Winter 2002 Rapport: AG commissions first married couple as chaplain candidates
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November 1 Eric and Raylene Cochrane, M.Div. students from New Mexico, were commissioned
as Navy chaplaincy candidates during chapel by Assemblies of God Chaplaincy Department
director, Chaplain Charles Marvin. The Cochranes are the first married couple to be commissioned
as chaplains in the churchs history and are one of only a few chaplain couples in
the U.S. Armed Forces.
Prior to active duty, the military requires that chaplaincy candidates complete a Master
of Divinity degree, be ordained, and meet pastoral requirements set by their endorsing
agent. Upon fulfilling these requirements, the Cochranes may each be ordered to any number
of Navy, Marine, or Coast Guard commands. Military
regulations, however, will not permit a married couple to serve under the same commanding
Also on November 1, the AG Chaplaincy Department awarded $2,000 scholarships to 23 institutional/occupational
and military chaplaincy candidates. Approximately 10 percent of the resident student body
at AGTS prepares for the chaplaincy. One hundred and twelve AGTS graduates currently serve
in chaplaincy ministries including military, prison, hospital, rodeo, trucking, police,
fire & rescue, etc.
More about Chaplaincy at AGTS.
Thursday, August 7, 2003 3:27 PM