfter the slow mile-long march, we assembled at the road nearest the gravesite. Sending the junior chaplain ahead to the grave, I oversaw the movement of our fallen hero.  Stepping ahead, I slowly led the casket bearers to the grave.

As I saluted the moving casket, I surveyed the setting; ensuring that everything and everyone was in place, according to time-honored military tradition.

Directing a last minute adjustment of people standing too far from the grave, I took a deep breath and began. “Good morning. My name is Chaplain Meverden, and I want to welcome you to Fairmont Cemetery… Today’s burial takes place in the shadow of the Nisei Monument, honoring the service and sacrifice of Americans of Japanese descent…Each and every one of these resting in this hallowed ground, hold something in common…when their nation called in a time of need, they raised their hands and said, ‘Send me!’  And such is the life and legacy of our brother, Private George Taro Sakato, we lay to rest today.”funeral

After Scripture readings from Ecclesiastes chapter 3, John chapter 14, and 2 Timothy 4:7-8 I said, “Let me encourage you: If George is in Christ, and Christ is in you, then George can’t be far.” I concluded with a prayer of committal and benediction.   The religious portion was complete.  Military honors followed.

I typically review the Veteran’s military service, gleaning coded information from aged discharge papers (DD214). For this preparation, I spent over fifteen hours, watching videos, reading transcripts of historical interviews, and reading history books.  Most importantly, I reviewed the notes I took over the last seven months of hospital and home visits I was honored to make with Joe.  I even memorized the information listed on the Medal of Honor coin Joe had given me.Andy

Joe was an unlikely Soldier. Initially unable to enlist in the Army Air Corps, a year later he was accepted, but sent to Camp Blanding, Florida for Army basic training.  Though taken by surprise, Joe knew he couldn’t turn back.  Weak and small in physical stature, he couldn’t complete all the stations of the Obstacle Course.  He didn’t pass weapons qualification.  How he would survive in the infantry, he didn’t know.  Assigned to the 442nd Regimental Combat team in Italy, he was moved to France.  After three months in combat, his unit was ordered to take Hill 617 outside Biffontaine, as part of an operation to rescue 200 Soldiers of the 141st Infantry Regiment trapped by the German army.  In the attack, he lost a close buddy which enraged him.  With a Thompson submachine gun, he charged up the hill, encouraging his squad and platoon to follow.

Medal of Honor Citation

Private George T. Sakato distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 29 October 1944, on hill 617 in the vicinity of Biffontaine, France. After his platoon had virtually destroyed two enemy defense lines, during which he personally killed five enemy soldiers and captured four, his unit was pinned down by heavy enemy fire. Disregarding the enemy fire, Private Sakato made a one-man rush that encouraged his platoon to charge and destroy the enemy strongpoint. While his platoon was reorganizing, he proved to be the inspiration of his squad in halting a counter-attack on the left flank during which his squad leader was killed. Taking charge of the squad, he continued his relentless tactics, using an enemy rifle and P-38 pistol to stop an organized enemy attack. During this entire action, he killed 12 and wounded two, personally captured four and assisted his platoon in taking 34 prisoners. By continuously ignoring enemy fire, and by his gallant courage and fighting spirit, he turned impending defeat into victory and helped his platoon complete its mission. Private Sakato’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.

Though meriting the Medal of Honor, anti-Japanese sentiment for this and other heroic actions taken by Joe and other members of the Nisei units, caused his award to be downgraded to the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC). Wounded soon after in further fighting, he was returned for medical treatment and convalescence in the US.  After discharge, he moved to Denver, Colorado, married, and eventually joined the US Postal Service from which he retired.

Joe1In June of 2000, after a review of many downgraded awards in the 442nd, Joe finally received his Medal of Honor in a White House Ceremony.

After I concluded my remarks, the rifle team fired three volleys, taps was played, and the US flag was folded. After the Adjutant General presented the US and Colorado flags to Joe’s daughter and other relatives, I stepped forward, recited a poem, “The Dash Between the Dates,” hugged each family member and walked away.  My mission was complete.

In one of Joe’s later recorded interviews he said: “We marched through Washington D.C to the White House. There President Truman said: ‘You fought two battles and won.  You beat the Germans, and you overcame discrimination.’”  Joe then chokes up, and finally says, “That was good.”

Following the burial, a 91 year-old fellow Soldier who was on the battlefield with Joe, said. “He wasn’t just any ordinary Joe!”


Respectfully submitted,

New Andy

Rev. Andy Meverden

Director of Chaplaincy Chaplain, Colonel, US Army, Retired “Chaplain for Life”