Our most recently deployed Chaplain is Captain Charles Pridgen, who has been transferred from Fort Bliss, TX to Germany. You’ll recall that Charles recently had returned from a year in Iraq. His time in Germany will be what is called an “accompanied” tour, so Ada and their boys are with him. We received this note from Ada upon their arrival: “Hi, Brothers and Sisters . . . We are officially here in Germany! Charles is in-processing for the next couple of weeks. A lot to do. The boys are in school. The school is very nice and small, which means better learning and less distractions (I hope). The weather is cold but bearable. Take care in God’s grace! – The Pridgens.” Charles has quite a story, working his way through Grace College and Seminary, while raising a family, with the impassioned goal of serving in the military as a Grace Brethren Chaplain. We are very proud of Charles and Ada!
Charles is serving in Iraq with his soldiers from Fort Bliss, 3rd BDE of the 1st Armored Division. [Note: with the withdrawal of troops from Iraq, his station of duty will probably change.] His troops were scattered throughout the country so he was traveling to get to minister to his unit. He was scheduled to take over the ministry on his base and conduct the chapel services. His family appears to be taking it all in stride also but Ada did lose her mother around the time of his deployment. Your prayers for Charles and Ada and their family are deeply appreciated!
Biography – 2009
We are very pleased to announce that Charles Pridgen, ordained by the Warsaw Community Grace Brethren Church, was approved by the accessioning board for active duty in the U.S. Army.
Charles and Ada and their children moved to Winona Lake from a pastorate in Dayton, OH a number of years ago to complete his college degree and enter Grace Seminary for the specific purpose of entering the Armed Forces chaplaincy. The U.S. Air Force did not have a slot for him, so he recently sent his file to the U.S. Army, which approved his application at the accessioning board last month.
Charles sent this note to us upon receiving the good news of his selection: “I cannot express in words how my family and I are feeling at this moment – overjoyed would be an understatement. I know that you all share in this joy with us. On behalf of my family, I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you who persevered and prayed for and with us during this long journey. I know in reality that the journey has only just begun. I will keep you all posted as more news becomes available. Please feel free to spread the good news far and wide. God does hear the prayers of the Saints and good things come to those who wait upon the Lord. (Isa. 40:31).”
Please pray for Charles and Ada as he reports for Chaplains School in South Carolina in May 2009. Following Chaplains School, Charles and the family will move to Fort Riley, Kansas for his first assignment.