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Kristina Goecker, a credentialed Open Bible minister, spent last summer participating in the Chaplain Candidate Intensive Internship with the Air Force Reserve. The program is an exciting opportunity for seminary and other professional religious school students to evaluate their compatibility and potential for commissioning as an Air Force chaplain. The focus is on experiencing ministry in the Air Force during summer tours of active duty.

Kristina (left) with two other participants in the Chaplain Candidate Intensive Internship.

Kristina (left) with two other participants in the Chaplain Candidate Intensive Internship.

As a chaplain candidate, Kristina had the opportunity to draw upon her background, education, and experience to function as part of an Air Force chapel team. Upon entering the program, chaplains are commissioned as a Chaplain Candidate, Second Lieutenant. Upon graduation and obtaining an ecclesiastical endorsement, chaplain candidates are eligible for reappointment as a chaplain in the USAF Reserve, Air National Guard, or Active Duty component.

Kristina described her experience: “In the course of five weeks we visited eight bases in five states and gleaned knowledge from a plethora of experienced chaplains. I was able to have authentic conversations with airmen who were struggling with real world issues. After this summer, I’m confident that the Lord has called me to the Air Force Chaplain Corps.”

Kristina is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree with the goal of serving as an active duty Air Force Chaplain.

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