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Winter 2006 Rapport: Chaplaincy Spotlight

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Called to Minister to Muslims Behind Bars

“The chaplaincy scholarship has proven an abundant blessing for myself and my family.”
­—Eric Kyler

While serving in the U.S. Navy, Eric Kyler (M.Div. student) realized a called to the chaplaincy. Considering his situation at the time, he assumed his calling was to military chaplaincy. However, God began to place within him a burden for Muslims and introduced him to several institutional chaplains who would show him the connection between his call to the chaplaincy and his call to Muslims.

“The prison systems are filled with people who have embraced Islam in hope of finding freedom, identity and self-worth,” said Eric, who is currently working as a chaplain at a state correctional center in Fordland, Mo. “I work with Muslim groups weekly, and now know why the Lord burdened my heart for Muslims. You don’t have to go overseas to find them. They are right here in our prisons. It is my privilege to help them find their true identity in Christ.”

Eric will graduate this December with a concentration in Muslim Ministries. He is at AGTS, in part, because of a scholarship he received through the AG Chaplaincy Department. Eventually, Eric would like to earn a doctorate in Islamic Studies.

Updated: Friday, December 2, 2005 4:48 PM

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