Two men from Minnesota who had read my book contacted me with a desire to do something to honor chaplains who have served in combat. I was honored to be one of two who laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the afternoon of January 16, 2014. My co-presenter is a dear friend and a very godly man, David Cyr, Brigadier General, Retired. It was, needless to say, an awesome and emotional event. When I found Martha after the ceremony, she was teary-eyed and choked up. It was a beautiful, cold day and ironically, a severe winter blast hit DC the next day. We were thankful to fly out the next morning just ahead of the storm.
Chaplain (Colonel) John W. Schumacher, US Army, Retired, entered the Army as an active duty chaplain in July 1965. He served this country as a military pastor for 30 years, which included two combat tours in Viet Nam.
He presently resides with his wife, Martha, in Glendale, Arizona. He serves as the Chaplain Endorsing Agent for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and as Associate Chaplain Endorsing Agent for the National Association of Evangelicals. He also serves as a volunteer chaplain for the Arizona Highway Patrol.
Dr. Schumacher has been a Guest Lecturer on Ethics at Kiev, Ukraine, Mohyla University, Kiev Military Academy, and the Kiev Humanitarian Institute, Academy of the Armed Forces and the Center for Leadership Development. He has also been a Guest Lecturer on Ethics at Ministry of Defense, Ulaan Bataar, Mongolia. John has served as a guest presenter to Civic and Religious groups on Ethics, and has led Ethics workshops and seminars to numerous Military and Civilian groups of pastors. Chaplain Schumacher is also the author of the book, “A Soldier of God Remembers”.