Mr. David Calger Shares about His Commission as Army Reserve Chaplain
Grace Baptist Church and Highlands Christian Academy congratulate Mr. David Calger for taking the Officer’s Oath and receiving a commission as a Chaplain with the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. The Commissioning Ceremony took place at Grace on Wednesday afternoon, October 12, with Lt. Col. (retired) Shawn Brower as the officiating officer.
Mr. Calger, a member and deacon at Grace, and a secondary Bible / social studies teacher at Highlands, shares that as a Chaplain in the Army Reserve he will serve one weekend each month and two weeks in the summer. “Being a Chaplain means I may get called at any time to help my soldiers or their families,” he explained. “We have ‘office hours,’ but in reality, we are always on call. What will change now is that I’m going from being a civilian to being a soldier again. I’m accepting my commission.”
Chaplain Calger became involved in the army because he wanted to serve God and serve his country. “The Chaplain Corp offered me a way to use my religious training while at the same time serving my country as a soldier,” he says. “Christ really is the answer to man’s problems, needs, and questions about life, and I wanted to take Him and His message (Scripture) to America’s soldiers and their families. Too often Christians live in a bubble and the message of the Gospel doesn’t get taken out into the hard places of our world. The Chaplaincy is an opportunity to get out of the bubble and take Christ and the truths of Scripture into some of these hard places. Simply put, soldiers and their families need Christ, and I get the privilege of telling them about Him.”
“I joined in 2008 as a Chaplain Candidate with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and went to my first six weeks of Chaplain Basic Officer Leadership Course (CH-BOLC) in the summer/fall of 2008,” Chaplain Calger continues. “In 2009 I worked with ROTC’s Leadership Training Course (LTC) at Fort Knox for five weeks. During that time I acted as the chaplain for Company A serving under the leadership of Chaplain Stevens the ROTC chaplain. Later in 2009 I was promoted to 1st Lieutenant. In the summer of 2011 I completed and graduated from CH-BOLC at Fort Jackson. From 2010 to 2014 I served in two different Army Reserve units in NC and FL. I conducted services, did counseling, participated in readiness training events, held many suicide prevention briefings, and advised command on matters of morale and welfare. In 2013 I was promoted to Captain. I got out in 2014 and focused on finishing my Master of Divinity degree.”
“This country has given me so much that I wanted to give back. I’m thankful that God blessed me with being born in the U.S. (Oklahoma in particular!), and it’s not a privilege I take lightly. It is a profound honor and opportunity to wear the uniform of this nation and stand in the long line of those men and women who have served her with honor, blood, and sacrifice. To quote General Douglas MacArthur from his speech at West Point concerning the American soldier, The soldier, above all other men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training – sacrifice. In battle and in the face of danger and death, he discloses those divine attributes which his Maker gave when he created man in his own image. No physical courage and no brute instinct can take the place of the Divine help which alone can sustain him. However horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country, is the noblest development of mankind. I’m blessed to be a small part of that brotherhood.”
As Mr. Calger continues his ministries at Highlands and Grace, and steps out into his new commissioned role in the army, he shares these lines from his favorite Christian song, In Christ Alone. Chaplain Calger has made these words his personal creed:
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.
“On behalf of Grace and Highlands, we want to congratulate Chaplain Calger on accomplishing this milestone,” School Administrator Steve Lawrence says. “The effort and dedication to make this a reality is commended. Thank you for your service to our God, our ministry, and our country.”